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Jail Support during the Elections

We are supporting 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 experience arrest or police brutality, 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 or injuries, 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.
Email address 29.Oct.2004 12:46

General Defense Committee

If you would like to get more info or make reports by email, write to defense4 (at) mailbolt (dot) com

Thanks from Code Pink 29.Oct.2004 13:29

Pink Activist

Thank you for setting up jail support. Code Pink was in the process of doing that, but you took care of it. Portland is getting organized!