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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

No Fences, a poem for Lynne Stewart

Lynne Stewart is a radical human rights lawyer held imprisoned at FMC Carswell, the same prison as Marie Mason.  She is battling cancer at this moment and has been given 12 months to live. This poem is dedicated to her and the current fight to grant her compassionate release.  More information is available at lynnestewart.org

No Fences

I’ve been on the wrong side of too many fences
Their lamentations creaking sour
Protests of possession.
Dissonant in any ear
And in mine, so much…
The coyote’s song is sweeter so,
By far
A harmony with air
And he owns nothing but the world itself
So let me be
Where the wind blows free
Through rocky arches, twisting trees
To fill the breathless sky
So wide and full of light
Unsubdivided, indivisible,
This vaulted blue cathedral,
Just here,
Where we disappear alone,
Where we are made whole again
Together
There are no fences here
At all.

Message from Marie Mason Calling for Compassionate Release of Lynne Stewart

I would like to add my voice to the many who have called for Lynne Stewart to be granted compassionate release. Though we are nominally at the same prison facility at Carswell, we have been unfortunately unable to meet. The Admin Unit (where I am housed) is an isolated unit, separate from the rest of the facility here. But I would have been proud to make her acquaintance and to thank her for her years of tireless work on behalf of those in need of defense and advocacy. From all that I have read about her, she is a formidable attorney – both fearless and compassionate. It is tragic that this hero of the people, this astute, talented and conscientious woman, is prevented from accessing the care she needs to give her the best chance at survival, and to at least be given the closeness and connection to her partner, Ralph, and family during this time of grave illness. I have had the opportunity to thank the Warden here for speaking on Ms. Stewart’s behalf in her request for compassionate release. If the decision were his, Ms. Stewart would be home now. So I am still hopeful that other prison officials will also come to the opinion that Ms. Stewart should be allowed to go home. I hope that the ever increasing numbers of good hearted people working together to apply some pressure will eventually bring about her release. If you are able to call or write on Ms. Stewart’s behalf, I urge you to do so now. She is precious to us all, and worth fighting for. Wishing you well, Ms. Stewart, with love and solidarity

- Marie Mason

 

 

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 Painting- Sasha the Survivor

A painting of Alexander Berkman was an anarchist political prisoner.

Alexander “Sasha” Berkman’s book, Prison Memoir’s of an Anarchisthas served as a source of strength for Marie recently.

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


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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