Occupy Portland, Not Afghanistan - Rally, March and Teach-in!

Occupy Portland, Not Afghanistan
Rally & March Saturday, October 6th
Teach-in Sunday, October 7th 2012

For more details, to download a flyer, and to sign up to volunteer, please visit the Peace & Justice Works event page by clicking >>>HERE or on the image below!

Afghan Child with American Soldier (Photograph by: Zohra Bensemra, Reuters)


"Occupy Portland, Not Afghanistan"
Events Planned October 6 & 7, 2012 to Connect Economic Justice and Peace Issues
Saturday: Shemanski Park (South Park Blocks at Salmon);
Sunday: PCC Cascade (N Albina & Killingsworth)

Momentum is building for two days of action protesting the 11th anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan and marking one year since the start of Occupy Portland on Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7, 2012. Under the banner title "Occupy Portland, not Afghanistan," at least 50 organizations are now supporting the events. A Saturday march and rally will begin in Shemanski Park (the South Park Blocks at Salmon St) and the Sunday workshops will be held at Portland Community College's Cascade Campus (N Albina and Killingsworth). Both events will connect the economic injustices of US policy to the wars and occupations. Events on both days will run from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM.

The organizers of the event have broadly laid out these political platform points to further explain the days' theme:

-- Money for Jobs, Education, Health Care, Housing, and the Environment--Not War
-- End the Wars and Occupations--No Nukes, No Drones
-- Main Street, Not Wall Street--Power to the People
-- Restore Constitutional Rights

The events revive a collaboration between Occupy Portland and peace and social justice groups established in 2011 when the 10 years in Afghanistan march and rally coincided with the occupations of Lownsdale and Chapman Squares downtown.

With the recent announcement that Oregon's National Guard will send a huge deployment to Afghanistan in 2014 (1), a study showing that drone strikes actually increase violent reactions, rather than quelling them (2), as well as the recent marking of Occupy Wall Street's first anniversary on September 17, the timing for the events seems urgent.

Information on the Saturday rally, the Sunday teach-in schedule (including information about food and a planned "food-raising drive"), volunteering, promoting (including posters/flyers) and sponsoring/endorsing the event are on line at the PJW website, http://www.pjw.info

Cosponsors of the Portland event include Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group, Occupy Portland, the Peace Action Committee of the First Unitarian Church, Portland Peaceful Response Coalition, KBOO Community Radio 90.7 FM (media cosponsor), Portland Burn Survivors, War Resisters League-Portland, American Iranian Friendship Council, Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights (AUPHR), Peace and Conflict Studies Program at Portland Community College, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom-Portland Branch, Augustana Lutheran Church, American Friends Service Committee, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Portland Jobs With Justice, Metanoia Peace Community, Alliance for Democracy-Portland Chapter, St. Francis of Assisi Parish and others.

Endorsers include Cascadians Against War, Right 2 Dream Too, Right 2 Survive, Recruiter Watch PDX, Little Light of Mine Friends Worship Group, East Timor Action Network/Portland, pdxjustice Media Productions, Freedom Socialist Party, Oregon Wildlife Federation, Back 2 the Wall, Veterans for Peace Chapter 72, Cascadia Chapter of the Pacific Green Party, Portland Alliance (media endorser), Flying Focus Video Collective (media endorser), Radical Women, People's Activist Cafe, Women in Black-Portland, Oak Grove Peace Vigil, Shelly's Garden, 18th Avenue Peace House, Living Earth Gatherings, Pdx Bike Swarm, Occupy Beaverton, Occupy Estacada, Vincente's Pizza, SisterSpirit, Northwest Veterans for Peace, Civil Liberties Defense Center, Portland Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), Jericho Project, International Socialist Organization, Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC), and others.

For more information or for your organization to get involved, contact Peace and Justice Works (PJW) at 503-236-3065 or go to the Occupy Portland, Not Afghanistan facebook page.

(1) Oregon Guard gets the word: Prepare to go to Afghanistan in 2014; Oregonian 9/24/12 http://blog.oregonlive.com/oregonatwar/2012/09/oregon_guard_gets_the_wor...

(2) Drone attacks in Pakistan are counterproductive, says report; The Guardian 9/24/12 http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/sep/25/drone-attacks-pakistan-count... report