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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.

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‘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.

Painting- For Jairo Mora Sandoval, martyred at Playa Mora, May 2013

Jairo Mora Sandoval was a young conservationist and activist in Costa Rica who was slain by poachers.

Jairo Mora Sandoval was a young conservationist and activist in Costa Rica who was slain by poachers.

This painting is of Jairo Mora Sandoval of Costa Rica. He was a young conservationist and activist in Costa Rica. His non-profit was called Wider Carribean Sea Turtle Conservation Network (or Widecast for short). In the course of doing his work protecting leatherback turtle nests from being robbed by egg-poachers, he was kidnapped and killed in May 2013; from witnesses there with him up until he was taken away, we know that the poachers (hueveros) were disturbed by the work of Widecast and Mora, in particular. Captain Watson of Sea Shepherd has posted a reward for any information leading to the killers, but they have not yet been apprehended yet (as far as I know. The article I read was the February issue of Outside). Mora was so young, so dedicated, so energetic and enthusiastic that he filled everyone around him with hope and passion. What a great loss to the world. He was the same age as my own son.

But, as Mother Jones once said- “Mourn the dead and fight like hell for the living!” The best appreciation we can all make for Mora’s contribution is to continue to do his work. I wish Roger Sanchez, Marjorie Balfodano, Vanessa Lizano, Almudena and all of the volunteers at the Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary peace and luck in their ongoing efforts to defend wildlife. There really are heroes out there, even in this age of meanness and greed.”

The Griffith Flaw

The Griffith Flaw

When I lived in the world
Of laboratories, glass, machines and noise,
A white-coated novitiate in
The delicate chemistry of mixing things,
We were warned of the Griffith Flaw in glassware
The crystal lattice structure bruise
From bouncing, banging, bumping
A thousand times on unforgiving surfaces,
Heating and re-heating beakers
In repetition just to prove a point,
Until one unexpected day
The slightest touch of cup to countertop,
It pops.
The shattered pieces propelled out
At last revealing an atomical dysfuncionality,
The reality
Of things rushing towards entropy
As just this morning, likewise
Brushing teeth and peering in the mirror
For the billionth time this life,
I couldn’t see me anymore,
The damage of reflection done
And pieces flown away,
What was left, was changed
In ways I could not say.


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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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