The Ad Hoc Committee to Connect the Dots presents a mini-conference that seeks to nurture a greater understanding of the connections between policing, prisons and political prisoners.
As Portland sees an increase in local police violence, it is especially important to consider the broader context of modern state repression, especially as it relates to race and identity. We will place particular importance on the experience of Political Prisoners and necessity of support for those currently incarcerated, with an emphasis on women and GLBTQI identified folks.
Sunday, October 3 · 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Portland State University Campus - Smith Memorial 238 - Portland, Oregon
Panelists and presenters include:
• Rita "Bo" Brown, an ex-George Jackson Brigade Member and ex-political prisoner. Bo identifies as a working-class, butch dyke and has been active in the prison abolition movement since her release from prison in 1987. After her release she started The Out of Control: Lesbian Committee to Support Women Political Prisoners, which remained active for many years.
• Ed Meade, an ex-George Jackson Brigade member and ex-political prisoner who is currently the editor of Prison Art News and an active member of Seattle Jericho.
• Mark Cook, an ex-George Jackson Brigade member and former political prisoner, who remained in prison for 24 years and was released in 2000. Cook was active in the Black Panther Party from behind bars and continues his work today with Seattle Jericho.
Local Panel includes:
• Caylor Rolling, PDX local prison activist and bad-ass: she struggles against the prison industrial complex while simultaneously embodying enough hope and joy to raise a beautiful little girl.
• Walidah Imarisha, teaches at Portland State University's Black Studies Department. She helped to found a prisoner's family organization in Pennsylvania, The Human Rights Coalition, that now has three chapters. She has done political prisoner support work for over 15 years.
Funds from this project will go to: The Freedom Archivces: freedomarchives.org, 4Struggle Magazine: 4strugglemag.org, and The Anarchist Black Cross War Chest fund: abcf.net.
We are happily sponsored by Students for Unity, Rose City Cop Watch, NW Student Coalition, Oregon Jericho, Community Alternatives to the police, Fire Frashour Campaign and more...