PPRC Friday rally and march again appeals to community to join struggle
police reform and accountability, promotes June 4th Salem lobbying
Event: PPRC Rally and March for Peace
Date: Friday, May 30th, 2003
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Place: Pioneer Courthouse Square
The Portland Peaceful Response Coalition Friday 5:00
p.m. rally and march at Pioneer Courthouse Square will
again focus on the shooting death of 21-year-old Ms.
Kendra James. "Last week’s march and rally for police
reform and accountability was one of the largest in
Portland’s history," said Mikel Clayhold, a spokesperson
for the PPRC. "We must now show that we can translate
that community support into legislative action and real
reform." Speakers at last week’s march called on the
crowd to press the Oregon State Legislature for laws
that would set new limits on when police can use deadly
force, and allow open grand jury hearings. State Senators
Avel Gordly and Margaret Carter have said they will
push for such legislation.
"We need to join in this effort by contacting our State
Representatives and Senators and our new Governor,"
said Clayhold. "We have stand with the communities now
mourning the victims of police violence, joining our
voices with theirs to demand reform from our representatives
in Salem." Local organizers for police accountability
are urging people to lobby their representatives in
Salem this coming Wednesday, June 4th.
PPRC activists will also be addressing the ongoing occupation
in Iraq, news reports indicating that Iran will be the
next target in the Bush Administration’s future war
plans, and the ongoing crisis in Israel/Palestine. "This
week Rumsfeld acknowledged that there were no weapons
of mass destruction in Iraq," said Will Seaman, another
PPRC volunteer. "In the United Kingdom, that revelation
is a scandal because it reveals that the pretense for
this war was a lie, just as the fictionalized 'rescue'
of Private Jessica Lynch was a lie." Seaman said the
Friday rallies would begin to highlight the most dramatic
revelations of Bush Administration lies and corruptions.
"Whether it’s the ‘no-bid’ contracts for Iraq reconstruction
awarded to Bush cronies or cuts in veterans benefits
to finance his tax cut to the super rich, the challenge
we face today is finding ways to reach a wider public
with these facts," said Seaman.
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