We are happy to report that despite a mind numbing amount of red tape and drama from the probation dept. and the associated electronic tether, Marie was released from jail Tuesday. She is under house arrest at a relative’s house and only able to go outside with permission 2 hours a week. She also needs special permission to see her lawyer because his office falls outside the western district. There is a tentative trial-date set for May 27, 2008, but we have been informed by her attorney that this date will almost certainly be pushed back as there has not been adequate time to prepare the case.
Marie is under strict rules from the court as to who she can be in contact with. Because of this we are encouraging anyone who wishes to be in contact with her EMAIL your contact info to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will pass it along. Please DO NOT attempt to contact Marie directly without first ensuring it is ok to do so.
In a recent phone call she wanted to express gratitude for all the letters of support and offers of help saying “Please let everyone know how much I love them and how thankful I am for all the support. When I was locked up I was basically cut off from the world and had no idea what was going on outside. The letters were especially helpful shining light during those dark times.”
We are grateful to all who have donated to Marie’s legal defense fund. If you haven’t already we would like to encourage you to support Marie. We are also happy to announce that the magazine Fifth Estate is matching donations dollar for dollar up to $1000. In order for Fifth Estate to match your donation, it must be sent through their mailing address. Please send cash, check, or money order made out to the Fifth Estate at POB 201016, Ferndale MI 48220. This matching offer is only good through April 15. Please give generously, we need your help.
Also, the General Defense Committee of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) has issued a $10 assessment stamp for members, the proceeds of which will go to Marie and the other non-cooperating defendants. Additionally, any individuals who choose to join the GDC in March, April, or May can choose to have their entire one-year membership fee ($25 donated to the support of Marie and the other non-cooperating defendants. We are encouraging individuals to join and specifically choose to have their membership fees donated to this support effort. You do not need to be a member of the IWW to join the GDC. For more information on the GDC and how to join, look to http://www.iww.org/en/projects/gdc
thank you all again for your support.
Got Your Back
Friends of Marie Mason
P.O. Box 19065
Cincinnati, OH 45219