Moriarty Arts Humanities Bldg
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014 from 7-10pm
@Moriarty Arts Humanities Bldg
IMPORTANT SOLIDARITY UPDATE : Tuesday, October 14th at 7pm in Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building Room 104 for the viewing of Let the Fire Burn, an 88 min. internationally acclaimed 2013 documentary film about the events leading up to and surrounding the May 13, 1985 stand-off between the social movement group MOVE and the City of Philadelphia. “Using only archival news coverage and interviews, first-time filmmaker Osder has brought to life one of the most tumultuous and largely forgotten clashes between government and citizens in modern American history.”—Zeitgeist Films A week later on Tuesday, October 21st 2014 at 5:45pm in Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building Room 104 I invite you all back to engage with a panel of speakers who will talk about the historical events in "Let the Fire Burn" and how these events relate to situations we are seeing still today in places like Ferguson, Portland and many other towns in our nation. The panel of three speakers on October 21st includes: Ms. Mimi German is a revolutionary from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has first hand insight into the events depicted in "Let the Fire Burn". Ms. German has also lived in Massachusettes and Israel before moving to Portland, OR in 1996. Ms. German lives on a small farm with her animals. She is resolutely against nuclear power and procreation. She claims to be no “expert in anything other than one who has to date figured out how to still be standing here on Earth” and says she is simply a “Human Being and an Earth Activist. . . .a witness.” Ms. Teressa Raiford is a civil rights leader born in Oregon during the '70s as a 4th generation Black Portlander. Her family's history in civil rights is rooted in police harassment locally with the infamous possum toss by local police, the Mississippi NAACP during the Medgar Evers killing, human and labor rights Etc... Black America's struggle for civil rights is the movement she is pushing to empower. Ms. Raiford has lived and worked in Dallas TX and since coming back to Portland her focus is gang prevention. She has tun for political office, sits on several boards of social justice organizations and is currently the lead director and organizer of a movement in Portland called #DontShootPDX in solidarity with Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. She is working on various efforts for the betterment Portland. Mr. Wiley G. Barnett is a retired PCC employee who has long been involved with social justice activism. He continues to have serious interest in Black history and contemporary oppression. Because of the increasing damage to the very planet we live on and need, his attention and involvement has been increasingly on enviromental justice issues. I hope to see you there at either or both events! Film Reception "The doc's focus on period material confers an in-the-moment feel to the final product, bringing urgency to a story many in the audience will never have heard but which remains relevant after almost three decades." -John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter "Noteworthy for its “historical verite ” approach – no talking head interviews, no narration, no B-roll footage or reenactments – Let the Fire Burn brings the tragic events of May 13, 1985, back to life, forcing audiences to ask how police, fire department and city officials could stand by and watch as a helicopter dropped an incendiary device on the MOVE compound in West Philadelphia, and then let the subsequent fire rage into the night, ultimately leveling three city blocks and destroying 61 homes." -Steven Rea, Philly.com "Dispensing with the usual retrospective accounts and analytical chin-scratching, Osder creates both intensity and intimacy, inviting viewers simply to watch and listen as a tragedy — born of unchecked aggression, incoherent ideology and appallingly faulty logic — unfolds." -Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post "It’s remarkable, gripping storytelling, told in grainy footage that nonetheless crackles with life, and it leaves the viewer angry at the senseless loss of lives and property. A clergyman, on the hearings panel, quietly reminds us what’s at the heart of the entire, yearslong war between the police and MOVE: that it’s possible to forget, in the heat of anger and procedure, that the person on the other side of a conflict is a human being." -Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times Tara Foster Composition, Literature and Film PCC, Cascade Campus CFAF Coordinator Due to the weather we have relocated this Saturdays gathering to a local church located in the Dawson Park neighborhood. Bring food and beverages for potluck! We will be discussing the past two months and what our groups next steps will be to support the ongoing resistance to police violence against people in #Ferguson please reach out to as many individuals and organizations on the grounds as possible and let's use Saturday to connect with them directly as a group!!! PAST EVENTS LISTED BELOW and Just FYI ACLU training does not take 4 hours. All of our gatherings will continue to go on for 4 hrs in tribute to the time the St Louis Police let #MichaelBrown lie dead in the streets! Members of the #DontShootPDX group are ready to present "Know Your Rights" training to your group, students or organization. We believe that part of changing the brutal force culture in PPD is to arm citizens with information about their rights. Having some dialogue and sharing videos to help make us accountable for our safety. The ACLU of Oregon will hold a training this Saturday starting at 1 p.m. and continuing throughout the day till 4 p.m. ACLU organizers and Atty will train people on their basic rights when dealing with law enforcement. Are you confident in asserting your rights when dealing with police? Do you know when an officer has the right to search you? Many of us do not have the knowledge and confidence to stand up for our basic rights during an encounter with law enforcement. Knowing these rights and how to assert them should be a part of our basic education but, sadly, it is not. http://aclu-or.org/content/know-your-rights-your-rights-oregon In our community there are so many instances of hate crimes against blacks, women, our cities homeless, poor, disabled and our youth... we need to show consistent solidarity. People are afraid to be wrong, we are embarrassed by the way people view us and it keeps us from speaking out when its necessary. Tomorrow people in Ferguson will be marching. They aren't concerned about who is not standing with them because they are filled with pain. We need to follow our passion and make a stand with them. We will continue to update this event page and we ask that everyone come out to these gatherings so we can show the City of Portland, state of Oregon that violence against the people isn't acceptable. We need to start filing complaints regarding hate crimes against police officers and anyone else who discriminates and especially if it becomes physical. Join Us in Solidarity with the people of Ferguson, MO in honor of #MichaelBrown ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Groups on the ground in St. Louis are calling for nationwide solidarity actions in support of Justice for Mike Brown and the end of police and extrajudicial killings everywhere. On Saturday at 1pm -- every week after the murder of Mike Brown by a Ferguson police officer--in St. Louis they gathered at the location that Mike was shot in the Canfield Apartment buildings. We ask that you gather at the places in your community on Saturdays where police and extrajudicial killings have occurred to memorialize lives that have been lost and demand justice by ending systemic violence upon communities of color. We know that the murder of Mike Brown in St. Louis is just one of hundreds of murders per year by extrajudicial means throughout this country. There are too many names to list: Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Renisha McBride, Amadou Diallo and so many others. Just in the past weeks since Mike’s murder, the Los Angeles Police killed a 24 year-old man who was laying down when shot. Enough is enough--these killings must stop. We must end the systems of white supremacy, police brutality and inequality for communities of color that lead to these police killings. We hope that with renewed attention on this issue, we can widen the conversation to address both justice for Mike Brown and the underlying systems of oppression that play out against people of color on a day-to-day basis. Please join us this and every Saturday in calling for Justice for Mike Brown and the end of extrajudicial killings everywhere. We know that we will need powerful visuals and strategies to support our movement. In St. Louis, people have suggested using black caskets, photographs of those lost, and chalk outlines to send our message. Strategically, this nationwide event will be a tactic to help community members understand their personal rights and push for broad-based action on the issue of extrajudicial killings. Regardless of where you are, you can help move this fight forward by hosting an action in solidarity with St. Louisans demanding Justice for Mike Brown. Mike’s death was not an isolated incident, and we hope that groups around the country will use this moment to lift up and re-energize their own campaigns against systematic violence and the prison industrial complex. http://www.facebook.com/events/719132681455778/