PPRC Friday Rally and March Joins With "Buy Nothing Day" Campaign,
Marks Growing Numbers of American and Iraqi Casualties.
Event: PPRC Friday Rally and March Joins With "Buy Nothing Day"
Campaign, Marks Growing American and Iraqi Casualties.
Date: Friday, November 28th, 2003
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Place: Pioneer Courthouse Square
The Portland Peaceful Response Coalition 5:00 p.m. Friday rally and
march for peace at Pioneer Courthouse Square mark the day American
corporations officially kick-off their commercialization of the holiday
season. For the last two years, local peace and justice activists have noted
with some irony the coincidence of their weekly vigil for peace and the
start of the downtown shopping festival. "Each week we gather to
remember and take action to end the suffering imposed by American
aggression," said Tina Hulbe, a regular participant in the Friday rallies. "This
week, the Portland Business Association asks us to gather together and
buy luxury items that most inhabitants of the planet will never have a
chance to own." Hulbe pointed out that most of the items on sale in
the major chain stores are manufactured abroad, and many under sweatshop
"The maximization of profit required by the multi-national corporate
economic model prevents those workers from earning a wage that would
allow them to enjoy the fruits of their labor," said Hulbe. "This same
economic model is now at work in Iraq, where local companies are pushed
out of competition for rebuilding contracts in favor of American
companies with ties to the Bush Administration." Hulbe noted recent reports
documenting the favoring of American companies with ties to the
Republican party through their substantial campaign contributions. "The Bush
Administration is running the planet like the machine politics of Chicago
of 1950s," said Mikel Clayhold, another regular at the Friday rallies.
"It’s political patronage and corruption on a grand scale, with US
taxpayers footing the bill, along with the Iraqi people whose national
wealth is being sold out from under them."
The Friday rally will also be acknowledging the growing casualties in
Iraq. "The current resident of the White House refuses to attend even a
single funeral for American soldiers killed in Iraq, refuses to visit
the thousands of injured," said Clayhold. "We will pause on Friday to
note the growing list of those who’ve fallen, the people whose lives
have been traded by Bush to further enrich his pals at Halliburton and
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