PPRC Drops Plans for Permitted Rally and March, Urges Support for Columbia Park Bush Protest

Event: PPRC Drops Plans for Permitted Rally and March, Urges Support for Columbia Park Bush Protest
Date: Thursday, August 21st, 2003
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Place: Columbia Park, N. Lombard Street

The Portland Peaceful Response Coalition wishes to clarify to the local news media and to the wider Portland community that it has dropped its plans for a permitted "feeder march" to the Bush protest at the University of Portland Chiles Center. "It’s less than three days to Bush’s visit and we still haven’t gotten an answer from the city," said Will Seaman, a PPRC volunteer.

"There’s an action already planned for Columbia Park, so we see little reason to do anything but help promote a broad turnout for that rally and march."

Seaman said that the permit application was a routine process that the PPRC initiated when it was still unclear what was being planned for the Bush visit. "We didn’t expect to read about our application in Monday morning’s newspaper," said Seaman, "and that’s forced us to make a quick decision about whether to go ahead with our plans for a feeder march." Seaman said it was an easy decision to scrap the plans for a separate march as the Columbia Park protest planning came together over the last week. "The organizers of the Columbia Park protest march have taken the lead on Thursday’s protest, and we’re very grateful to be joining with the actions they have planned for Bush’s visit," said Seaman.

The "Portland Says NO to Bush" convergence and march starts at 10:00 a.m. at Columbia Park at N. Lombard Street and N. Woolsey Avenue. (Trimet Bus #75 or Bus #40.) The march to the Chiles Center on the University of Portland campus is set to start at 10:00 a.m.. The "Portland Says NO to Bush on August 21" group is a coalition of community organizers involved in labor, anti-war, environmental, and student organizing. While organizers of the demonstration belong and are accountable to a variety of organizations (such as Jobs With Justice, Rose City Copwatch, IWW, Code Pink, Student Activist Alliance, Earth First, CBLOC, Jews for Global Justice, NW RAGE, and other groups) they are not delegates or representatives of those groups.

For more information on the Columbia Park gathering and march, please call Liz Samuels or Geoff McNamara at 503.490.5102 (cell) or at home at 503.234.2556.


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