[Ppnews] Jeff Free Luers writes about State Repression - April 2006
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Wed Apr 12 08:40:19 EDT 2006
Date: Tue, 11 Apr 2006 14:07:12 -0700 (PDT)
From: Break Chains <breakthechains02 at yahoo.com>
Jeff Free Luers writes about State Repression - April 2006
By now everyone knows about the arrests and indictments handed down
to 11 people charged with ELF actions. The SHAC 7 have been convicted
on all counts for maintaining a website. Rod Coronado has been
arrested for explaining how he committed his arsons. Activists have
been arrested in Sacramento charged with thought crime. Not to
mention the various Grand Jury investigations around the country.
Like it or not, the radical movement has found itself in the middle
of a war. The ELF, ALF, anarchists and other radicals have been
declared the number one threat to the state. The FBI devotes more
time and energy to activists than it does Al-Qaeda.
For every article I write, I wonder if this will be the one that
lands me back in the hole. The FBI, in connection with the Oregon
Department of Corrections, reviews all my outgoing mail. Some of my
mail has been censored and not allowed to go out at all. I am banned
from meeting with the media. None of those who were arrested are
allowed to contact me, or allowed to be contacted by me.
I'm beginning to feel a lot more like a P.O.W. than a political prisoner.
This crack down on radical activists, though it comes not
unexpectedly, has begun to take its toll on me. Some of the charges
stem from a solidarity action for Craig "Critter" Marshall and me. I
also know people involved with these cases.
Daniel McGowan is one of my closest and dearest friends. I owe so
much of the support I've received over the years to him. At his bail
hearing they used his support and friendship for me against him. The
prosecution used letters and pictures of us as if it were evidence of a crime.
I used to play in a band with Jacob Ferguson, a now known informant.
I used to watch his kid. Alleged cooperating witness Sarah Harvey and
I lived together for a time. She helped build the first treesit at Fall Creek.
Convicted activist Josh Harper and I go back many years. I still have
the article "In honor of Jeff Luers" he wrote after my conviction. He
and I have stood the line together many a time, and I do not know a
more courageous and dedicated man.
It breaks my heart to see my friends falling subject to the state. I
applaud Daniel, Josh and the others who have stood their ground with
heads high. I am sick and disgusted with Jake. I hope that anyone
cooperating with the state will again find their courage and honor,
and refuse to testify.
In these harsh times the role of prisoner support takes on a whole
new meaning. And it's not enough just to support those who have been
arrested and convicted. The struggle must go on the offensive. The
movement can no longer sit back and let the actions of accused stand
for the hearts of the many.
These arrests are not intended to target individuals anymore than my
sentence was meant to punish just me. The state has declared war on
dissent. Our ideals, our dreams, our very existence as a movement has
been targeted for eradication.
Detective Chuck Tilby, of the Eugene Police Department, created a
report on anarchists for their journals. The content was focused on
"Conflict and Terrorism in 2005". The article detailed ways for law
enforcement to create protest zones so far away from an event that it
would be impractical or seem unattractive to protesters who wanted
their message heard. The article suggests that police use
infiltration, grand juries and informants against "above ground"
activists in attempts to extinguish "under ground" activities.
Incidentally, Chuck is one of the detectives who had Critter and I
under surveillance the night of our arrest. During my trial neither
he nor any other officer could recall the order being put under
investigation, but it did not come from within the EPD.
This is not the first time the state has used tactics like these.
Counter insurgency tactics were employed against the American Indian
Movement (AIM), and Black Panthers. Very few struggles have succeeded
against the United States.
However, two very powerful movements come to mind: the Civil Rights
movement and the struggle for the eight-hour workday. There was
success because whatever the state threw at them they refused to back
down. They continued their struggles with their commitment and determination.
True movements support their prisoners by replacing them on the front
lines. Real struggles challenge repression with resistance.
This is a state of emergency. Not only our success, but also our
existence depends on your actions. The police state is here.
Everything we've long feared is coming to pass. This isn't someone
else's fight anymore, it's yours. What are you going to do about it?
-Jeff Free Luers
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Write Free at Jeffrey Luers, #13797671, Oregon State Penetentiary,
Salem, OR 97310
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