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From Stormtroopers in Portland Streets to November’s Election
August 4, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
This summer’s nationwide struggle against racist police violence takes place at a time when the racist, reactionary forces led by Donald Trump fear repudiation and expansion of democracy on behalf of a multinational movement.
What is at stake in the struggle to defund the police, keep the military and Border Patrol out of the streets of U.S. cities, and ensure a fair election in November? To answer these questions we turn to military scholar and critic Lawrence Wilkerson and Portland emcee and activist Mic Crenshaw.
Register to attend. Second in a series of webinars on Authoritarianism and Democracy; the first was presented by Noam Chomsky, Van Gosse, and Ty dePass on June 29. Read their presentations at http://masspeaceaction.org/authoritarianism-or-democracy/. Sponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action, Maine Peace Action, New Hampshire Peace Action, Chicago Area Peace Action, and Brooklyn for Peace, Chicago Area Peace Action University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson is a distinguished professor of government and public policy at the College of William and Mary and was Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell from 2002 to 2005. He was the Keynote Speaker at Massachusetts Peace Action’s annual meeting in March 2019. Wilkerson is a critic of the US invasion of Iraq, the ongoing War on Terror now in its 18th year, and the turn to a new nuclear arms race. He asserts the U.S. is not a democracy but a war state that forces its will on the global community, and recently has worked on bipartisan projects to assess what will happen if a defeated Donald Trump refuses to leave office.
Mic Crenshaw was born and raised in Chicago and Minneapolis and currently resides in Portland, Oregon. Crenshaw is an independent Hip Hop artist, respected emcee, poet, educator and activist.
He is the Lead U.S. Organizer for the Afrikan HipHop Caravan and uses Cultural Activism as a means to develop international solidarity related to Human Rights and Justice through Hip Hop and Popular Education. Mic is the NW Regional Director of Hip Hop Congress and will give us a firsthand report of the struggle in Portland.