Marius Mason is an anarchist and an environmental and animal rights prisoner serving nearly 22 years in federal prison for acts of sabotage carried out in defense of the planet. No one was injured in any of these actions. After being threatened with a life sentence in 2009, he pleaded guilty to charges of arson at a Michigan State University lab researching Genetically Modified Organisms for Monsanto, and admitted to 12 other acts of property damage. The sentencing judge applied a so-called “terrorism enhancement” to his term which added almost two more years than the maximum requested by the prosecution. This is the harshest punishment of anyone convicted of environmental sabotage to date.

Marius is incarcerated in the high security Administration Unit at the Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas. According to the prison’s own literature, the unit is “designed for female inmates with histories of escapes, chronic behavior problems, repeated incidents of assaultive or predatory behavior, or other special management concerns.” Marius has never violated any prison rules. Clearly, he is being held in this unit because of his political beliefs and in an effort to silence him.

Marius’ gymnasium-sized unit, housing up to 20 prisoners, causes severe distress and worsens the debilitating mental illnesses and PTSD from which some of the prisoners suffer. The confinement and isolation result in periodic acts of violence and suicide attempts as women struggle to maintain sanity in these conditions.

The prisoners are only allowed to exercise in a small, fenced-in, concrete, outdoor area topped by double-coiled razor wire where there is little room for physical activity.

The unit is frequently and unpredictably locked down for hours on end due to violence and suicide attempts resulting from the claustrophobic and oppressive conditions. Prisoners leave the building for medical treatment, but only after a protracted wait and fierce advocacy on the part of the prisoner even though Carswell is ostensibly a medical facility. Access to mental health counseling, medical care, and educational opportunities are greatly diminished because of security issues.

Inmates who are housed there because of behavioral issues are told what they have to do to be transferred. They are given structured programs and measurable goals so that they may eventually return to the prison’s general population. But not Marius. As a political prisoner, he has no idea what he needs to do, if anything, in order to be released from his strict confinement.

The psychological corrosiveness of a sterile environment, the lack of adequate access to exercise and mental simulation, the psychological trauma suffered by all of the prisoners, and the seeming impossibility of attaining freedom from this unit constitutes a cruel, but unfortunately, not an unusual punishment. The unit exacerbates and worsens the behavior it says it works to correct. It should be closed and Marius and the other prisoners moved from it immediately.

It is urgent that we do everything within our power to move Marius to the general population of a low security facility and then work to reduce his outrageous prison term. The unfairness of his sentence can be seen when compared to those meted out to others.

Recently, a man who set an arson for profit fire that paralyzed a Detroit firefighter and injured six of his colleagues was sentenced to a maximum of seven years in prison. Rebecca Rubin, accused by the government of taking part in 20 fires attributed to the Earth Liberation Front and the Animal Liberation Front that did $40 million in damage, pleaded guilty and received the federal minimum sentence of five years.

It is unclear why the government has singled out Marius for such a harsh sentence and strict confinement, but every day he is forced to live in these conditions takes a toll on his mental and physical health.

We demand that he be removed from this restrictive unit and transferred to a prison near his family and friends. And, that his sentence be reduced to that of Rebecca Rubin’s.

We encourage everyone to write to Marius Mason in prison:

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

Under no circumstances mention any illegal acts. Letters that mention other Green Scare prisoners may be rejected. Mason has a list of 100 pre-approved people who he can write to, so you will not necessarily get a letter back.

All letters must be entirely in English, and you must use a first and last name when writing. Please also include a return address on the envelope. We strongly suggest that you write his name and prisoner number on each piece of correspondence, as well, as the prison tends to discard the envelope and then may “lose” track of who the letter is going to.


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Write to Marius Mason

We encourage everyone to write to Marius Mason in prison:

Marie Mason #04672-061

FMC Carswell

Federal Medical Center

P.O. Box 27137

Fort Worth, TX 76127

Under no circumstances mention any illegal acts. Letters that mention other Green Scare prisoners may be rejected. Mason has a list of 100 pre-approved people he can write to; if you are not on that list, he will be able to receive your letter but not write back.

Everyone must use their first and last name when writing. All letters must be entirely in English. Be sure to include your return address on the envelope. You should also write his name and prisoner number on each piece of correspondence, as the prison tends to discard the envelope and then may "lose" track of who the letter is going to.

Last, do not send anything that is "affixed" to the letter or card - such as glitter and glue. Pen, pencil, crayon and paint are fine.

About Marius Mason

Marius Mason is a long-time activist in the environmental and labor movements. In March 2008, he was arrested by federal authorities for charges related to two acts of property destruction that occurred in 1999 and 2000; no one was injured in either of them. He accepted a plea bargain and was sentenced on February 5, 2009 to just under 22 years. He is now serving the longest sentence of any "Green Scare" prisoner.

The “Green Scare” is the name given to the recent arrests of animal rights and environmental activists who have been charged with acts of economic sabotage. Federal authorities have sought outrageous sentences (often Life in prison) and have publicly and legally labeled the activists as “terrorists” – despite the fact that no one has been killed or injured in any of the acts.

Supporting Marius Mason does not mean agreeing with the actions that he took -- but it does mean opposing the fear-mongering tactics of the federal government and the outrageous sentences they have imposed.

Background on the Green Scare

For more information on the Green Scare see here

Contact

supportmariemason@gmail.com

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