ACTION 1:00PM, Saturday, October 15th - 10 Years in Afghanistan: End the Wars-Bring Our $$ Home!

On Saturday, October 15, 2011, there will be an action protesting the 10th anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan and the effects of wars and occupations on the economy. The event begins with a rally at 1 PM in Shemanski Park (South Park Blocks at Salmon St), and a march at 1:30 PM will bring participants to the First Unitarian Church for a 2:30 PM forum. The theme of the event will be "10 Years in Afghanistan: End the Wars-Bring Our $$ Home." Speakers at the rally and forum will also address these topics:

--Self Determination for the Middle East
--End Militarism
--Money for Jobs and Health Care
--Protect Human and Civil Rights

The forum speakers will be PSU sociology professor Veronica Dujon, Lewis and Clark College economics professor Martin Hart-Landsberg, and executive director of the national Bill of Rights Defense Committee Shahid Buttar.

October 15 has also been picked as a day of national action by the United National Antiwar campaign ( The themes of economy and war are reflected by many attending the "Occupy Wall Street" events in Portland and around the nation.

Cosponsors of the Portland event include Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group, Portland Peaceful Response Coalition, the Peace Action Committee of the First Unitarian Church, Alliance for Democracy-Portland Chapter, Metanoia Peace Community, East Timor Action Network/Portland, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, International Socialist Organization , Portland Jobs with Justice, KBOO Community Radio 90.7 FM (media cosponsor), Women's International League for Peace and Freedom-Portland, Tikkun Olam committee of P'nai Or, Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights (AUPHR), Augustana Lutheran Church, Portland Area Rethinking Schools, St. Luke Lutheran Peace and Justice Advocacy Group and American Friends Service Committee.

Endorsers include Recruiter Watch PDX, Little Light of Mine Friends Worship Group, Jewish Voice for Peace-Portland, Freedom Socialist Party, Women in Black-Portland, Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER), Portland Alliance (media endorser), No War Drum Corps, Oregon Wildlife Federation, Back 2 the WALL, Street Roots (media endorser), Portland Central America Solidarity Committee, Oak Grove Peace Vigil, and Progressive Responses--a program of Community Alliance of Lane County (CALC).

For more information or for your organization to get involved, contact Peace and Justice Works at 503-236-3065.