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New Prison Dispatch from Jeff "Free" Luers

Dispatch 3/15/04
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
write this.

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
support.

Jeffrey Luers

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.

International Day of Action and Solidarity with Jeff “Free” Luers: June 12, 2004 28.Mar.2004 05:38

btc repost

June marks the fourth year that our friend and comrade, Jeff "Free" Luers has been imprisoned and held captive by the state. Sentenced to 22 years and 8 months for burning three Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) at Romania Chevrolet in Eugene, Jeff has continued to be active in prison and fight back with his words and inspiration. This June 12, we aim to strengthen his efforts by promoting a day of action and solidarity with Jeff throughout the world.

This day will mean many things to many people - we say do what fits your local situation and your desires. Some ideas are film screenings, protests at SUV dealerships, wheat-pasting campaigns, letter writing and outreach, music shows and direct actions. The important thing is that you ask yourself: will this action help Jeff's situation? Remember that what we do on the outside has an impact on his life on the inside - sometimes it's positive and sometimes negative. Consider this crucial bit of information when planning your event.

There is no central organizing body or group to check in with but the J12 Organizing Committees can help by providing you with flyers, graphics, and merchandise such as videos, zines and stickers about Jeff's case. It is imperative that you be able to speak about Jeff's case if you do a public event. Take some time and read about it on our website: www.freefreenow.org

Jeff's imprisonment and sentence is without a doubt, intolerable but keep in mind that his sentence is yours as well. It is meant as a deterrent to social and environmental movements all over. Let us not forget that when you fight with Free for his freedom - you fight for yourselves and your freedom.

There will be events in many US cities and potentially in countries as diverse as England, Australia, Finland, Brazil, Russia and more. There is already a large public outreach event planned for Eugene, which will involve speakers, music and more. If you choose to hold a public event, email us and we can include the event on the website as well as include your information in outreach materials. After the day, you can send us write-ups, photos and updates and that too can be posted online. Many people have emailed us about a desire to do more for Jeff - this is the perfect time to show your solidarity.

In struggle,

Friends of Jeff 'Free' Luers
 freefreenow@mutualaid.org

Idea 28.Mar.2004 14:37

One who feels Jeff's sentence is unjust

I would be curious what an unbiased random public opinion poll would show on the issue of Free's sentence: just/unjust. I would imagine many many people would say they thought 22 years is too long a sentence for the crime committed, for which the average sentence is much less than he recieved. If I knew nothing about the case and was asked if I felt 22 years was too long a sentence for a 22 year old man convicted of an arson that caused repairable damage to three vehicles I would say it is too long. A good second question would be: Do you feel his harsh sentence was due to his political leanings? If persons working on Free's appeal and hopefully release feel a poll such as this would be of value for his appeal I would personally contribute to a fund for that purpose, in hopes of him getting a sentence reduction at the least.

damn right 28.Mar.2004 16:31

pedro

damn right it was political.i spoke up about racism and was intimidated and attacked by police state.they dont want uncertainty.tough luck ,im gonna spread the word on govt. lies!