RAZE THE WALLS:
Policing, Prisons and Political Prisoners
The Ad Hoc Committee to Connect the Dots presents a mini-conference that seeks to nurture a greater understanding of the connections between policing, prisons and political prisoners. As Portland sees an increase in local police violence, it is especially important to consider the broader context of modern state repression. We will place particular importance on the experience of Political Prisoners and the necessity of support for those currently incarcerated.
PSU Smith Center, Room 238
Panelists and presenters include:
Rita “Bo” Brown, an ex-George Jackson Brigade Member and ex-political prisoner. Bo identifies as a working-class, butch dyke and has been active in the prison abolition movement since her release from prison in 1987. After her release she started The Out of Control: Lesbian Committee to Support Women Political Prisoners, which remained active for many years.
Ed Meade, an ex-George Jackson Brigade member and ex-pollitical prisoner who is currently the editor of Prison Art News and an active member of Seattle Jericho.
Mark Cook, prisoner support activist, active member of Seattle Jericho, former member of the Black Panther Party and George Jackson Brigade.
Caylor Rolling, a Portland local, who has been active in prison related advocacy projects since 1996. She currently works for a non-profit where she educates the community about incarceration and its costs and organizes to stop prison construction and the growth of Oregon’s prison budget.
Walidah Imarisha, teaches at Portland State University’s Black Studies Department. She helped to found a prisoner’s family organization in Pennsylvania, The Human Rights Coalition, that now has three chapters. She has done political prisoner support work for over 15 years.