12/11: Striking Blows in Defense of the Earth: An Evening with Jeffrey “Free” Luers and Leslie James Pickering
UPDATE: Due to the snow, we have changed the location from the University of Minnesota to Walker Community Church. Please note the address below. Hope to see you there!
Striking Blows in Defense of the Earth: An Evening with Jeffrey “Free” Luers and Leslie James Pickering
*Saturday, December 11, 2010
*5pm, Walker Community Church, 3104 17th Ave S, Minneapolis
Earth liberation movements have worked tirelessly for many years to bring a revolutionary perspective to the environmental movement, to build solidarity with prior struggles and political prisoners, and to prepare today’s activists for state repression. More recently, however, while state repression has intensified, we have seen a decline in major earth liberation movement activities. Luers and Pickering will analyze these trends, their consequences, and readdress the issues that activists were fighting for a decade ago, which made the movement such a formidable social force.
Jeffrey “Free” Luers is a political activist who served a ten-year prison sentence for arson in the state of Oregon. The arson was an act of protest against climate change and excessive consumption. Before serving time, Luers was already well known for his participation in tree-sitting campaigns to save old growth forests in the Pacific Northwest.
Leslie James Pickering is a founder and former spokesperson for the North American Earth Liberation Front Press Office. He is the author of two books: “Earth Liberation Front 1997-2002” and “Mad Bomber Melville,” the biography of Vietnam War era revolutionary Sam Melville, a key figure in the Attica Prison Uprising of 1971.
Event co-sponsored by: EWOK!, Scott and Carrie Support Committee, Women’s Student Activist Collective, MN NLG, UofM Sociology Dept., UofM Geography Dept., UofM Political Science Department, Scholars for Academic Justice, MN Global Justice Project
This event is a part of the “National Anti-Prison Groups Day of Action.”
**Political Repression and State Violence, from Minneapolis to Palestine**
a talk by Dhoruba Bin-Wahad
In November 2009 Dhoruba Bin-Wahad, a former U.S. political prisoner, leader the Black Panther Party, and member of the Black Liberation Army, was detained and deported from the West Bank of occupied Palestine by Israeli authorities. He had been invited to attend a conference on political detention by the Palestinian Authority.
Dhoruba spent 19 years of a life sentence in jail for a crime he did not commit. He was a target of the FBI’s COINTELPRO, was arrested in 1971 and had his conviction overturned in 1990.
He will discuss historic and current struggles against social injustice and state violence in the U.S. and in Palestine, with a specific focus on political prisoners and institutions that repress social movement mobilization within communities fighting oppression.
Join a wide array of Twin Cities organizations to hear this powerful speaker, who challenges conventional wisdom and inspires people to embrace social change. Read the rest of this entry »
Feb. 20: “State Repression and Social Movements: Grand Juries, the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, and Community Activism
“State Repression and Social Movements: Grand Juries, the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, and Community Activism”
A talk with legendary radical attorney Stu Sugarman and Professor David N. Pellow
When: Saturday, February 20th, potluck at 6:30pm, talk at 7pm
Where: Social Science Building Room 1114, University of Minnesota campus
On the anniversary of the arrest of the AETA 4, join sociologists, attorneys, and community activists to learn about the history of state repression directed at activists and scholars involved in social change movements.
Information will be provided on the defense of the following activists:
-the AETA 4, four Santa Cruz activists facing “animal enterprise terrorism” charges for sidewalk-chalking and other 1st-amendment-protected activities
-Scott DeMuth, a grand jury resister now facing false charges of “animal enterprise terrorism”
-Carrie Feldman, currently in her third month of incarceration in Iowa for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury
Sponsored by Scholars for Academic Justice, Earth Warriors are OK! (EWOK!), the Coldsnap Legal Collective, the Scott and Carrie Support Committee, and the Minnesota Global Justice Project
Click here for a .pdf black&white version of the flyer. See below for more info on the speakers.
About Gina Lynn
In 1999, Gina Lynn was subpoenaed to a grand jury in St. Louis. She refused to cooperate and was jailed for Civil Contempt. She was released after 26 days on hunger strike. Her no compromise, smash grand jury strategy worked! Then in 2004, Gina was subpoenaed to another grand jury, this time in Seattle. After 22 days in jail, again on hunger strike, and being threatened with criminal charges, she took a different approach. While continuing to not implicate others, she avoided a potential 30+ year sentence. Gina’s experience with grand juries show what can work, and what may not work.
***********Davenport Grand Jury Update***********
A second person, Scott DeMuth of Minneapolis, has been subpoenaed to the federal grand jury in Davenport, Iowa. Scott, along with previously subpoenaed anarchist Carrie Feldman, plans to resist the grand jury. His statement, as well as support info, is below. Read the rest of this entry »
Join EWOK! in Powderhorn Park for our first annual (that means second ever!) Ice Cream Social…
When: Sunday, August 16th, 4:30 pm
Where: Powderhorn Park, by the stage downhill from 10th Ave. S. and 33rd St.
Cost: Whatever you can give, all proceeds go to support anti-I-69 arrestees facing racketeering charges in Southern Indiana. More info here.
There’ll be ice cream (both vegan and non-), games, music, and tons of fun.
Join us for a potluck and screening of The Camden 28 on Sunday, May 24th. All proceeds benefit recent anti-NAFTA superhighway arrestees in Indiana.
When: Sunday, May 24, 4:00 pm
Where: Mayday Books, 301 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis
Cost: $5-15 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)
About the movie: How far would you go to stop a war? The Camden 28 recalls a 1971 raid on a Camden, N.J., draft board office by “Catholic Left” activists protesting the Vietnam War and its effects on urban America. Arrested on site in a clearly planned sting, the protesters included four Catholic priests, a Lutheran minister, and 23 others. Read the rest of this entry »
CRASS AND EWOK! BENEFIT SHOW
Thursday April 23rd
7:00pm in Kagin Commons
1600 Grand Ave. St. Paul, MN 55105
Join us for a concert by Evan Greer (MA) of Riotfolk! collective and ShugE from Anti-Civ records (and possibly others) for the Community RNC Arresstee
Support Structure and Earth Warriors are OK! Read the rest of this entry »
Repression and Resistance, Then and Now
Lecture and Reception with
Ramona Africa of the MOVE Organization
April 19, 2009
Hallie Q Brown/Martin Luther King Community Center
270 N Kent Street, St. Paul
Ramona Africa is international spokesperson for the MOVE organization, a revolutionary back-to-nature organization whose main belief is in life. This organization has experienced violent repression at the hands of the government, with nine members– known as the MOVE 9– incarcerated for a crime it is obvious they did not commit. In 1985, Philadelphia police dropped a military-grade bomb on MOVE headquarters, killing six adults and five children. Ramona is the only adult survivor of that attack.
Ramona will speak about the nature of political repression and resistance as experienced by members of the MOVE family, including Mumia Abu-Jamal, and how these threads run to the prosecution of the RNC 8 and others. A reception will follow.
Join EWOK! for an exciting prisoner letter writing night (and potluck!) featuring…
former Political Prisoner, Peter Young!
When: 6:30 pm, Thursday, February 26, 2009
Where: Mayday Books, 301 Cedar Ave, Mpls
What: an evening of food and letter writing to prisoners with formerly imprisoned animal liberationist Peter Young. Peter will be available for discussion, input and guidance on writing to prisoners, and generally good company.
Free of charge, kids welcome.