Thursday, March 22, 2007

Portland Peace March

Sunday marked the four-year anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq, and thousands of Portlanders met on the south Park Blocks in support of a peaceful and speedy resolution to a conflict gone awry. Maree and I rode our bikes downtown, met up with friends there, and enjoyed good conversation while speakers fired up the crowd and musicians sang songs of peace. The start of the march was delayed for a half-hour, but a couple guys kept everyone entertained with their portable PA system, beatboxing and getting the crowd involved with a freestyle version of "What do we want? Peace! When do we want it? Now!" Finally, at 2:45pm the bells of the church on the corner began to peal in a never-ending aural beacon to the city that the march had begun. It was an incredible pre-Spring day, with the sun peeking in and out of the clouds, bathing those who made their way downtown with warm sunlight. The march was a disappointingly short loop through the heart of downtown, while news helicopters hovered overhead and the police were out in every shape and form to keep the crown in line. The march was peaceful with the usual slogans chanted, a bevy of signs, the local anarchist brigade, and people from all walks of life united in the cause.


Curt said...

Wishing and hoping won't make it happen. Maybe we could send them to Afghanistan to negotiate with the Taliban. Or Iran to negotiate with Ahmadinejad. Or to North Korea to talk nukes with Kim Jong Il. I'd love to see that.

Anonymous said...

Good summary of the march. I think the church bells tome contributed to the somber energy of everyone marching. Did you hear the PDX had the biggest turnout in the country? New York only had a measly 1,000 people participate!


you know said...

Or negotiate with BIG OIL.