PPRC Friday Rally and March Joins With Local Muslim Organizations to
International Day of Quds (Jerusalem), Supports FTAA Protestors in
Event: PPRC Friday Rally and March Marks International Day of Quds
(Jerusalem), Supports FTAA Protestors in Miami.
Date: Friday, November 21st, 2003
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Place: Pioneer Courthouse Square
The Portland Peaceful Response Coalition 5:00 p.m. Friday rally and
for peace at Pioneer Courthouse Square turns the spotlight on
with the Palestinian people and corporate globalization. "For the
year now, PPRC will be joining with local Muslim organizations to mark
International Day of Quds, to express our support for Palestinian
and human rights," said Will Seaman, a PPRC volunteer. "The US
support Israel’s brutal and criminal occupation of the West Bank and
an occupation by racist settlers who routinely attack, harass, kill and
injure Palestinians with impunity, and whose lives and luxury houses
financed by US taxpayers to the tune of billions of dollars each year."
Worldwide Day of Quds gathering will begin at 4:30 p.m. at Pioneer
Courthouse Square, at the corner of S.W. Broadway and Yamhill. The
rally and march will join with the Day of Quds gathering at 5:00 p.m..
In addition to the gathering in solidarity with Palestinian human
the PPRC Friday rally will turn to the FTAA (Free Trade Agreement of
Americas) protests currently taking place in Miami, Florida. "If we’re
grapple with the underlying reasons for much of the violence in the
we have to look to the suffering and deprivation caused by neo-liberal
economic policies imposed by the US and Europe," said Mikel Clayhold,
another PPRC volunteer. "Just as the people of the UK are rising up to
protest Bush’s visit to London this week, thousands of global justice
activists have converged on Miami to challenge the anti-democratic,
trade agreements being hammered out behind the closed doors of this
meeting." Clayhold said that many local activists had made the journey
Florida to add their voices to the protests.
"One aspect of these trade agreements that is often missed is how they
force developing countries to hand over their airwaves to the same
corporate giants that have monopolized news in this country" explained
Clayhold. "Democracy without the right to news sources that are
to the people, instead of to private corporations, is no democracy at
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