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."
- 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: