portland independent media center  
images audio video
newswire article reporting oregon & cascadia

actions & protests | environment | sustainability

Support Jeff "Free" Luers, eco-defence prisoner

Audio from a video documentary about Jeff "Free" Luers (34:46 minutes / 11.9 MB)
a recent photo
a recent photo
the audio
the audio
In June 2001, 23 year-old forest defense activist Jeffrey "Free" Luers was sentenced to 22 years and 8 months in prison for the burning of three Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV's) in Eugene, Oregon. To make a statement about global warming, Jeff and his codefendent, Craig 'Critter' Marshall, set fire to 3 Sport Utility Vehicles at a Eugene car dealership. Their stated purpose was to raise awareness about global warming and the role that SUVs play in that process. No one was hurt in this action nor was that the intent. An arson specialist at trial confirmed that the action did not pose any threat to people based on its size and distance from any fuel source. Despite the fact that this action hurt no one, caused only $40,000 in damages and the cars were later resold, Jeff was sent to prison for a sentence considerably longer than those convicted of murder, kidnapping and rape in Oregon state. Jeff is a political prisoner and continues to write and agitate for his release while imprisoned at Oregon State Penetentiary. His appeal was filed in January 2002. Please read the latest on his appeal here.
Screening in Santa Cruz 07.May.2005 09:59

May 6, 2005

On May 6, 2005, California Anarchist Prisoner Solidarity (C.A.P.S.) screened this film at the Next Door in Santa Cruz, California.

Film night to benefit eco-defense prisoner Jeff "Free" Luers
http://santacruz.indymedia.org/newswire/display/17586/index.php

Support Jeff "Free" Luers, eco-defence prisoner
http://santacruz.indymedia.org/newswire/display/17644/index.php

awesome! 07.May.2005 11:24

friends of jeff luers

great! whoever posted this, please get in touch with us,
thanks,
 freefreenow@mutualaid.org

June 2005 weekend of resistance just one month away 08.May.2005 12:41

raccoon

June 10-12, 2005 "Weekend of Resistance" for Political
Prisoner Jeff 'Free' Luers

June 2005 marks the five-year anniversary of the
imprisonment of our friend and comrade: Oregon
environmental political prisoner, Jeff "Free" Luers. Jeff
was sentenced to more than 22 years in prison for burning
three Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) at a car dealership in
Eugene, Oregon, and on attempted arson charges. Jeff set
fire to SUVs to call attention to climate change and to
protest oil wars and environmental destruction. Jeff was
motivated by compassion and a desire to protect life, not
to harm it, despite what some might think of his tactics.
Prior to his arrest, Jeff was a popular community activist
in Eugene. He was well-known to law enforcement because of
his involvement with national forest protection (starting
an occupation of a controversial old-growth timber sale in
1998), anti-police brutality activism (documenting rampant
police abuse in Eugene), free food programs in a local
park and his teaching of self-defense to women. Since his
imprisonment, Jeff has continued to be extremely active in
prison and fight oppression with his words and
inspiration.

On June 12, 2004, social and environmental activists in
the US, Canada, England, Scotland, Norway, Finland,
Australia, and Russia participated in an "International
Day of Action" with Jeff by organizing non-violent
protests and community events to show their support for
him and their disgust for his cruel sentence. The FBI
responded by creating a real 'Green Scare', sending a memo
to businesses, corporate media, and government agencies
warning of planned "terrorist attacks" by the "Earth
Liberation Front" on June 12. Of course, no "terrorist
attacks" ever occurred. All of the events were peaceful
and public, ranging from concerts and demonstrations, to
video showings and dinner parties. Even some mainstream
media outlets recognized the FBI memo for what it was - a
manipulative, dishonest attempt to incite fear- and
criticized them for that. Some participants in the June 12
day of action withstood intense harassment including being
photographed, videotaped and questioned with one group
actually being evicted due to the hysteria from the FBI.

Since the June 12, 2004 Day of Action, support for Jeff
has continued to grow and strengthen. People all over the
world see Jeff as a political prisoner and acknowledge
that his sentence is meant as a deterrent to increased
resistance to oppression. Overall however, the political
climate in the US and abroad has become more corrupt and
repressive. On the home-front, the prison industrial
complex continues to expand, repressive laws and
legislation continued to get pushed by lying politicians,
political prisoners are denied parole as the real
criminals receive little or no punishment, and the already
weak laws that exist to protect the environment are
quickly being eliminated by blood-thirsty industry and the
Bush administration. On the international level, the Bush
regime is intensifying military aggression in Iraq,
planning future actions in Iran and the proposed Attorney
General, Alberto Gonzales is attempting to undermine the
Geneva Convention to justify the torture tactics used by
US soldiers and prison guards at Abu Gharib and Guantanamo
Bay. The conditions are ripe to expose the hypocrisy of
the system. Opposition and dissent is needed now possibly
more than ever before.

During the weekend of June 10-12th, 2005, social justice
activists from across the world are called upon again to
organize and show their outrage about Jeff's imprisonment
and the continued abuse and isolation of dissident
prisoners across the globe. State repression is meant as a
deterrent to social and environmental movements all over.
Jeff received a sentence of over 22 years for an action
that harmed no one except for the pocketbook of a local
car dealer. Typical arson charges in Oregon result in
sentences less than five years. The Judge in Jeff's case
sentenced a man to 18 years last year for child
molestation. Charles Graner Jr, responsible for the brutal
torture and sexual harassment of Iraqi Prisoners of War at
Abu Gharib received only ten years! Every day in every
city, cops receive little or no punishment for crimes
against the public. This cannot be tolerated! Fight for
the political prisoners because they have fought for you,
against racism & poverty, war & imperialism, and the
pillaging of the natural world. They're in there for us -
we are out here for them!

June 10-12th, 2005, is a Weekend of Resistance with Jeff
"Free" Luers. There is no central organizing body or group
to check in with but the Jeff Luers Support Network can
help by providing you with flyers, graphics, and
merchandise such as videos, zines and stickers about Jeff
and allies in the struggle. Begin planning your event now.
Read more about Jeff's case at www.freefreenow.org Read
more about political prisoners at
www.thejerichomovement.com. Plan an action that makes
sense for your area: a demonstration, treesit, music
festival, teach-in, stenciling campaign, rally, protests
at an American consulate/embassy overseas or public forum.
Circulate petitions. Write letters to the Governor of
Oregon asking him to look into Jeff's case. Contribute to
Jeff's legal defense. Do what you think is appropriate.
But please remember when planning an action or event think
about how it could affect Jeff's upcoming appeal. Ask
yourself: does this help or hurt Jeff? Does this
strengthen the movement or weaken it in the long-term?


East Coast contact:
Friends of Jeff 'Free'  Luers-freefreenow@mutualaid.org

West Coast contacts:
Break the Chains-PO Box 12122, Eugene, OR 97440,
 breakthechains02@yahoo.com
San Francisco Jeffrey Luers Support Network-
 freejeffreyluers@resist.ca

European contact:
Brighton Anarchist Black Cross- PO Box 74, Brighton, East
Sussex, BN1 4ZQ, UK,  mail@brightonabc.org.uk

weekend of resistance is about a month away 08.May.2005 12:42

jay

June 10-12, 2005 "Weekend of Resistance" for Political
Prisoner Jeff 'Free' Luers

June 2005 marks the five-year anniversary of the
imprisonment of our friend and comrade: Oregon
environmental political prisoner, Jeff "Free" Luers. Jeff
was sentenced to more than 22 years in prison for burning
three Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) at a car dealership in
Eugene, Oregon, and on attempted arson charges. Jeff set
fire to SUVs to call attention to climate change and to
protest oil wars and environmental destruction. Jeff was
motivated by compassion and a desire to protect life, not
to harm it, despite what some might think of his tactics.
Prior to his arrest, Jeff was a popular community activist
in Eugene. He was well-known to law enforcement because of
his involvement with national forest protection (starting
an occupation of a controversial old-growth timber sale in
1998), anti-police brutality activism (documenting rampant
police abuse in Eugene), free food programs in a local
park and his teaching of self-defense to women. Since his
imprisonment, Jeff has continued to be extremely active in
prison and fight oppression with his words and
inspiration.

On June 12, 2004, social and environmental activists in
the US, Canada, England, Scotland, Norway, Finland,
Australia, and Russia participated in an "International
Day of Action" with Jeff by organizing non-violent
protests and community events to show their support for
him and their disgust for his cruel sentence. The FBI
responded by creating a real 'Green Scare', sending a memo
to businesses, corporate media, and government agencies
warning of planned "terrorist attacks" by the "Earth
Liberation Front" on June 12. Of course, no "terrorist
attacks" ever occurred. All of the events were peaceful
and public, ranging from concerts and demonstrations, to
video showings and dinner parties. Even some mainstream
media outlets recognized the FBI memo for what it was - a
manipulative, dishonest attempt to incite fear- and
criticized them for that. Some participants in the June 12
day of action withstood intense harassment including being
photographed, videotaped and questioned with one group
actually being evicted due to the hysteria from the FBI.

Since the June 12, 2004 Day of Action, support for Jeff
has continued to grow and strengthen. People all over the
world see Jeff as a political prisoner and acknowledge
that his sentence is meant as a deterrent to increased
resistance to oppression. Overall however, the political
climate in the US and abroad has become more corrupt and
repressive. On the home-front, the prison industrial
complex continues to expand, repressive laws and
legislation continued to get pushed by lying politicians,
political prisoners are denied parole as the real
criminals receive little or no punishment, and the already
weak laws that exist to protect the environment are
quickly being eliminated by blood-thirsty industry and the
Bush administration. On the international level, the Bush
regime is intensifying military aggression in Iraq,
planning future actions in Iran and the proposed Attorney
General, Alberto Gonzales is attempting to undermine the
Geneva Convention to justify the torture tactics used by
US soldiers and prison guards at Abu Gharib and Guantanamo
Bay. The conditions are ripe to expose the hypocrisy of
the system. Opposition and dissent is needed now possibly
more than ever before.

During the weekend of June 10-12th, 2005, social justice
activists from across the world are called upon again to
organize and show their outrage about Jeff's imprisonment
and the continued abuse and isolation of dissident
prisoners across the globe. State repression is meant as a
deterrent to social and environmental movements all over.
Jeff received a sentence of over 22 years for an action
that harmed no one except for the pocketbook of a local
car dealer. Typical arson charges in Oregon result in
sentences less than five years. The Judge in Jeff's case
sentenced a man to 18 years last year for child
molestation. Charles Graner Jr, responsible for the brutal
torture and sexual harassment of Iraqi Prisoners of War at
Abu Gharib received only ten years! Every day in every
city, cops receive little or no punishment for crimes
against the public. This cannot be tolerated! Fight for
the political prisoners because they have fought for you,
against racism & poverty, war & imperialism, and the
pillaging of the natural world. They're in there for us -
we are out here for them!

June 10-12th, 2005, is a Weekend of Resistance with Jeff
"Free" Luers. There is no central organizing body or group
to check in with but the Jeff Luers Support Network can
help by providing you with flyers, graphics, and
merchandise such as videos, zines and stickers about Jeff
and allies in the struggle. Begin planning your event now.
Read more about Jeff's case at www.freefreenow.org Read
more about political prisoners at
www.thejerichomovement.com. Plan an action that makes
sense for your area: a demonstration, treesit, music
festival, teach-in, stenciling campaign, rally, protests
at an American consulate/embassy overseas or public forum.
Circulate petitions. Write letters to the Governor of
Oregon asking him to look into Jeff's case. Contribute to
Jeff's legal defense. Do what you think is appropriate.
But please remember when planning an action or event think
about how it could affect Jeff's upcoming appeal. Ask
yourself: does this help or hurt Jeff? Does this
strengthen the movement or weaken it in the long-term?

Download a PDF of this call here.
East Coast contact:
Friends of Jeff 'Free'  Luers-freefreenow@mutualaid.org

West Coast contacts:
Break the Chains-PO Box 12122, Eugene, OR 97440,
 breakthechains02@yahoo.com
San Francisco Jeffrey Luers Support Network-
 freejeffreyluers@resist.ca

European contact:
Brighton Anarchist Black Cross- PO Box 74, Brighton, East
Sussex, BN1 4ZQ, UK,  mail@brightonabc.org.uk