The Great Detroit Incinerator Battle: Civil Disobedience – May 16, 1988 from Joel David Silvers on Vimeo.
A real gem of resistance history has surfaced. At 12:17 Marius is interviewed through the window of the city jail bus about to cart off members of the Evergreen Alliance who had been arrested for blocking the street in front of the world’s largest trash incinerator. Also gotta love at 12:53 when he calls out “We’ll be back!!”
The incinerator plant was built in 1986 and in response the Evergreen Alliance, a group of environmental activists and local residents formed. They carried civil disobedience, creative protests, and other forms of resistance in attempts to shut down the plant. While their efforts were unsuccessful, the criticisms launched against the plant were dead on.
The plant has been one of the worst polluters in Wayne County for years, and contrary to the city’s claims that the plant would bring economic prosperity to the community it instead left Detroit residents paying over $1.2 billion.
The plant continues to be fought to this day. More information on the Incinerator can be found at http://zerowastedetroit.com/our-work/detroit-incinerator/. To join the ongoing resistance to the Incinerator check out zerowastedetroit.org.
Moira Meltzer-Cohen, Marius’ lawyer recently wrote an article for the Fifth Estate on Marius’ gender transition and case. Check it out!
Free Marius Jacob Mason
It is illegal for those who are incarcerated in Texas prisons to change their name. This law denies those imprisoned one of the most fundamental aspects of a person. Marius’ legal team will be fighting this in court. We’ll keep you posted on this struggle.
In response to the news, Marius composed this poem.
Why I Can’t be Introduced in Texas (or Say My Name)
Say my name, say my name,
Your laws they just confound me,
Like brick walls they surround me
Say my name, say my name,
I know that you can’t see me,
Make it so hard to be me
But what’s in a name?
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,
But I am not a rose, I am a man.
Yes, I’m a man, yes I am, and I can’t help but
Tell you so.
Though you’d say no.
How can I perform my gender,
An actor stripped of his lines,
How can this scene be “blocked”
When I am perpetually “clocked”
As what I am
The invisible man,
Without my name wrapped around me,
Giving me shape and substance
Like a bandage, holding this wound
Texas, you vigilante,
Riding rough-shod over the smallest liberty,
My name my only sovereignty
I am invaded by your assumptions
A nation under siege.
But my flag still waves,
And through the rockets’ red glare,
I’m still there.
Published October 14, 2014
Marie's Paintings , paintings
Marius Mason’s latest artwork. “Lionfish are not native to the Atlantic Ocean. The venomous, fast reproducing fish are aggressive eaters and will consume anything and everything, gorging so much they are actually getting liver disease. With no known predators they can wipe out 90% of a reef.”
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. ;)
Published June 8, 2014
A new 20 minute documentary has come out telling the story of Eric McDavid, Marie Mason and the larger Green Scare in which they are a part. The video is free to view and share so check it out, share with friends and family, organize a film screening.