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Legal/Video Training - Thurs. Aug. 12th @ 7pm - Its' a Beautiful Pizza

In preparation for the Republicrats Kerry/Bush visit on the appropriately-timed Friday the 13th, Portland Indymedia has scheduled a legal/video training at the fabulous It's a Beautiful Pizza on SE 34th & Belmont this Thursday, August 12th @ 7pm.
Alan Graf, chief attorney for the A22 lawsuits and head of the NorthWest Constitutional Rights Center, will speak about legal issues and litigation-worthy video. Infotainment will include a video about the recent sit-lie ordinance legal victory[!] and Cascadia Media Collective's "Guerrilla Video Primer." The video primer will be one hour long and is full of useful information for anyone with a camcorder, still camera (digital or otherwise), etc. Great intro for anyone who wants a crash course on how to take images.

No one really knows what's to go down this Friday, but, in the words of that dead be-spectacled white male Ben Franklin, "Failing to prepare is preparing to fail." If anyone's offended by that, feel free to kick me in the shins when you see me. Short, sharp and simple.
Newswire item with old date composted 09.Aug.2004 13:42

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and question about video streaming reposted here so'z it's not lost:

Video Streaming
09.Aug.2004 10:50
tomwsmf

Since IABP is well within the wireless signal of the PIM's node could this event be streamed?
I am wanting to attend but might have family fun that night.

and for you syntax buffs 09.Aug.2004 13:44

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yes, it really *is* appropriate timing for friday the 13th to fall on friday the 13th [winky emoticon].

Jail Support 09.Aug.2004 14:16

General Defense Committee defense4@mailbolt.com

We will be providing jail support for the event. We will open the office at least an hour before the event and stay open until the all clear or we run out of volunteers, whichever comes first. A flier is attached below. If you need more info or would like to volunteer, please send us an email. We would like to send a representative to the legal training by indymedia on Thursday. Please email us to let us know if this is ok.
Jail Support Flier
Jail Support Flier

GDC is most welcome to attend!! 09.Aug.2004 19:53

Jayson

I haven't discussed it with anyone that is organizing the training; surely someone has already sent an email to you at the GDC to invite reps to come to the training.

If no one has contacted you, this is the official invitation. I/We look forward to seeing (and hearing from) you on Thursday.

Best regards,

~jayson

Agenda change 09.Aug.2004 21:15

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Due to time constraints and the importance of other content re: safety and legal aspects of video, we will not be showing CRC's Guerrilla Video Primer on Thursday. We'll save that for another day. Alan Graf will be speaking about litigation-worthy video; Stu Sugarman will cover important points about arrests, offenses, and criminal defense. The General Defense Committee will be there to talk about jail support.

Thanks in advance to everyone involved.

PDF of Flier 10.Aug.2004 00:17

OpenOffice User

So, this didn't import quite right, I think there was supposed to be a background image but anyway, it's a start for anyone without MS Word.
Jail Support Flier (PDF)
Jail Support Flier (PDF)

concerned mother! 10.Aug.2004 06:30

C. Piper courtdog76@hotmail.com

I plan to protest on Fri the 13th. But thinking back to the anti-WTO rally in Seattle, I wonder if bringing my son would be safe? Any other parents with advice?

legal ? and answer to C. Piper 10.Aug.2004 10:14

(name withheld for obvious reasons)

First, a legal question: I often carry a small hunting knife. (This is the obvious reason aluded to above.) I use it all the time, for perfectly "legitimate" purposes. I have been planning to leave it home for the pig riot, but I have a question about it anyway. Does the right to keep and bear arms mean I can carry this knife to a protest if I want to? Does whether it's concealed or not make a difference? As I said, I'm planning to leave it home, but it strikes me that I should be allowed to carry it. After all, I will be surrounded by armored men carrying guns and tazers and clubs. Still, if I get nabbed by a cop for standing on a sidewalk, the way many people have in Portland, would I get in trouble for having a knife? (I'm certainly not planning to use it against anyone except in dire cases of self defense, by the way.)

Second: to the person asking whether to bring a child. This is a personal decision. I often bring my child, but I need to watch the cops like a hawk and keep far away from them. I believe it's important to teach our children about the world we live in, and to allow them to participate. I also believe it's important to stand up for what we believe in, and to show our children that this is what we do. However, it's also important to make sound decisions about their safety and ours. So think about whether you think you can reasonably defend your child against the dangerously armed and maniacly charged pigs. How will you do it? How will you get out of a situation if you become surrounded by them? How will you keep the child (and yourself) safe from their weapons?

Make sure you have some kind of protection from pepper spray if you do bring him. A moist scarf and some goggles can work. Also, I've seen smaller gas masks, but that's more expensive. (I think around $30 at some places, more at others.)

The best thing you can do, if you bring him, is keep on the peripherary and be light on your feet. Be ready to run if the pigs start heading your way. Also, team up. I've seen "mothers' blocs" that are a joy to behold, and there's safety in numbers.

One final note: To the pigs (and the dumbass couch potatoes) who blame parents for police violence against children: Shame on you! If we live enmeshed in a system where we cannot be free to express ourselves, where our children are in danger of being assaulted by cops if we bring them to a public gathering, where the police threaten and harm babies, then we should all be in the streets railing against that system! How dare anyone blame children for the violence of the police state. The alternative being offered by such critics is silence and inaction: It's creating for our children a world where bullies win and no one is free. I will not create that world.

with Kerry & Bush here in 10.Aug.2004 11:33

Portland

on the same day, it's a given that the PoPo will be out in full-force and have all able-bodied folk on
the line to intimidate us as much as possible. Some of these people have no business being put into a
volitile situation as this, such as Jason Sery, Scott McCollister & Mark Kruger and those "types" of
dumbasses. No doubt Vera/Foxworth will not be asute enough to keep them at home that day where they
rightfully belong, and will have them out on the line in some capacity.

Given this is a real possiblity, I wish to caution everyone with camcorders/cameras that once these
creepy bastards are discovered in the pig lineup, that they be zeroed in on and every move they make be recorded. Given it's a world of images, what better image to throw before the sheepeople than the
photo's of some known asshole (Sery, McCollister, Kruger and the like)over-reacting. This type of pic will win more "converts" than all the words possibly written.

So, make sure these bastards are identified and every move they make is filmed for later useage!


re: knife 10.Aug.2004 16:26

clamydia

From http://www.leg.state.or.us/ors/166.html

166.240 Carrying of concealed weapons. (1) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, any person who carries concealed upon the person any knife having a blade that projects or swings into position by force of a spring or by centrifugal force, any dirk, dagger, ice pick, slungshot, metal knuckles, or any similar instrument by the use of which injury could be inflicted upon the person or property of any other person, commits a Class B misdemeanor.

(2) Nothing in subsection (1) of this section applies to any peace officer as defined in ORS 133.005, whose duty it is to serve process or make arrests. Justice courts have concurrent jurisdiction to try any person charged with violating any of the provisions of subsection (1) of this section. [Amended by 1977 c.454 ?1; 1985 c.543 ?2; 1989 c.839 ?21; 1999 c.1040 ?15] So, it would seem (this is not legal advice, but rather my layperson's interpretation of the law as it is written) that if your hunting knife is of the fold-out variety, and the fold-out action cannot be performed by a "flick of the wrist"(i.e. centrifugal force), but rather must have constant pressure applied to it to get it to extend and lock into place, then it could be legally concealed upon your person. However, if the blade arm is a little loose, so that once you get it started, you can flick it out (I've seen this on some older knives), they might be able to claim "centrifugal force". I dunno. This is all a moot point, however, because they can and probably will still write you up for it and let you go through the trouble of dealing with it in court. If it's a solid hilt-guard-blade variety, then they might be able to succesfully argue that it is a dagger, although I do not know, since I'm not an expert on A: the law; or B: knives. The best thing to do is probably to leave it at home since you most likely don't plan on doing any hunting while you're out there, anyway. If you want to bring something that can cut through those plastic zip-ties they like to use to "handcuff" protesters with, you might try a small pair of fingernail clippers, and conceal them on your person in a place likely to be overlooked, yet still reachable while you are "handcuffed". I won't go into that here, since anything I say will likely be added to the cops' spot-check list-of-places-on-you-to-search-before-tossing-you-in-the-wagon (assuming that they have one, and I do assume that they have one), but I'm sure that if you use your imagination you will think of something good. But, if you are bringing your kid then you are likely to be staying away from the piggies anyway, so that probably won't be an issue.


That's a very 10.Aug.2004 16:58

good idea

regarding identifying/filming cops like Sery, McCollister, et al.

How about reposting the pictures of these characters that was up here months ago?

Be good to see them once again so as to refresh in our collective/individual minds.

So, please whoever handles the "Deck of PoPo" or whatever they are, please redirect us to the pics.

Thanks!

thanks, clamydia! 10.Aug.2004 20:23

name withheld

Thanks for the homework! And thanks for the clipper idea. I love indymedia.

Re: Knife and Photos 11.Aug.2004 11:15

PPBCopwatcher PPBCopwatcher@yahoo.com

Regarding your hunting knife. If it is not a "switchblade" (spring or centrifugal force) and is a single edged knife then it is perfectly legal to carry it concealed or unconcealed. A dagger is a double edged knife.

Also note that if you are in a City park, there is an ordinance prohibiting weapons in parks.

However, I would suggest that you leave the knife at home, for your own safety. You don't want to get shot because some officer perceives you to be reaching for a weapon.

Also I am re-posting photos of some officers.
Officer Jason Sery
Officer Jason Sery
Lt. Mark Kruger
Lt. Mark Kruger
Officer Joe Hanousek
Officer Joe Hanousek

More photos 11.Aug.2004 11:25

PPBCopwatcher PPBCopwatcher@yahoo.com

more photos
Officer Joe Hanousek
Officer Joe Hanousek
Officer Sean Macomber
Officer Sean Macomber
Officer Scott McCollister
Officer Scott McCollister

More photos 11.Aug.2004 11:32

PPBCopwatcher PPBCopwatcher@yahoo.com

more photos
Captain Marty Rowley - ID Division
Captain Marty Rowley - ID Division
Lt. Maciag - RRT
Lt. Maciag - RRT
Lt. Odea
Lt. Odea

More photos 11.Aug.2004 11:35

PPBCopwatcher PPBCopwatcher@yahoo.com

more photos
Officer Leo Besner
Officer Leo Besner
Lt. Bill Haunsperger
Lt. Bill Haunsperger
Officer Brown
Officer Brown

Besner in Action 11.Aug.2004 12:05

PPBCopwatcher PPBCopwatcher@yahoo.com

Officer Besner falsely arresting a protestor.
Officer Leo Besner In Action
Officer Leo Besner In Action

Link to prior posting of photos 11.Aug.2004 12:16

PPBCopwatcher PPBCopwatcher@yahoo.com


thanks there dear PPBCopwatcher 11.Aug.2004 13:11

we'd

about forgotten how stupid looking some of these silly goofs really are. Thanks!

OMGWTF?! 11.Aug.2004 17:31

clamydia

I never realized how much Sery looks like John Travolta!