“These Walls Don’t Lie”: Defending Portland’s Social and Political Prisoners in the Era of Domestic Urban Counterinsurgency

Friday January 14th

6-8 pm

Sisters of the Road Cafe

133 NW 6th Ave, Portland, Oregon

*This event is free, open to the public and disability friendly

Cities have long been centers of political dissent and multiculturalism; however, over the last decade US cities have seen a dramatic increase in political repression and the militarization of daily urban life. In the “global war on terror” domestic urban populations are now considered as potential hotspots for “home grown terrorists” and “insurgencies“. From Baghdad to Portland entire urban populations are targets of protracted“ low intensity warfare” campaigns waged by the U.S. Government across the globe. The FBI’s Cointelpro Program’s goal to “disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize” the Black Panther Party and any real resistance to the policies of the US government provided the foundation for counterinsurgency practice in the U.S. These Walls Don’t Lie will investigate the connections between the FBI’s targeting of Portland’s Black Panther Party chapter & the case of local political prisoner Lumuba Ford with the expanding role US counterinsurgency theory is having in shaping low income housing policy, urban renewal and the criminalization of the houseless. In an attempt to create an urban geography of isolation and total control in the age of “fourth generation warfare” where the lines between war and politics, soldier and civilian are often blurred.


Unraveling the Strands of the Portland Seven Case

Martha Gies

Bio: Gies has written for dozens of publications and is a frequent contributor to Women’s Review of Books, where she writes about Mexican and Latin American issues, and, locally, to Street Roots and the Eliot News.  Gies has worked to find housing for tenants as they are evicted from hotels and apartments scheduled for gentrification in Portland’s downtown. While the relocation work is intermittent, her activism in behalf of low-income housing and her journalism and guest editorials, intended to create public understanding and sympathy with the stresses on the poor, the disabled, and the elderly, are ongoing. Martha is also a long time advocate for the release of local Political Prisoner Patrice Lumumba Ford.

Social Segregation and Prisoners

Ibrahim Mubarak

Bio: Co-founder of Dignity Village (a homeless tent city), and a now renowned grassroots direct action organization called Right 2 Survive.  Right 2 Survive, or R2S, is a grassroots collection of homeless people, formerly homeless, and their allies. R2S is working to ensure that everyone can exercise their RIGHT to sleep, to safety, to shelter, and to self-support. For over a decade Ibrahim has advocated for the rights of the houseless in Portland and is a foundation of support in the community.

Counter-insurgency Theory and Portland

Will Munger

Bio: Will, a housing activist and student at Reed College will present his ongoing research into the domestic application of counterinsurgency theory within US cities and its relation to urban geography, policing, and housing policy.


Oregon Jericho
The Jericho Movement for Political Prisoner Amnesty
P.O. Box 17420
Portland, Oregon 97217