Announcing the ‘Marius Mason Wing’ of the Lucy Parsons Library at The Base in Brooklyn!

We are pleased to announce the opening of the “Marius Mason Wing” at the Lucy Parsons Library, a radical lending library located at The Base, an anarchist social center in Brooklyn, NY.

Marius read these books in prison and wanted to share them with other activists. Thanks to the fine folks at The Base, these books are available to everyone for free—all you need is a Lucy Parsons Library card! We encourage everyone to check out these books and to write Marius afterward with your thoughts!

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Painting and Poetry – Trophallaxis

“We have fed you all for a thousand years,Illustration - bees
And you hail us still unfed…” these
Stark words of the old Wobbly song
Still time enough now, a hundred years on.
But more so, for millennia more (now)
The tiny, winged workers diligently toil in field
And orchards, bring our good to fruit, fill tables
With all good things that grow, they serve
Like saints, suffer like martyrs and
Share like good anarchists do, or could,
This bond of food, of plenty, forges
Our connection across species and makes the
Gathering of tribes a glad thing.
Leave it to the Greeks! Those feisty defiers
Of Capital’s call to fall in line,
To debt and submission – not they!
But, they have named the bond of bees, who
Share knowledge and community with food,
Trophallaxis, from mouth to mouth, a kiss.
So we can also feed each other, as gardens
Grow, we will grow again,
Together.

A message and painting from Marius commemorating World Oceans Day

“We’ve celebrated Earth Day every year since 1970.  But this day committed to being mindful of the importance of the oceans has only been happening since 2008.  With the recent oil spill in the Santa Barbara coast and with the now melted polar seas open for both navigation and oil exploration – it is fitting that we take time as citizens of the world to reflect upon the fact that the oceans and the life they sustain are the underpinnings of the health of the planet as a whole.

From the smallest lifeforms, the plankton community, comes the replenishment of our atmosphere.  We are as dependent upon the tiny plant and animals that make up the plankton; as the fish, mantas and whales who feel upon them directly.  The oceans touch every continent and any damage to them is felt throughout the ecosphere.  They regulate temperature and help absorb some of the heat produced by human activities.  – thus slowing the process of global warming from what is would otherwise become, moderating climate.  The oceans supply half our oxygen and absorb CO2 releasing into the atmosphere – but the oceans capacity to cleanse and support our world is quickly becoming overwhelmed,  what we decide to do now to protect our oceans is one of the most important questions facing humanity and will save our future or seal our doom.

Remember Deepwater Horizon, the Exxon disaster and the Santa Barbara spill – and stop Shell from defiling the Arctic,  Act to defend the seas,

Love and solidarity (on June 8th and every day)

 

This painting was made by putting deodorant on an ad page in my magazine and swirling the color to make a kind of scratch board…The image was made using a plastic spoon tip.”
A World of Plankton

Painting – “Wearing Orange, Feeling Blue, Thinking Green”

Marius included this note with his most recent painting from the S.H.U.

“New ‘painting’ experiment, since losing my paints/brushes/paper. In the jail we used deodorant on magazines to get colors, not so easy to control how it goes on the though, or what the color ends up looking like… the pen has a hard time making a mark over the deodorant!”

“Memoriam for Bam Bam (Sinks Canyon)” Featured in EF! Journal

eostar-2015Pick up the latest issue of Earth First! Journal to see Marius’ painting “Memoriam for Bam Bam (Sinks Canyon)” featured on the back cover.  Get a copy by going to your local infoshop/radical bookstore or buy a subscription at earthfirstjournal.org/subscriptions

You can also make a donation to their prisoner subscription: here.  Your donation will go to a prisoner who has requested a subscription but cannot afford to buy one.

Always remember to check back here or the Art and Poetry page for new work by Marius.

Memoriam for Bam Bam (Sinks Canyon)

Marius Transferred to the SHU! Please Write Him a Letter!

On June 16th, we received notification from Marius that he has been transferred to the SHU—or Special Housing Unit, also known as solitary confinement—for, we believe, 30 days as a result of an alleged violation of prison disciplinary rules. We still do not know the basis of these allegations, but we believe they involve a violation of his right to counsel. At this point, Marius does not have all of his property in the SHU, and his normal phone privileges and all e-mail privileges have been suspended. Marius’s lawyer, Moira Meltzer-Cohen, has not yet received the incident report, but based on what she has has heard from prison officials, she believes the disciplinary action to be unjust.

Marius is currently in good spirits, but solitary confinement is a terrible and dispiriting form of punishment. Marius can still send and receive letters, so please show your support and solidarity by dropping him a line!

Please be aware that any mail sent to Marius will be under even more scrutiny than it was before, so we ask you to be cautious in writing to him about his situation. Also, mail addressed to ‘Marius Mason’ has been getting rejected, so we ask you to use the following address in your correspondence:

M Mason #04672-061
FMC Carswell
Federal Medical Center
P.O. Box 27137
Fort Worth, TX 76127

June 11th Report Backs

Report backs from June 11th are slowly rolling in!  Yesterday we heard from the band Sprank in the Netherlands who wrote a song and produced a music video about Marius and June 11th.  See below!

If you did something fun on June 11th please share by contacting
june11th at riseup dot net