Day of Solidarity with eco-prisoner Jeffrey Free Luers June 9, 2007

Day of Solidarity with Jeffrey Free Luers
June 9, 2007


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June 9, 2007 Day of Solidarity with Jeffrey “Free” Luers

June marks the seventh year that our friend and comrade, Jeffrey “Free” Luers has been imprisoned and held captive by the state. Sentenced to an outrageous 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. Although Jeff recently won his appeal and is expecting a reduced sentence, this case is not over:

“I have spoken with my attorney and there are still many battles ahead. Hard choices will have to be made. I am by no means close to walking out of prison, just one step closer. This is a victory, and while my own personal struggle is making headway others are just beginning.”

We encourage people to organize events for Jeff and other political prisoners, uniting struggles for human, earth, and animal liberation. In Jeff’s own words:

“This June, show your solidarity with me, and all those who have struggled, past and present, to make this world a better place. Struggle with us. Hold demonstrations or gatherings at federal buildings or US embassies and demand change. It doesn’t matter what cause or issue you fight for – we are all connected. What does matter is that we stand united and make our voices heard.”

For more information on how to get involved, contact Jeff’s support network at PO Box 3, Eugene, Oregon 97440 USA. Email freefreenow@mutualaid.org and visit www.freefreenow.org Donations for Jeff’s re-sentencing attorney are urgently needed, please help via www.freefreenow.org/donate.html

Contact Friends of Jeff Luers, PO Box 3, Eugene, OR 97440 USA or email freefreenow@mutualaid.org with details of your event.

General contact:
Friends of Jeff ‘Free’ Luers-freefreenow@mutualaid.org

West Coast contacts:
Oregon – Free’s Defense Network -PO Box 3, Eugene, OR 97440, breakthechains02@yahoo.com
San Francisco – Jeffrey Luers Support Network- freejeffreyluers@resist.ca

Al Gore’s environmental activism is designed never to threaten the supremacy of the market

Al Gore’s environmental activism is designed never to threaten the supremacy of the market

John Harris
Saturday April 21, 2007
The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,2062314,00.html

According to Vanity Fair magazine’s second Green Issue, he is “the man of the hour” – photographed by Annie Leibovitz at Iceland’s Jokulsarlon glacier, and pictured on the cover next to a Photoshopped-in polar bear cub named Knut. His cherubic features etched with a half-beard and hardened into an expression of concern, Leonardo DiCaprio is the Upper West Side’s new green poster-boy, and in the ensuing pictorial portfolio his fellow “global citizens” line up behind him: ex-Seinfeld star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, musicians such as Alanis Morissette and Jack Johnson, and a motley assortment of scientists, activists, fashionistas and entrepreneurs. Elsewhere, there is a fawning feature about our own Charles Windsor – “a prince whose time has come”, transformed “from eco-scold to green hero”.

Recent headlines about the greening of US politics still look distinctly premature, but in the last two years or so the country’s newsstands have undergone a real transformation. With the US’s collective weather-eye opening ever wider, that great climate-change denier George Bush falling fast and US celebrities noisily expressing interest in the issue, its media class now at least know what time it is. Given its symbiotic bond with the metropolitan liberati, Vanity Fair can perhaps be discounted, but the kind of publications that sit much closer to the mainstream now run environmental splashes on what seems like a weekly basis.

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Climate Justice League Strikes Merrill Lynch in Asheville, NC

Originally found posted at www.infoshop.org:

Climate Justice League Strikes Merrill Lynch
April 13th Asheville, NC

In a daring daylight raid, members of the Climate Justice League struck a blow against Merrill Lynch, a major financier of global climate change. At approximately 11am two masked avengers entered the Merrill Lynch building in downtown Asheville, NC dumping a bag of coal in the lobby, throwing fliers into the air which read “Merrill Lynch, stop funding climate change!”, and locking the main entrance shut with a bike lock.

Merrill Lynch was targeted as part of a national day of action against the financial backers of the fossil fuel industry. Merrill Lynch is currently helping to seal the deal on 3 new coal plants in Texas being built by TXU. In the face of devastating global climate change we cannot allow companies such as Merrill Lynch to continue funding massive fossil fuel infrastructure. Merrill Lynch has previously been involved in funding coal companies such as Massey Energy, which is one of the largest companies involved in mountaintop removal coal mining. As long as Merrill Lynch and their ilk continue to invest in and support the fossil fuels industry, the Climate Justice League and others around the country will continue to target them.

For a fossil fuel free future, CJL

Airport Runway Seized By Activists

The following communique was received by Rising Tide North America.

AIRPORT RUNWAY SEIZED BY CLIMATE ACTIVISTS

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On 14 April, activists broke into Bromma Airport in Stockholm to occupy the
runway for half an hour. The scheduled flight to Gothenburg – a short distance
indeed – was delayed, and some planes had to divert their landing. The ten
activists, linked by chains and carrying a huge banner which read “Stop domestic
flights”, managed to enter the airport and runway without being detected. After
some five minutes, police arrived to the scene, but refrained from violent
intervention. When the blockade had been carried to its planned end, the
activists were arrested and informed of the formal charge of aggravated
trespass. The most likely punishment is some heavy fines, but prison terms are
possible.

The action was carried out by Climax, a group in Stockholm formed two weeks ago.
It is the seed of a direct action-movement against the root causes of climate
change in a country which has just recently woken up to the facts of ongoing
global warming. Climax is inspired by Plane Stupid and Rising Tide. The action
of 14 April, coinciding with the enormous National Day of Climate Action in the
U.S., was the first of its kind to occur in Sweden. More is bound to follow
soon. Check for updates (and pictures of the recent action) at klimatet.org.

Global action against global warming!

Klimax-Stockholm

2007-04-15

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