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

  • Orca Books 509 4th Avenue East Olympia, WA, 98501 United States

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.

As an award-winning legal worker with the National Lawyers Guild and a member of multiple radical law collectives, Hermes will discuss how repressive policing developed during the 2000 Republican convention protests are still used across the U.S. today. Hermes will also discuss ways in which activists can employ radical, innovative and confrontational forms of collective resistance against the legal system.

Crashing the Party is not only an extremely useful case study of what to expect during the quadrennial political conventions, it also offers a practical set of tools with which any social movement can use to fight political repression and an oppressive legal system.

Copies of Crashing the Party will be available after the talk for purchase and signing.