We are pleased to announce two new flyers that you can download and distribute to help support Marius! (Also perfect for any June 11th events you might be hosting!)
Click on the image to view and download a pdf copy.
The last year has been full of changes and transitions for our imprisoned comrades and for those of us engaged in struggle on the other side of the walls. Now, solidly in the throes of spring, we feel compelled to celebrate these transitions and victories as new life and energy burst forth all around us. It is not often that we get a chance to truly mix celebration and struggle – but now is one of those times! On January 8th of this year the Eastern District Court of California ordered Eric McDavid released from prison. Our comrade Marius came out publicly as a man and began seeking resources for his physical transition. We believe these are both transitions worthy of celebration and reason for continued struggle. It is in this spirit that we bring you our thoughts about J11 2015.
Read the full call-out, check out past and future events, and get resources to help your very own plans at the main June 11th organizing page. We are also happy to help promote your event! Please e-mail supportmariusmason [at] riseup [dot] net and we will post the details on our web site and listserv. Until all are free!
Science magazine had a recent article about how sea stars, star-shaped echinoderms, along the Northwest coast of the US were melting from the acidification of the oceans. Climate change and the increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere have greatly increased the acid dissolved in the oceans. In some places, this has had a devastating effect on marine life. The magazine biologist who wrote the article talked about sea stars with bulging blisters, whose arms ceased to function or fell off. There were photos of their decomposing bodies melting into the rocks they cling to. The image of a silent scream.
Why You Can’t Bomb Your Way To Peace
A steel-walled room, enclosed and full
Of children playing, grandmothers and the wash and
angry young men with an ax to grind.
Oh yes, and a single shooter.
The loaded pistol raised,
What moral authority will pull the trigger?
And if it does, if judgment issues vengeance, eschews logic,
Directs the bullet outward
To the metal wall in a spirited trajectory
Behind their heads, they turn to look,
How can one possibly predict or calculate the collateral damage done
As that shot explodes in lethal fragments,
Around the room,
Seeking something soft.
“The rain falls equally upon the guilty and the innocent”, we have been told
A war like this, like weather flows
A flood that brooks no peace
Marius’ children, Andrei and Arianna visited in December for Christmas. Despite the challenges of imprisonment and the distance between FMC Carswell and their homes, they have continued to stay strong together. Andrei and Arianna were also been an incredible source of strength and support for Marius during the difficult time in which his mother passed away.
“Balancing Act” (wolf, elk, us and all the rest) is a reflection on the important role that wolves play in ensuring ecological balance. In particular, it illustrates the connection between elk and wolves that transcends the predator/prey relationship, to honor how the health of both animals and their mutual interdependence is central to the stability of their local ecology. For further reading, the balance which wolves bring has been beautifully told in the book The Hidden Lives of Wolves.
For those interested in the topic, the website www.livingwithwolves.org monitors current science, legislation, public discussion and the effects of delisting the gray wolf.
Marius worked with several other imprisoned folks to put on a holiday show. He played Santa. :)
Here are some pictures of him and some of the others who performed.