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You are invited to a community discussion on State repression, Oct.21st, 2000

Please join us Saturday, Oct.21st from 1p.m. to 5p.m. at the Hot House, (31 East Balbo, Chicago, IL) for a community discussion on "The State, Repression & The Movement: What to Expect, How to Resist".
The State, Repression & The Movement: What to Expect, How to Resist

Please join us Saturday, Oct.21st from 1p.m. to 5p.m. at the Hot House, (31
East Balbo, Chicago, IL) for a community discussion

Many of us have participated in or cheered the actions in Seattle, D.C.,
Philadelphia and L.A. and are heartened by the protests against the global
expansion of capitalism, police brutality and other injustices. In
response, the state is continuing to develop repressive tactics to defeat
this growing movement. This will be a discussion of the strategy of the
state as well as practical tactics for dealing with the police and the F.B.I.

This discussion needs to include an understanding of the U.S. government's
long tradition of repression directed specifically against movements of
oppressed peoples. To that end, we will also discuss the history of the
F.B.I.'s COINTELPRO tactics and the experiences of those, like Palestinian,
Arab and Puerto Rican activists, who have most directly felt the power of
state repression.

The need for this discussion has become even more urgent in light of recent events.

4 subpoenas were served to activists at the Juan Antonio Corretjer Puerto
Rican Cultural Center on October 2nd.

More than 80 people were recently arrested in Vieques demonstrating against U.S.
military destruction on the island.

More than 50 Palestinians have been killed demonstrating against Israeli
control since September 28th, when Israeli General Ariel Sharon(the
mastermind behind Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon and the notorious
massacres of thousands of Palestinians at the Sabra and Shatila refugee
camps the same year) forced his way into the Haram Al-Sharif, Islam's
holiest site in Jerusalem, accompanied by 1,000 heavily armed occupation
troops.

Zolo Agona Azania, a New Afrikan political prisoner in Indiana, was given
an execution date of October 25th.

A community discussion will follow brief presentations on the following subjects:

"State Repression & The Role Of The F.B.I." -Michael Deutsch, Attorney

“Resisting Repression Against The Puerto Rican Independence Movement"
-Jose Lopez, The Juan Antonio Corretjer Puerto Rican Cultural Center

“Grand Juries, Secret Evidence & Defending Palestinian And Arab Activists in the U.S."
-Hatem Abudayyeh, Arab-American Action Network

“Free Zolo Agona Azania: The Death Penalty is Political"
-Hondo T’Chikwa, Crossroad Support Network

“Recent Police Tactics In Seattle, D.C., Philadelphia & L.A."
-Benjamin Evans, Prairie Fire Organizing Committee

“What To Expect If You Are Arrested & What To Do In Court"
-Jani Hoft & Melinda Power, National Lawyers Guild

Co-sponsored by The National Lawyers Guild, First Defense Legal Aid, The
Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights, The Puerto Rican Cultural
Center, Crossroad Support Network, Freedom Road Socialist Organization and
Prairie Fire Organizing Committee in conjunction with the “Weekend of
Resistance and Remembrance” organized by the October 22nd Coalition to Stop
Police Brutality, Repression, & the Criminalization of a Generation

For more information please call 773.278.6706
 
 

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