PPRC Marks 100th Friday Rally and March for Peace at Pioneer Courthouse
Square, Local "Angel" to Sing as Marchers Rededicate to Struggle for
Event: PPRC Marks 100th Friday Rally and March for Peace at Pioneer
Date: Friday, September 26th, 2003
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Place: Pioneer Courthouse Square
The Portland Peaceful Response Coalition will be marking the 100th
rally and march for peace at Pioneer Courthouse Square this coming
September 26th. "We’ve been out here every week for 100 consecutive
with our simple message, calling for peace and justice and for
in place of the criminal and dangerous policies of our government’s
so-called ‘war on terror’," said Mikel Clayhold, a volunteer with the
"We mark this 100th rally with grief for the thousands who have been
slaughtered in the US wars on Afghanistan and Iraq, we again call on
Americans to actively oppose the Bush Administration’s colonial
the Middle East, and we rededicate ourselves to this long and difficult
struggle to set our country on the path to peace and justice."
The Friday marchers will proceed to City Hall, a frequent destination
the Friday rally, where local musician, Ms. Melinda Pittman, will
several songs to mark the centennial rally and march. Ms. Pittman is
known from her performances with Angels of the Next Generation and the
Fallen Angel Choir. She is currently appearing in her new musical "Fat
Sassy". Past work includes the critically acclaimed "Disarming Women",
work focusing on four generations of women peacemakers.
"This morning we once again read in the news that there is no evidence
the weapons of mass destruction that were the centerpiece for Bush’s
fraudulent case for war,"1 said Clayhold. "Our 100th Friday rally is a
testament to the dedication of those Americans, growing in number, who
against the criminal lies and violence that are corrupting our country
devastating the world."
1. "US inspectors fail to uncover evidence of Saddam's arsenal", Kim
Sengupta and Andrew Grice, 25 September 2003, Independent (UK); "Draft
Report Said to Cite No Success in Iraq Arms Hunt", September 25, 2003,
York Times, By DOUGLAS JEHL and JUDITH MILLER.
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