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Does this event really cost 50$? Cause I can't afford that.
Portland Copwatch
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Calendar Item

For Immediate Release September 16, 2004


Portland State University, October 15-17, 2004

Please mark your calendar and come to a National Conference on Police
Accountability in Portland, Oregon, Friday October 15 to Sunday October
17, 2004. It will be held at the Native American Student and Community
Center, SW Jackson and Broadway. Pre-registration of $50 is required by
September 30 (deadline has been extended for Portland area residents and
those who do not need discount hotel reservations). It's a conference
that's encouraging solutions, education, action, organizing, and
solidarity. This conference will be similar to conferences held from
1991-1997 by the National Coalition on Police Accountability (NCOPA). It
will broadly address issues involving police abuse of power and how
communities are organizing for change.

The conference is expected to draw grassroots activists, review board
participants, academics, and police officers from around the country who
advocate for police accountability.

It will be hosted locally by Portland Copwatch, the Portland State
University (PSU) Community for Justice, and is supported by at least a
dozen other organizations.

There will be workshops on various aspects of reducing police misconduct,
expected to cover issues including racial profiling, attacks on immigrants
and activists, police review boards, dealing with police unions, police
shootings, Copwatch organizing, and how campuses can respond to police

The conference will take place on the PSU campus at the Native American
Student and Community Center with the assistance from faculty, staff and
students there.

Participants are coming from all over the country, including New York,
Chicago, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Oakland, Los Angeles, and Dallas.

Registration and much of the organizing will take place through NCOPA
( http://www.nationalcoalitiononpoliceaccountability.org, 312-663-5392 ).
Limited scholarships are available to assist with the $50 registration.
Five meals (dinner Friday-breakfast Sunday) will be available for an
additional $20.

Cosponsors include:
National Coalition on Police Accountability, Portland Copwatch, PSU
Community for Justice, Citizens Alert (Chicago), Communities United
Against Police Brutality (CUAPB/Minneapolis), Mothers for Police
Accountability (Seattle), Church Action for Safe and Just Communities
(Indianapolis) and the American Friends Service Committee (Portland).

Endorsers include the Albina Ministerial Alliance, Urban League of
Portland, Portland Peaceful Response Coalition, Portland Jobs with
Justice, and the Alliance for Police and Community Accountability (all in
Portland) and Incite! Women of Color Against Violence.

For more information or to get involved, contact Portland Copwatch at
(503) 236-3065 or  nationalconference@portlandcopwatch.org.
Yes, it does cost that much. 26.Sep.2004 23:54


It's a shame too because I would have liked to go as well. I know there are things that need to be paid for but for crying out loud... when 70% of Portland is either low middle class, working poor, or poor $50 is asking a lot for a few hours.

This isn't Vegas.

If you think about it... 27.Sep.2004 11:43

Lucy Parsons

If you think about it, conferences are difficult to put on for free. Folks are coming in from around the state, the country, the continent to give workshops or trainings. They're taking time off their jobs, away from their families, and they shouldn't have to pay for their own housing and food and transport (on top of working for free). There's publicity, photocopies, and infrastructure to pay for, too.

It's probably easier for you to raise $50 (have a benefit movie showing at your house; pass the hat at your knitting group; spare-change on the street for two days) than for organizers to raise hundreds (or thousands, depending on how big the conference is). And did you notice that they're offering scholarships?

Besides all that, this is a prime example of why we should be organizing in groups, rather than taking isolated, individual action. If you're part of a police accountability organization with even a small membership, you can join together to fundraise for a conference. Or, heck, put on your own.

(I'm not part of putting on this conference, by the way, and I have no idea whether it sucks or not. But I'm pretty irate when folks whine that events aren't free. Your entitlement is showing!)

@!ngRRR! 27.Sep.2004 17:12


20 to 25 dallors I could understand. 30-35 and I'd try and scrounge cash if I knew there would be good speakers. NO one said "Ooooh you're not putting that on for free!" they only asked if the event really cost 50$ dallors. If 50 dallors doesn't seem like a lot of money to you maybee YOUR intitlement's showing. Can most people affected by police brutality afford the admission to this conference? Realisticly can any couple that makes less than 30,000 a year? How about people that make less than that and have kids? Who exactly is your target audiance?

to majikmarkrrrrrr-
Do you feel intitled to goto the conference? Do you feel intitled in general?
What do you think about somebody claiming that 50$ aint shit, and your some punk richie?


Well... 27.Sep.2004 17:52


No I don't feel entitled. I just wanted to know what's up with the event bieng priced out of my league? She didn't really call me a "punk richie," but I don't like bieng called a "whiner" for asking about a conference I want to go to. As for my money situation 50$ is the electric bill. Hope the conference goes well.

Easy there folks... 27.Sep.2004 18:46

DJ Shadow

I agree with Lucy on this...if you're committed to working on this issue, you will find a way to go. The group you are working with should help, or you can do some fundraising, or you can apply for a scholarship.

I'm sure the organizers of this aren't making any money from the event, and they want to put on a quality event with folks from around the country. If you aren't willing to help pay for those expenses, then maybe you shouldn't be there.

This is another example of why some of the organizations I work with often don't post here. Folks are super critical, and are pretty close minded. Sometimes it seems like everything has to be organized using similar models, or it will get trashed. I think that's BS.

If you are serious about going, are very committed to working on police accountability in an organized way, and cannot afford to go (because there are no more scholarships available, you can't raise the money from a group you are working with or some other source) I will commit to giving you half of the registration fee. I'm not rich, but I am lucky to have a decent job, and would be willing to help out in a small way. Post your contact info and I will follow up with you.

Compare the registration fees to other well organized conferences (CSTI--$50 a day, national nonferences of national grassroots groups) and you will find this to be much less expensive.

Don't forget bail money and a good attorney 28.Sep.2004 08:41


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