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Benefit this Saturday for the PDX to RNC Legal Fund

According to the New York legal team, the best thing we can do in preparing to come to the RNC protests is to raise legal defense money beforehand. This doesn't mean we're planning to go out and get arrested - it just means that in chaotic situations, you never know what will happen. We're going as medics and journalists and bike activists, we're going to let our Oregon representatives know that we're watching them, and we're going to plug in where the New York organizers need us. So if you support the cause, or if you just want to hear some good music, come out and drop a couple bucks in the hat.
When: Saturday, August 7. 8 PM.
Where: the Portland IWW Hall/Back to Back Cafe, 614 E. Burnside
Music by: Book of Maps, Miriam, and others TBA
Suggested donation: $3-$7

We'll be tabling there, so if you're interested in going to New York and don't know how you're getting there, this would be a good place to network.
For more info on the RNC, see www.rncnotwelcome.org and www.counterconvention.net
how about traveling funds first? 04.Aug.2004 06:58

kirsten anderberg kirstena@resist.ca

"According to the New York legal team, the best thing we can do in preparing to come to the RNC protests is to raise legal defense money beforehand. This doesn't mean we're planning to go out and get arrested - it just means that in chaotic situations, you never know what will happen. We're going as medics and journalists and bike activists, we're going to let our Oregon representatives know that we're watching them, and we're going to plug in where the New York organizers need us. So if you support the cause, or if you just want to hear some good music, come out and drop a couple bucks in the hat."

I am a journalist. I write cover stories for the Portland IMC all the time. I need transportation costs before legal costs to attend the RNC. I would rather see the poor mobilized to the RNC, than legal costs at this point. We have legal funds but no transportation funding, hmmm.

"We'll be tabling there, so if you're interested in going to New York and don't know how you're getting there, this would be a good place to network."

I would like to know how to get to the RNC as a well-published and rarely paid journalist and poor person from the Pacific NW and I cannot afford to go to Portland to network. I am in Seattle. Any ideas?

The class chasm within the protest community is widening with the RNC...
The class chasm within the protest community is widening with the RNC...

an idea 04.Aug.2004 11:36

cba

yes, kirsten, i have an idea: organize in person, establish community contacts in person, build trust.

for instance: clearly, there are people putting on this benefit. have you tried working with them to put it on? and then spoken with them about other fundraising possibilities, such as funding your (and others') travel?

and another approach: i've been part of an activist organization for years now, and i have the money to get to the rnc. one of my co-activists doesn't, so our group is subsidizing his travel. since we have a relationship with him, we want to get him there.

it's pretty basic, and it's called community. every organization can and should improve its support and outreach -- but it's also up to individuals to build bonds of trust and solidarity before demanding community support.

Thank you, cba 04.Aug.2004 12:57

Still tired of the screed.

Thank you, cba, for pointing out what should be obvious.

It should not be necessary to point out that KA posted a long article on this subject which was featured here in Portland IMC. And then decided not to continue on that thread, especially when a number of people made essentially the same comments "cba" did.

There are medics going to NYC from Seattle. There are community activists going from Seattle. There are journalists going from Seattle. There are poor people going from around the country. Even the most basic research would come up with those facts.

Perhaps a good place to start doing some organizing, not just writing attacks, would be in Seattle.

Hope to see a lot of Portland folks at the benefit at the Back to Back cafe.