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Fighting Repression: Portland Events of Education, Agitation and Celebration

This coming weekend—Friday, June 30 to Sunday, July 2—will feature several events in Portland, Ore. relating to state repression and opposition to it. Each of these events was organized independently of the others, yet the scheduled events compliment one another well.
In combination, they form a curriculum of sorts for those attempting to understand government repression—from prisons in this country to the infamous torture at Abu Ghraib, from the current "Green Scare" prosecution to enduring institutional violence against communities of color. These events will also be an ideal starting point for those who would like to discuss what to do next, in order for a freer way of life to replace chains, coercion and complacency.

Please come along to these weekend events, educate yourself, and take action. Celebrate our continued strength and courage against every government blow. Welcome the return of a friend and fellow fighter back to the outside, and get some resources together for those still locked up. I look forward to seeing each of you at the events listed below.

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On Friday, June 30 at 7:30PM, Kristian Williams will speak at Powell's City of Books (1005 W Burnside) about his latest book, American Methods: Torture and the Logic of Domination, "a study of violence and torture that once again upsets the notion that the use of 'excessive force' by the state is aberrant rather than altogether American." Williams has a lot of information, including some unpleasant truths, to share with us. We need to pay attention. The Powell's event on Friday is free of charge.
(For those who cannot make it to the event this coming Friday, Williams will also speak on July 12th at 7:30PM at St. John's Booksellers, 8622 N. Lombard in St. John's. 10% of sales from the St. John's event will go to benefit Rose City Copwatch.)

On Saturday, July 1 at 7PM, join Chicano Anarchist Rob los Ricos (Robert Thaxton) at Laughing Horse Books (12 NE 10th St.) for a reading and speaking presentation to celebrate his release from prison. Rob was arrested during the 1999 Reclaim the Streets demonstration in Eugene, Oregon, and was subsequently charged with throwing a rock at a cop. Rob was used as an example in the state's war on dissent, and was given a sentence of seven years and four months. He is set for release on June 29, 2006. Rob has stayed active throughout the duration of his imprisonment; let's give him a warm welcome back to the outside! A donation of $8, to aid Rob post-release, is suggested for this event.

On Sunday July 2nd from 6-10PM, at the Red & Black Café (2138 SE Division St.), Portland Books to Prisoners will host a fundraising event. This will feature a showing of the "USA INCarcerated" film followed by discussion, as well as a "therapeutic poetry" performance by The Open Mindead Therapists and Children Born of Water. The event is all-ages friendly. Organizers suggest a donation of $5 or a dictionary. The main event will be preceded by letter writing to political prisoners party, with plenty of information and resources available, so show up on time and help important efforts along! For more information, see  http://www.bookstooregonprisoners.org/

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