Joe La Sac, the UPS student videographer whose right to film Tacoma PMR became a local cause célèbre in March 2007, will speak in Tacoma on Jan. 18.  --  As has been the case for all the events UFPPC's 2007-2008 speaker series, Joe La Sac's talk on "Port Militarization Resistance: What Do These Events Have to Do with Free Speech?" will begin at 7:00 p.m., and will be held at King's Books (218 St. Helen's Ave.).[1]  --  This talk is free and is open to the public.  --  Some of Joe La Sac's videos can be viewed at links posted below....

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WHAT:  "Port Militarization Resistance: What Do These Events Have to Do with Free Speech?"
WHO:  Joe La Sac, Univ. of Puget Sound & Students for a Democratic Society
WHEN:  Friday, January 18, 2007
WHERE:  King's Books, 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402 (253-272-8801)

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Joe La Sac
At King's Books
218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402

2007- 2008 Speakers Series (free)

7:00 p.m., Friday, January 18, 2008

"Port Militarization Resistance: What Do These Events Have to Do With Free Speech?"

You may have seen Joe La Sac's videos on YouTube. He became locally well known when he was stopped by a Tacoma police officer while videotaping on the Puyallup River mudflats. He thus became an instant cause célèbre for the issue of free speech, the questions that arose due to his videotaping, and the internet posting of the incident during the Tacoma Port Militarization Resistance.

"I'm a senior economics and philosophy student at the University of Puget Sound, and active in Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). I work with a student media/education organization, Praxis Imago. I also work with Indymedia Presents based in Seattle, which is a video collective, and as a part-time instructional technology consultant for my university. My academic focuses have been banking and underdevelopment in economics, and consciousness and political theory in philosophy. I am also interested in the creative ways technology finds solutions to all sorts of problems in society. My involvement with independent media has increased greatly since I became active in SDS. I have been studying the ways that I think independent media can be most effective in getting out the messages and information that are neglected by mainstream media, and how new media plays an important role in building a democratic society."

Other videos by Joe La Sac can be viewed at these links:

http://www.ufppc.org/content/view/5920/ (Nonviolence of Port of Tacoma protesters in face of police aggression)

http://www.ufppc.org/content/view/5954/ (Mar. 11, 2007, civil disobedience at Port of Tacoma)

http://www.ufppc.org/content/view/6768/ (Dynamic, fast-paced, dramatic video of Oct. 27, 2007, march in Seattle)

http://www.ufppc.org/content/view/6839/ (Footage of Olympia PD violence on Sat., Nov. 10, 2007)