Dispatch from Free-March 15, 2004
I'd just started this dispatch about an hour ago but it turned into an article I very much needed to write. So, now I'm done with that so I'll write this.
Those of you who have been keeping up with these things know that I've dedicated this year of my life to writing and working toward real change. Along those lines I've teamed up with a friend and fellow political prisoner, Rob Thaxton to put together a zine focusing on creating change. I anticipate this being a lengthy process and likely not available until the end of the year.
In the meantime, I will also be writing other pieces to keep the flow going. We gotta keep piling on the pressure and keep the ideas flowing until we can build the alternative.
I do have a legal update to share. The last paperwork has been filed in my appeal. I should have oral arguments in April or May. After words, the court may take as long as it needs to render a decision. My attorney has done a great job often times taking my own arguments and rewording them in 'legalese'. Event though we have had our disagreements, I can say that I am encouraged by all the work he has done.
Still, I am all too aware of the way that the system works and I believe that is quite likely that the court will affirm without opinion my conviction and sentence. With a case as politically charged as mine, it is probably that the Appeals court will pass the burden of deciding to the State Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is the last line of my direct appeal. After that, I have ways to challenge the sentence and conviction but each attempt is increasingly unlikely.
I am prepared for this outcome should it happen and I have plans should my appeals fail to continue to challenge the state both in and out of the courtroom. If this ends up being the case, I hope that I can count on your continued support.
You can help me most right now by downloading a copy of my 'statement of support' and gathering as many signatures as you can (names, signature, occupation, city, state) and mailing them to my POB (POB 3, Eugene, OR 97440) no later than June 1st. These signatures will be part of a package to the United Nations petitioning for recognition as a political prisoner.
Thanks for taking the time to read what I write and thank you for your support.
2605 State Street
Salem, OR 97310
PS-While I'm sure some of you are aware of this, Tre Arrow was captured recently. We do not yet know what kind of stand he is going to make on the charges against him but he must have our support and we must support him in the manner he requests.