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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

 

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

Marie Mason’s Album, Not for Profit, Now Available for Free on Soundcloud

 

In 1999, Marie Mason put out the powerful neo-folk album , Not for Profit.  We’re excited that this is now available for all to hear on soundcloud.  You are free to listen and download the album in its entirety here.

If you’d like to make a donation in return for the album, you may do so by visiting her paypal page.

The album features guitarist and Earth First! activist Darryl Cherney, Steve Hesh, Peter Amazing, Che Guevara, Tony Askins, Edie Morris, and Peter Childs.

Music for Prisoners Benefit Show Great Success

The Music for Prisoners and Marie Mason in Minneapolis on Nov. 12 went well. A very good, young Native hip-hop act called “Savage Instinct” opened the evening before singer/songwriter David Rovics performed. Many of the organizers of the RNC protests were there, and others who have been involved with direct action protests including the Minnehaha Free State back in the 90′s.
Note: David’s new CD, Meanwhile In Afghanistan, is now available for purchase at his online store, along with the 8-CD David Rovics Combo Pack, the 99-song Playbutton MP3 player and more merch!

New Marie Mason t-shirts now available!!

The new Marie Mason t-shirts are now available for order online or by mail. Designed by Just Seeds artist Erik Ruin, the shirts are available in black or brown for $18ppd in the US/Canada/Mexico ($20ppd everywhere else)

Bulk rates are available for June 11th or other benefit events.

Also, if you look to the right, you can also see that there is a new Facebook page. We encourage folks to sign up either to the FB page or to the listserve to get updates about Marie’s situation which do not appear on the main website.

Donations Needed!

We encourage everyone to donate to Mason’s support fund. All donations made through this web site go directly to her family for expenses and costs.

Make checks or money orders out to “Karin Mason” and send to:

Karin Mason
PO Box 352
Stanwood, MI 49346

If you would like to make a donation via Paypal, please contact us for more information: supportmariemason [at] gmail [dot] 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

Listen to the radio documentary on Marie Mason and Eric McDavid here.

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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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