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Northern New England Call to Action! Oppose the War in Portland, ME, Feb. 15! (english)
07 Feb 2003
The following is a call to action for all people in Portland, Maine, Northern New England and beyond to come to Portland, Maine on Saturday, February 15, 2003 to stand in opposition to the U.S. government’s pending war on Iraq.
OPPOSE U.S. WAR IN IRAQ!!!
NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL CALL TO ACTION!!!
FEBRUARY 15, 2003 – PORTLAND, MAINE!!!

The following is a call to action for all people in Portland, Maine, Northern New England and beyond to come to Portland, Maine on Saturday, February 15, 2003 to stand in opposition to the U.S. government’s pending war on Iraq. February 15 is an international day of action against the war, with huge demonstrations being planned around the world. If you live in Maine or the northeast U.S. and you aren’t going to New York or an anti-war event in your local area, please consider joining us in Portland. In solidarity with millions of people around the world, we will take to the streets as part of the struggle against this war and all wars orchestrated by the global elite for power, oil and profit.

Last night (Feb. 6), over 30 people met at Portland West Community Center to further solidify plans for the demonstration. There is another public organizing meeting on February 13, and a banner/puppet/sign making gathering on February 11. Please see the bottom of this message for more info on these events, and for information on an emergency response, should the U.S. start to attack Iraq before February 15.


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

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. Bring signs, drums, friends, banners, puppets, pots and pans, street theater, food, information, and your spirit of resistance!

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.

MORE UPCOMING ANTI-WAR EVENTS IN PORTLAND

Sunday, February 8, 2PM, Monument Square: Pro-war rally will occur. The organizer of this event has said that anti-war people will not be able to speak. Some people at last night’s meeting spoke of doing some sort of counter-rally.

Tuesday, February 11, 5:30 – 10pm, Portland West, 181 Brackett St: CREATIVE DISSENT TO WAR, help make puppets, banners, noisemakers, and other assorted
creative objects for the February 15th Anti-War Protest in Portland. Bring any supplies, materials, paints, cardboard, tape, glue, fabric, and your creative spirit!! Children welcome.

Thursday, February 13, 7pm, Peace + Justice Center, 1 Pleasant Street, 4th floor (above Hi Bombay): LAST ORGANIZING MEETING for the February 15 demonstration. Child care available upon request- resist207 (at) riseup.net, or 681-0035.

IF THE U.S. STARTS BOMBING BEFORE FEB. 15, meeting in Monument Square at 5pm or as soon as you hear about it! Regardless, the February 15 day of action will continue as planned!

MORE INFO:

* This day of action is being organized by a loose, grassroots coaltion of 30 – 50+ people from Portland and the surrounding area. We come from varying backgrounds and political tendancies, but are united in our opposition to war. Many of us are long-time activists or involved in community organizing in Portland in some capacity, while many of us have just recently joined the anti-war struggle.

** We will not be applying for permits from the city for this march. Lawyers and trained legal observers will be on hand.

*** Please forward this message far and wide!!! Posters can be picked up at the Peace and Justice Center or downloaded at http://openroad.maineindymedia.org/feb15/AntiWar.pdf
Please help by hanging some up in your area!!!

For more information or directions please contact us at resist207 (at) riseup.net, or (207) 681-0035. Also, please consider showing up for the next organizing meeting, to add your ideas or suggestions.




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