Join us for the first panel in the series: We Have No Choice but to Resist: From DC to the Bay Area – Defending J20 Resisters

The National Lawyers Guild and Center for Political education are collaborating with community-based and activist groups on a series of monthly panels and on defending ourselves, each other, and communities and movements under facing State repression.

Join us for the first panel in the series: We Have No Choice but to Resist: From DC to the Bay Area – Defending J20 Resisters

Date/Time: Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 6:30-8:30pm

Location: First Congregational Church of Oakland - 2501 Harrison Street, Oakland, CA 94612

Across the United States, J20 Resisters are facing charges stemming from protests on Inauguration Day 2017. On January 20, 2017, J20 resisters participated in civil disobedience in solidarity with families and communities facing greater danger and oppression under the openly violent, white supremacist Trump regime taking power. In Washington, DC, 194 activists were threatened with up to 60 years after their mass arrest for marching and being witness to what the State is calling "property destruction." In San Francisco, District Attorney George Gascón has chosen not to drop charges against local activists. Bay Area J20 resisters have organized to demand that local governments should dedicate their resources to protecting those most vulnerable under the new government, not squandering resources on criminalizing dissent. Nationwide, a variety of grassroots campaigns are forming to counter the increased repression under the Trump presidency.

This discussion will reflect on the risks we take when we resist and offer an example of effective strategies of legal and movement defense. Discussions will include questions of when to take diversion and when to fight, as well as how we can prepare to defend ourselves and each other when we take action to resist xenophobic, white supremacist, fascist, misogynist, anti-Muslim, homo/transphobic, ableist, anti-work, anti-poor, anti-homeless State policies and street-based violence.

This panel will be an opportunity to prepare for 96 Hours of Non-Compliance, including a review of planned actions and events. It will also be an opportunity to meet with those coordinating legal observers and other activist lawyers and legal workers in preparation for the weekend of action.

$5-$20 sliding scale – no one turned away for lack of funds.

For more information on the anti-repression series email us antirepression2018@gmail.com.