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Occupy Portland calls this national day of action to reclaim our ability to make the decisions that affect our lives. We live in a society which does not allow us control of our future. We are faced with foreclosure, unemployment, lack of health care, climate change, hunger, environmental destruction, and so many other issues. Our collective voices which seek to solve these problems are being actively silenced and suppressed.

Set your Twitter and Google Alerts  to #F29 because Occupy Portland is leaping into action on leap day, February 29th, for a not-to-miss day of civil disobedience to alert the world that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) must stop existing and that we as a society can reclaim our power over government!

Over 60 70 US cities are joining Portland and even Sydney and Mexico City are uniting to end ALEC.  Get involved by creating an affinity group with your friends and and crafting an action. Have an affinity group? Get support by attending the Affinity Group spokescouncil on the 22nd. If you dont have an affinity group, attend the Direct Action Training on the 25th and maybe you will afterwards. 

Join the march on F29! Rally: 11:30AM-1PM at the Waterfront on SW Natio and Ankney (under the W. side of the Burnside Bridge), march starts at 1PM!

Through ALEC, Global Corporations Are Scheming to Rewrite YOUR Rights and Boost THEIR Revenue

Through the corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council, global corporations and state politicians vote behind closed doors to try to rewrite state laws that govern your rights. These so-called model bills reach into almost every area of American life and often directly benefit huge corporations. In ALECs own words, corporations have a VOICE and a VOTE on specific changes to the law that are then proposed in your state. DO YOU?

The Portland Action Lab is putting together trainings, workshops, and meetings to coordinate the days events. Visit Shutdownthecorporations.org for information on ALEC and why we must shut down the corporations.

F29 Breakdown: 

  • Calling all Twitterers! Live/U Streamers! Bloggers! etc! Rendezvous to coordinate for F29. Friday, February 24, 6pm 1011 SW 12th
  • Portland Action Lab Direct Action Training for Everyone Part II!! Saturday, February 25th, 11:30-5, St. Francis, schedule below
  • NLG/ELK Legal Hotline training! Come join the jail support crew! Saturday, February 26th, 4-6
  • F29 march details announced! Rally: 11:30AM-1PM at the Waterfront on SW Nato & Ankeny (under the west side of Burnside Bridge), march starts at 1PM!
  • Follow @f29pdx for updates on Twitter
  • Write down this number: 503-902-5340, National Lawyers Guild/ELK Law Collective Legal Hotline

Social Media Rendezvous! Bloggers, Lives+Ustreamers, Twitters + other self-publishers are cordially invited to plug in w/ F29 media for a meeting, just for you!
Friday, February 24, 6:30pm (orientation to PAL at 6pm)  “3B” area of the 1st Unitarian Church (1011 Southwest 12th) 
Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/250531785025629/

PAL:DATE II Portland Action Lab’s Direct Action Training for Everyone (part 2!) Back by popular demand! 
Want to plug-in to the action on February 29th? Want to pull-off more fun and more effective direct action? Join us in preparation for the F29 Shut Down The Corporations day of action at the Direct Action Training For Everyone! Non-violent direct action, Blockades, Strategic Action Planning and more
Saturday, February 25, 11:30am until 5:00pm St. Francis 1131 SE Oak

11:30-12 Opening and F29 Update: Learn the latest news about F29 in Portland and across the country.

12-3:00 Non-violent direct action: This workshop is *highly recommended* for activists wanting to engage in civil disobedience and direct action or those new to these tactics. It will cover history of direct action, affinity groups, action planning, conflict management and fun action role plays.

12-1:45 Blockades: Forest defenders and climate justice activists share tools to make actions more effective and activists very difficult to remove, from blocking roads to building entrances to let your imagination run wild.

2-3:30 Strategic Action Planning: Tools to make our actions more effective and achieve our goals with less burnout. This workshop could change your life.

3:30-4 Coffee Break + Affinity Group Meet-up

4-4:30 Legal Support For Activist/Know Your Rights! Lead by lawyers supporting the Occupy movement, learn the rights you have when engaging with the police and how to support people risking arrest. People considering engaging in or supporting civil disobedience should attend this workshop.

4:30-5 American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC): Why is ALEC the target of this day of action? Learn more about the way they control our democracy behind closed doors and how to stop them!
Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/234184510005224/

NLG/ELK Legal Hotline Training Portland Law Collective Suite 407, 1130 Southwest Morrison Street Sunday, February 26, 2012 4:00pm- 6:00pm

Want to support friends in the streets from the comfort of an armchair? Want to help brave strangers survive the legal system? Want to learn more about that mysterious number 503-902-5340 that you see tattooed on peoples arms? Want to know wtf IS ELK and the NLG, and who the hell are these folks? Then come to the Legal Hotline Workshop!

The workshop should be only two hours. After the workshop people are encouraged to pick up shifts to staff the hotline in order to record arrestiee information and to provide moral and metal support to those in custody. Shifts are typically 12 hour brackets but normally very low volume. All is required that you stay near a computer during the duration of your shift or at a minimum carry around pen and paper to transcribe information later.

F29 march and action schedule!
Leap into Action on F29! Occupy Portland called for a national day of action on F29 to shut down corporations associated with the anti-democratic American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC. Over 70 cities around the world will come together on F29 to shut down ALECs corporate members. Join us in Portland, home to dozens of ALEC corporate members, as we shut them down! Come promptly at 11:30 to join the open affinity groups of umbrella action, drum core, and tidal wave to crush corporate power!

Wednesday February 29th
11:30AM 1PM Rally at SW Naito and Ankeny
1PM March begins. The march will visit ALEC corporate members where affinity groups are taking direct action to shut them down!
follow #F29, #OPDX, #F29PDX or follow @f29pds for Twitter updates

Facebook Event http://www.facebook.com/pages/F29-Shut-Down-the-Corporations/169049533194891#!/events/234399339984123/

Excellent F29 Media:
UK Guardian - http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/20/occupy-movement-targets-corporate-interest-group?newsfeed=true
CommonDreams.org - http://www.commondreams.org/


Occupy Richmond #ALEC spoof video - vimeo.com/36960398

Get Smart About ALEC #29 (under 2 minutes) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4kWRH0xzk8&feature=related
ALEC workshop by Civil Liberties Defense Center executive director Lauren Regan (50 minutes) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5as5K5fcYs

See you on the streets!