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Join The Portland Peaceful Response Coalition Peace and Justice Rally October 3rd!

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Alicat
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50 posted 10-02-2004 03:59 PM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

A vote for Mr. Nader would not be irrevelent.  According to the federal election commission, the percentage of total votes each party gets determines, in part, their federal funding for other elections.  It's that type of negative mindset, with all due respect, that is keeping the 2-party system intact.  Democrats and Republicans know that if they can convince people not to 'throw away their vote', they can keep the status quo intact.  In short, ALL votes matter, though the effect of that vote may not be immediately felt or realized.

As an aside, the 2000 election was the third time in American political history, if memory serves, that one candidate won the popular vote, but lost the electoral, and it is always possible, since some states have more electoral votes than others, and if one ignores the smaller electoral states, as was done in 2000, those smaller numbers add up, and can cost an election.
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51 posted 10-02-2004 08:26 PM       View Profile for Mistletoe Angel   Email Mistletoe Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Mistletoe Angel's Home Page   View IP for Mistletoe Angel

**************COALITION LOG****************

Tomorrow, we kick off our longly-anticipated major rally in downtown Portland.

Less than twenty-four hours from now, we're expecting as much as 30,000 to march in on the North Park at and around 8th and Everett.

I, myself, will not be speaking at this rally, for we believe in having a diversity of speakers from the over a hundred local organizations taking part. I am being considered as a keynote speaker the next time around, sometime after the election. I'll be dancing and marching with the thousands of others, with their signs, masks, henna tattoos, tie-dye T-shirts and political paraphernalia worn on their shirts and sleeves.

As the first debate proved Thursday evening, which Kerry clearly won, we can expect more of the same from Bush should he be elected another four more years. More war with no exit strategy in sight. More suppression of our civil liberties. More broken promises and slander.

While Kerry had an impressive, groundbreaking performance which set out how his opinion of Iraq differs from Bush, laying out that there is indeed an alternative choice to Bush's ongoing war, filled with flavorful dialogue, research to back him up and empathy in his tone, Bush was inarcticulate, failed to respond to Kerry's points, looked flustered, smirkish and angry on camera, slow in speaking and bland of language, and, quite frankly, was left debating himself the final 60 minutes.

On top of all that, Bush said eleven times during his monotonous soapbox, "It's hard work!". This sure explains a lot. If it is truly hard work for him, shouldn't we have someone who is more fit for the job, someone who simply just needs a soy latte and then can say, "I'm John Kerry and I'm reporting for duty!"?

It's been over a year now since September 7th, 2003, when Bush asked for $87 billion more for Iraq, admitting for the first time that the war will cost many hundreds of billions before it ends. Besides the thousands of deaths and permanent life-changing and life-afflicting wounds and injuries, the $87 billion could have easily been spared for too many things that actually help for the better.

This $87 billion is approximately nine times what the government spends on Special Education. Ten times what the government spends on environmental protections. Seven times what the government spends on Title I for low income schools. Eight times the total given in Pell Grants for college tuition. And...frankly...87 times what the government spends on after school programs.

While Bush continues to "talk" our values, the way this administration has funded contradicts what he talks.

And, in result, this war on Iraq has costed this nation approximately $7 million an hour. That's over a billion a week! In addition, it is costing each American family $3,400!!!

In the meantime, more than a million have lost their basic health care and have nowhere to turn but emergency rooms and are then turned over to collection agencies when they can't pay the rising costs.

In the meantime, over two hundred environmental laws have been rolled back while alarming rises in autism, ADD and cancer accelerate, while three times the level of mercury is being released into the atmosphere from power plants, while premature deaths caused from pollution by coal-burning power plants have risen to 24,000.

In the meantime our scientists continue to be suppressed, and their reports distorted by the White House of dire warnings about climate change, stem cell research, the dangers of mercury and hundreds of other toxic chemicals, the dangers of depleted uranium, Agent Orange, mining, nuclear weapons storage, and the power plants themselves. Even as over 4,000 scientists including 48 Nobel Laureates have come out accusing the Administration of this, they continue to be blacklisted and harrassed, suppressed from releasing information to the public that is critical of the Bush Administration and its corporal contributors.

In the meantime, right here in Oregon, Oregon has received a D+ grade in a report on its health and well-being of its children this year, down from a B- in 2002, the lowest grade for this state in 12 years, with an increasing rate of uninsured children, a rising unemployment rate, a lack of affordable housing and a lack of child care for low income families.

The message is clear. Instead of funding these billions of dollars into America's children, into protecting our environment, into finally no longer making America the only industralized nation in the world not to have universal basic health care for everyone, the Bush Administration would rather spend these billions as blood money, fighting an albatross of a war that cannot be won.

As we come out tomorrow to protest, to gather in this incredible rally, we will not only be marching against this war, against all occupation, against the irresponsibility of this Administration. We will be marching FOR increased funding in job creation, in health care, in education, in environmental protection, all the basics that make families and a country healthy and strong.

We'll be marching for change, as volunteers for a silver lining. Volunteers for democracy. A majority believe America is heading in the wrong direction, and we believe Kerry deserves this chance in finding the right direction for America.

God Bless You All, and we will be excited in seeing some of your familiar faces this Sunday at North Parks, yay!



Peace, Love and Harmony,
Noah Eaton

"You'll find something that's enough to keep you
But if the bright lights don't receive you
You should turn yourself around and come back home" MB20

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GRRR not only have I been vandalised by someone stealing my Kerry-Edwards sign during the night, I'm now having starter/engine problems with my car, and must take it back to the mechanic tomorrow...for the third time. Grrr. Sorry, I have no wheels available today to get back and forth to Portland, and 35+ miles one way is WAY too far for me to walk.
As they say, 'The best laid plans...'
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53 posted 10-14-2004 11:16 PM       View Profile for Mistletoe Angel   Email Mistletoe Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Mistletoe Angel's Home Page   View IP for Mistletoe Angel



Hey, everyone!

I'd just like to offer my belated thanks to all who cheered us on in spirit! All the arms we need is your own which send heart hugs our way, and literally millions I believe embraced us in spirit as nearly 10,000 marched together through the streets of Portland.

As John Lennon said, "You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one!". In fact, millions across America and worldwide are yearning for a non-violent peace process. Millions more worldwide share our sentiments, and we are all truly children of God, siblings in spirit, one family of the Earth.

We will continue to march, and are already preparing our next major demonstration for next year. Each Friday until then we will do what we always do, and continue to do so until this war in Iraq ceases, until this war in Afghanistan ceases, until these occupations in the West Bank and Gaza end, until true peace is made.

We will be co-hosting the forthcoming Ninth Annual Children's Peace Fair at Augustana Lutheran Church, where we will be encouraging an environment of cooperative, creative and peaceful play among children of all ages.

I have also been volunteering with Buckman Elementary in their after-school programs in Portland, promoting the ideals of peace through art, literature and dance.

Jimi Hendrix said, "When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." And we believe that in building communities, we can build relationships, we can build bridges between one another. To understand and know one another is to love one another, and in forming communities such as this, let the healing begin.



Now, I'd love to share some pictures from the march to you all! I am featured in the snapshots holding up the "End The Wars" banner! I am the one in tie-dye!







Sincerely,
Noah Eaton


"You'll find something that's enough to keep you
But if the bright lights don't receive you
You should turn yourself around and come back home" MB20
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54 posted 10-14-2004 11:22 PM       View Profile for Mistletoe Angel   Email Mistletoe Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Mistletoe Angel's Home Page   View IP for Mistletoe Angel

Here are some more pictures!











Sincerely,
Noah Eaton

"You'll find something that's enough to keep you
But if the bright lights don't receive you
You should turn yourself around and come back home" MB20

Mistletoe Angel
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55 posted 10-14-2004 11:24 PM       View Profile for Mistletoe Angel   Email Mistletoe Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Mistletoe Angel's Home Page   View IP for Mistletoe Angel









Sincerely,
Noah Eaton

"You'll find something that's enough to keep you
But if the bright lights don't receive you
You should turn yourself around and come back home" MB20

 
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