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When the Bombs Drop, Portland Stops: Events announced for Day of Iraq Attack

From the open publishing newswire: the fascists in power aren't listening to the people of the world and seem set on attacking Iraq any day now. here's a summary of the announced events in portland for that day so far.

GATHER AT TERRY SHRUNK PLAZA AT 4:00 PM:
Following a tradition from the first Gulf War, activists have been spreading the word for months and months now that people should meet at Terry Schrunk Plaza, 3rd & Madison in downtown Portland, the day bombing/an invasion begins. If the attack comes after 4:00 p.m., then the event will happen the next day.

MARCH AT 5:00 PM:
Flyers are circulating around town announcing a march to start from the plaza at 5:00 p.m. What will happen during this unpermitted march? The flyer says: "We will stop 'business as usual' by blockading key intersections. There will be space for everyone to express themselves. Be prepared for weather and unpredictable police. For all of our safety, please be prepared to participate at your comfort level, and be respectful of others' tactics. There will be childcare, medical and legal support available. For more info call 877.572.5727 or email shutitdown@ureach.com." Read a press release for the actions.

EMERGENCY SPOKESCOUNCIL/SIGNMAKING TONIGHT!
Meet tonight, Monday, Mar. 17, at 6pm at the 1914 Arts Collective Space (1914 E. Burnside). Come to make signs, shields, banners, and network with other affinity groups and working groups. Wishlist: cardboard, cardboard, cardboard! Paint, ducttape, styrofoam, fabric, squirt-top water bottles, markers... and anything else you can think of for messaging on the streets.

UNIVERSITY STUDENT WALKOUT:
The plan is to leave classes at 2:00, meet in places listed below at each school, and then march or transport some other way to the rally at 4:00. If announcement comes after 2:00 or on the weekend, the strike will be the next day. There is gonna be a ton of students out there. [ Details for six area schools ]

CRITICAL MASS!
An anti-war CM is planned for the day the bombing starts. Come to the North park Blocks around 5pm on the day the bombing starts, bring a bike and a voice. And some anti-war charm. Hopefully this will coincide with people shutting down all government buildings and at least a few bridge closures. I liked hearing state of emergency the other day. Call to action, dont let Portland slide into this war without resistance, picket and stand strong shut down major thruways (make the connection already between war for oil and cars...)--like bridges. And major corporations around portland. [ Newswire post ]

For downloadable posters for these events, and to find out what's going on around the region, visit the portland indymedia STOP WAR page.

Other Proposals and Thoughts
Run on the Banks
Since this war is all about money and power, protesters must speak themselves in the language of money and power. So one way I thought might be possible to do this, is on the day bombing starts, to withdraw a substantial amount of money from a bank account. [ Read More... ]

Meeting at Laughing Horse to discuss various tactics at rallies & marches
There will be a meeting to discuss various tactics at rallies. This will be an open meeting, But we will do our best to kept it safe. We feel it is necessary to have a space for folks to talk out they're differences face to face. The objective will be to reach some form of common ground and strenthen the movement. [ Details ]

Direct Action has never been less arrestable in Portland
budget cuts have changed the face of protest and direct action here in portland, but we haven't quite figured that out yet as a movement. remember how all those people were released from jails back in january 'cos there's just not the money to keep them in there? have you heard about how only violent crimes are being prosecuted right now in many cases? or how even people caught red-handed for crimes like burglarly are not being held? this city is quite simply incapable of mass arrests right now. i think that's why they only took one person on saturday on the morrison bridge. [ Read More... ]

67 things you might want to know before the bombs drop
If you can get through it all... interesting sum of information on things related to war, iraq and the US. [ Read List... ]