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Published: 08 April 2009

Portland Copwatch announces its three-part spring training cycle--Orientation to Portland Copwatch, Your Rights and the Police Seminar, and How to Copwatch Training--to be held over the course of two Saturdays in May.
The events include: Orientation, and Your Rights, May 16 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; How to Copwatch, May 30, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., at the Portland Mennonite Church, 1312 SE 35th (enter on SE Main St).
Pre-registration is required, and a $10 donation will help secure your spot as participation is limiited.
Portland Copwatch has scheduled a cycle of the three trainings for those who wish to volunteer or those who are just curious about police accountability issues.
The Portland Copwatch Orientation and Your Rights and the Police Seminars Saturday, May 16 are both about 1.5 hours long, while the "How to Copwatch" training Saturday, May 30 is 3 hours.
Snacks will be provided, so brown-bagging a sandwich will be a good idea if you need to eat a full lunch.
Just $10 covers all three sessions, regardless of how many you are planning to attend. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. The donation helps cover costs related to the trainings.
It is highly recommended to attend the first two trainings as background
for the "How to Copwatch" training on May 30.
The Portland Copwatch orientation introduces you to the organization and many of the issues they work on, covers possibilities for volunteering, and contextualizes some of the "Alphabet soup" we talk about at meetings. (What's the PJTTF? The CRC? What's PARC, the AMA, the AFSC? How can you express being anti-police brutality but not anti-police?) The orientation is mandatory for people who want to be active members of  Portland Copwatch.
Your Rights and the Police seminar reviews basic rights to know for being stopped by, harmed by, or when observing the police. A lawyer will be present to help answer legal questions best not answered by the  volunteers at PCW.
"How to Copwatch" training teaches how to safely, legally and effectively monitor police behavior. Includes background on what to do when stopped by police and how to file complaints, includes role playing and a training video.
Sign up now to secure your place, there will be a cut-off point to limit the number of participants.
Please RSVP by phone or email and send donations to Portland Copwatch, (a project of Peace and Justice Works), PO Box 42456, Portland, OR 97242. For information call 503-236-3065 (office); or 503-321-5120 (incident report line). Email [email protected]; or go to http://www.portlandcopwatch.org

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