Collective Action Behind Bars: Jail and Prisoner Solidarity in the U.S.
Dec
4
11:00 am11:00

Collective Action Behind Bars: Jail and Prisoner Solidarity in the U.S.

  • City College of San Francisco Mission Campus

On September 9th, the 45th anniversary of the Attica uprising, an estimated twenty-four thousand people in twenty-nine prisons across 12 states engaged in a national work strike to protest carceral slavery and the conditions in U.S. prisons. This was the latest massive expression of solidarity and resistance behind bars, but by no means the first.

Join us for a discussion facilitated by PM Press author Kris Hermes, who recently wrote an article on the history of jail solidarity published in Upping the Anti.

Political Repression, the National Security State, and Collective Legal Resistance [Portland, OR]
Jun
26
4:00 pm16:00

Political Repression, the National Security State, and Collective Legal Resistance [Portland, OR]

  • Mother Foucault's Bookshop

Come out on Sunday, June 26th at 4pm to Mother Foucault's Bookshop for an engaging discussion on political repression, the National Security State, and collective legal resistance.


This event is co-sponsored by the Portland NLG chapter, the Lewis & Clark NLG student chapter, the Civil Liberties Defense Center, Portland Rising Tide and the Hella 503 Collective, and will be moderated by NLG attorney Ashlee Albies.

Political Repression, the National Security State, and Collective Legal Resistance [Olympia, WA]
Jun
25
3:00 pm15:00

Political Repression, the National Security State, and Collective Legal Resistance [Olympia, WA]

  • Orca Books

Over the past fifteen years, people in the United States--and dissidents in particular--have witnessed a steady escalation of the National Security State, including invasive surveillance and infiltration, indiscriminate police violence, and unlawful arrests. These concerted efforts to criminalize dissidents and undermine meaningful social change are made more repressive by the coordination of numerous local, state, and federal agencies often operating at the behest of private corporations.

Join activist and PM Press author Kris Hermes on Saturday, June 25th at 3pm at Orca Books for a discussion of his new book Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000.

Political Repression, the National Security State, and Collective Legal Resistance [Eugene, OR]
Jun
23
6:00 pm18:00

Political Repression, the National Security State, and Collective Legal Resistance [Eugene, OR]

  • New Day Bakery & World Cafe

Come out to New Day Bakery on Thursday, June 23rd at 6pm for an engaging discussion on political repression, the National Security State, and collective legal resistance, featuring activist and PM Press author Kris Hermes and Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC) founder and Executive Director Lauren Regan. The event is co-sponsored by CLDC and Community Alliance of Lane County (CALC).

Hermes will talk about his new book Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000, an engrossing combination of social history and courtroom drama. Hermes, formerly on staff with the National Lawyers Guild and a member of multiple radical law collectives, examines the origins of contemporary protest policing and the creative legal resistance used to overcome it.

Regan, who serves as staff attorney for CLDC, will talk about new perspectives on policing, surveillance, and security. She also operates a public interest law firm, the Justice Law Group, specializing in constitutional law, civil rights, and criminal defense. Regan is a founding board member and past president of the Cascadia Wildlands and serves as a Lane County Teen Court judge, Oregon State Bar Leadership Fellow, and National Lawyers Guild, Eugene co-chair.

Political Repression, the National Security State, and Collective Legal Resistance [Seattle]
Jun
22
7:30 pm19:30

Political Repression, the National Security State, and Collective Legal Resistance [Seattle]

  • Left Bank Books Collective

Come out to Left Bank Books Collective on Wednesday, June 22nd at 7:30pm for an engaging discussion on political repression, the National Security State, and collective legal resistance.

Activist and PM Press author Kris Hermes will talk about his new book Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000, an engrossing combination of social history and courtroom drama.

Hermes will be joined by by PM Press author, organizer and scholar Dan Berger, who will talk about his book The Struggle Within: Prisons, Political Prisoners, and Mass Movements in the United States, an accessible yet wide-ranging historical primer about how mass imprisonment has been a tool of repression deployed against diverse left-wing social movements over the last fifty years.

From Red Squads to Counterterorism: Keeping the U.S. Safe FROM Democracy
May
21
12:00 pm12:00

From Red Squads to Counterterorism: Keeping the U.S. Safe FROM Democracy

  • Left Forum - John Jay College of Criminal Justice

This panel will trace the history of the FBI, as the political police, as well as look at how in spite of claims of “reform” the FBI continues to carry on the same political investigations just using different powers. It will also examine recent cases of spying by the FBI and local law enforcement.

Discussion on Contemporary Political Repression and Radical Forms of Legal Resistance [New York City]
Apr
28
7:00 pm19:00

Discussion on Contemporary Political Repression and Radical Forms of Legal Resistance [New York City]

  • Bluestockings Bookstore

With ongoing unrest around the country and with the quadrennial political conventions approaching this summer, it’s important to examine the type and breadth of police tactics used to suppress dissent and how activists can use the legal system as a tool to resist that repression.

Join activist and PM Press author Kris Hermes on Thursday, April 28th at 7pm at Bluestockings Bookstore for a discussion of his new book Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000. An engrossing combination of social history and courtroom drama, the book explains the origins of contemporary protest policing and the creative resistance used to overcome it.

Discussion on Repressive Policing of Protests, Collective Legal Resistance, and Bringing Political Movements into the Courtroom [Buffalo, NY]
Apr
13
7:00 pm19:00

Discussion on Repressive Policing of Protests, Collective Legal Resistance, and Bringing Political Movements into the Courtroom [Buffalo, NY]

  • Burning Books

Over the past fifteen years, people in the United States--and dissidents in particular--have witnessed a steady escalation of the National Security State, including invasive surveillance and infiltration, indiscriminate police violence, and unlawful arrests. These concerted efforts to criminalize dissidents and undermine meaningful social change are made more repressive by the coordination of numerous local, state, and federal agencies often operating at the behest of private corporations.

Join activist and PM Press author Kris Hermes on Wednesday, April 13th at 7pm at Burning Books for a discussion of his new book Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000.

Political Repression, the National Security State, and Collective Legal Resistance [Ithaca, NY]
Apr
12
5:30 pm17:30

Political Repression, the National Security State, and Collective Legal Resistance [Ithaca, NY]

  • Buffalo Street Books

Over the past fifteen years, people in the United States--and dissidents in particular--have witnessed a steady escalation of the National Security State, including invasive surveillance and infiltration, indiscriminate police violence, and unlawful arrests. These concerted efforts to criminalize dissidents and undermine meaningful social change are made more repressive by the coordination of numerous local, state, and federal agencies often operating at the behest of private corporations.

Join activist and PM Press author Kris Hermes on Tuesday, April 12th at 5:30pm at Buffalo Street Books for a discussion of his new book Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000.

Political Repression, the National Security State, and Collective Legal Resistance [Rochester, NY]
Apr
11
7:00 pm19:00

Political Repression, the National Security State, and Collective Legal Resistance [Rochester, NY]

  • Flying Squirrel Community Space

Over the past fifteen years, people in the United States--and dissidents in particular--have witnessed a steady escalation of the National Security State, including invasive surveillance and infiltration, indiscriminate police violence, and unlawful arrests. These concerted efforts to criminalize dissidents and undermine meaningful social change are made more repressive by the coordination of numerous local, state, and federal agencies often operating at the behest of private corporations.

Join activist and PM Press author Kris Hermes on Monday, April 11th at 7pm at Flying Squirrel Community Space for a discussion of his new book Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000.

Beyond the Green Hat: Issues Around Legal Support for the DNC 2016 Protests [Washington, DC]
Apr
9
12:15 pm12:15

Beyond the Green Hat: Issues Around Legal Support for the DNC 2016 Protests [Washington, DC]

  • UDC David A Clarke School of Law

Come check out this plenary during the National Lawyers Guild Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference at 12:15pm on Saturday, April 9th at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law.

For more than a decade, the police and public officials have used a playbook of tactics with the clear aim of stifling and suppressing dissent. As we approach the DNC 2016 in Philadelphia, it’s important to review and assess the pattern of tactics used so that activists and the legal community can better prepare to fight back.

Political Repression, the National Security State, and Collective Legal Resistance [Boston]
Apr
3
11:00 am11:00

Political Repression, the National Security State, and Collective Legal Resistance [Boston]

  • Community Church of Boston

Over the past fifteen years, people in the United States--and dissidents in particular--have witnessed a steady escalation of the National Security State, including invasive surveillance and infiltration, indiscriminate police violence, and unlawful arrests. These concerted efforts to criminalize dissidents and undermine meaningful social change are made more repressive by the coordination of numerous local, state, and federal agencies often operating at the behest of private corporations.

Join activist and PM Press author Kris Hermes on Sunday, April 3rd at 11am at the Community Church of Boston for a discussion of his new book Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000.

Political Repression, the National Security State, and Collective Legal Resistance [Worcester, MA]
Apr
2
4:00 pm16:00

Political Repression, the National Security State, and Collective Legal Resistance [Worcester, MA]

  • Stone Soup

Over the past fifteen years, people in the United States--and dissidents in particular--have witnessed a steady escalation of the National Security State, including invasive surveillance and infiltration, indiscriminate police violence, and unlawful arrests. These concerted efforts to criminalize dissidents and undermine meaningful social change are made more repressive by the coordination of numerous local, state, and federal agencies often operating at the behest of private corporations.

Join activist and PM Press author Kris Hermes on Saturday, April 2nd at 4pm at Stone Soup for a discussion of his new book Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000.

Preparing for the RNC 2016 in Cleveland
Mar
21
7:00 pm19:00

Preparing for the RNC 2016 in Cleveland

  • Pilgrim Church

With activists organizing for the upcoming 2016 Republican National Convention, Cleveland Peace Action is hosting a coalition meeting to help with planning, and to understand and resist the predictable state response to political protest.

Join activist and PM Press author Kris Hermes to discuss his new book Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000. Specifically, Hermes will focus on how free expression at political conventions and other protests has been stifled by police, and how activists can come together collectively to engage with the legal system in ways that protect arrestees and mitigate harm from any resulting prosecutions.

Beyond the Green Hat: Issues around legal support for the RNC 2016 protests [Cleveland]
Mar
19
1:00 pm13:00

Beyond the Green Hat: Issues around legal support for the RNC 2016 protests [Cleveland]

  • Case Western Reserve University

For more than a decade, the police and public officials have used a playbook of tactics with the clear aim of stifling and suppressing dissent. As we approach the RNC 2016 in Cleveland, it’s important to review and assess the pattern of tactics used so that activists and the legal community can better prepare to fight back.

The issues discussed in this workshop go beyond the typical concerns surrounding legal support at mass demonstrations, such as office set-up, Legal Observing and jail support, by probing ways the National Lawyers Guild can be more involved in the social change movements it supports.

Political Repression, the National Security State, and Collective Legal Resistance [Pittsburgh]
Mar
17
6:00 pm18:00

Political Repression, the National Security State, and Collective Legal Resistance [Pittsburgh]

  • University of Pittsburgh

Over the past fifteen years, people in the United States--and dissidents in particular--have witnessed a steady escalation of the National Security State, including invasive surveillance and infiltration, indiscriminate police violence, and unlawful arrests. These concerted efforts to criminalize dissidents and undermine meaningful social change are made more repressive by the coordination of numerous local, state, and federal agencies often operating at the behest of private corporations.

Activist and PM Press author Kris Hermes will discuss his new book Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000 on Thursday, March 17th at 6pm. The event, which is being co-sponsored by The Big Idea Bookstore, the Pittsburgh chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, and the Student Anarchist Graduate Group, will be held at the University of Pittsburgh, William Pitt Union 548.

Annual Membership Meeting of Cleveland Peace Action
Mar
16
7:00 pm19:00

Annual Membership Meeting of Cleveland Peace Action

  • Pilgrim Church

With activists organizing for the upcoming 2016 Republican National Convention, the annual membership meeting of Cleveland Peace Action will focus on understanding and how to resist the predictable state response to political protest.

Join activist and PM Press author Kris Hermes on Wednesday, March 16th at 7pm at Pilgrim Church to discuss his new book Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000. The meeting will begin at 7pm with a potluck, followed by board elections and a presentation by Kris Hermes at 8pm.

Political Repression, the National Security State, and Collective Legal Resistance [Bloomington, IN]
Mar
14
7:00 pm19:00

Political Repression, the National Security State, and Collective Legal Resistance [Bloomington, IN]

  • Boxcar Books and Community Center

Over the past fifteen years, people in the United States--and dissidents in particular--have witnessed a steady escalation of the National Security State, including invasive surveillance and infiltration, indiscriminate police violence, and unlawful arrests. These concerted efforts to criminalize dissidents and undermine meaningful social change are made more repressive by the coordination of numerous local, state, and federal agencies often operating at the behest of private corporations.

Join activist and PM Press author Kris Hermes on Monday, March 14th at 7pm at for an event at Boxcar Books and Community Center to discuss his new book Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000.

Political Repression, the National Security State, and Collective Legal Resistance [Chicago]
Mar
13
4:00 pm16:00

Political Repression, the National Security State, and Collective Legal Resistance [Chicago]

  • In These Times

Over the past fifteen years, people in the United States--and dissidents in particular--have witnessed a steady escalation of the National Security State, including invasive surveillance and infiltration, indiscriminate police violence, and unlawful arrests. These concerted efforts to criminalize dissidents and undermine meaningful social change are made more repressive by the coordination of numerous local, state, and federal agencies often operating at the behest of private corporations.

Join activist and PM Press author Kris Hermes on Sunday, March 13th at 4pm at In These Times for an event sponsored by the Chicago chapter of the National Lawyers Guild to discuss his new book Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000.

Hermes will speak alongside Sarah Gelsomino, an NLG attorney with the People's Law Office who has worked on high-profile political cases including the NATO 3, Leila Taha of Arab American Action Network, which led a national campaign to defend Rasmea Odeh, and Alex Goldenberg of STOP (Southside Together Organizing for Power) who with others used an innovative legal defense after arrests linked to the demand for a level 1 adult trauma center at the University of Chicago.

Political Repression, the National Security State, and Collective Legal Resistance [Madison, WI]
Mar
12
4:30 pm16:30

Political Repression, the National Security State, and Collective Legal Resistance [Madison, WI]

  • Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative

Over the past fifteen years, people in the United States--and dissidents in particular--have witnessed a steady escalation of the National Security State, including invasive surveillance and infiltration, indiscriminate police violence, and unlawful arrests. These concerted efforts to criminalize dissidents and undermine meaningful social change are made more repressive by the coordination of numerous local, state, and federal agencies often operating at the behest of private corporations.

Join activist and PM Press author Kris Hermes on Saturday, March 12th at 4:30pm at Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative for an event sponsored by the Madison chapter of the National Lawyers Guild to discuss his new book Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000.

A Conversation on Policing and Dissent [Minneapolis]
Mar
11
6:00 pm18:00

A Conversation on Policing and Dissent [Minneapolis]

  • Boneshaker Books

Join Kris Hermes, activist and author of Crashing the Party: Lessons and Legacies from the RNC 2000, along with UMN graduate student Charmaine Chua, and UMN PhD candidate Rahsaan Mahadeo at Boneshaker Books on Friday, March 11th at 6pm for a Conversation on Policing and Dissent. Hermes, Chua, and Mahadeo will begin the evening's conversation by answering a range of questions after which the floor will be opened up to everyone present for a community discussion.

Political Repression, the National Security State, and Collective Legal Resistance [Tucson]
Feb
28
5:00 pm17:00

Political Repression, the National Security State, and Collective Legal Resistance [Tucson]

  • Revolutionary Grounds Books and Coffee

Over the past fifteen years, people in the United States--and dissidents in particular--have witnessed a steady escalation of the National Security State, including invasive surveillance and infiltration, indiscriminate police violence, and unlawful arrests. These concerted efforts to criminalize dissidents and undermine meaningful social change are made more repressive by the coordination of numerous local, state, and federal agencies often operating at the behest of private corporations.

Join activist and PM Press author Kris Hermes on Saturday, February 27th at 7pm at Revolutionary Grounds Books and Coffee for an event sponsored by the National Lawyers Guild - Southern Arizona Chapter discussing his new book Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000.

Political Repression, the National Security State, and Collective Legal Resistance [Phoenix]
Feb
27
7:00 pm19:00

Political Repression, the National Security State, and Collective Legal Resistance [Phoenix]

  • The Space

Over the past fifteen years, people in the United States--and dissidents in particular--have witnessed a steady escalation of the National Security State, including invasive surveillance and infiltration, indiscriminate police violence, and unlawful arrests. These concerted efforts to criminalize dissidents and undermine meaningful social change are made more repressive by the coordination of numerous local, state, and federal agencies often operating at the behest of private corporations.

Join activist and PM Press author Kris Hermes on Saturday, February 27th at 7pm at for an event at The Space co-sponsored by Carpe Locus Collective and the Central AZ National Lawyers Guild discussing his new book Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000.

Political Repression, the National Security State, and Collective Legal Resistance [San Diego]
Feb
26
7:00 pm19:00

Political Repression, the National Security State, and Collective Legal Resistance [San Diego]

  • Groundwork Books

Over the past fifteen years, people in the United States--and dissidents in particular--have witnessed a steady escalation of the National Security State, including invasive surveillance and infiltration, indiscriminate police violence, and unlawful arrests. These concerted efforts to criminalize dissidents and undermine meaningful social change are made more repressive by the coordination of numerous local, state, and federal agencies often operating at the behest of private corporations.

Join activist and PM Press author Kris Hermes on Friday, February 26th at 7pm at Groundwork Books to discuss his new book Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000.

Political Repression, the National Security State, and Collective Legal Resistance [Long Beach]
Feb
25
12:30 pm12:30

Political Repression, the National Security State, and Collective Legal Resistance [Long Beach]

  • California State University Long Beach

Over the past fifteen years, people in the United States--and dissidents in particular--have witnessed a steady escalation of the National Security State, including invasive surveillance and infiltration, indiscriminate police violence, and unlawful arrests. These concerted efforts to criminalize dissidents and undermine meaningful social change are made more repressive by the coordination of numerous local, state, and federal agencies often operating at the behest of private corporations.

Join activist and PM Press author Kris Hermes on Thursday, February 25th from 12:30-1:45pm at CSULB for an event hosted by CSULB Department of Journalism & Mass Communication to discuss his new book Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000. Food will be served.

Political Repression, the National Security State, and Collective Legal Resistance [Los Angeles]
Feb
24
7:00 pm19:00

Political Repression, the National Security State, and Collective Legal Resistance [Los Angeles]

  • 977 Chung King Road Los Angeles, CA 90012 USA

Join activist and PM Press author on Wednesday, February 24th at 7pm to discuss his new book Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000. Hermes will focus on how free expression in the streets has been stifled by police, and how activists can come together collectively to engage with the legal system in ways that politicize the courtroom and advance social change movements while mitigating harm to activists being targeted by the state.

Hermes will be joined by local activists Hamid Khan of Stop LAPD Spying Coalition and Pete White of the LA CAN (Los Angeles Community Action Network) to discuss issues of political repression in Los Angeles and the innovative ways activists are resisting the legal system.

Historical Analysis & Discussion: Repressive Policing Models & Collective Resistance to the Legal System [San Francisco]
Nov
15
3:00 pm15:00

Historical Analysis & Discussion: Repressive Policing Models & Collective Resistance to the Legal System [San Francisco]

  • Howard Zinn Book Fair

Truth or myth? The severe curtailing of civil liberties in the US and simultaneous transition to models of domestic militarism took place after 9/11 when the country was in a panic about "the terrorists?"

Truth or myth? Political activists are impotent against the tremendous power of the legal system?

Activist and author Kris Hermes will join grassroots organizer and former RNC arrestee Kate Sorensen for a discussion at the Howard Zinn Book Fair on Sunday, November 15th at 3pm. Hermes and Sorensen will detail why these statements are historically inaccurate and why such oft-repeated statements from the liberal left are detrimental to effective movement analysis and strategy.