Friday rally marks second anniversary of 9-11, backs local protest of Cancun WTO Meeting, gears up for next week’s rally and march against US occupation of Iraq

Event: PPRC Rally and March for Peace
Date: Friday, September 12th, 2003
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Place: Pioneer Courthouse Square

The Portland Peaceful Response Coalition Friday 5:00 p.m. rally at Pioneer Courthouse Square will mark this week’s anniversary of the 9-11 attacks by backing local protests of the WTO meeting that has just started in Cancun, Mexico, and by kicking off the final push for the next big peace rally and march, now set for Sunday, September 21st. "Thousands of global justice activists have converged on Cancun to say 'no!' to the latest efforts by the world’s corporations, and the governments that do their bidding, to impose the system of unfair trade practices upon the developing world," said Will Seaman, a PPRC organizer. "The fight for fair trade, for a globalization of justice in place of corporate greed and corruption, is what will make the people of the world and of the United States more secure."

Seaman said that the Friday rally will stand in solidarity with the September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, an organization founded by family members of the September 11th victims who have been advocating effective, nonviolent solutions to terrorism . "We believe that the best way to honor the memory of the thousands of innocent people who lost their lives two years ago, is by working to address the root causes of terror, and to join the struggle to set our country on a new path away from war and towards global peace and justice," said Seaman. "We will be coming together on Sunday, September 21st, to protest the military and corporate occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq, and to express our support for a multilateral, internationally-led and administered transition to genuine democracies for the peoples of those two nations."

Seaman said that the daily cost in the lives of US soldiers in Iraq is due to the nature of the US occupation. "Bush, Rumsfeld, Cheney and Wolfowitz are determined to control the oil resources of that country," said Seaman. "The Iraqis understand that and its time that we, the American people, demand an end to the Bush administration’s trading of US lives for corporate profits, we must say 'no blood for oil', we must demand that we bring the troops home now." The rally and march is set to begin at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, September 21st, at Terry Schrunk Plaza, S.W. 3rd & Madison, downtown Portland. For more information, please call (503) 236-3065 (Peace & Justice Works).

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