Portland State University
SMSU room 236 11:00 AM -4:00 PM
The Portland Animal Defense League and the Student Animal Liberation Coalition are co-hosting a mini-conference at Portland State University! This is a must for experienced and inexperienced activists.
THREE WORKSHOPS TO REFINE YOUR ACTIVISM!
11:00 AM-12:15 PM- Campaigning Research and Strategy
Activists understand the world to be in an utter state of disarray. What bonds us is the common urgency to change the circumstances from which suffering, oppression, and inequalities arise. But for many, the task quickly becomes too complex or daunting. Where do we start? Where do we go from there? This workshop aims at answering these big questions about activism with fairly simple suggestions and skill-sets. Research, target selection, strategy, and tactics will be the topics of conversation.
12:30 PM-1:45 PM- The Politics of Resistance, Strategy, and Research
If history has provided us any knowledge, it is that complex systems are resistant to change. Our political engagement cannot be met with benevolence from corporate, economic, cultural, or government entities. In reality, political activism has been and continues to be consistently met with counterintelligence and repression. What is imperative is that all who are engaged in a conflict with the powers that be understand the history, function, and mechanisms of repression and the importance of building a culture of security and resistance. This workshop will explore the dialectic history of resistance and repression in the United States, from the original red scares, to the formation of the FBI, to the development of COINTELPRO, to the modern day "green scares" and will highlight the main themes and lessons learned that are necessary to building a culture of security.
2:00 P.M- 4:00 PM- Cryptography for Activists /Computer Security
How can technology function to serve political ends? How can modern technology act as both a tool for political or corporate repression and as an apparatus to achieve our goals? This workshop will explore how computers can be used to our advantage as activists, if operated with the proper knowledge and precautions. Three basic pillars of security will be discussed: secure communication, secure research and browsing, and secure data storage. An understanding of this subject matter can drastically increase the effectiveness of social, political, and ecological struggle.
This event is free and open to the public. Please share widely and invite your friends!