Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 12:00pm - Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 5:00pm
Rally, march, and teach-in to mark anniversaries of 2001 Afghan invasion and Occupy Portland
Momentum is building for two days of action protesting the 11th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and marking one year since the start of Occupy Portland on Saturday, Oct. 6 and Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012.
While the Obama administration’s new Defense Guidance document has been portrayed as moving to significant cuts in the Pentagon budget, the President himself tells a starkly different story. At last week’s rollout, he said:
It's time to give thanks. Yesterday, the congressional Super Committee actually gave us another reason to be thankful when it announced that the members were unable to agree on a plan to make $1.2 trillion in deficit reductions over the next 10 years.
This is a testament to the grassroots voices – including yours – from around the country that made it clear that any deal should reflect the priorities and values of “the 99%.” In this case, no deal was definitely better than a bad deal.
With President Obama's confirmation that all US troops will leave Iraq by the end of the year it's time again to consider the human and financial costs of war. More than $1 trillion have been spent on Iraq and Afghanistan, just imagine what benefit that money could have wrought. It’s time to hear what young people – who will be paying for these wars for years to come – have to say about how best to remedy the distorted spending priorities shown in the current federal budget.
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