More Materials for June 11th Available!

j11_heart_finalThe call for this year’s June 11th–The International Day of Solidarity With Marius Mason, Eric McDavid, & All Longterm Anarchist Political Prisoners–is titled Transition. We encourage everyone to check it out and hope that it will inspire people to hold local events in solidarity with Marius, Eric, and others.

June 11th organizers have also been putting out some quality materials for people organizing events! We encourage people to read and print out these materials to distribute for June 11th and beyond!

Zine about Marius, the Green Scare, and June11th (For printing)

Zine about Marius, the Green Scare, and June11th (To read online)

June 11th Heart Poster

June 11th Call-out (En Español)

Please let us know about any events you are planning! E-mail supportmariusmason [at] riseup [dot] net and we will help you with promotion!

June 11th: International Day of Solidarity With Marius Mason, Eric McDavid & All Longterm Anarchist Prisoners

June 11thVia June11.org:

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!

San Francisco – Benefit Show for Marius Mason and Luke O’Donovan

Queers Against Prison present:

Saturnalia -a HOMOcoming festival of FLAMERS before the winter solstice..
December 17, 2014
El Rio, San Francisco

in honor of our imprisoned comrades

Marius Jacob Mason  &  Luke O’Donovan

bands: (we have room for one more- if you want to play, get in touch!)
Ragana -sentimental destruction jams- Oakland
SBSM -queercore synthpunk- Oakland
Sorry, Not Sorry -fun queer punk- SF

Dance Party mix by: DJ Durt

$7 donation requested for commissary funds.

HOMOcoming photo booth = dress up!
photos from fabulous SF will be sent to Marius & Luke to brighten their winter.

we will have a table full of zines, info, support t-shirts, posters, and a mini vegan bake sale.

This is a radical queer event, all of our allies are invited.
Come show your solidarity for trans/queer political prisoners!

El Rio
3158 Mission Street
San Francisco
doors: 8pm, show: 9pm

el rio is a mostly accessible space: “Our entrance and most of the club are wheelchair accessible, including the back deck but not the yard. Our bathrooms are not wheelchair accessible and do not have grab bars (and would not be accessible without assistance).
We do not have a parking lot. For more information, please call 415.282.3325 We will do our best to accommodate you!”

facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1524864291089045/?ref_notif_type=plan_user_joined&source=1

*More info:*     http://supportmariusmason.org/
http://letlukego.wordpress.com/

Luke O’Donovan http://letlukego.wordpress.com
Luke O’Donovan is a survivor of a homophobic attack in Atlanta, GA, was sentenced on August 12th, 2014 to 2 years in prison on charges that he assaulted those who attacked him. This was the epitome of a hate crime. Witnesses report seeing between 5 and 12 men attacking O’Donovan, stomping on his head and body, and stabbing him in the back while calling him a ‘faggot.’ Now Luke is doing time for defending himself. Because he has chosen to remain vegan while in prison, Luke will need as much commissary as possible in order to purchase extra food.

Marius Mason http://supportmariusmason.org/
We would like to let everyone know that Marius Jacob Mason will no longer be using the name Marie, and will be using male pronouns. We hope that you will all join us in supporting Marius through this transition, which will no doubt be extra challenging within the prison system.
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.

NYC: Thursday August 7th, Art of Protest: Creative Stands Against Political Imprisonment

Art of Protest: Creative Stands Against Political Imprisonment
Thursday, 6:00pm
CUNY School of Law
2 Court Sq, Long Island City, New York 11101
https://www.facebook.com/events/1413791718907303/

For the first time ever, post-9/11 Muslim prisoners’ artwork will be displayed, read, recited, and spoken aloud to the public.

The National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms (NCPCF) in collaboration with CUNY-CLEAR; CUNY- CUNY-Law Students for Arts (LSfA); and the Muslim Law Students Association (MLSA) invites you to join us on the opening night of Arts and Poetry From the Window of Prisons.

Families and friends of prisoners, former prisoners, advocates, and community members, who have been resisting human rights violations since 9/11, will gather to speak out for justice.

We invite you to join us in the discussion of how basic rights have eroded after 9/11. It’s an erosion that shows itself in War on Terror policies and practices – in our communities, courtrooms and prisons across the U.S. Through the exhibition, we hope to raise awareness about the prisoners and their conditions, to view the interconnectedness of their cases, political eras, and their lives.

Art reveals the person behind bars, it encourages the public to take a second look and raise awareness about the plight of political prisoners in the US. We will be joined collectively in the struggle for social justice, and this exhibition will create a space in which the voices and visions of the incarcerated political prisoners can be expressed.

The works will include Muslim prisoners, imprisoned environmental, and animal rights activists. The artworks include a range of mediums, styles, and themes.

Arts and poetry from the following prisoners will be included:

Mohamed Shnewer
Tarek Mehanna
Shahawar Matin Siraj
Shukri Abu Baker
Mohammad Hossain
Marius Mason
John Walker Lindh
Sami Al Arian
Zachary Chesser
Yassin Aref
Babar Ahmed
Talha Ahsan

Poetry will be recited by: Annam Choudhry, Hamdan Azhar, and Gareth Bryant

Speakers include families of prisoners:

Shahina Parvin, mother of Shahawar Matin Siraj
Khadija Mohammad, daughter of Mohammad Hossain
Inas Shnwer, sister of Mohamed Shnewer
Sahar Mirza, wife of Farooq Ahmed

Representatives from the following organizations will speak:

Marwa Elbialy, Esq. National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms
Willoughby Janet, CUNY-CLEAR and Law Students for Arts
Zahra Cheema, Muslim Law Students Association
Faisal Hashmi, Muslim Justice Initiative
Bina Ahmad, Esq., National Lawyers Guild
Bring YOUR community! Bring your ID!

RSVP on Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1413791718907303/

Refreshments will be served

For more information contact the curator Sharmin Sadequee @ 517-505-1697

Think! Eat! Act! A Sea Shepherd Chef’s Vegan Recipes

Please join us on Saturday, August 9th as we celebrate the publishing of Think! Eat! Act! A Sea Shepherd Chef’s Vegan Recipes by Raffaella Tolicetti. Raffa is a veteran Sea Shepherd Conservation Society crewmember. She has served as chief cook on board the MV Steve Irwin, MY Bob Barker and more recently on the mighty MV Sam Simon.
Think! Eat! Act! is much more than a cookbook. It is also the story of Raffa’s journey from home cook to activist and a guide with facts and resources that she hopes will inspire people to adopt and maintain a vegan diet. In her words:

“There are many ways of refusing oppression and cooking is one, because choosing your food is definitely a ‘political’ act. Choosing not to eat animals, not to be part of a system that exploits them, growing your own food, or eating organic and local food are many small decisions that make a lot of difference for those who are killed as a consequence for our behavior.”

We will sample some of Raffa’s delicious recipes and she will share with us what inspired her to write Think! Eat! Act! We will also be sharing photos from Sea Shepherd’s Antarctic Whale Defense Campaigns. Books will be available for purchase. This event is a fundraiser for political prisoners Eric McDavid and Marius Mason. All proceeds will be donated to their support funds.

Saturday, August 9th
$10 suggested donation
6:00pm
Save the Frogs Education Center
2524 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Think-Eat-Act/683108868397701
http://www.seashepherd.org/
http://supportmariemason.org/
http://supporteric.org/
http://www.savethefrogs.com/education-center/index.html

Never Alone Online Art Exhibit Still Open, Check It Out!

The Never Alone art exhibit has already sold numerous pieces of art, benefitting Eric McDavid and Marie Mason.  Both of Marie’s paintings have sold, which is great to see. There is still this wonderful drawing by anarchist prisoner Sean Swain, inspired and featuring the No Fences poem written by Marie.  Be sure to check out (and bid!) on the amazing art that is part of the Never Alone art auction.

Bids close on June 30th so don’t procrastinate. ;)

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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!
Facebook event page

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/