The police investigators kept boxes of index cards on individuals and groups. Card after card, typed, sometimes marked with a pen. This indexing informs “She Had Her Own Reason for Participating,” a poem sledghammered into copper index cards that comprise a drawer in a plinth Garrick built, currently in the Antena Exhibition at the Blaffer Art Gallery in Houston, Texas.
“My recollection of the factory and my mother’s exhaustion are vivid,” writes Cathy Scheirman in “Piecework,” a short memoir in Lavinia Press, a tabloid newspaper published by the Women’s Night Watch in 1979. This bilingual (Spanish and English) issue was devoted to the theme of fashion, and included articles on kimonos; workplace discrimination on cultural expression; appropriation of cultural styles; thrift-store shopping; and a discussion of courtroom attire (“For women in the courtroom, it is more difficult to know how to dress. The decorum of the courtroom calls for a fairly formal style of dress, which means conforming to sex-stereotyped and class-stereotyped conventions”).
Lloyd Marbet strove for decades to limit the damage of nuclear technology, attending hearings, placing ballot measures before the voters, and, when other routes shut down, placing his body on the line in acts of civil disobedience. Marbet recalls how when he first moved to Portland in 1970, he got involved in the anti-war movement, having recently returned from serving in Vietnam himself. He sold the Willamette Bridge newspaper in front of the old Orpheum theater, documented in these slides that police investigators stored in scrapbooks they kept on activists. Marbet recalls how a motorcycle police officer told him he’d throw him in jail unless he stopped selling the newspaper
Lloyd Marbet decided that hearings were a good place to share his concerns about nuclear technology, so he started showing up to the Trojan hearings in 1972. He had no idea that the police were surveilling him at these hearings. An important part of the Watcher Files project is to hear what some of the people surveilled have to say back to the files, so that their voices enter the records. Marbet talks back to the certainty voiced in the document that he possessed the components for a bomb