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Dispatch from political prisoner Jeff 'Free' Luers-April 30,2004

The latest dispatch from political prisoner Jeff 'Free' Luers imprisoned in Oregon for 22.5 years for the burning of 3 SUVs.
winter 2004
winter 2004
art by Jeff Luers-2003
art by Jeff Luers-2003
Jeff prior to imprisonment
Jeff prior to imprisonment
to get involved with the June 12, 2004 International Day of Action in Solidarity with Jeff Luers, see  http://www.freefreenow.org/j12.html


Dispatch 4/29/04

OK. Well, I've been less frequent with these than I originally intended. I'm not gonna make any promises but I'm going to try and fix that.

First off, I have an urgent notice. Calls from prison have always been expensive. It costs my family over $30 for one phone call and over $20 to call my friends only an hour away from here. On April 15, Qwest and AT&T, the phone carriers in Oregon prisons, raised their rates making the new fees retroactive to April 1st.

Months ago, we were promised phone cards that would dramatically reduce the phone fees by up to 40%-which is still too much cash. In an evil twist, the new phone fees were raised to a connection fee of $3.95 for the first minute and 69 cents for each additional minute for an interstate call. The new phone card will allow inmates to have a discounted rate that is the same as the old collect call rate of $2.35 and 45 cents. AT&T, Qwest and ODOC have decided to collect a fortune off of prisoner by raising our rates and then offering is a discount of the old rate. Please feel free to contact companies and give them a piece of your mind.

It has been a hot spring here in Oregon. Last weekend, temps hit 89 degrees and we have reached 80 degrees a few times since then. For the last few years, the 80 degree mark was not reached until May. The world over has seen a rise in temperature for the last ten years. Earlier this week, the state of Washington had a tornado bring havoc. All over we are witnessing bizarre weather patterns as nature reacts to a human made crisis.

Millions of people from the poorest to the richest nations have recognized a need for action against future climate change. In the late 90's, a team of international scientists stepped forward with the horrible news that we cannot prevent the greenhouse effect-we can at this point only take steps to keep it from getting worse.

That was the discussion that occurred at the first meeting in Kyoto. Here we are 7 years later and no steps have been taken to stop the industrial march of destruction. The depletion of ozone and climbing temperatures is very much like cancer. It can sneak up on you without your knowledge and kill you. However, if caught early, it is treatable.

16 years have passed since the Environmental policy institute warned that only the total and rapid phase out of all ozone depleting chemicals could stop global warming. The arrogance of the human race is astounding as nations steadfastly refuse to even acknowledge the possibility of a problem. Those that do saw we can adapt, believing we are immune from the devastation nature has brought this planet before.

The UK Observer recently reported that conclusive evidence shows we are currently in the sixth extinction the planet has had. It points to manmade causes. The warnings given a decade ago are coming true and still they are ignored.

I do not have the words to express the urgency of the matter which is why in June of 2000, I let my actions speak. It is of the greatest importance that we bring all ozone depleting and carbon-emitting industries to a dead stop now. We do not have another 5 years to figure this out. 5 years from now, these actions will come too late. We need mass action now. Everyday, every hour, we must be in the streets until those in power have no choice to listen to us. We must shut it down. It must be a priority. Do not wait, do not hesitate.

Jeffrey Luers
#13797671
OSP
2605 State Street
Salem, OR 97310

 http://www.freefreenow.org

homepage: homepage: http://www.freefreenow.org
address: address: POB 3, Eugene OR 97440

Good God 04.May.2004 16:43

James

My, Jeff has really bought into this stuff, eh?

"16 years have passed since the Environmental policy institute warned that only the total and rapid phase out of all ozone depleting chemicals could stop global warming. The arrogance of the human race is astounding as nations steadfastly refuse to even acknowledge the possibility of a problem."

Right. We didn't ratify and implement something called the Montreal Protocol, along with the rest of the world. No. We didn't phase out chlorofluorocarbons from refrigerants. None of that happened. The arrogant human race just ignored the data.

"The UK Observer recently reported that conclusive evidence shows we are currently in the sixth extinction the planet has had. It points to manmade causes."

Right. And the other five were caused by...?

All the same, can we send Jeff a regular long-distance phone card? Would it be usable in ODOC prisons (without the other fees?)

June 12 Statement of Solidarity from Brian McCarvill 04.May.2004 18:27

friends of free

June 12th Solidarity Statement from Brian McCarvill

"When you have chosen your part, abide by it, and no not weakly try to reconcile
yourself with the world... Adhere to your own act, and congratulate yourself if you
have done something strange and extravagant, and broken the monotony of decorous
age."

The above quote is taken from Emerson's "Heroes." No less than Robert Kennedy have
utilized these sentiments, sentiments that comrades from throughout the Anarchist
Diaspora, and beyond, must attribute to Jeff Luers, Free.

Free is a hero. Whether or not one agrees with Free's strategy and tactics*, one
cannot say that Free has not chosen his part, has not abided by it, has not afforded
reconciliation between himself and a capitalized world hell-bent on the destruction
of the very environment which provides it succor. Free has adhered to his own acts,
his own convictions. Free has done something strange in that he has acted upon his
convictions, in this he has proven to be extravagant in that he has paid a very high
price in acting upon his convictions. Free's "rule of law" criminal convictions have
broken the monotony of our age, an age of corrupted civilization, decorous in
spectacle, inherently evil and dark behind the spectacle. Were we all to break that
monotony, following Free's lead, the world could not help but be a better place.

I personally have had the pleasure of meeting Free, while we were both at the Oregon
State Penitentiary. I knew that Free embodies those qualities set forth above. Free
is a hero. Unfortunately - as commonly occurs in revolutionary times - Free is a
tragic hero. The tragedy, which troubles my heart, is the length of the sentence
imposed upon Free, a sentence calculated to rob Free of his youth. I grieve over
this robbery, and so should you. The liberal "rule of law" has once again proven
itself to be the Big Lie of America.

My heart is with you Free. The sentence imposed upon you is ludicrous. There could
have been a number of lesser charges, of lesser sentences, imposed upon you. But the
Rule of Law is a one-sided Lie, on that values private-property over life. Hang in
there Free, horizons are known to bring with them change and so there is always
hope.

Support Free's release.

Brian McCarvill

April 29, 2004