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News ::
Feb 15th: Anti-War Protest, Portland, Maine (english)
02 Feb 2003
DAY OF ACTION AGAINST THE WAR
FEBRUARY 15th PORTLAND, MAINE
1:00pm ˆ Three Points Marches Begin: South Portland, USM, Munjoy Hill
2:00pm ˆ Convergence in Monument sq: Rally/March/Drumming/Music/Theater/Etc.
4:00pm ˆ Public Forum/Speak Out (place TBA)

DAY OF ACTION AGAINST THE WAR
FEBRUARY 15th PORTLAND, MAINE
1:00pm ˆ Three Points Marches Begin: South Portland, USM, Munjoy Hill
2:00pm ˆ Convergence in Monument sq: Rally/March/Drumming/Music/Theater/Etc.
4:00pm ˆ Public Forum/Speak Out (place TBA)

As Bush and his cronies beat the war drums in Washington louder and faster, our
resistance is growing, strengthening and spreading. Millions of people are
taking to the streets and getting active in the struggle against this war and
all wars orchestrated by the global elite for power, oil and control. February
15th is the next International Day of Action Against the War in Iraq with
actions happening in many European cities, and cities here in North America
including New York and San Francisco.

While we understand people‚s desire to go to NYC, we also feel it is equally
important to work locally. There is immense anti-war feeling in our own
backyard and we ought to show it here!

On Feb. 15th, three marches will feed from different ends of Portland, meeting
for a mass rally in Monument sq. and grand march through downtown.

1:00pm
FROM THE WEST will come a march across the South Portland Bridge.
(meeting at Mill Creek Plaza Shaws)
FROM THE NORTH will come a march from the University of Southern Maine.
(meeting at the USM Student Center parking lot)
FROM THE EAST will come a march from Munjoy Hill.
(meeting at the monument where Congress St. meets the Eastern Prom)

2:00pm
The three marches will converge on Monument sq. Here there will be drumming,
street theater, piñatas, music, singing, dancing, puppets, and more...leading
up to a mass march through downtown.

4:00pm
Come inside to warm up, and use the day‚s energy to think about the next step,
meet new people, and talk.
This Community Forum/Speak Out will be held in a place soon TBA.
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This is where we stand so far. There are two more planning meetings. Please
be in touch resist207 (at) riseup.net (681-0035)with any ideas or suggestions, and
please consider showing up for the next organizing meeting!

Below follows the rest of the original call for those interested in helping
organize:

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We have initiated planning for a Day of Action Against the War in Portland on
February 15th in solidarity with actions happening around the world. We also
discussed the possibility of that evening having a Community Meal and General
Assembly or Public Forum to discuss how we can stop the war in Iraq and how we
can build a strong and unified anti-war movement here in Maine. Our vision
for this protest was to use it to initiate a network or coalition of people and
groups opposed to the war which can serve to enable and foster further
resistance and dissent to the war and promote alternatives to the global war
machine.

Please help organize the Feb 15th action and other anti-war actions in Portland
and Maine. We invite anyone opposed to the war to come to these meetings and
get involved. February 6th at 7pm at Portland West 181 Brackett St. Portland
and on February 13th, 7pm at Peace and Justice Center. Childcare will be
provided at these meetings if needed. We encourage people to come, share their
ideas, be creative and together we can create an empowering and effective
action against the war.

WEEKLY ANTI-WAR EVENTS IN PORTLAND
We plan on weekly percussion/theater/leafleting vigils ˆ Sunday at noon (with
Food Not Bombs already there, it‚s a perfect match!) and Fridays at 5pm. Both
in Monument sq. We plan on organizing public community/neighborhood meeting(s)
on the War.

We hope to attract a diverse and large group of people who will all respect
each other‚s individual place in the anti-war movement(s). We want to initiate
this coalition/network on a basis of mutual support, non-sectarianism, and non-
hierarchical organizing. We want to create a space where all view points,
tactics, political ideologies, and strategies are respected and honored.
Together we can create a strong movement against the war and for peace,
justice, equality, and freedom.

For further info: resist207 (at) riseup.net, 681-0035, and stay tuned, more to come
shortly!

This call out was put out by a loose unnamed collective of people with no
formal organization. Most of the people involved with initiating this call-out
are
involved in activism in Portland and Maine in a variety of capacities.
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For regular (once a week) updates on radical events and activism write to
resist207-subscribe (at) lists.riseup.net


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