I'd just started this dispatch about an hour ago but it turned into an
article I very much needed to write. So, now I'm done with that so I'll
Those of you who have been keeping up with these things know that I've
dedicated this year of my life to writing and working toward real
change. Along those lines I've teamed up with a friend and fellow political
prisoner, Rob Thaxton to put together a zine focusing on creating
change. I anticipate this being a lengthy process and likely not available
until the end of the year.
In the meantime, I will also be writing other pieces to keep the flow
going. We gotta keep piling on the pressure and keep the ideas flowing
until we can build the alternative.
I do have a legal update to share. The last paperwork has been filed in
my appeal. I should have oral arguments in April or May. After words,
the court may take as long as it needs to render a decision. My attorney
has done a great job often times taking my own arguments and rewording
them in 'legalese'. Event though we have had our disagreements, I can
say that I am encouraged by all the work he has done.
Still, I am all too aware of the way that the system works and I
believe that is quite likely that the court will affirm without opinion my
conviction and sentence. With a case as politically charged as mine, it
is probably that the Appeals court will pass the burden of deciding to
the State Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is the last line of my
direct appeal. After that, I have ways to challenge the sentence and
conviction but each attempt is increasingly unlikely.
I am prepared for this outcome should it happen and I have plans should
my appeals fail to continue to challenge the state both in and out of
the courtroom. If this ends up being the case, I hope that I can count
on your continued support.
You can help me most right now by downloading a copy of my 'statement
of support' ( http://www.freefreenow.org/signon.html) and gathering as
many signatures as you can (names, signature, occupation, city, state)
and mailing them to my POB (POB 3, Eugene, OR 97440) no later than June
1st. These signatures will be part of a package to the United Nations
petitioning for recognition as a political prisoner.
Thanks for taking the time to read what I write and thank you for your
PS-While I'm sure some of you are aware of this, Tre Arrow was captured
recently. We do not yet know what kind of stand he is going to make on
the charges against him but he must have our support and we must
support him in the manner he requests.