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Day X, The Re-Xamination

Six years ago, the call went out to people; "We march when they start bombing" & "When bombs drop Portland stops". It was simply a matter of time before the United States attacked Iraq and people around the world were prepared to show the US gov't that it wouldn't go unchallenged. In Portland, Oregon, thousands of people set out to 'shut down the city' and succeeded in blocking three interstate highways and as many bridges, as well as occupying a major intersection until far into the night and early morning.
Police were brutal in their response. Independent videographers outnumbered corporate cameramen by a large margin, and 'Day X' is the best coverage of the day & night of resistance. Compiled by Portland Indymedia activists from footage from many different independent media cameras, 'Day X' is the people of Portland's story on how we responded directly after the US invaded Iraq.

Tonight, Portland Anti-Imperialists will be screening this documentary at the Red and Black Cafe, starting at 7pm. After the video, we will have a panel discussion with some of the videoistas from the day and people that organized resistance on that day.

The sixth anniversary of the Day of Bombing is fast approaching. While many people will be headed to Salem to protest, we chose to stand our ground and bring the war home.

This event is free of charge but donations will be accepted. Also, there is a safer space policy so please be respectful of others.

Safe Space suggestions 10.Mar.2009 18:01

Mr Respect

Creating a "Safer Space Event"

This post was gleaned from this link below, a few spelling corrections and a couple word-changes were added/changed by myself here.

 http://aspaceinside.googlepages.com/saferspacepolicy

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Safer spaces are welcoming, engaging and supportive.

We want this conference/event to be a space where people support each other and can feel free to be themselves.

We want this to be a place where abuse and discrimination is not tolerated.

We hope that everyone at this event is made aware of the idea of 'safer spaces' and that you are proactive in helping make this a safer space too.

People attending this conference are asked to be aware of their language and behavior, and to think about whether it might be offensive to others.

This is no space for violence, for touching people without their consent, for being intolerant of someone's religious beliefs or lack thereof, for being creepy, sleazy, racist, ageist, sexist, hetero-sexist, trans-phobic, able-bodiest, classist, sizist or any other behavior or language that may perpetuate oppression.

What we need to do to create a safer space:

respect people's physical and emotional boundaries

always get explicit verbal consent before touching someone or crossing boundaries

respect people's opinions, beliefs, differing states of being and differing points of view

be responsible for your own action. Be aware that your actions do have an effect on others despite what your intentions may be

take responsibility for your own safety and get help if you need it

look out for kids and animals at all times and try not to leave anything around that could endanger them or other adults

the conference/event space and all workshops are alcohol, nicotine and drug-free until the evening Any group or individual engaging in violence (including sexual violence and harassment) within the conference/event will automatically be excluding themselves. The conference/event organizers will be asking them to leave immediately.

Need some assistance?

If you experience or witness any behavior that crosses your boundaries or makes you feel uncomfortable or if you are feeling like you would like to talk to someone anonymously about anything please feel free to talk to one of the event organizers.


Conflict resolution

There may be conflict in the time that we are at this conference/event and the organizers have designed a basic process for dealing with this, based around the principle that a resolution deemed positive to all parties involved should always be sought first.

Any conflict arising in the safe space that at least one party feels cannot be resolved without some help, should seek the assistance of one or more of the organizer crew.

If the conflict cannot be resolved with them it may be taken to the whole conference/event to make a final decision on what action needs to be taken.