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new dispatch from Jeff Luers! (his birthday's coming up!)

a new dispatch from Free is below. Please don't forget to get those
birthday cards in the mail soon. Jeff's bday is December 5th.
Friends of Jeff Luers
Dispatch November 6, 2005

It's been a long time since I can remember being happy. It's been even
longer since I can remember having hope. I don't respond to letters
anymore. I don't write. I don't maintain friendships.

This summer, for the first time, I seriously considered calling it
quits and turning my back on the people of this struggle. In fact, I wrote
it all out and read it every day for a week until I made my choice.

When I close my eyes, I can feel my heart breaking. I feel the changes
happening all over. I don't have to read the now daily headlines about
climate change to know what has happened.

I am a child of the Earth. I am a brother to all life on this planet-a
part of an intricate web maintained by a delicate balance.

The balance has been disrupted and try as I might, I couldn't fix it. I
can't fix it. I feel responsible. I feel answerable to future
generations for what my peers have done. I feel accountable to my wild
relations for what my kind has wreaked.

A sadness dwells in my heart that I have never felt before. It goes
beyond my comprehension. Tears build in my eyes when I see pictures of
melting ice caps. I am so sad for us and for the kids in my life that will
inherit the future. How did we let this happen? How could we destroy
our home? Our world is going to change. Things we once took for granted
will become scarce. It is already starting.

It may be decades or years but our civilization is going to collapse.
It is going to be a living hell if we are unprepared. Think New Orleans
after Katrina only in every major city at once. As it is right now, we
rely on this social structure to supply our food, water, electricity,
protection and health care. When these items become scarce, it won't be
the poor or disenfranchised that have access to them.

We need NOW to start working toward self-sufficiency. Every community
needs to start preparing. Take classes on water purification. Build
community garden spaces with year-round crops. Develop networks for
skill-sharing and mutual aid.

Pretend that you, your family and friends-everyone you hold dear have
just been abandoned to fend for yourselves. Travel is restricted.
Supplies aren't coming in. You are completely on your own. What would you
wish you had? How would you take care of each other?

These are questions that need to be answered. We failed on stopping
climate change. We can't fail on being prepared. That failure will mean
your life.

My friends-this is as serious as it gets. I pray that you understand
the gravity of danger we face. Everything is changing. Every facet of
life will be affected. Those who can adapt will have a chance. Those who
take action and prepare will survive.

Jeffrey Luers
Oregon State Penitentiary
2605 State Street
Salem OR 97310


[Here's an earlier post dated Nov 13th:]

Jeff 'Free' Luers birthday is December 5th and update


There has been very little news in Jeff's case these past couple of
months but we wanted to send you a brief reminder that Jeff's birthday
is coming up. On December 5th, Jeff turns 27 and this will be
his 6th birthday behind bars in Oregon prisons. It is bad enough that
Free has the sentence he has but he also loses all those things we
take for granted-like birthdays and holidays behind bars. This
time of year is not easy for any prisoner and we are asking that you
reach out, send him a birthday greeting and keep him in your thoughts
when you are home celebrating the holidays with your family-something
we all probably take for granted.

Every year, Jeff has told us, his support crew, to not make a big
thing of his birthdays because he would rather people do something to
fight injustice but he does really appreciate the letters and
cards. With the rainy, dismal Cascadian winter approaching with a
birthday and holidays coming, we ask that you take some time out of
your schedule to write a birthday card.

So, if you want to do more-as so many of you express to us over and
over-we will make our usual plea for finacial aid. Jeff's legal
coffers need to grow enough so we can hire another lawyer for his
next appeal. We receive some excellent legal help from overworked,
underpaid social justice attornies and would love to give them some
money. We also need to help Jeff get what he needs to make his life
inside a little bearable-like magazines, books and stamps/envelopes.
If you are able to make a donation, there are a few ways. Using the
paypal button on the website, www.freefreenow.org, is easy for many
people but if you dont have debit/credit card, you can send a
check/money order made out to 'Free's Defense Fund' and send it to POB
3, Eugene, OR 97440. We ask that you not send Jeff books unless you
ask him [or us] what books he wants. This makes sure that he
gets what he actually needs and makes sure you dont waste your money.
If you want to get a book or be on a list of people we contact when
specific needs come up, let us know.

You can send those letters and birthday cards to:
Jeffrey Luers
2605 State Street
Salem, OR 97310

Thanks for all your support,
Friends of Jeff 'Free' Luers
If you'd like to contribute to Jeff's legal defense 27.Nov.2005 07:31

consider buying/selling Rob & Free's Heartcheck zine

Review of Jeff Luers' and Rob Thaxton's zine Heartcheck in Slug and Lettuce zine
Heartcheck review
from Slug and Lettuce #85
Autumn 2005

Heartcheck by Jeffrey Luers and Rob 'los ricos' Thaxton ($7 from PO Box 3, Eugene, OR 97440, www.freefreenow.org)

You may have heard of these political prisoners in Oregon.

Free is serving a 22 year sentence for torching SUVs in Eugene as a statementfor environmental issues and Rob got arrested for defending himself against police in an action in Eugene. Most of the writing in here is by Free and it is about direct action and taking activism to the next level. Needless to say, the opinions expressed here are heartfelt and extreme. They are political warriors fighting for their lives which they have already put on the line. The writings in here are smart and informed and discuss many topics which you can think more on, or take to heart if you are like minded and dedicated to direct action, insurgency or actually working for revolutionary change. The price is kinda steep because its a benefit to raise money for Free's defense. If you want to know more, you can check out Free's website, or read this zine. (-Chris)

Order Slug and Lettuce and support DIY punk:
Slug and Lettuce. c/o Christine, PO Box 26632, Richmond, VA 23261-6632.  chris1slug@hotmail.com
Individual copies are available for .60 postage US.