June 10-12 Weekend of Resistance for Jeff "Free" Luers [including Eugene event informatio
It's just one more week to the big weekend!
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Eugene, Oregon- Sunday, June 12th, 7PM at Sam Bond's Garage, 407 Blair Blvd [at West 4th Avenue]. Donation is $5-50 sliding scale, but nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. Speakers: former Earth First! political prisoner Peg Millet, Peter Urban of the Irish Republican Socialist Committee of North America and members of Break The Chains and the Civil Liberties Defense Center. Music: Eugene's own Los Mex Pistols Del Norte, the Happy Bastards, The Glenwood Rebel Rovers and The Inkwell Rythm Makers. The film 22/8: The Jeffrey Luers Story. will be shown as well. Contact: Break the Chains, 541-485-7215, email@example.com. or firstname.lastname@example.org. Download 4 page primer here and read press release here.
New York, New York- Saturday June 11th, 7pm at DUMBA Art space, 57 Jay Street [between Front and Water Streets]. Friends of Jeff Luers, The Jericho Movement and Resistance in Brooklyn will be sponsoring an event with speakers, music, film and some suprises. Speakers: former Black Liberation Army (BLA) political prisoner Ashanti Alston, former Animal Liberation Front (ALF) prisoner and activist currently under federal indictment for SHAC campaign, Andy Stepanian. Music: Cipher, Casey Neill and the Rude Mechanical Orchestra. More information here. Download full-page flyer and quarter-sheet flyers. Contact: email@example.com
San Francisco, California- Friday, June 10th. Political Prisoner Speaking Event as part of the June 10-12 Weekend of Resistance for Jeff Luers. 6:30-8:30PM at New College Cultural Center, 766 Valencia St near 19th Street. Featuring Luis "Bato" Talamantez, human rights activist/artist and former political prisoner, Rita "Bo" Brown, former political prisoner of the George Jackson Brigades and founder of the Out of Control Lesbian Committee to Support Women in Prison, Claude Marks- Project Director of The Freedom Archives and former political prisoner Rahula Janowski of the "Cherry Pie 3" who recieved a six month sentence in 1998 for throwing a pie at former Mayor Willie Brown. There will also be a short speech written by Jeff "Free" Luers. Donations requested -no one turned away.
Saturday June 11th. 1PM Critical Mass Bike Ride for Jeff 'Free' Luers. at Justin Herman Plaza.
Contact: SF Friends of Jeffrey Luers, firstname.lastname@example.org
Los Angeles, California- Sunday, June 12, 2-5PM at Flor Y Canto community center, 3706 N.Figueroa Avenue. Film screening of 22/8: The Jeffrey Luers Story with Michael Novick from Jericho, Melissa Rodrigiuez from ELPSN and music by Josh Schachterle. Snacks and writing materials will be provided. Download flyer. Contact: Melissa Rodriguez email@example.com
Washington DC- Saturday,June 11th. Premiere of the film 22/8: The Jeffrey Luers Story Two shows!!! 4PM and 7PM at the Brian MacKenzie Infoshop, 1426 9th Street NW Washington DC, $5 donation to benefit Jeff Luers. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, (202) 986-0681.
Sacramento, California- Saturday, June 11th. Film screening of a documentary about Jeff 'Free' Luers, The Fourth World War and speakers on political prisoners, direct action and prisoner support. Juliana's Kitchen, 1401 G Street in downtown Sacramento. $4 at the door, $3 with donated vegan non-perishable food item. Download flyer Contact: (916) 441-4812 or email email@example.com
Montreal, Quebec, Canada- Friday, June 10th, 7:30PM at Griffintown Coop, 242 Young St (Metro Bonaventure), Montreal QC H3C2G1 (514)-931-6344. Film screening, open mike/spoken word, veggie potluck dinner in English/French. A non-violent free speech event in solidarity with political prisoners everywhere. Kid friendly space and anti-oppression space. Contact: Salim firstname.lastname@example.org
Portland, Maine Sunday, June 12. Portland Victory Gardens Project in collaboration with Food Not Bombs and Ten Fingers Collective present A Concert to Free Free! 5PM 5pm at the Bike Barn, 547 Blackstrap Road in Falmouth. Film screening of 22/8: The Jeffrey Luers Story. Featuring local and touring punk/hardcore bands: Letterbox (Pop Punk from New Jersey), Unwelcome Guests (Indie Rock from New York), Assisted Suicide (Local Punk Rock), Violent Encounters (Punk rock from the Mid Coast) and Scheiffe Krieg (Crust Punk from New York City). There will be free food provided by Food Not Bombs. The show is a suggested donation of $5-10 and the money will go to Free's Defense Fund. Contact: email@example.com or (207)761-1504
Cincinnati, Ohio Join the Books4Prisoners Crew, Cincinnati Animal Defense League on Saturday, June 11th for an evening of films, food, and support for political prisoner Jeff 'Free' Luers. 8-11PM at Hobo Bookstore in Northside (4040 Hamilton Avenue). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or (513) 300-8519
Santa Rosa, California- Saturday, June 11th. Film screening of Green with a Vengeance, a 2001 documentary covering Jeff's story and the environmental movement. 7pm at Free Mind Media Info Space, 546 Pacific Avenue. $5 suggested donation to Free's legal defense fund-no one turned away for lack of funds. Contact: email@example.com or (707) 579-1605
Olympia, Washington- Saturday, June 11th. Solidarity Event for Jeff "Free" Luers. 7 pm at Traditions Fair Trade and Cafe, 300 5th Avenue SW. Admission is free but donations are appreciated. We will be showing the new film 22/8: The Jeffrey Luers Story and Green with a Vengeance, possibly also Urban Warrior. A supporter will talk about Free and his case, and people will be able to donate to Free's legal defense, write letters of support, sign the statement of solidarity, read some of Free's writings, view a few prints of Free's art, view and purchase copies of Heartcheck.
Worcester, Massachusetts Saturday June 11th- Screening of "22/8: The Jeffrey Luers Story" followed by a discussion and potluck dinner. For location, time, or other information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org (508)561-1164.
Modesto, California Friday, June 10th-Film showing of 22/8: The Jeffrey Luers Story, various short films on earth/animal liberation, speakers from the community, and presentations by D.A.A.A. Collective on FBI/Modesto Media reaction to the Jeff Luers Weekend of Action last year. Location: 10th and J Street, outside of City Hall. 7pm-10pm. Contact: email@example.com
- Bellingham, Washington Sunday June 12, Free food and films. 7PM at Subversive Pillow Time Theatre: backyard on alley of 1400 block of Forest and Garden (right behind the cigarette mart/ taco truck and across the street from the big car dealership.) Look for signs and people. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Austin, Texas- Friday, June 10th. 8:00PM premiere of the film 22/8: The Jeffrey Luers Story followed by presentation on Free's case and Alvaro Luna Hernandez's Supreme Court Case at MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, Austin, TX 78751, Donation to benefit Jeff Luers. Contact: (512) 407-6925, email@example.com
Kingston, New York- Saturday, June 11th. 7pm. Radial social ecologist Joel Kovel will be presenting his research on the Ecological Crisis in solidarity with political prisoner Jeff Luers. There will be literature availble as well as Joel's book The Enemy of Nature. At 3fu, the Kingston Free Space, 35 North Front Street. Contact: 845-331-4580, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Syracuse, New York-Central New York EF! and Syracuse Animal Rights Organization will have a candlelight vigil and a teach-in, more details to come.
Brighton, England-Saturday June 11-Brighton Anarchist Black Cross will set up a stall about Free outside on London Road in Brightonwith information about Jeff's case and card signing on it. A video about Jeff will be shown at the Cowley Club in the afternoon. Sunday, June 12, there will be a fund-raising roast dinner with a talk about Free and info/card signing table. After dinner, there will be a table football as well! The Brighton ABC leaflet, Active Solidarity will be dedicated to Free and there will be a 2 week window display in the Cowley Club. Contact: Brighton ABC, email@example.com
London, England- Free FREE Free: A Punk Rock Afternoon In Support of Jeffrey 'Free' Luers. Saturday, June 11th, 4PM-9PM at Pullens Community Centre, 184 Crampton Street, Walworth, SE17. Free but donation suggested (towards Free's legal costs). Zine stalls, tea + cakes and infoshare on Free's case with Butchers Boy (Lo-fi London punks on wobbly guitars), Pipas (Cute and winsome pop-punk ramalama), Rachel App (spiky post punk songs and attitude, yay!). Organised as part of YOU ARE HERE BUT WHY? A FREE FESTIVAL OF MAPPING and 56a infoshop. Download the flyer here. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Melbourne, Australia- Melbourne ABC is organizing a banner drop at Punt Road near Fitzroy Flats and an info stall in Bourke Street Mall. Contact Melbourne ABC, email@example.com
Moscow, Russia- Sunday, June 12th. Screening of Green with a Vengeance Location/time: tba.
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.jerichony.org. 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' Luersfirstname.lastname@example.org
West Coast contacts:
Break the Chains-PO Box 12122, Eugene, OR 97440, email@example.com
San Francisco Jeffrey Luers Support Network- firstname.lastname@example.org
Brighton Anarchist Black Cross- PO Box 74, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 4ZQ, UK, email@example.com
address: POB 3 Eugene OR 97440
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