This article appeared in the April 2013 print edition of the Portland Radicle.
We are excited to announce the Fourth Annual Law and Dis- order Conference, May 10-12th 2013, at Portland State University. This year’s conference features a special panel about grand jury resistance with members of the Committee to Stop FBI Repression and the Committee Against Political Repression. A special keynote will be given by former political prisoner Jihad Abdulmumit, co-chair for the Jericho Movement, as well as his highly acclaimed theatrical performance “Political Incarcerations”. Other special presentations will be given by Sacramento Prisoner Support, David Hill (American Indian Movement), Portland Rising Tide, Portland Central America Solidarity Committee, Right 2 Survive and Portland Industrial Workers of the World, as well as many other local organizations.
L&D was founded in 2010 by members of the NW Student Coalition, a consortium of radical student groups in the Pacific Northwest from PSU, Mt. Hood Community College, Reed College and Washington State University-Vancouver in the aftermath of the police murders of Aaron Campbell and Keaton Otis in Portland and Oscar Grant in the Bay Area. The general theme of the conference has been to bridge the gap between different traditions of radical politics. The first and foremost goal has been to raise the issues of U.S.-held political prisoners, their existence contrary to denial on the part of the state, and practical discus- sions regarding their support and amnesty. Secondly, we engage in a critical dialogue about political repression, from the historical targeting and incarceration of activists in the FBI’s counterintel- ligence program (COINTELPRO) in the second half of the 20th
century to the most recent manifestations such as the PATRIOT ACT and Homeland Security. The third theme is the abolition of the Prison- Industrial Complex and finding community alterna- tives to the police.
This conference calls for people, movements, organiza- tions and collectives to present alternative accounts to the politi- cal dimensions of civic engagement, mutual aid and revolution as they relate to economics, politics, invention, technology, work, artistic and cultural production, the body, pedagogy and social change. The conference promises to create a provocative space for comparative critical dialogue between activists, revolutionar- ies, educators, artists, musicians, scholars, social/cultural workers, doulas, actors and writers. Our primary goals are to establish col- laboration on issues related to LGBTIQQAA, political prison- ers, police and prison abolition, international solidarity, earth and animal liberation, and attacking racism and patriarchy. Through regional collaboration we can better organize events, campaigns, speaking tours and delegations. Through cooperation we can in- crease the visibility of our causes and draw in more people by increasing communication channels and gaining awareness of the needs of each other’s organizations, communities and continuing and increasing support for movements. Join us in the struggle for positive social change and total liberation!
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