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Peace and Justice Works
promoting nonviolent conflict resolution on local, national and international levels since 1992 in Portland, Oregon
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017 from 6-7pm
@Japanese American Historical Plaza (Waterfront Park at NW Naito Parkway and Couch Street in Portland)
The year’s memorial event, Remembering Hiroshima & Nagasaki: From Despair to Hope, will honor the victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, highlight the current state of nuclear weapons and national and international efforts to abolish these morally unacceptable weapons, and provide opportunities for those present to get more involved and to take action for a world liberated from the dangers of nuclear weapons. Oregon PSR Associate Director Sean Tenney will speak regarding the persistent threat of nuclear weapons, as well as some of the significant progress being made here in Oregon and at the international level, including United Nations’ efforts to pass a humanitarian ban on nuclear weapons, which would make their production and use illegal under international law. Human rights activist and writer Polo Catalani will be our event emcee, and we will be treated to a musical performance by Portland Taiko. Immediately following the event, we will proceed to the University of Oregon Portland campus building across the street for a nuclear weapons-themed art exhibition and butoh dance performance led by artist and performer Yukio Kawano.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 from 7-9pm
@Multnomah Friends Meeting House
Zaher Wahab, a native of Afghanistan, will present a critical analysis of the political, military, economic and cultural situation in that war-torn country. Zaher, formerly a professor at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, is director of Graduate Studies and the Center for Teaching and Learning at the American University of Afghanistan. He has been traveling to Afghanistan every year since 2002 to help rebuild the Afghan Higher education system. This event is free but donations are accepted to help pay for Zaher’s travel costs and the use of the venue. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Doors open 6:30 pm, Zaher at 7:00 pm. Co-sponsored by Occupy Portland Elder Caucus, Peace and Justice Works - Iraq Affinity Group, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility and KBOO.
Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 6-8pm
@Center for Intercultural Organizing
Peace and Justice Works (PJW) and Portland Copwatch (PCW) are inviting the community to celebrate 25 years of working for a better world. Join us on July 22 at 6 PM at the Unite Oregon office for a fun and educational "stuff-raising" event. We will we watching videos of various PJW events through the years. Admission is anything from our wish list ( http://www.portlandcopwatch.org/wishlist.html)-- from a paper clip to a used computer, though cash and checks are also welcome. We'll have refreshments, memorabilia, information about PJW and PCW's first 25 years, and items for sale.
Sunday, May 14, 2017 from 2-4pm
Peace and Justice Works will host a rally and march on Sunday, May 14, Mother's Day, titled "The Mother of All Protests." We will gather at 2 PM at the Walk of Heroines at Portland State University, SW Harrison St & 10th Av (note: Streets do not go through to the Walk, which is on block north of the Park Blocks). PJW rejects the terminology and use of the "Mother of All Bombs" in Afghanistan, dropping bombs on Syria, killing civilians in Iraq, rattling the sabre in North Korea, and other warmongering by the US government. The militarism is connected to other domestic and foreign policy issues that are quickly taking us further into the World War the US started after 9/11. This is a peaceful march and rally, to foreground women and women's roles in creating Mother's day over 100 years ago as a day for world peace. Julia Ward Howe wrote in 1870 about an international women's congress which would "promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of Peace." Part of the reclamation is to stop using the term "the Mother of" to mean "the largest of" or "the event to end all other events." It means the origin of, or one who gives birth to-- as the origin of Mother's day gave birth to this demonstration. On May 6, Pope Francis condemned the US' naming of its bomb, saying: "I was ashamed when I heard the name. A mother gives life and this one gives death, and we call this device a mother. What is happening?" (Reuters, May 6). Coordinated by Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group. Cosponsors include Women's International League for Peace and Freedom-Portland, Veterans for Peace Chap. 72, Recruiter Watch PDX, Portland Fellowship of Reconciliation, War Resisters League-Portland and the Portland State University Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department. Endorsers include Women's March on Portland and Little Light of Mine Friends Worship Group. For more information contact Peace and Justice Works at 503-236-3065 or pjw @ pjw.info.
Sunday, May 14, 2017 from 2-4pm
@Portland State University
Rally and march on Mother's Day at Walk of Heroines, Portland State University, to foreground women and women's roles in creating Mother's Day over 100 years ago as a day for world peace.
Friday, March 17, 2017 at 5pm
Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group is co-sponsoring the Friday, March 17 Portland Peaceful Response Coalition Friday Rally with the theme "The Quagmire Continues: 14 Years in Iraq." The rally begins at 5 PM at Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW Yamhill and Morrison, with a march around downtown beginning at about 5:20 PM. The US invaded Iraq on March 19, 2003. Even though most of the troops were withdrawn in 2011, they never left completely. With the US' war against the Islamic State starting in August 2014, there are now over 5000 troops in Iraq as "advisors," drone and conventional aircraft bombings, and, with the world's largest embassy, an unending occupation.Although March 2017 marks 14 years since the Iraq War began, one also can look at Jan. 1991-- the start of "Gulf War Part 1"-- as the start of what has now been over 25 years of US hostilities in Iraq. Meanwhile, though sanctions were put in place against the late Saddam Hussein's regime in 1990 to force Iraq to repay Kuwait for their invasion of that country, Iraq still has to make payments despite its dire financial and political situation. Making matters worse, Donald Trump told NBC on January 25: "We should've kept the oil when we got out"-- as if the US had the right to take Iraq's oil. For more information or to endorse or otherwise support this event contact Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group at 503-236-3065 or firstname.lastname@example.org ; PPRC's weekly rally notice can be found at . A flyer for this event can be found along with other information at .
Friday, February 24, 2017 at 5pm
Portland Peaceful Response Coalition has held weekly rallies since November of 2001 at Pioneer Courthouse Square, shortly after the US invasion of Afghanistan. The rallies focus on human rights issues domestic (police abuse, houselessness, racism, spying) and international (US wars, Israel/Palestine, drone warfare, fair trade vs. "free trade"). Join PPRC and the Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group to mark 800 weeks (just over 15 years) of marching!
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 from 4-5:30pm
@East end of Hawthorne Bridge
"15 Years of Human Rights Abuses at Guantanamo-- Shut It Down!" Visibility Action Wednesday, January 11, 2017 4:00-5:30 PM SE Hawthorne & Grand (East end of Hawthorne Bridge) Featuring the "Tower of Peace" to mark 15 years since the prison camp opened. Portlanders are once again planning to mark the sordid anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo Bay prison with a visibility action at the east end of the Hawthorne Bridge (SE Hawthorne & Grand) on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, from 4:00 to 5:30 PM. The message of the organizers is "15 Years of Human Rights Abuses at Guantanamo-- Shut It Down!" The event will include the 12- foot-tall "Tower of Peace" strung with banners reading "CLOSE GITMO NOW-Stop Inspiring Terror." This will be both a last-ditch effort to ask President Obama to fulfill his promise to close the prison camp-- it's down to just 60 prisoners now-- and a plea to incoming President Trump and congress as well. Amnesty International is currently working on a campaign to get President Obama to close the prison before he leaves office: A flyer for the event is available at http://www.pjw.info/gitmo15yl_flyer.pdf The event is being cosponsored by Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group, Amnesty International Group 48 and the Portland Close Guantanamo Coalition, along with Jewish Voice for Peace-PDX, Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights, and others. Groups who would like to join as a cosponsor (at no cost, though donations are gladly accepted!), or for more information, contact Peace and Justice Works at 503-236-3065 or email@example.com.
Friday, October 7, 2016 from 5-6pm
Friday, October 7, 2016, 5:00-6:00 PM The Afghan Invasion 15 Years Later Friday Rally and March w/Portland Peaceful Response Coalition Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW Yamhill and Broadway Flyer
Friday, September 23, 2016 from 5-6pm
Friday, September 23, 2016, 5:00-6:00 PM 2 Years of US War on Syria Friday Rally and March w/Portland Peaceful Response Coalition Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW Yamhill and Broadway