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Bay Area Event: An Evening of Solidarity with Marie Mason & Women in Prison

Saturday May 10th, 7pm @ Station 40 – 3030B 16th Street (16th & Mission) San Francisco
(This event is not wheelchair accessible.)
FREE!
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Marie Mason is a long-time environmental and labor movement activist and the loving mother of two. On February 5, 2009, she was sentenced to almost 22 years in prison for actions in which no one was injured. Marie was transferred in 2010 from a medium-security prison to the high-security, tightly restricted unit of the notorious FMC Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas. She received no explanation for this transfer.

It is believed that FMC Carswell is being used in part as a Communications Management Unit (CMU) for women – a prison inside a prison in which inmate communications are highly restricted and heavily scrutinized. Although the Bureau of Prisons classifies FMC Carswell as a special medical unit, is it widely reported that the inmates receive substandard or little to no medical treatment and live in highly stressful conditions. Marie and the other women at FMC Carswell deserve better.

Come join us to learn more about the campaign to Move Marie. We will get an update on how Marie is doing, get a first hand report about what is like to visit a loved one at FMC Carswell and about the other women serving time with Marie.

http://ccrjustice.org/cmu-factsheet
http://womenprisoners.org/wp/

Never Alone online benefit art show for June 11 International Day of Solidarity

June 11 is coming up soon! Please consider organizing a benefit or solidarity action with Marie Mason and other Eco-prisoners. Below is a call-out for artists to contribute to the Never Alone online exhibition for the June 11 International Day of Solidarity with Marie Mason, Eric McDavid and all Eco-prisoners. Please share widely.

NeverAlone2014CALL OUT FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
‘Never Alone’ Exhibition June 11-30, 2014
Curated by the Earth First! Prisoner Support Project

This year on June 11 – the International Day of Solidarity with Marie Mason, Eric McDavid & all Eco-prisoners – we will be running the 2nd annual Never Alone online exhibition. It will serve as an avenue not only for fundraising for these political prisoners, but as a way to reach out informatively to a broad audience on issues of earth & animal liberation and state captivity. We would love to invite you to contribute an artwork to this exhibition.

June 11 started back in 2004 as the International Day of Solidarity with Jeff ‘Free’ Luers, an eco-prisoner sentenced to 22+ years in prison in Oregon (U.S.) for an act of arson against 3 light trucks in an effort to highlight the threat of climate change. This threat is now widely recognised, as was the incredibly unjust sentence that Jeff received. An international campaign of support had a massive impact on the fact that Jeff’s sentence was ultimately reduced to 10 years. By the time he was released in 2009 many other activists in the U.S. had been locked up in prison for standing up for a better world. Two of these prisoners – Eric McDavid and Marie Mason – had been sentenced to 20 and 22 years respectively. Both were sentenced severely for their willingness to fight for a  world without oppression – be that of the earth, other animals, or our human communities.

Last year the Never Alone exhibition raised important funds for Marie and Eric’s support campaigns. We want to build on all the amazing support shown by artists and art buyers, and make this year’s exhibition an even bigger and more successful fundraiser. You can still see last year’s online exhibition here.

Marie and Eric are contributing artworks for the exhibition, as well as a number of other amazing artists already on board. We are inviting a range of incredibly talented artists to contribute, whose art regularly touches on themes of liberation, wilderness and political action. We are very interested in contributions of original work, prints and small sculptures, and any other ideas that artists may have. Please feel free to get in touch and discuss with us any ideas you might have.

The exhibition will be online at www.neveraloneart.org, from June 11-30. It will be promoted heavily through our support networks, social media, and through other June 11 events being organised around the world. Artists involved would need to be able to provide suitable images of their artwork/s, as well as details of the dimensions, medium/s and price (incl. cost of postage within the U.S). We are hoping that any artists involved will be willing to contribute between 100-70% of the sale of any artworks at the exhibition, with funds raised going directly to the support funds of Marie Mason and Eric McDavid. We would also require artists to be responsible for posting any sold artworks to the purchaser, with those costs being reimbursed to you by our collective.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Expressions of interest close on May 1st, 2014. We really hope to hear from you if you are interested in contributing, and look forward to working with you!

In solidarity,
The Earth First! Prisoner Support Project team
neveraloneexhibit@gmail.com
earthfirstjournal.org/june11

 

Call Out to Artists- ‘Never Alone’ Exhibition June 11-30, 2013

CALL OUT FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

‘Never Alone’ Exhibition June 11-30, 2013

Curated by Sacramento Prisoner Support

Dear Artist,

This year on June 11 – the International Day of Solidarity with Eric McDavid, Marie Mason & Long Term Anarchist Prisoners – we are launching an online collaborative exhibition of art works inspired by the subject of the day. It will serve as an avenue not only for fundraising for these political prisoners, but as a way to reach out informatively to a broad audience on issues of earth & animal liberation and state captivity. We would love to invite you to contribute an artwork to this exhibition.

June 11 started back in 2004 as the International Day of Solidarity with Jeff ‘Free’ Luers, an eco-prisoner sentenced to 22+ years in prison in Oregon (U.S.) for an act of arson against 3 SUV’s in an effort to highlight the threat of climate change. This threat is now widely recognised, as was the incredibly unjust sentence that Jeff received. An international campaign of support had a massive impact on the fact that Jeff’s sentence was ultimately reduced to 10 years. By the time he was released in 2009 many other activists in the U.S. had been locked up in prison for standing up for a better world. Two of these prisoners – Eric McDavid and Marie Mason – had been sentenced to 20 and 22 years respectively. Both were sentenced severely for their willingness to fight for a world without oppression – be that of the earth, other animals, or our human communities. For more information on their cases please see the extra information added to this letter.

We are very excited to be inviting a range of incredibly talented artists to contribute, whose art regularly touches on themes of liberation, wilderness and political action. We are very interested in contributions of original work, prints and small sculptures, and any other ideas that artists may have. Please feel free to get in touch and discuss with us any ideas you might have.

The exhibition will be run on a specifically designed website, from June 11-30. It will be promoted heavily through our support networks, social media, and through other June 11 events being organised around the world. Artists involved would need to be able to provide suitable images of their artwork/s, as well as details of the dimenions, medium/s and price (incl. postage within the U.S). We are hoping that any artists involved will be willing to contribute between 100-70% of the sale of any artworks at the exhibition, with funds raised going directly to the support funds of Marie Mason and Eric McDavid. We would also require aritsts to be responsible for posting any sold artworks to the purchaser, with those costs being reimbursed to you by the collective.

If you have any questions please don’t hesistate to get in touch. Expressions of interest close on May 1st, 2013. We really hope to hear from you if you are interested in contributing, and look forward to working with you!

In solidarity,

Sacramento Prisoner Support

neveraloneexhibit@gmail.com

Detroit: Film Bidder 70 Film Screening

bidder70April 22 7:30pm
Special Earth Day Event!
Benefit for Marie Mason
Screening of “BIDDER 70″
Cass City Cinema,
3420 Cass Avenue Midtown-Detroit
Admission: $7.50

Bidder 70 follows Tim DeChristopher, a University of Utah student, who in 2008, in a dazzling act of civil disobedience, derailed an outgoing Bush administration’s illegal oil and gas auction. As bidder #70, Tim bid $1.8 million and won 22,000 pristine acres surrounding Utah’s National Parks, but had no intention to pay or drill.
In February 2009, the new Obama administration agreed the land should be safeguarded and invalidated the entire auction. Nevertheless, Tim was indicted on two federal felonies and has served two years in prison. He is being released the day of the screening.

For information on the film, visit www.bidder70.org .

PROCEEDS GO TO THE MARIE MASON SUPPORT FUND. Detroiter Marie Mason is serving 22 years in prison for two acts of eco-sabotage in which no one was injured. For information on Marie, visit www.supportmariemason.org.

Fund-raising dinners are a great way to raise awareness and funds

Kelly Poe, the  photographer who organized the September 2012 exhibit of her work and Marie’s paintings in Chicago, hosted a fund-raising dinner at her house in Los Angeles on Feb. 10. Kelly says these relatively small gathering can serve as a model for an alternative way of raising money and having fun. People too often believe they have to be an event producer with bands at a public venue to create a fund raiser.

The event at Kelly’s involved only a handful of friends, a pot of chili, and a brief presentation about Marie, but served the purpose of acquainting new people with her case as well as bringing in a number of generous contributions. The latter is important for our efforts to support Marie, but bringing people together in solidarity with Marie is of equal importance.

Holland: Prisoner Letter Writing Event

On Janurary 23rd, ABC Nijmegen is hosting a letter writing event with vegan soup and salad.  The document If A Tree Falls will be shown and attendees will write letters to Marie as well.

For more info visit: https://abcnijmegen.wordpress.com/2013/01/21/woensdag-23-januari-gevangenenschrijfavond/

Chapel Hill, NC – letter-writing and video on January 26

Celebrate Marie Mason’s Birthday on Jan 26th

7 pm @ Internationalist Bookstore in Chapel Hill 405 W. Franklin St.

January 26th is Marie Mason’s Birthday! Come celebrate this herbal healer, musician, mother, activist and eco-saboteur extraordinaire with us at Internationalist Books on Saturday, January 26th at 7pm. We’ll be writing letters and birthday cards to Marie and other eco-prisoners, eating snacks, socializing and watching a short video about the Earth Liberation Front. Marie Mason is presently serving 22 years in prison for a series of arsons against the timber and biotech industries. After being informed on by her ex-husband she took a non-cooperating plea deal, refusing to inform on any of her codefendents. She has been, and continues to be, a very active member of the Earth First! Community. Posters and literature about the Earth Liberation Front and earth liberation prisoners will be available.

New York City: tabling at Catharsis show, January 19

We will be tabling for Marie at the Catharsis show in New York City on January 19 at Acheron in Brooklyn.

In addition to having birthday cards to send to her, our friends will be selling special t-shirts with all proceeds going to Marie.

Marie Mason Birthday Events Being Planned Across the World

Following the initial call out for events to take place on or before Marie’s 51st birthday January 26th, several cities have started making plans.  Here is a current listing of events.  If you are organizing an event and would like it listed on the site email us at supportmariemason@gmail.com

Continue reading ‘Marie Mason Birthday Events Being Planned Across the World’

Music for Prisoners Benefit Show Great Success

The Music for Prisoners and Marie Mason in Minneapolis on Nov. 12 went well. A very good, young Native hip-hop act called “Savage Instinct” opened the evening before singer/songwriter David Rovics performed. Many of the organizers of the RNC protests were there, and others who have been involved with direct action protests including the Minnehaha Free State back in the 90′s.
Note: David’s new CD, Meanwhile In Afghanistan, is now available for purchase at his online store, along with the 8-CD David Rovics Combo Pack, the 99-song Playbutton MP3 player and more merch!

Join the Move Marius Campaign

Marius Mason is being held in a highly restricted prison unit for his political beliefs. Join the movement to get him moved out of Carswell and stop the political targeting of him. For more info see the Move Marius page.

Until We Are All Free Radio Documentary

Listen to the radio documentary on Marius Mason and Eric McDavid here.

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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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