Circle A Radio on 09/15/10
Tongiht we talk to Lydia Anne Bartholow, one of the organizers of the Raize the Walls Mini Conference, and Ed Mead, a member of the George Jackson Brigade, about the importance of supporting Political Prisoners.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 3RD at Portland State University from 3-6 PM
Raize The Walls:
*A one day 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 necessity of support for those currently incarcerated.*
Ex-members of the George Jackson Brigade return to Portland:
GJB was a mixed-theory, multiracial-racial, multi-gendered, anti-imperialist revolutionary group based in Portland and Seattle in the 1970s (www.gjbip.org/) - many of whom spent time behind bars and are some ofthe founders of today's anti-prison movement.
Mark Cook - an ex-prisoner and ex-Black Panther who was released from prison in 2000 after serving 20 years.
Bo Brown - identifies as a working-class, Butch dyke who also spent many years in prison and has been active in the prison struggle since her release.
Ed Mead – a politicized ex-convict who, once he became a political prisoner due to his involvement in the Brigade, carried on an unprecedented campaign for prisoners rights throughout the U.S. prison
system. Imprisoned for 18 years for involvement in GJB activities.
There will also be a local panel of anti-prison industrial complex organizers speaking on the interconnections of anti-police and prison work and support for political prisoners! Locals incluse: Caylor Rolling of the Partnership for Safety and Justice and others.