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Former ELF Member Pleads Guilty to Arsons; Snitches on Friends for Reduced Sentence

Originally posted on the EarthFirst! Journal website.

 

Tomorrow, May 5, 2014, Liam Mulholland will be sentenced for his involvement in a 2003 ELF arson.

Mulholland pleaded guilty to setting fire to a house at Mystic Forest housing development in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on March 21, 2003. Spray painted on the garage of a neighboring house were the words “ELF – No Sprawl.”

In Michigan, the mandatory minimum for this kind of property destruction is five years in prison. However, the government has requested a reduced sentence because of Mulholland’s “cooperation” with the federal government.

From his plea agreement and the Government’s Sentencing Memorandum, it seems Mulholland handed the feds a lot of information. He claimed involvement in several more ELF and ALF actions, including arsons that destroyed two homes at another housing development in Michigan in June of 2003; using incendiary devices to destroy chicken delivery trucks in Bloomington, Indiana in May of 2002; an arson at a housing development in Bloomington, Indiana in June of 2002; and a failed attempt to set fire to a pumping station in Stanwood, Michigan, in September of 2003.

Mulholland also provided feds with the names of the other activists with whom he carried out these actions—as well as where and how they traveled, where and when they planned and discussed their actions, what they purchased for the actions, how they disposed of the purchased items, and how they carried out each action.

The government is requesting a sentence of 18 months for Mulholland—a reduction of 42 months from the state’s mandatory minimum—because his cooperation will aid the government in cracking down on the other ELF and ALF suspects: “The government has determined that the defendant’s cooperation to date amounts to substantial assistance in the investigation or prosecution of others.”

Photo captured from Local 4 Defenders.

The agreement also asserts that, because of his cooperation, all his charges related to the other admitted ELF and ALF arsons will be dismissed.

And it seems that Mulholland isn’t the only one snitching. The Sentencing Memorandum states that, though Mulholland often asserted that he was simply “along for the ride” during these actions, the feds have received contradictory information: “According to witnesses, it was the defendant who had the expertise to construct incendiary devices and did so for both the arson of the delivery trucks at Sim’s Poultry, as well as the attempted arson of the Ice Mountain pumping station.”

Stay tuned for more information after tomorrow’s sentencing hearing. If anyone has pictures of Liam Mulholland, or more information, please send them to collective [at] earthfirstjournal [dot] org, so that the word can be spread, and activists and activist groups can be on guard for the presence of this snitch.

For more information on snitches and informants, be sure to check out our online Informant Tracker.


Rabbit is an editor for the Earth First! Journal and Newswire. He can be reached at rabbit [at] earthfirstjournal [dot] org. If you appreciated reading this article, or want to support the informant tracking and prisoner support services, please consider subscribing or donating today.

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/

Free The NATO 3 and Marie Mason

A fundraiser to raise money for commissary for the NATO 3 and Marie Mason. These are some of the many political prisoners serving unjust time in our prison industrial complex. Please come for support and educate yourself on the issue of the P.I.C.
There will be music, food, beverages, and the Trumbullplex will be opening up their zine library with a specific focus on writings from prisoners. There will also be letter writing info. The MI-CATS are helping to endorse this event and will have literature and speak about our growing tar sands issue. supportmariemason.org
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I’m excited to announce these bands!

Bands:
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Dark Red
Twine Time
Peach Pit
The Gator
Graham Kovich
Readings:
Patience Young
Gary Wagaman

More acts tba! Please share and invite your friends!

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

 

New Move Marie Brochure Available

A new version of the Move Marie brochure is now available. The brochure includes updated information on Marie’s conditions within FMC Carswell as well as an easier to read and print color scheme and format.

We also have pre-printed brochures available to send to folks in bulk. Get in touch at supportmariemason@gmail.com

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Maroon Unchained: A People’s Victory!

After spending 22 years in solitary confinement, political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz has now been moved to general population.  What a huge victory!  Thank you to all of Marie’s supporters who joined in solidarity with this struggle by making phone calls, signing petitions, mailing in letters, and attending events.  This is a huge victory for prisoner support and prison abolition movements.

MAROON UNCHAINED: A People’s Victory!

Russell Maroon Shoatz

For immediate release:

February 21, 2014

The international movement to free political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz from solitary confinement has achieved an historic victory: on Thursday, February 20, 2014, Maroon stepped into general population for the first time in 22 years.  There is no doubt; this is a PEOPLE’S VICTORY!

The coordinated efforts of Scientific Soul Sessions (SSS) and the Campaign to Free Russell Maroon Shoatz – particularly those organized groups in NYC, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia – showed the true power of the people. When SSS (a multigenerational collective of revolutionaries prefiguring a new society and working directly with the lessons laid out by Maroon) sparked this international movement three years ago, Maroon’s name was hardly known beyond a small circle of dedicated prisoner rights activists. Over the past years – on the political, artistic, and cultural fronts – we have seen the founding of the Campaign, the funding and initial coordination of Maroon’s Legal Team, the publication of Maroon’s collected essays, and the organization of countless events and soul sessions across the US.

These achievements are only the beginning. By answering the calls to action, we created a tidal wave of momentum that must be maintained until it is unstoppable. The power of the people proved to be a far greater force than the system, which would have been happy to see Maroon die without ever again feeling the embrace of his loved ones.

In a matter of weeks, Maroon went from a feces infested dungeon inside the criminally insane Restricted Housing Unit at SCI Graterford with nothing – not even a blanket – to General Population because of the people’s vigilance, voice, and committed support to fight this injustice and stop the torture of Russell Maroon Shoatz.

This proves our strength to make the seemingly impossible possible. It proves that the pressure to free Maroon from solitary was greater than the state ever anticipated. The next step must be to demand Freedom Now for Russell Maroon Shoatz. We won’t allow less than complete freedom from incarceration for this freedom fighter and inspiring leader.

Let us celebrate this victory by demanding FULL freedom for Russell Maroon Shoatz!  We must stand firm and be prepared for our next steps and calls to action. Thank you to all for your committed and generous support; our future work together must be stronger still!

FREE MAROON!

Scientific Soul Sessions | www.scientificsoulsessions.com

NYC Campaign to Free Russell Maroon Shoatz

International Campaign to Free Russell Maroon Shoatz

Reportback on “With Conviction: Art and Letters From Behind Prison Walls”

 

From With Conviction organizer Anthony Rayson-

Opening: Saturday, January 11; exhibit runs through February 9
Exhibit S, 547 L Street, Sacramento, Calif.

250 pieces of art were displayed, more than half of which, were originals. The room was large, 25 x 25 and had a separate portable wall that was fifteen feet. In an adjacent room, they screened pictures of the artwork on two opposite walls. The room was white with a 3 foot width black stripe from under your waist to over your head. That’s where the artwork was displayed in two and three rows.

Marie’s pieces and literature about her were the first thing you saw on the right, as you entered the room. There was a table for zines about her. A jazz combo played near where the art was being screened. Food was provided by Food Not Bombs and we had beer and wine. Lots of people were talking – a terrific vibe!

Sacramento Prisoner Support tabled next to a huge table I had, crammed with zines. A whole section were zines by California prisoners, who I have worked with extensively. A three strike prisoner, Eugene Dey, who I had collaborated with in the early 2000’s, had been released, unbeknownst to me, and lives in Sacramento, does terrific work and came and spoke, too! jenny spoke on behalf of Marie. She was terrific! I gave an address and my comrade, Mike spoke, as well. The whole show was videotaped and is being put together for a dynamite DVD by Lauren & Colin Swift of Lilac Neuron Media. I made a 64-paged zine of my presentation that I can send.

People were openly thrilled with the artwork, but very few bought any of it. [Marie's were not for sale.] The gallery said it was the best attended show they ever had. People walked in while we were setting up and word of mouth spread around town. It was nicely promoted and I did some interviews and it was in the Sacramento News & Review free paper.

I left a ton of zines as well as the artwork. I wanted to have zines available out west for the upcoming San Francisco Anarchist Book Fair. I did several zines, shortly before I flew out there.


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.

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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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