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?
It’s time once again for the Portland IWW’s monthly Music for the Working Class!
No cover charge! Drink discounts for union members and service industry workers! So come on down to Music for the Working Class and enjoy an evening of songs to fan the flames of discontent!
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.
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!