FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 12 Day of Solidarity for Political Prisoner Jeff "Free" Luers
7PM Saturday, June 12 at the WOW Hall there will be a benefit for political prisoner Jeff "Free" Luers. There will be a short video about Jeff's case, music by Native American musicians Blackfire, and speakers including two former political prisoners, Ramona Africa and Claude Marks.
June marks the fourth year that Jeff "Free" Luers has been in prison, sentenced to 22 years and 8 months for burning three Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) at Romania Chevrolet in Eugene, amidst a slew of other charges revolving around that incident. The length of this sentence is patently unjust, particularly when compared to those commonly given to people convicted of crimes against persons.
Jeff has remained active in environmental and social issues while in prison. He has a broad base of support around the world, as many people recognize his sentence as vastly disproportionate to his crime. This June 12 will be a day of solidarity for Jeff with over a dozen events planned in cities across the US and around the world, including the United Kingdom, Australia and Portugal.
Jeff's appeal is underway. Oral arguments are scheduled for some time in July. This international day of solidarity with Jeff is happening to raise awareness of his case and to strengthen support for his appeal process.
For more info about Jeff and details on his case, visit www.freefreenow.org.
Speakers and performers bios
Blackfire is a Native American (Diné) traditionally influenced, high-energy, politically driven group comprised of two brothers and their sister. Born into the heart of a political land dispute area on Black Mesa in the Navajo Nation, this Family's powerful music reflects the Hopes, Freedoms, and Barriers of today's world.
Blackfire's style comprises traditional Native American and Punk with strong sociopolitical messages about government oppression, relocation of indigenous people, ecocide, genocide, domestic violence and human rights.
Ramona Africa is the Minister of Communication for the MOVE Organization and has been a committed MOVE member for numerous years. She spent seven years in prison as a MOVE political prisoner and is one of two survivors of a Philadelphia police assault in 1985 which killed 17 people and burned 200 neighbors out of their homes. Since her release from prison she has been working for the release of other members that are serving sentences.
Kevin Price is a MOVE Supporter who started doing work for Mumia and MOVE political prisoners at the age of 14. On his 18th birthday he moved to Philadelphia to be closer to MOVE, and he started working in the office of the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal. He is publisher of the Friends of MOVE newsletter.
Claude Marks is the Project Director of the Freedom Archives, based 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. While incarcerated, Claude taught ESL, literacy, writing and history. Claude remains a prison activist and uses media to educate and to advocate for prison abolition and the freeing of all political prisoners.