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May Day - Jail Support

This is about being prepared for the unexpected, not about expecting the worst.
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We are promoting a peaceful, if vocal protest, and conflict
with law enforcement is not our aim. We may encounter provocation from
police, but it is up to us to decide how to deal with it. We don't have
to take the bait. However this is a time of tension and the police may
behave erratically.

If you witness arrests or are arrested, get to a pay phone or borrow a
cell phone and call this number:

jail support (503) 234-4518
call collect if necessary
Belmont Law Center (503) 234-2694
no collect calls

If you witness arrests, please call with specific information of time,
location, names (or nicknames) of arrestees, names of cops, etc... Not
wanting to tie up the Jail Support line we are using a separate line for reports from the street. The number for non-arrestees is 503-231-5488.

Write these numbers on your body in permanent (indelible) ink and share
with others.

If you are arrested you will likely have limited access to a telephone.
If you call the jail support number, we can pass messages on to your
family, housemates, employer, and/or lawyer informing them of your
situation. We are not lawyers ourselves, but we work with members of the National Lawyers Guild to provide for defense and civil litigation when needed. We also have volunteer drivers to provide rides home from jail at 4:00 am. You are not alone.

Remember that any calls made from custody may be monitored by the police.