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Jail Support / General Defense Committee events for Bush visit

The General Defense Committee of Industrial Workers of the World and local civil rights activists are preparing for the upcoming visit by President Bush to the University of Portland on August 21st, 2003. Motivated by last year's outrageous police behavior towards peaceful, legal demonstrators, the groups are hosting the 3 events.

All three events are all ages and open to the general public. Our goal is to promote awareness of resources and skills available to effectively exercise our freedom to assembly and speech. Intimidation of dissent is increasing and people who practice free speech need tangible support.
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August 6, 2003
General Defense Committee of the IWW
616 E. Burnside St., Portland, OR, 97214
(503) 234-4518

The General Defense Committee of Industrial Workers of the World and local civil rights activists are preparing for the upcoming visit by President Bush to the University of Portland on August 21st, 2003. Motivated by last year's outrageous police behavior towards peaceful, legal demonstrators, the groups are hosting the following events:

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Civil Disobedience Workshop
Presented by experienced trainers and members of the National Lawyer's Guild, the workshop will cover various aspects of non-violent civil disobedience. A $5.00 donation is requested. Wear sensible clothing.  This workshop will run concurrently with the Black Cross Health Collective's first aid training at the same location, on a separate floor.
Date and location: Saturday, August 9, 2003; 10am to 3pm at Liberty Hall, 311 N. Ivy

Video Showing and Legal Videography Workshop
Presented by members of the National Lawyer's Guild. This is a fundraiser for the General Defense Committee of Industrial Workers of the World. There will be video footage of the protests during the President's visit August 2002 and a workshop on effective technique for gathering video and photographic evidence of police misconduct at demonstrations. This event is sponsored by the General Defense Committee and the National Lawyer's Guild. There is a $3.00 charge at the door.
Date and location: Thursday, August 14, 2003; 7pm at the Red and Black Café, 2138 SE Division

Concert Fundraiser for the General Defense Committee of IWW
Two to three musical acts to be announced. This fundraiser will benefit jail support for arrestees during the Bush visit and general operating expenses. There is a $5.00 charge at the door.
Date and location: Saturday, August 16, 2003; at Liberty Hall, 311 N. Ivy

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All three events are all ages and open to the general public. Our goal is to promote awareness of resources and skills available to effectively exercise our freedom to assembly and speech. Intimidation of dissent is increasing and people who practice free speech need tangible support.

For press contact: Patrick Norton, 503.740.7116

phone: phone: (503)234-4518

civil disobediance training postponed untill Aug. 16 07.Aug.2003 13:49

General Defense Committee

The civil disobediance training planned for Saturday the 9th has been postponed untill August 16, the following Saturday, time and location to be announced as soon as it is secured.

The concert fundraiser on the 16th has also been postponed. The new time and location will be announced as soon as it is worked out. Sorry for the confusion.

The video showing/ videographer workshop on the 14th (7:pm) is still on.


The trainers feel they can better prepare their presentation given more lead time, and this will allow people to participate in the Black Cross Health Collective's first aid training on Saturday, August 9, and also the civil disobediance training on the 16th. We apologise for the switch, and we hope to avoid confusion and inconveniance, but we invite you to attend the first aid training. Here are the details again: Black Cross Health Collective is presenting a first aid workshop for affinity group-level medics on Saturday, August 9, 10:am - 6:pm at Liberty Hall, 311 N. Ivy St. $0 - $40 sliding scale. This training will cover a range of subjects usefull to students from novice to advanced, and including basic skills to protest- specific skills. Please check out the TRAININGS page on thier website: www.blackcrosscollective.org

We hope to see you on the 16th at the re-sceduled civil disobediance training (location TBA), and at the concert fundraiser at 7:pm at Liberty Hall. Stay tuned to Portland Indymedia for details.

In Solidarity, the General Defense Committee of the IWW

503-234-4518