Friday, March 14, 2008

Fifth anniversary peace march Saturday morning in PDX

When a majority of Americans has opposed the continued American military presence in Iraq since before the 2006 election, a peace march through the streets of Portland like the one in January 2003 doesn't serve exactly the same function of helping individual Americans understand that they're not crazy, that a whole lot of other people are on their side, despite what the media and our government might be saying.

But it still serves two other important functions: First, it keeps up the pressure (while also giving the local media something better to report than meth busts and suburban shootings--even if also means that they'll miraculously find and give air time to those three guys in trucker caps with the pro-war sign).

Second, the tree of liberty must from time to time be nourished by men and women who get out there and shake their booty in dissent. When they've tapped our phones, monitored our bank accounts, scanned our library check-outs, and photographed us a dozen times as we run our daily errands, there's still one annoying thing they still can't completely control--our ability to put our physical bodies out there to interfere, simply by their presence, with the smooth functioning of associations we don't support.

So have a good breakfast, wear comfortable clothes, dress for the weather. bring some water, and be there for the Peace March tomorrow, beginning in the South Park blocks:
Starting location: SW Park and Madison, Portland Oregon
When: Saturday, March 15, 2008
10:00-6:00 Action Camp featuring workshops, exhibits, performances, music and more!
2:00 Rally and March

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