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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 12 Day of Solidarity for Political Prisoner Jeff “Free" Luers

Contact: Brendan Avakian
Phone: 541-343-7828
Email:  breakthechains02@yahoo.com
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.
Worldwide Events planned for June 12 02.Jun.2004 12:42

Friends of Free

June 12 Events [Note-All events will take place on June 12 unless specifically stated].

United States:

* The Flagship Event is in Eugene, Oregon. Break the Chains and Free's Defense Network will be hosting a huge event at the Wow Hall, 8th Avenue and Lincoln at 7PM featuring Ramona Africa, Blackfire, Claude Marks and supporters of Free. Read details here. Contact:  breakthechains02@yahoo.com

* San Francisco, California- On Friday June 4th, the Autonomous Collective is hosting the Night of Support and Resistance to benefit Jeff "Free" Luers and other earth liberation prisoners. Followed by a spokescouncil in preparation for the Reclaim the Commons mobilization and the 'Free Free' state to be established on June 5th. Contact:  autonomous@mutualaid.org or 415-867-6362.

* Boston, Mass-On June 8th, Boston Anarchist Black Cross will be screening Green with A Vengeance and hosting a release party for political prisoner David Gilbert's latest book, No Surrender [Abraham Guillen Press-2004] 7pm at the Lucy Parsons Center, 549 Columbus Avenue. Train: Orange Line-Mass Ave. Bus: Route 1-Columbus Ave. View flyer. View directions Contact:  ABC-Boston@hush.com

* Cincinnati, Ohio- Cincinnati Anti-Authoritarians are hosting an event with a letter writing session, a discussion about Jeff's case and prisoner support in general. More details to be announced shortly. Contact:  thefemalespecies@hotmail.com

* Modesto, California- Direct Action Anti-Authoritarians will be hosting a benefit. Contact:  modanarcho@yahoo.com

* Lawrence, Kansas- Lawrence Anarchist Black Cross will be holding a rally in support of Free 1PM at the Douglas County Courthouse (11th and Massachusetts) and a screening of Green with A Vengeance at the Lawrence Public Library (7th and Vermont) at 4PM. View flyer here.

* Portland, Maine- Political Prisoner Night, 7PM at the People's Free Space, 547 A Congress St. #32. We will be showing the video "Green with a Vengeance" and discussing strategies for supporting Free. Contact: 207-879-2699 or info@peoplesfreespace

* Morgantown, West Virginia-This huge event starts with a free-to-all community dinner, then a showing of Green with a Vengance, an all ages show with the Law Biting Citizens, Without Eyes and ScuZard. After that, there will be a screening of the documentary, pickAxe and then an 18 and over bar encore with M Iafrate, Fairweather Fan and one band to be announced. View flyer. Location: 123 Pleasant Street Space. Contact:  georgewhayduke@hotmail.com

* Lake Worth, Florida-screening and benefit. Contact: Downward Mobility Po Box 961, Lake Worth, FL 33460 (561) 547-6686 or  littleprince1@juno.com

* Olympia, Washington- people are participating in World Naked Bike Ride Day in support of Jeff.

* Worcester, Massachusetts On June 18, Massachusetts Earth First! will be hosting an event at the Spacement [76 Harding Street]. The night will consist of Food not Bombs dinner, showing of Green with A Vengeance, discussion, and a big open mike and dance party. Food will be out around 6, film and discussion around 7 and party at 8:30. Contact:  anne@riseup.net


* Brighton, United Kingdom- Brighton ABC will be hosting a fund raising roast dinner in the Cowley Club. We will be printing off leaflets and possibly having a window display in the Club and showing the video Green with a Vengeance. Contact:  genea@wildcat.co.uk

* Bradford, United Kingdom is hosting a screening of Green With a Vengeance plus a benefit meal and talk about Free, plus prisoner solidarity in general at the 1in12 club. View flyer. Contact:  re-pressed@riseup.net

* Norwich, United Kingdom- Now or Never magazine will be leaf letting about about Free at the Norfolk Anarchist Bookfair.

* Lisbon, Portugal music, vegan food and spoken word to benefit Free's legal defense. Contact:  sparksofwardistribution@yahoo.co.uk

* Melbourne, Australia- Melbourne Anarchist Black Cross will be holding a international solidarity rally for Jeff, 11:30AM, Corner of Bourke and Swanston Street city [opposite Nike]. Contact:  abcmelb@yahoo.com.au

* Leeds, United Kingdom- On June 20th, Green with A Vengeance will be shown as part of the monthly 'Incitement 2...' Leeds radical film showings. Ex-anarchist prisoner Mark Barnsley will be speaking at this event too. 7.30pm upstairs at the Packhorse Pub, Woodhouse lane,Leeds. Contact:  re-pressed@riseup.net

* Edinburgh, Scotland- On June 15, the Bilston Glen Collective will be organizing a solidarity action for Jeff outside of the U.S. Consulate, 3 Regent Terrace at 4PM and a screening of Green With A Vengeance, 8PM at The Forest Cafe, 3 Bristo Place. Contact:  krajmfink@hotmail.com

* Turku, Finland On June 5th, Palava porkkana [Burning carrot] will be hosting a benefit dinner and a screening of Green with A Vengeance and on June 12, activists will flyer about Jeff's case. Event starts at 6PM [1800] at Vanha suurtori 3. Contact:  digit@oikeuttaelaimille.net

* Edmonton, Alberta tba