AFTER 9/11: FORUM ON CIVIL LIBERTIES AND SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENTS
* from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
* at the Community Hall of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
* 330 S.E. 11th St.
Citizens from a variety of organizations will address concerns regarding the erosion of civil liberties in the wake of the USA Patriot Act and the renewal and expansion of the Portland Joint Terrorism Task Force. The forum will be held at the Community Hall of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 330 S.E. 11th, Saturday, August 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The event will include presentations by, among others, Cecil Prescod, Peace Organizing Director of the Portland office of the American Friends Service Committee; Andrea Meyer, Legislative Director, ACLU of Oregon; a representative of Portland's city government; Laurie Mercier, Associate Professor of History at Washington State University Vancouver; Gulzar Ahmed, President of the Oregon Chapter of the American Muslim Alliance; and Chris Preucil, Founding Board Member of the Alliance for Sustainable Jobs and the Environment. These presentations will be followed by breakout sessions in which representatives of local groups working for social and environmental justice will be on hand to share their own concerns and experiences and to facilitate discussion of activist responses to the current political climate.
Snacks will be available. Suggested donation up to $5. No one will be turned away.
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Contact: Desiree Hellegers, 503-331-0236
Multnomah Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), the Center for Social and Environmental Justice at Washington State University, Portland Copwatch, St. Francis Catholic Church, KBOO, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Ainsworth United Church of Christ, the American Friends Service Committee, Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights, Cascadia Forest Alliance, Dignity Village, East Timor Action Network, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Liberty Hall, the National Lawyer's Guild, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Peace and Justice Works, the Police Accountability Campaign, Portland Alliance, Reedwood Friends Church, Southminster Presbyterian Church, St. Andrew's Catholic Church, and street roots.