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Break The Chains Conference August 8-10

The Break the Chains conference will be held Aug.8-10 at Univ. of Oregon in Eugene. It is dedicated to fighting repression, supporting prisoners, and eliminating prisons altogether. By providing anti-prison education, building on existing prisoner support efforts, learning from veteran prison activists, and initiating new campaigns against the prison industrial complex, this conference is intended to initiate a new era of heightened prisoner support and anti-prison activism.
Perhaps no other single issue so convincingly illustrates the struggle for total liberation, as does the prison industrial complex. Resisting prisons is resisting state repression and blatant social control; it is resisting the most terrifying examples of racism, sexism, and homophobia, the criminalization of the poor and capitalist exploitation of labor. For this reason, the Break the Chains conference hopes to exemplify the need for continued and heightened prisoner support with our ultimate goal being prison abolition. Prison abolition is a political vision that seeks to eliminate the need for prisons and acknowledges the devastating effect that prisons have on poor and marginalized communities.

Wide ranges of folks have agreed to attend and share their knowledge, including former prisoners. Organizations attending include Free Mumia Coalition, Prison Legal News, and Out of Control Lesbian Committee to Support Women in Prison. There will be people working with prisoners that are HIV/AIDS infected and Black Panther and American Indian Movement elders, as well as a participant in the Attica rebellion of the 70's.

Any movement that does not support its political internees is a movement destined to fail. When power is challenged, it inevitably turns to violent repression and imprisonment to maintain itself. In order to avoid defeat, movements must become organized and capable of combating the repression of the state apparatus, and they must be able to support their comrades and allies in the event that they are arrested or imprisoned. Few would commit themselves to a movement that would leave them behind prison walls, or a movement that is incapable of sustaining itself in the face of state intimidation. To find out how you can help out at the conference, contact us at P.O. Box 11331, Eugene Oregon 97440 or email us at breakthechains02@yahoo.com
www.breakthechains.net

Other Groups working on prisoner support:

The following individuals have agreed to participate in this conference:

Rita "Bo" Brown
Former political prisoner of the George Jackson Brigades, founder of the Out of Control Lesbian Committee to Support Women in Prison, Prison Activist Resource Center community advisor, and regional representative of the Eddie Hatcher Defense Committee.

Safiya Bukhari
Safiya is a former Black Panther and Black Liberation Army member who spent close to nine years in prison for clandestine actions on behalf of the BLA. Now the co-chair of the New York City Free Mumia Coalition and an international organizer of the Jericho Movement, she continues to struggle to free hundreds of political prisoners of war and to fight for liberation. Chrystos
Chrystos is a self-educated writer as well as an artist who designs the covers of her own books. Her work as a Native land and treaty rights activist has been widely recognized and the political aspect is an essential part of her writing - even though she refuses to be taken as a "voice" of Native women or as a "spiritual leader." She is also working toward freedom for imprisoned Indian activists Leonard Peltier. The other dominant aspect of her work is lesbianism, which is outspoken and personalized in her "love-and-lust" poems.

Ward Churchill
Native American author, activist, and all around ass-kicker. Ward is a former chairperson of the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee, veteran American Indian Movement [AIM] activist, and author, co-author or editor of over a dozen books about Native American struggles for liberation, movement strategy, the politics of imprisonment, COINTELPRO & state repression.

Dacajeweiah/Splitting the Sky
From a background of orphanages and boarding schools, Dacajeweiah emerged as a principal leader of the Attica rebellion at the age of nineteen, and later became a major figure with the American Indian Movement. He was the founder of the League of Indigenous Sovereign Nations of the Western Hemisphere, has been involved in numerous armed standoffs with the Canadian and US authorities, and after decades of poverty, imprisonment, and repression, he continues to agitate for Native sovereignty and prisoner's rights.

Derrick Jensen
Derrick is the author of A Language Older Than Words, and more recently The Culture of Make Believe. He taught creative writing for three years at Pelican Bay State Prison.

Claude Marks
Claude is the Project Director of The Freedom Archives, a political, cultural oral history project in San Francisco. He is a former political prisoner who served time for a conspiracy to break two Puerto Rican and Black political prisoners out of Leavenworth. Claude taught ESL, literacy, writing and history inside. Under his direction, The Freedom Archives has developed a youth training curriculum and has released several recent documentary CDs and videos combining restored historical audio and contemporary interviews. The videos focus on Jalil Muntaqim, David Gilbert and Nuh Washington and a recent CD, Prisons on Fire, focuses on George Jackson and the Attica Rebellion. Claude remains a prison activist and uses media to educate, advocate for prison abolition and the freeing of all political prisoners.

Ed Mead
Former political prisoner of the George Jackson Brigades, the co-founder of Prison Legal News, organizer of Men Against Sexism (a group that militantly opposed sexism, racism, homophobia and rape) inside the walls of the Washington State Penitentiary at Walla Walla, and the founder of the Prison Art Project. Ed spent 18 years behind bars as a result of his participation in the GJB-related activities.

Craig Rosebraugh
Craig was a former spokesperson for the Earth Liberation Front, a group categorized by the FBI as the number one domestic terrorism threat in the United States. He survived seven grand jury investigations, two raids by federal agents on his home and business, and a Congressional subpoena. A political activist since 1990, Craig left the ELF press office in 2001 to advocate the need for more strategic and directed action against the US political system. He co-founded Arissa in 2003, an effort to build a revolutionary movement in the USA.

Peter Urban
Co-founder and North American Coordinator of the Irish Republican Socialist Party. Attending every Ard Fheis (national congress) of the IRSP since 1984, he was appointed the IRSP's International Department Co-Secretary in 2000, a position he still holds. In 2003, he will organize the FIRSCA, an organization for IRSP support groups throughout the world. Peter is an expert on Irish resistance movements and Irish political prisoners.

Laura Whitehorn
Revolutionary anti-imperialist who spent 14 years in federal prison as a political prisoner. Her "offense" was to conspire to protest and change U.S. government policies, domestic and international, with acts of armed struggle (the "resistance conspiracy" case). She currently works toward the release of all the remaining political prisoners in U.S. prisons. A lesbian, she is an associate editor at POZ, a national magazine for those affected by HIV.

Also participating, representatives from groups such as


- Anarchist Black Cross
- Freedom Archives, San Francisco, CA.
- Jericho Movement
- Women Embracing Freedom Together, Portland, OR.
And many, many more!

homepage: homepage: http://www.breakthechains.net


On Free's Placement to "The Hole" 27.Jun.2003 14:27

www.freefreenow.org

The following is the report that has been released by the STG Manager at OSP, explaining why political prisoner Jeff "Free" Luers has been sent to the Hole. Solidarity with "Free" is needed now more than ever. For more info on "Free" visit www.freefreenow.org or www.breakthechains.net


Charges: 4-A Disobedience of an Order

4-M Unauthorized Organization 1


"I am a Security Threat Group manager for the Oregon State Penitentiary per OAR 291-069-0040 [1][2][3] On 06-13-03 I concluded an investigation into the action of inmate Luers, Jeff, SID #13797671, documented moniker of Free. Inmate Luers is identified as a member of the "Earth Liberation Front" [ELF] Security Threat Group. On 05-28-03 I was reviewing outgoing mail that inmate Luers sent to a publication known as "Earth First Journal"/PO Box 3023/Tuscon, AZ 85702. This publication is well-known by radical ecology/animal environmental groups. In his letter inmate Luers exposes his belief system in writing, and explains what an individual must consider before he/she acts out in a violent manner. The following are excerpts from his letter to the Earth First Journal.


'Greetings from the Oregon State Pen. I have a few things I'd like to add speaking from both good and bad experiences. Before anyone gets involved in extreme direct action they must first come to terms with the possible consequences. This is a must if someone wants to be 100% effective in their actions and remain true in prison should they have the misfortune of being caught. The reality of the situation is once that match is lit you will forever be wanted by the cops.' Inmate Luers writes, 'I don't say this to dissuade anyone - on the contrary, accepting these things will lend you more courage. If you build that strength inside you, you will be more effective in action. And should you be caught you will stand as a courageous warrior [sic] in front of the court as you did in the dark hours of the night."


Inmate Luers has a history of involvement and is an influential member of the radical ecology/animal environmental groups; he is recognized worldwide for his beliefs, actions and sacrifices. Inmate Luers is writing statements that is [sic] recruiting and advising others how to be effective while involved in what is called direct action, which means one acts to cause major damage to property and the possibly injury to others. Inmate Luers was convicted for his radical anarchist activities and his conviction was condemned worldwide. Many will review inmate Luers written advice and some may act out from his advice. This type of activity is a direct threat to the safety of the public and causes serious concerns for the security, safety and orderly operations of all ODOC facilities and employees."

graphic 02.Jul.2003 09:04

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Break the Chains Conference Housing / Ride Share Boards 17.Jul.2003 16:37

BTC

Break the Chains Conference Housing / Ride Share Boards

The Break the Chains Conference will be held at the University of Oregon (Eugene, OR) from August 8 - 10. Conference organizers have now created two web boards to facilitate information-sharing around housing and transportation issues.

Please use these boards if:
You would like a place to stay in Eugene while attending the conference.
You live in Eugene and have space in your house to offer to conference attendees.
You need a ride to Eugene, or have space in your vehicle for others traveling to this event.
Break the Chains Housing Message Board
Exchange information about housing needs and available housing for the conference:
 http://pub152.ezboard.com/fbtcrideboardfrm8

Break the Chains Ride Share Message Board
Exchange information about transportation to and from the conference:
 http://pub152.ezboard.com/fbtcrideboardfrm7

Info about cheap accommodations in the Eugene area will be available in our conference program and will also soon be available on the conference website (see below for website address).

Conference Vision:
"We are organizing this conference to educate people about the bleak reality of the prison crisis, to mobilize people from the anti-repression, prisoner-support, anti-authoritarian, and anti-capitalist movements, to humbly host like-minded activists from other regions in what we hope is to be an extremely powerful and productive convergence, to learn from survivors of the prison system and gain from them invaluable lessons about the nature of the beast we are up against, and to begin the difficult task of developing a cohesive, organized, diverse, and effective movement against state repression and the politics of mass imprisonment. As the ruling elite intensifies its repression more and more broadly, such a movement becomes necessary now more than ever before."

For more information about the conference, including our full mission statement and a list of speakers / participants, see:
 http://www.breakthechains.net/btcconference/index.html

Conference Schedule 04.Aug.2003 06:22

http://www.breakthechains.net/btcconference/schedule.html

I've been having some trouble accessing the site when I don't use google to search, so here is the link for the conference schedule and locations of events. The opening speakers are on 8:30 Friday night August 8th.

Opening night of the Break The Chains Conference
At the United Lutheran Church, 22nd & Washington

Lectures by:

Ward Churchill
Native American author, activist, and all around ass-kicker. Ward is a former chairperson of the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee, veteran American Indian Movement [AIM] activist, and author, co-author or editor of over a dozen books about Native American struggles for liberation, movement strategy, the politics of imprisonment, COINTELPRO & state repression.

Safiya Bukhari
Safiya is a former Black Panther and Black Liberation Army member who spent close to nine years in prison for clandestine actions on behalf of the BLA. Now the co-chair of the New York City Free Mumia Coalition and an international organizer of the Jericho Movement, she continues to struggle to free hundreds of political prisoners of war and to fight for liberation.

More TBA.



 http://www.breakthechains.net/btcconference/schedule.html

Rideshares from and possibly back to portland 07.Aug.2003 23:31

mb

Were meeting at the back to back cafe friday at 4pm @ 7th and se Burnside to goto the break the chains conference. Come ready to kick down 5$ for gas. We have rides for approx. 14 people. We will wait 20 minutes- and no more- as we have to be there to set up for tabling. We're returning sunday- same deal.

questions call me michael b @ 503-235-1072
 mbthink@hotmail.com