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Upcoming Prisoner Support Events Update:

The upcoming Green Scare benefit in Portland Oregon on Sunday June 4th at Free Geek is going to feature speakers from Olympia Civil Liberties Resource, Forest Ethics, Free's support campaign, NW Constitutional Rights Center, Tre's support campaign, and Josh Harper's support campaign.

There will also be discussion and Q&A on videos about post-katrina struggles, one from Common Ground, and one from Critical Resistance, and on the campaign for Amnesty for post-Katrina Prisoners.

Door proceeds will go toward the support campaign of Green Scare eco-defendants.

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On Sunday, June 4th, volunteers and friends of Portland Books to Prisoners will host a fundraising evening of video, music and speakers, to benefit "green scare" eco-defendants.

What is the "green scare"? On December 7th, 2005, the FBI arrested six people in four different states, accusing them of acts of targeted vandalism, some of these acts claimed in communiqu?s by the Earth and Animal Liberation Fronts. At present, over a dozen people have been indicted, some facing charges with sentences well exceeding "life" if convicted on all counts. Those indicted are unlikely to even receive the pretense of fairness from the courts, having been painted as "domestic terrorists" by no less than the Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

To quote eco-prisoner Jeff "Free" Luers: "These people need your help. You might not know them. They might not be part of any activist community. But they represent the heart of this movement and this struggle. Because they are the ones accused of actions that have become legendary and made into songs. They are the ones bearing the brunt of this struggles' resistance. They are the scapegoats for the Department of Justice. They are suffering for every act of defiance this movement has carried out under whatever banner."

The Benefit:
  • When? Sunday, June 4th, 6-10PM
  • Where? Free Geek (1731 SE 10th Avenue at Market, two blocks south of Hawthorne)
  • Who? All ages
  • What? We will be showing and discussing films on critical issues of political repression, resistance and the prison system.
    • Post-Katrina prisoner documentaries from Critical Resistance & Common Ground
    • "22/8: The Jeffrey Luers Story"
    • Josh Harper interview - "Refusing to be Silent"

Speakers will discuss recent repression, and how we can make a difference in seemingly dark times. A range of projects active on behalf of human, earth and animal freedom will have literature available.

There will be speakers from Olympia Civil Liberties Resource, Forest Ethics, Free's support campaign, NW Constitutional Rights Center, Tre's support campaign, and Josh Harper's support campaign.

There will also be discussion and Q&A on videos about post-katrina struggles, one from Common Ground, and one from Critical Resistance, and on the campaign for Amnesty for post-Katrina Prisoners.

Door proceeds will go toward the support campaign of Green Scare eco-defendants.

The musical mavericks of Johnny Punchclock will perform their infamous "punkish hillbilly stylings," and there will be dancing!
How much? $5-$50 sliding scale admission, or donate a dictionary to Portland Books to Prisoners.

About Portland Books to Prisoners: Portland Books To Prisoners has been serving the prison population since 2001. Books To Oregon Prisoners has been serving Oregon prisoners since 2003. Both groups hope to help increase literacy rates to reverse the current problem of 60-80% illiteracy that makes it hard for people to get on their feet after their release. Books to Prisoners groups operate nationwide.

For more information about the "Green Scare" prosecution, see:
https://www.ecoprisoners.org and
http://portland.indymedia.org/en/topic/greenscare/

Eugene event June 11 - Resisting the Green Scare 30.May.2006 18:17

freefreenow@mutualaid.org

full article at:  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2006/05/339555.shtml

Below is the press release put together by the folks organizing the local
Eugene Oregon event for the Weekend of Resistance Against the Green Scare.
June is coming quick, but there's still time for us to put another plug in
for organizing more events! Please contact us if you can host an event in
your city. It can be as simple as a potluck or a letter-writing party! For
info and resources check out:

 http://www.freefreenow.org/june2006.htm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Resisting the "Green Scare"
Eugene event June 11, 2006 featuring Derrick Jensen

On June 11th, Eugene will participate in the International Weekend of Resistance Against the Green Scare along with over 20 other cities worldwide, in order to show solidarity and support for those facing charges and harassment in what has come to be known as the Green Scare.

December 7th of 2005 marked the beginning of the largest roundup of environmental and animal rights activists in U.S. history. There have now been nearly 20 arrests and many Grand Jury subpoenas. The nation-wide sweep of arrests, dubbed "Operation Backfire," has been described by the FBI as a major hit to environmentalists and animal rights activists who engage in destruction of property as a means to defend wild lands and lives of animals. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales stated in January that, "Investigating and preventing animal rights and environmental extremism is one of the FBI's highest domestic priorities".

Despite the lack of human injury in any of the actions these community members are being accused of, the government is threatening extraordinary sentences, ranging from 30 years to life plus 335 years. Similar crimes committed without political motivation receive far shorter sentences and even different, lesser charges. For example, a string of nine recent church arsons are being described by the authorities as "youthful pranks". Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-New Jersey) said recently, "The Oklahoma City bombing killed 168 people. The attacks of 9/11 killed 3,000. Since 1993, there have been at least five fatal attacks on doctors who performed legal abortions. Eric Rudolph recently pleaded guilty to placing a bomb in a public area during the Olympic Games in 1996, as well as bombing a Birmingham women's clinic and a gay nightclub. All of these cases involved the loss of human life. To date, not a single incident of so-called 'environmental terrorism' has killed anyone."

June 11, 2006 also marks the sixth year that Jeff "Free" Luers has been in prison as well as the 3rd year of International Days of Solidarity with him. The focus of international events this year will instead be on "Operation Backfire" and what many are calling a "Green Scare" campaign of government repression. This year's Eugene event, "Resisting the Green Scare: A Night of Solidarity with Eco-Defense Prisoners", will be held at 7pm on Sunday June 11th at Sam Bond's Garage, 407 Blair Blvd, and will consist of speakers and music. Award-winning author Derrick Jensen will be the featured speaker of the evening. Proceeds will benefit the green scare defendants.

Jeff Luers, a local environmental activist, received a disproportionately long sentence (22 years) after confessing to attempting to burn three SUVs at an auto dealership in Eugene, Oregon. At trial, Jeff clearly stated that his action was a desperate attempt to bring awareness to the destruction of the Earth by this unsustainable form of transportation and its external costs of global warming, pollution, and war for oil. Because of his stated political beliefs, Jeff received an extremely long prison sentence; he is charged with a "Measure 11" crime despite the fact that this fire did not endanger any life; and he continues to suffer harassment by the Department of Corrections due to his bogus designation as a member of a 'Security Threat Group' - a status typically used for violent gang members.

The local Jeff Luers Support Group and allies sponsor the Eugene green scare event and wish to welcome the community to come out for an evening of entertainment and solidarity.

For more information, contact:
Jeff Free Luers Support Network; PO Box 3; Eugene, OR 97440
 http://www.freefreenow.org/june2006.htm
 http://www.freefreenow.org/greenscare.htm
 freefreenow@mutualaid.org

homepage: homepage:  http://www.freefreenow.org
address: address: Free's Defense Network; PO Box 3; Eugene, OR 97440