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Portland State University is happy to have Ms. Rice speak more lies and is providing her a venue to do so.  I'm sure they will have "Free Speech Zones" outside for all of us who are irate about a war criminal being paid to sell her book where students go to be educated.  

People will be paying $250 to $500 to hear her bloody, filthy lies.  

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
Reception 6:00 p.m.
Dinner and Program 7:00 p.m.
Oregon Convention Center,
Portland Ballroom

We chased her out of Portland last time before she even landed in "Little Beirut".

Here's our letter to PSU:  

Dear President Wiewel,

As concerned women of the community, we write to express our dismay and consternation at the choice of Condoleezza Rice for keynote speaker at the Simon Benson Awards Dinner next month.  According to the event website, this is “an A-list event for the state, ….an increasingly influential forum for raising the bar for philanthropy in Oregon.”

Please explain to us how choosing an individual who colluded with others and lied to send us into an unnecessary and tragic war raises any bar.  Why must you stoop so low to raise the bar?  Who among your donors would appreciate a speaker of such questionable integrity?  Is it the Mark family that requested her?  Is it the Furman family that requested her?  Are the values of the University such that you support  leaders who lie us into war, causing the depletion of our treasury, leaving our health care, education, and housing needs unmet?

We object to her visit because she played a key role in launching a war of aggression against the people of Iraq. Condoleezza Rice has blood on her hands for the needless and violent deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians and over 4,000 American soldiers. She also played a key role in an administration that has tortured thousands of innocent people in American prisons in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. We believe that invading countries in an offensive capacity and torturing innocent people is exactly contrary to the mission and vision of PSU.

How does ignoring the lies and injustices perpetrated by Ms. Rice further PSU's mission to be “known for excellence in student learning, innovative research, and community engagement that contributes to the economic vitality, environmental sustainability, and quality of life in the Portland region and beyond.”?

We look forward to your response and the opportunity to engage in conversation about how speakers for the Simon Benson Awards Dinner are selected.  We urge you to reconsider; there is still time to invite a keynote speaker of unquestionable integrity, one who accurately reflects the legacy of Simon Benson.

( I've deleted the last names for this post)
Martha S
and all the women of Code Pink Portland and the Seriously Pissed Off Grannies (aka the Surge Protection Brigade)

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