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Announcement :: Environment : Human Rights : Organizing : Politics : Social Welfare
Weekend of Reisistance for Jeff 'Free' Leurs
by Eco-Warrior Supporter
Email: act-up-to-exist (nospam) riseup.net
11 Jun 2005
Modified: 02:35:12 PM
Open the Cages: A Night of Political Prisoner Support
Saturday, June 11
Open the Cages: A Night of Political Prisoner Support
Saturday, June 11, 7PM-2AM
$8-10 donation. sliding scale-no one turned away for lack of funds
Ashanti Alston- Black Liberation Army
Andy Stepanian- Animal Defense League
Rude Mechanical Orchestra
All proceeds benefit the Jeffrey Luers Legal Fund and Jericho NYC.
Contact: freefreenow (at) mutualaid.org
DUMBA Art space, 57 Jay Street
[between Front and Water Streets].
Down under the Manhattan bridge in Brooklyn. F train to York Street. Exit train, make right, go two blocks down Jay Street. DUMBA is on your right side.
The NYC premiere of the film '22/8: the Jeffrey Luers Story' will start at 7ish.
There will be food donated by Foodswings, veggie chili dawgs, info-tables of radical
groups, pinatas, copious amounts of beverages, a DJ dance party [starting around
11PM] and some suprises!
We are hours away from the Weekend of Resistance for Jeff 'Free' Luers. Below is an op-ed submitted by a member of Jeff's defense
network printed in today's Eugene Weekly.
If you ever thought there was justice in this world, read the article below about Jeff's sentencing judge and his lienency with just about everyone's case except Jeff Luers.
thanks for your support. let's make this a memorable weekend.
Friends of Jeff Luers
Eugene Weekly op-ed piece
June 9, 2005*
*Why 23 Years?*
* **Sentence for SUV arson didn't match the crime.
*BY CHRIS CALEF
Why 23 years? It's really the only question worth asking in the case of Jeff "Free" Luers. Some people might want to ask, "Why did he do it?" but for people who've been paying attention to the climatologists, I think it's pretty obvious.
Jeff "Free" Luers
Global warming is /here/. Peak oil is here. We're at war in Iraq to maintain control over an oil supply that is only getting smaller. And meanwhile, the economic elite in America still love their SUVs. Some people just won't get it until you do something that makes them pay
attention, and that's what Jeff Luers was trying to do. That's why he did it.
But why did he get 23 years? He damaged three SUVs, causing $40,000 in damages. No one was injured or even put at risk. How did this crime
result in a sentence exceeding that of most murderers? What logic could possibly motivate a judge to inflict such a sentence on a 23-year-old
man with no prior felonies, no history of violence or drug abuse and no intent to achieve personal gain from his actions?
*Jeff is not alone. *
The answer to this question is not to be found in the details of his crime. Compared to sentences received for comparable crimes, Jeff's
sentence blows them all completely out of the water. Nobody gets 23 years for arson. Even people who burned down houses with people still in them don't pull that kind of time. To make sense of it, it is necessary to understand that the authorities are /afraid/, not just of Jeff but of people like him. He got 23 years because they decided to "make an example" of him.
So what is it about Jeff that presents such a threat? If you ask the FBI, they'll tell you that the U.S. is facing a growing trend toward
"political violence." This disturbing trend, with increasing incidences of politically motivated arson, acts of animal liberation, and in-your-face street protest, threatens our peace and security, they say.
*The radicals have a point. *
If you ask an environmentalist, you may come away with the distinct sensation that the current status quo represents a greater threat than all the eco-radicals put together. According to all reliable reports, the Earth's temperature is increasing rapidly, huge chunks of arctic ice
are breaking off and floating away, the planet's supply of fresh water is dwindling and we're in the midst of a human-caused period of mass
extinction rivaling that which destroyed the dinosaurs. Nothing in the current administration's policies gives us any hope of change for the better. In fact, every step the Bush administration takes is a step in the wrong direction.
Meanwhile, the traditional tools for political change have been subverted and weakened. Voting is a meaningless charade in a political
climate with no candidates willing to take a stand. Our representatives are either already doing their best (like Pete DeFazio) or they're bought and paid for by corporate interests. Either way, calling and writing to them isn't going to do much good. Political rallies and civil disobedience techniques have become so commonplace and boring that they fail to even make the news.
So with the traditional options exhausted and the crisis getting more serious daily, growing numbers of people are taking matters into their own hands. Whether it be climbing trees, stopping traffic, locking down bulldozers, even breaking windows or burning SUVs, more people, especially young people, are coming to the same conclusion: If we want the human race to survive on this planet, direct action is going to be necessary.
So there it is. He did what he did, he never claimed otherwise, but the sentence he got is ridiculous. If you want to see changes in
this country, if you believe the system is out of control and want to help reel it in, or if you just think Jeff Luers is a hero who deserves
your support, come on down. We'll see you there!
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