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March Forth on March 4th
Tuesday, March 4, 2008 - 12:00pm
Backbone Campaign debuts its Procession for the Future on the Streets of Portland

The Backbone Campaign will bring its Procession for the Future to Portland for a parade, Tuesday, March 4th at noon. This will be one of the largest, art oriented, political spectacles the streets of Portland have ever seen. This will be an AMAZING PHOTO OPPORTUNITY! Twelve giant puppets, representing progressive issues such as Universal Health Care, Climate Stabilization, Fair Trade, and others, will assemble at Pioneer Courthouse Square with many other Portland area organizations and proceed a mile through downtown to Portland State University.

"Like the social movements of preceding generations, the students and youth of today are ultimately responsible for the change we want to embody for the future. In these challenging times, the opportunity to build community and solidarity in defining that change literally defines the future of this country," says Brad Vehafric, Vice President of the Associated Students of Portland State University.

"The Procession for the Future is a creative organizing tool to inspire, educate and train youth and concerned citizens to be more effective activists. By using high production value art and spectacle the Backbone Campaign is animating progressive aspirations and delivering a compelling progressive vision for the country," said Bill Moyer, Backbone Campaign Executive Director.

The parade is part of a three-day festival which begins Sunday, March 2nd, 11 am, with a workshop on "Arts & Sound for Social Change," and a parade rehearsal. The parade will include a giant inflatable Statue of Liberty, an enormous polar bear, a large sun that opens to unveil an eco-city, an eleven-foot Earth Globe, an oversized origami-inspired peace crane, a giant Constitution preamble, a "Veggie Mama" puppet, and much more.

Monday, March 3rd brings keynote speakers Reverend Lennox Yearwood of the Hip Hop Caucus, author and activist Antonia Juhasz, and former Green Party candidate for president, David Cobb to PSU for a Forum on "We the People - Building a Movement for the Future We Want."

After the parade, on March 4th, at the PSU Smith Memorial Student Union Building, the puppets will circle up and transform into a Festival for the Future, an activist theme park where Ruckus Society, Corporate Accountability and Backbone Campaign will provide training for students and the general public in bird-dogging, nonviolent civil disobedience, freeway bannering and corporate campaigning.

For updates to the schedule and for more information, visit www.processionforthefuture.org. All activities are free and open to the public.