We will send out specific requests for support (mailing address, call for
donations, etc.) as soon as we have more details.
Just before entering the courtroom, Jeff spoke briefly to the small crowd gathered at the Federal Building. He expressed gratitude for all the support he and his partner have received during this difficult time. He spoke of wishing only to be able to return to nursing school, and his family and community, and of the need for people of integrity to stand firm against this witchhunt. He implored us all to ask what we would do if we were in his situation. Would we choose to be strong?
Other speakers included Alejandro Queral of the NW Constitutional Rights Center, Lauren Regan of the Civil Liberties Defense Center and Kim Marks on behalf of Forest Ethics. Alejandro spoke of the chilling effect this witchhunt has had on dissent in this country. Lauren highlighted the illegality of this Grand Jury. Grand Juries by law are convened to indict (or not), but Lauren said that this Grand Jury is being used to prepare for trial (to gather evidence and witnesses for trials against persons already indicted), an illegal use of the powers of the Grand Jury. Kim Marks read a brief statement on behalf of the non-profit Forest Ethics, publicly condemning the rounding up of non-violent environmental activists, and the passing of recent laws that could criminalize any form of non-violent civil disobedience.
To everyone who showed up at today's rally in Eugene, wrote and faxed press releases, spoke, or otherwise contributed to Jeff's support... thank you! He was moved to tears by the amount of support he feels from his community.
On a more positive note, Robert "Burke" Morris answered a few basic questions and was released from his subpoena in Denver and should be returning home to the Northwest this evening. He is expected to release a statement sometime tomorrow.