Event ID:  314
Contact Name:  Barbara Drageaux
Contact Email:  bjdrgx@aracnet.com
Contact Phone:  503 224 5190
Organization:  Portland, Oregon Branch Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
Event Web Site:  www.disarm.wilpf.org
Dates:  10th October 2007 to 10th October 2007
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Type:  Public
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Country:  United States
State/Province:  OR
City:  Portland
Location:  Pioneer Square, 7th and Morrison, Portland city center
Event Name:  Vigil and leafleting on Keeping Space for Peace
Event Description:  WILPF Keep Space for Peace vigil and leafleting in downtown Portland on the 40th anniversary of the Outer Space Treaty
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Report on the Results:  October 10, 2007: Portland, Oregon USA. The Portland Branch of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom held a noon hour vigil on Wednesday, October 10 to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, which seeks to ensure the peaceful uses of space for the benefit of all humankind. About fifteen women distributed leaflets in support of the treaty and of House Resolution 68. This is progressive legislation calling for an end to the destabilizing US missile defense program, and to US efforts to weaponize space. WILPF members asked passers-by to contact Oregon Representatives and Senators, urging them to resist the current Administration's aggressive program of space militarization, and to support the United Nations treaty process. 300 to 400 leaflets were distributed on October 10, and a similar number on the preceding Wednesday and on the Wednesday following for a total of approximately 1200. The women also wore and held signs calling for an end to space militarization. During the noon hour in the city center, several thousand cars and a similar number of pedestrians passed within sight of the signs. The Portland WILPF Board also prepared letters to all members of the Portland Congressional delegation urging them to resist space militarization and to support negotiation of additional treaty law on Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space and banning space weapons. The letters were to be delivered in person by a Portland WILPF member to Washington, D.C. offices of Oregon Senators and Congress persons.
Attendance:  45
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Media Impressions:  400
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