Stand in Solidarity with survivors of assault in the Olympia City Jail!

Please join us, Thursday April 21st, 7pm sharp @ the Red and Black Cafe, 400 SE 12th Ave, for an evening of amazing, diverse music and Stand in Solidarity with survivors of assault in the Olympia City Jail!

On November 13, 2007, 39 women were arrested during a peaceful demonstration against the war in Iraq. When taken to the jail, many were forced to remove clothing to a point that exposed their breasts, even though the circumstances of their arrest did not warrant probable cause for strip search.

They were told that they would not be allowed to put their clothes back on after stripping. Neither did they receive prison wear or blankets to cover themselves and were left under the watch of male officers in the jail’s Sally port, which is unheated.

Jail policy firmly states that prisoners must be allowed to keep pants, skirts, shirts, dresses, socks and undergarments. Other articles of clothing, such as jackets, jewelry and shoes may be held by jail staff until the prisoner’s release. The city, against their own policies, destroyed the jail’s video tape of that night and maintains that they are completely innocent of any crime. Three of the women filed suit against the city.

In any other setting, holding power over people with the threat of violence while demanding that they remove their clothing is clearly seen as a sexual assault. Why would we tolerate it in this setting?

Radical Movie Night: Finally Got the News

The IWW Portland Branch is hosting a free Radical Movie Night! The night will begin with a brief introduction about the content of the film. Then a viewing of Finally Got The News: a documentary film about the League of Revolutionary Black Workers. It will be followed by a discussion about the film, radical labor, and African-Americans in the Labor Movement.

The film documents workers’ efforts to build an independent Black labor organization that, unlike the UAW (United Auto Workers), will respond to workers’ problems, such as the assembly line speed-up, dangerous working conditions, an extreme lack of opportunity to advance and inadequate wages faced by African American workers in the auto industry.

 

Reflections on COINTELPRO: Past and Present

Oregon Jericho and PDX Coalition Opposing Political Repression present:

Reflections on COINTELPRO: Past and Present

  • Saturday March 12th 2011
  • Time: 6:30-8:30pm
  • Portland State University Smith Memorial Building Cascade Room: 236

Event is free, open to the public, and disability affirmative

 

Speakers:

  • Peter Bohmer- Activist scholar and former COINTELPRO target
  • Arthur Miller- Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee /Northwest Regional Organizer
  • Kent Ford- Co-founder of Portland Black Panther Party and father of Political Prisoner Patrice Lumumba Ford

Panelists will explain their personal experiences with the FBI’s
counterintelligence program (COINTELPRO) dating back to the 1960’s.  The full story and implications of COINTELPRO still have yet to be discovered and resolved including the gross reality of contemporary impacts.  Today, in a time of FBI raids and subpoenas, from Minneapolis to Chicago starting in the fall of 2010, more awareness of the countries quickly dwindling and diminishing civil liberties must be understood in historical context.  As civilians deserve redress for the illegal activities of COINTELPRO, hearings must be reopened and amnesty granted for U.S.-held Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War.  All of this and more will be discussed.

 

Co-sponsored by:
Students for Unity, Student Animal Liberation Coalition, Bmedia
Collective, Portland Central America Solidarity Committee, Portland International Socialist Organization, NW Student Coalition, Portland Coalition Opposing Political Repression, Oregon Progressive Party, Cascadia Rising Tide, Portland Animal Defense League, PDX APOC, Portland Industrial Workers of the World


“FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS NOW!”

Oregon Jericho
The Jericho Movement for Political Prisoner Amnesty
oregon.jericho[at]gmail[dot]com
oregon-jericho.org
(503)-750-0523
P.O. Box 17420
Portland, Oregon 97217

Music for the Working Class!

Wednesday, February 23rd, at the Red and Black Cafe, is the third installment of Music for the Working Class! Music starts at 7pm and will feature the bands: I Wobble Wobble, Kory Quinn, and Dapper Cadavers!

If you haven’t come yet, you will be in for a treat! Not only will we have some great labor songs and original works, but we will do many singalongs to Wobbly favorites, new and old!

Every Wednesday at the Red and Black, IWW members receive $1 off pints (beer and kombucha) and $3 off pitchers! So come out and have some fun!

Music for the Working Class: Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent

Music for the Working Class is a monthly night of labor music and music for working people. This event is hosted by the Portland IWW Image: Paper that has been burnt around the edges that reads: I.W.W Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent(Industrial Workers of the World) on the last Wednesday of every month at the Red and Black Cafe (400 SE 12th Ave).
This month, Music for the Working Class will be January 26th, 7pm and feature artists: I Wobble Wobble, Seth Martin, and The Dapper Cadavers!

About the music

The music being played will be both old and new, featuring singalongs and aiming to build solidarity among working people. This is music that expresses class consciousness and Labor Culture, something that has faded over the years with the constant assault on workers.

About the Bands

I Wobble Wobble is made up of Daisy (vocals, guitar), Adam (banjo), and Tomas (cajon), all of whom are members of the Portland IWW Branch. I Wobble Wobble plays old labor songs and some new. An American Folk style tinged with the percussive sound of the Peruvian cajon (box drum), I Wobble Wobble is a unique band for all to enjoy.
Seth Martin is a folk musician who galvanizes crowds with nature and social-minded singalongs and ballads on banjo and guitar. Citing influences such as Utah Phillips and Pete Seeger, Seth epitomizes the sound that Music for the Working Class is looking for. He is a local Northwesterner and strong supporter of the radical labor community.
The Dapper Cadavers, labeling themselves as ‘an assembly of flotsam,’ are a fabulous example of Portland Old Time music. Also referred to as CrustFolk, the band often includes banjo, guitar, fiddle, washtub bass and accordian. The Dapper Cadavers have an array of songs they play including many of their own tunes, as well as several old labor songs.

About the Space

The Red and Black Cafe is a collectively run and worker-owned cafe located at the corner of Southeast 12th Ave and Oak St. The Red and Black is also an IWW shop, meaning all workers are members of the Industrial Workers of the World.

Contact

Please contact Noah with the Portland IWW about performing at future Music for the Working Class nights, or with any questions and comments: portland.iww [at] gmail [dot] com (Attn: Noah)

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