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This conference calls for people, movements, organizations and collectives to present alternative accounts to the political dimensions of civic engagement, mutual aid and revolution as they relate to economics, politics, invention, technology, work, artistic and cultural production, the body, pedagogy and social change. The conference promises to create a provocative space for comparative critical dialogue between activists, revolutionaries, educators, artists, musicians, scholars, dancers, social/cultural workers, doulas, actors and writers. The conference invites panels and workshops on all aspects of social change from the revolutionary to the academic. The founding organizers for L&D comprised of members of the NW Student Coalition, a consortium of progressive student groups in the Pacific Northwest from PSU, Mt. Hood Community College, Reed College and Washington State University Vancouver. The founding L&D events, in April 2010, were three two-day events that overlapped on three college campuses in the Portland, OR/Vancouver, WA area and an incredible three day conference at PSU the following year in 2011. Several goals were achieved. The first and foremost goal was to raise the issues of u.s.-held Political Prisoners (PP’s)/Prisoners of War (POW’S), their existence contrary to denial on the part of the state and practical discussions regarding their support and amnesty. Secondly to engage in a dialogue about political repression; the historical targeting and incarceration of PP’s in regards to the FBI’s counterintelligence program (COINTELPRO) in the second half of the 20th century to the most recent manifestations such as the PATRIOT ACT and Homeland Security are key topics discussed. The third large and overarching theme is the abolition of the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC) and community alternatives to the police. The Fifth Annual L&D conference (2014) is being organized through a collaborative effort by Students for Unity at PSU with a strong partnership with the Jericho Amnesty Movement for the liberation of Political Prisoners. Our primary goals are to establish collaboration between individuals, organizations and collectives working on issues related to LGBTIQQAA, Political Prisoners, police and prison abolition, international solidarity, earth and animal liberation and anti-racist organizing. Through regional collaboration we can better organize events, campaigns, speaking tours and delegations. Through cooperation we can increase the visibility of our causes and draw in more people by increasing communication channels and gaining awareness of the needs of each other’s organizations, communities and continuing and increasing support for movements. Join us in the struggle for positive social change and total liberation! ~Law & Disorder Conference Steering Committee (2014)

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