January 11th, 2007 | by Lance Kramer News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP

Downtown anti-war protests heat up, next up: Pioneer Square @ 6

     
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Moveon.org expects families to gather tonight at 6 pm @ Pioneer Courthouse Square, for what organizers are calling an "emergency rally" to halt the escalation of the war in Iraq.

The rally, one of many others the organization will hold nationwide today, comes in response to President Bush's announcement yesterday to significantly increase troop deployment in Iraq. Participants will demand Oregon's House Reps David Wu and Earl Blumenauer as well as Sens. Ron Wyden and Gordon Smith support Congressional opposition to the president's plan.

(BTW, if anybody can figure Smith's position on the war as a Republican who first backed the war, then blasted it and now is in some sorta limbo, please feel free to share with the rest of the class)

In other local antiwar news, Federal Protective Services took five women into custody this morning for handcuffing themselves to the Edith Green Federal Building Downtown, also in response to Bush's "increase the troops" pitch.

The women, members of a newly formed social action group called “The Surge Protection Brigade,” were released quickly, according to Marianne Barisonek, another organizing member of The Brigade. The handcuffed protestors included four grandmothers (for real) and one mother. Federal Protective Services cited all five for trespassing and disobeying officer's orders.

“If Bush is going to escalate the involvement in the war, we have to escalate our civil disobedience – our elected officials are just not listening to us,” Barisonek says.
 
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