Alliance for Democracy

Protest Obama in Portland

Posted in Afghanistan, Obama by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on October 15, 2010

President Obama is in Portland next Wednesday, Oct 20 trying to rally the Democrats to turn out and vote. 

Well, this is Portland and we have issues with him – one issue being that the wars continue in spite of his having run on at least the perception that he would end the wars.

So plans are being formulated for a warm Portland welcome with a protest outside the Oregon Convention Center.

Details below from our friends at Peace and Justice Works.

David Delk, Alliance for Democracy, www.afd-pdx.org
112 NE 45th Ave. Portland OR 97213


 

The PJW Iraq Affinity Group has put out the call to protest at President Obama’s appearance at the Oregon Convention Center next Wed. October 20. We’re asking people to gather at 3:30 PM at the NE corner of NE Oregon St (800 Block NE) and Martin Luther King Jr Blvd across the street from the entrance to the Center.

When Obama was elected, he made it clear that we must keep pushing to see change. In his acceptance speech in Chicago, he said “This victory alone is not the change we seek… it can’t happen without you, without a new spirit of service, a new spirit of sacrifice… and to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn, I may not have won your vote tonight, but I hear your voices. I need your help. And I will be your president too.”

Yes, we have to deal with these realities: –there will be massive security and we may not get our message out as directly as we’d like –there will be protestors there from the Tea Party and other communities who do not seek peace or economic and social justice –no matter how large of a crowd we have, the mainstream media will say we’re a “handful”

But it’s important not to let the Tea Party and others define the debate, that is, either you’re for Obama’s policies of more war, less civil liberties and continued flow of money to Wall Street or you’re a card-carrying “he’s not an American citizen” ignorant Teabagger.

Over 40,000 people flooded Waterfront Park in 2003 to try to stop the invasion of Iraq.

About 100 stalwarts came out in the rain last week to say the US must complete its withdrawal from Iraq, get out of Afghanistan and redirect its financial priorities.

We were, as many people have pointed out, talking to empty office buildings and the few people staggering about downtown on a rainy Saturday. We have a chance now to make our message clear and be sure that the President and his supporters, as well as candidate Kitzhaber hear our voices.

We will have the signs about “Get the Hell Out of Iraq,” “Stop the War on Afghanistan” and “Close Guantanamo,” among others. Those will not be the messages carried by others planning to protest. I hope to see you out there on Wednesday.

We’ve got the word out to other groups who may or may not also be a part of this call to action.

Please take public transportation, or walk or bike to the protest as it will be very busy with supporters.

–dan handelman Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group 
(503) 236-3065 (Office)
iraq@pjw.info

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