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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

 

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.

January 26th- Send a Card for Marie’s 52nd Birthday

Circle A CakeMarie’s birthday is January 26. Please send her a card and brighten her day!

She loves to get mail from supporters and can receive mail from anyone — although she is limited in how many people she can write back.

Some ideas include:

* Photos of the wild you find inspiring
* Poetry
* Cards (handmade are always great)
* Letters
* Notes of support

Be sure to check the guidelines here for the details on what is allowed/not allowed, especially when creating handmade cards. You may also want to include her name and prisoner number on the card in case it get separated from the envelope during processing.

Letter writing events are always welcome, although please note that her support team is considering the next step and there will probably be a call for public events in the upcoming months. We hopefully will have a rewritten, redesigned tri-fold informational brochure available for events by Marie’s birthday, so let us know if you would like some shipped to you.

Marie’s Art to Be Featured in ‘With Conviction: Art and Letters From Behind Prison Walls’

With Conviction

“With Conviction: Art and Letters From Behind Prison Walls”
Opening: Saturday, January 11, through February 9
Exhibit S, 547 L Street, Sacramento, Calif.
Open 6pm Introductory talk 8pm
An exhibit of prisoner art depicting inmate life, anti-prison symbolism, but also love letters, and tattoo art.
Marie Mason has four oil paintings on display.
Opening night features a lecture by Chicago-based anti-prison activist Anthony Rayson. Free admission
Kickstarter campaign video at:http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/238264289/519366189?token=1aa04528

Call for the Compassionate Release of Lynne Stewart, Fellow Carswell Inmate and Political Prisoner

Lynne Stewart is a radical human rights attorney , falsely accused of helping terrorists in an obvious attempt by the U.S. government to silence dissent.  She has cancer and her doctor recently stated she has 12 months to live.  Now is the time for people to push for her compassionate release.  We call on all supporters of Marie to lend their support as well to her fellow inmate Lynne and bring her home for the holidays!

Justice for Lynne Stewart recently organized a call-in campaign urging for her compassionate release.  Let’s keep the pressure up.  This Monday make calls to President Obama, Attorney General Holder, and the BOP calling for her compassionate release.

 

President Obama-202 456 1111,

Att.Gen.Holder-202 353 1555

B.O.P. Dir. Samuels-202 307-3250/3062

 

For more information, visit http://lynnestewart.org/2013/12/09/bring-lynne-stewart-home-this-holiday-make-calls. 

Marie Mason Contributes to With Conviction: Art and Letters from Behind Prison Walls Art Show

On January 11th, 2014, Marie Mason’s art will be on display alongside hundreds of other prisoners’ art as part of a month long exhibit entitled With Conviction: Art and Letters from Behind Prison Walls.

If you’re near Sacramento, make sure to check this out.  Also, the organizers are fundraising to fly out Anthony Rayson and his partner Michael Ploski, who have collected most of the art that will be on display.  If fundraised successfully, the two will be on hand for the opening to speak of the art collected and the politics and messages behind much of the work.  You can contribute at the Kickstarter page here- http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/238264289/with-conviction-art-and-letters-from-behind-prison

Support the Earth First! Journal and Purchase One of Marie Mason’s Paintings

The Earth First! Journal is holding their First Annual Art Auction as part of their big fundraising drive to cover the printing costs for the 2014 year.  Marie has donated her two most recent paintings- Banana Slug and Northern Lights, Melting Ice to the event.  The auction is taking place online November 18th.  Be sure to check out her and the many other artists’ original works and bid generously to support one of the best radical publications out there.

 

1st Annual Earth First! Journal Art Auction 

A painting of a banana sl

A painting of a banana slug.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northern Lights, Melting Ice

“Move Marie” color brochure, b&w flyer

The campaign to have Marie moved from her special isolation unit is underway! Please write a letter today.

You can download the “Move Marie” pamphlet here:

trifold color brochure (smaller version, 600KB)

trifold color brochure (larger version)

A black and white half-page flyer with a different design and dates for the upcoming events on the 21st and 25th is available here.

The text version and a sample letter are available here.

Report on Bidder 70 Film Screening

The Earth Day benefit for Marie in Detroit featured the screening of “Bidder 70,” http://www.bidder70.org/, a documentary about Tim DeChristopher, an environmental activist who sabotaged an illegal oil and gas auction in Utah, and paid for it with a two-year prison sentence. There were about 40 people in attendance at the Cass City Cinema and almost $300 was raised for Marie’s support and defense.

Call Out to Artists- ‘Never Alone’ Exhibition June 11-30, 2013

CALL OUT FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

‘Never Alone’ Exhibition June 11-30, 2013

Curated by Sacramento Prisoner Support

Dear Artist,

This year on June 11 – the International Day of Solidarity with Eric McDavid, Marie Mason & Long Term Anarchist Prisoners – we are launching an online collaborative exhibition of art works inspired by the subject of the day. 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 SUV’s 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. For more information on their cases please see the extra information added to this letter.

We are very excited to be 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 run on a specifically designed website, 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 dimenions, medium/s and price (incl. 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 aritsts to be responsible for posting any sold artworks to the purchaser, with those costs being reimbursed to you by the collective.

If you have any questions please don’t hesistate to get in touch. Expressions of interest close on May 1st, 2013. We really hope to hear from you if you are interested in contributing, and look forward to working with you!

In solidarity,

Sacramento Prisoner Support

neveraloneexhibit@gmail.com


Join the Move Marie Campaign

Marie Mason is being held in a highly restricted prison unit for her political beliefs. Join the movement to get her moved out of Carswell and stop the political targeting of her. For more info see the Move Marie page.

Until We Are All Free Radio Documentary

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Write to Marie Mason

We encourage everyone to write to Marie 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 she can write to; if you are not on that list, she 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 her 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 Marie Mason

Marie Mason is a loving mother of two and a long-time activist in the environmental and labor movements. In March 2008, she 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. She accepted a plea bargain and was sentenced on February 5, 2009 to just under 22 years. She 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 Marie Mason does not mean agreeing with the actions that she 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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