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August 6, 2003
General Defense Committee of the IWW
616 E. Burnside St., Portland, OR, 97214
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