PPRC Friday Rally and March Promotes April 12th Peace March,
Pro-War Senator Gordon Smith at Portland Art Museum
Event: PPRC Friday Rally and March for Peace
Date: Friday, April 11, 2003
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Place: Pioneer Courthouse Square
The Portland Peaceful Response Coalition regular Friday, 5:00 p.m.
rally and march at Pioneer Courthouse Square will make a final push to
promote the April 12th peace march, and will join a demonstration
the war on the poor at a reception at the Portland Art Museum featuring
pro-war Senator Gordon Smith.
"The art show opening attended by Smith
" sponsored by the State Department, Nike, Weyerhaeuser, and others " is
glorification of nationalist art," said Mikel Clayhold, a PPRC
"The overflowing Iraqi hospitals, drenched with the blood of civilian
victims, littered with body parts amputated with barely a headache
for anesthetic, are the direct result of the blind nationalism being
promoted by this kind of traveling propaganda show."
Clayhold said that there was a different kind of "patriotic art" that
deserved the consideration of Portland’s art patrons. "We think the
Constitution and the Bill of Rights in particular are the most
ever produced," said Clayhold, "and yet people like Gordon Smith are
overseeing the shredding of those documents and the rights that they
guaranteed to all Americans." Clayhold noted that the sunset provision
the Patriot Act is now being attacked by Smith’s Republican Party. If
sunset provision is struck down, the Patriot Act would become permanent
"While his party is planning the further dismantling of our already
Bill of Rights, Smith is sharing canapés with Portland’s well-to-do as
celebrate the icons of imperial nationalism." Clayhold said that the
permitted peace march would make its way by Terry Schrunk Plaza in
solidarity with the peace encampment, and would then make its way up to
Art Museum to join with a protest focusing on the cutbacks in human
and education, cutbacks that hurt primarily the poor and unemployed.
Spokespersons from the PPRC and other organizations will also be
their solidarity with Frank Fromherz, the former director of the
Archdiocese Office of Justice and Peace, who was fired on Tuesday. "We
bitterly disappointed with the Catholic Archdiocese of Portland," said
William Seaman, a PPRC volunteer. "They’ve sent the chilling message
dissent will not be tolerated within the Catholic Church, and the irony
that Frank’s 'dissent' consisted in his acting according to his
and in solidarity with the Pope’s opposition to the US war on Iraq."
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