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OCTOBER 22- STOP POLICE BRUTALITY!!! Here's the info, let's make it big!

Here it is. Bring as many people as you can, bring food if you can (or an appetite), wear black. That is all. Oh, can any of you indymedia folks get this up as a feature. Pretty please.
What: October 22 March to Stop Police Brutality, as well as speakers and a potluck before hand

Who: All members of the community are encouraged to participate

When: October 22, 2003. Potluck and speakers start at 4:00pm, march takes off at 5:00pm

Where: South Park Blocks (across from the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall)

Why: To voice the public's opposition to a growing trend of police brutality and excessive use of force

On October 22, 2003, a diverse group of individuals will join together in the streets of Portland to say not here, not now, not ever! We will be rising up to let every police officer everywhere know that we have had enough! We will state, loud and clear, that the phrase 'To serve and protect,' doesn't mean a damn thing so long as it's worn behind a badge of deception, hatred, and brutality! I want to see this violent power trip end every day of my life, not just October 22, but this is a good chance for the community to get out there en mass, and say it loud and clear so that no officer can say they didn't hear us.

We are asking for individuals to come out for this event. There will be a potluck, speakers, and a march through downtown Portland. Feel free to bring food for the potluck, signs, and anyone you know. It is also asked that you wear all black as a symbol of solidarity and mourning, but this is up to each person individually. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come. No matter what your race, gender, socio-economic background, age, or religion, we are all open targets for violent police misconduct. People who associate themselves with minority groups are especially encouraged to attend, because we recognize the threat of police profiling is aimed most commonly at racial minorities, sexual minorities, transgendered and gender variant individuals, and young adults.

The streets are no longer safe. There is a gang of 1000+ running rampant on the streets of Portland, armed to the teeth with guns, "less than lethal" weapons, and harmful, sometimes deadly chemical agents. The police are supposed to foster a sense of security in their communities, but how secure do you really feel? How safe are any of us when we have no way to fight back against armed officers who are given complete power over our freedom and our lives? How safe is the community when their actions will go unpunished and often rewarded despite obvious judgement flaws? Don't forget that these 'slight flaws in judgement' have led to countless severe, even permanent injuries and multiple deaths! This is our chance to say STOP POLICE BRUTALITY!

The potluck and speakers will be in the South Park Blocks (across from the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall) starting at 4:00pm, and the march will start at 5:00pm on Weds, Oct. 22. Everyone is welcome to attend.

For more general info, check out the October 22 Coalition's website,  http://www.october22.org

What is the October 22 Coalition to Stop Police Brutality all about?

(Taken directly from the October 22 Coalition to Stop Police Brutality website.) "In city after city across the U.S., thousands of people will hold demonstrations, rallies, marches, forums, workshops, concerts, art shows, organizing meetings, and more, to reach out to and involve millions more. We will use the pictures, stories and statistics from the Stolen Lives Project to let people know of the horrors and outrages which are being kept from their sight, and call on them to be a part of fighting back to stop this national epidemic. We will WEAR BLACK! to symbolize our mourning for those whose lives have been stolen from us, and speak for those who can no longer speak for themselves.
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Laws continue to strip away civil liberties and protection against COINTELPRO-type government eavesdropping, searches, seizures, evidence fabrication, frame-ups, and ambushes. People are being held in jail indefinitely on secret evidence and denied access to lawyers or a chance to contest their imprisonment. Police, the FBI, CIA, INS/BICE and other law enforcement agencies, the same institutions that have brutalized and even murdered people, are being given expanded powers over us.

All of history teaches us that, as Frederick Douglas said, "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.... The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress." "

-  http://www.october22.org
This is absolutely necessary!!! 17.Oct.2003 19:01

burr

As a member of Portland's bicycle community, I have seen cyclists brutalized by the police for no apparent reason at numerous Critical Mass rides. The use of pepper spray, tasers, video surveillance, facial recognition scanning, confiscation of bicycles and brutal takedowns by Darth Vader-equipped riot cops and the CERT team, resulting in arrests, injuries, broken teeth, you name it...The PPD are absolutely out of control. Their over-the-top approach to "maintaining order" on a simple bicycle ride speaks worlds for the local police culture of cowardice, oppression and repression.

Come to the rally on October 22!

Let the new chief know how you feel:  dfoxworth@police.ci.portland.or.us

SPEAKERS!!! 17.Oct.2003 20:04

.

So, the speakers we have verified so far are Craig Rosebraugh, Stu Albert, and Dan Handleman. Cool speakers and a vegan potluck, who could pass that up!

i will be there 17.Oct.2003 20:40

prego

i have been in a few CM rides, including the one on the freeway. i wish so much i could participate in this one, but i am now pregnant and afraid that i will get hurt by one of the popo, so instead i will at least go down and show my support for one and all. keep on riding critical mass!

vision 19.Oct.2003 02:47

slacker

I have been to numerous portest in P-Town and I am dissapointed with the lack of spirit in the protest community. You would think after the several protest that we have had sense Bush 2002 that we would be able to generate more of a following then what we have. The last few protest have been imbarassing due to the lack of turn out and commentant from the believers. I have been arrested before and I am willing to be arrest again, because the streets do not belong to the police!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This mayor is not my mayor and this chief is not my chief!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When do we rightfully take back what is ours?

have you seen the little piggies... 21.Oct.2003 21:41

paradoxx

this is so nessicary. being pepper sprayed sucks my giant latex balls. I'll see you there!