Jeffrey Free Luers Dispatch from Prison May 5, 2009
It has been a long time coming but this June friends, allies, comrades,
supporters, and fellow resisters will celebrate the seventh and final
international day of solidarity with me, Jeffrey Luers.
This June will also mark my 9th and final year in prison as my scheduled
release date in December draws steadily closer. The years have left their toll
on me both physically and emotionally. I came to prison an idealistic young man
of 21 and I will be leaving a hardened, more cynical man in my early 30's.
From behind these walls, I have watched the struggle for my freedom and
recognition as a political prisoner grow from a handful of friends into an
international campaign. It has been a heart warming, awe inspiring, joy to
Your support, encouragement and dedication have fueled my will to continue to
struggle for earth liberation and social and climate justice from within this
cage. Without you my friends I would not be who I am today and I would be lost.
Few (fortunately) will ever truly know the heartache, loss, courage and pure
determination a political prisoner experiences. Nor the challenges one must
face. Sadly, during my incarceration I have witnessed a startling increase in
the number of our brothers and sisters locked up for their resistance. Many of
these people have been convicted of terrorism charges or simply branded a
terrorist. A stigma I am only all too aware of myself.
I am coming home, but the need for prisoner support is far from over. Now, more
than ever our movement needs to show continued solidarity for our political
prisoners many of whom still face years in maximum security prisons and control
The annual June solidarity events have been a crucial component of my support.
They have served to raise much needed funds, expand awareness of my case and
above all provide invaluable inspiration for countless activists including
myself. The events have been a rallying cry for action and solidarity. I firmly
believe that it was this international pressure and attention that resulted in
my drastically reduced sentence.
This will be my last June in prison but I ask and I hope that henceforth June
12th will serve as the International Day of Action and Solidarity for Earth
Liberation Prisoners. I hope that each year the events, benefits, rallies, and
actions grow stronger until all our warriors come home. I hope June 12th serves
as an inspiration to future warriors who know that should they face
imprisonment they will have the support of an entire movement behind them.
Until all are free the struggle must continue, help bring each and every one of
With the deepest love and gratitude,
Jeffrey Free Luers
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Jeffrey Luers # 13797671
9111 NE Sunderland Ave
Portland, OR 97211-1708
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