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Jeff "Free" Luers was Sentenced to 22 Years in Prison for Burning 3 SUVs; He Has Now Been Thrown in Solitary Confinement for Sending a Letter to a Journal

StoryJuly 17, 2003
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We play excerpts of an interview with "Free," hear a speech from death row prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal and have a debate with filmmaker and anarchist organizer Warcry, Kelly Stoner of Stop Eco-Violence! and Professor Bron Taylor.

 rs ago, environmental advocate Jeffrey Luers, aka Free, was sentenced to 22 years and 8 months in prison. A tougher sentence than many murderers. His crime? Setting fire to three SUVs at a Chevrolet dealership.

A night watchman testified at the trial that he did not try to injure anyone.

Last month, at the Oregon State Penitentiary, Luers was thrown in solitary confinement for 120 days. His offense this time? Writing a letter to Earth First Journal.

Free is classified as a known anarchist and as a member of the Earth Liberation Front, an "eco terrorist" group.

There is little tolerance among authorities for environmental activists who quickly become labeled as terrorists.

On Sept. 12 — one day after the Twin Towers fell and the Pentagon was hit — a Republican Congressman from Alaska said there was a "strong possibility" that eco-terrorists could have carried out the attacks.

Representative Don Young told the Anchorage Daily News: "If you watched what happened in Genoa, in Italy, and even in Seattle, there’s some expertise in that field. I’m not sure they’re that dedicated but eco-terrorists — which are really based in Seattle — there’s a strong possibility that they could be one of the groups."

  • Jeffrey "Free" Luers, excerpts from an interview conducted by the Dateline Australia with Luers in state prison. It is the only extensive video interview he has done in prison.
    Link: Free Free Now
  • Warcry, filmmaker and anarchist organizer. She was involved in tree sittings with Jeffrey "Free" Luers in Oregon.
  • Kelly Stoner, Executive Director of the organization Stop Eco-Violence! which was formed to fight against the Earth Liberation Front and other similar activist groups.
  • Bron Taylor, Professor of University of Florida specializing in Environmental and Religious Studies.
  • Perrin Damon, Communications Manager, Oregon, Department of Corrections reading a statement on Jeff "Free" Luers explaining why he was placed in solitary confinement for 120 days for writing a letter to Earth First Journal.
  • Mumia Abu Jamal, an excerpt of his acceptance speech for receiving a PEN Oakland Literary Censorship Award in 1999. Mumia Abu-Jamal has published several books including Live From Death Row, Death Blossoms and All Things Censored. He accepted the award by calling in from the Pennsylvania state correctional institute at Greene Waynesburg, Penn.
  • Pacific Lumber Company advertisement. Earlier this year the Pacific Lumber Company broadcast a series of television advertisements in Northern California that portrayed environmentalists as terrorists.

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