OREGON JERICHO AND PDX COALITION OPPOSING POLITICAL REPRESSION PRESENT
Reflections on COINTELPRO: Past and Present
Saturday March 12th 2011
Portland State University
Smith Memorial Building
Cascade Room: 236
*Event is free, open to the public and disability affirmative
Peter Bohmer-Activist scholar and former COINTELPRO target
Arthur Miller-NW Regional Organizer, Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee
Kent Ford-Co-founder of Portland Black Panther Party and father of Political Prisoner Patrice Lumumba Ford
Panelists will explain their personal experiences with the FBI’s counterintelligence program (COINTELPRO) dating back to the 1960’s. The full story and implications of COINTELPRO still have yet to be discovered and resolved including the gross reality of contemporary impacts. Today, in a time of FBI raids and subpoenas, from Minneapolis to Chicago starting in the fall of 2010, more awareness of the countries quickly dwindling and diminishing civil liberties must be understood in historical context. As civilians deserve redress for the illegal activities of COINTELPRO, hearings must be reopened and amnesty granted for U.S.-held Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War. All of this and more will be discussed.
Co-sponsored by the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee and LPDOC Chapters in Portland and Washington State; Students for Unity; Student Animal Liberation Coalition; Bmedia Collective; Portland Central America Solidarity Committee; Portland International Socialist Organization; NW Student Coalition; Portland Coalition Opposing Political Repression; Oregon Progressive Party; Cascadia Rising Tide; Portland Animal Defense League; and PDX APOC.