JUNE 11th

International Day of Solidarity

With Marie Mason, Eric McDavid

& All Longterm Anarchist Prisoners

Though it may not seem like it from the depths of winter, June 11th is quickly approaching. As a revitalization of the day of support for eco-prisoners, the International Day of Solidarity with Marie Mason, EricMcDavid and Long-term Anarchist Prisoners has seen a huge outpouring of support and love for both Marie and Eric from all corners the globe over the past 3 years.

Significantly, in addition to the well-spring of both material and immaterial support, we've seen the proliferation of solidarity actions in many diverse contexts spreading the spirit and contributions to our struggles of those the state has attempted to disappear. Coordinated international solidarity has begun to flourish, with information about long-term anarchist and environmental prisoners crossing many geographic and linguistic barriers.

These efforts have had very tangible effects in the lives of Marie and Eric (and many others). Fundraisers have helped them remain true to their vegan principles, loved ones have been able to visit regularly even across vast distances, new generations of radical folks all over the world have reached out to them in solidarity. In short, June 11th has been greatly successful in helping to keep Marie, Eric and many other long-term anarchist and environmental prisoners in our hearts and minds, and to keep them alive in our struggles.

But this process of remembering - of "keeping alive" - is a tricky thing.

Our struggles and movements are often mired by a lack of memory, a lack of understanding and connecting with the past as a way to inform our actions in the present. This is both a product of the techno-alienation of our age as well as a consequence of tactical repression by state forces. The state, for the time being, has the ability to kidnap our comrades and bury them alive, to force them to languish in cold steel and concrete for decades on end. They're ripped from our communities, from our lives. And in their place exists a painful void.

The state, for its part, is banking on the veracity of the old adage "time heals all wounds"; it is hoping that this void will shrink and that we will "forget". If held in captivity long enough, so thinks the state, the actions of our courageous comrades will fade into the oblivion of history and we on the outside will be left without their constructive and loving presence in our struggles. We must fight against this repressive tendency; we must never forget.

Over the past few years we have seen a sharp increase in ecological defence and animal liberation actions all over the world. In this ever-increasing resistance it is paramount that we recognize the actions and struggles of the past, of the comrades who we must now unfortunately call "long-term anarchist prisoners." The continuation of their fights - their active remembering - must be kept alive.

To this end, for June 11th this year we're making a specific call. While in years past we may have emphasized certain aspects of long-term prisoner support (i.e. material support, building international ties, etc), this year we want to make it explicit.

As the June 11th organizing crew, we've often used the term "active remembering" to describe a process that feels crucial to us in doing long- term prisoner support. That is, we've come to see the necessity of not simply passively holding onto a set of names to "honor and remember," but to work towards a mode of support that ties our relationships with long- term anarchist and environmental prisoners into action in our/their ongoing struggles.

Marie and Eric, being the focus of our June 11th organizing efforts, are both dedicated vegans imprisoned for acting in direct opposition to the destruction of the earth. In an effort to "actively remember" them and to engage with them in the present by connecting them to a continuance of their fight, we're encouraging people to tie their June 11th events into actively ongoing eco and animal liberation struggles.

This call is not proscriptive in any way; read what you want in these words and put them into action as you and your crew see fit. But remember, what we're calling for is not a ritualistic expression of solidarity, a once a year party in which we, for only an instant, call to mind those captured by the State. Rather, ours is a call to live the history of our imprisoned comrades, to take their names, their actions, and their struggles and to turn them back on the world that locks them up. Ours is a call to action.

In solidarity with Marie and Eric; with all long-term anarchist prisoners; in defence of the earth; until all cages are empty!


Translations:

Serbo-Croatian srpskohrvatski

- N E W S -

Last Year

This year, we celebrated the third annual international day of solidarity with Marie Mason, Eric McDavid, and long-term anarchist prisoners. Below, we share the reports received from organizers of support events around the world along with anonymously-published communiques from solidarity actions. We've noted with pleasure how comrades from diverse locales have appropriated the call for solidarity

We'd like to thank everyone who organized events and carried out actions that made it clear that Marie and Eric aren't the only prisoners facing repression, but are instead part of a worldwide movement. In particular, local organizers linked June 11 to these other prisoners and comrades....

Call-out

The state stole Eric McDavid and Marie Mason from us in 2006 and 2008 respectively. In the years since their arrests, repression has come to feel less like a specific event and more like an inescapable, ongoing nightmare. Sentenced to 22 years and 20 years, respectively, Marie and Eric remain in cages to this day, and know this nightmare more intimately than most.

Lately, we hear lots of talk about the end times, and total environmental collapse seems imminent. But what do these forces mean to those inside prison cells? And what do they mean for us on the outside? We are trying to save both each other and some shred of wildness on this earth.

Words from Friends

Here are some of Marie's and Eric's words that we find comforting and inspiring.

Marie: I have been processing a lot of my own history this year, probably just a function of so much isolation and time spent in confined quarters. In my former free life, if I was faced with difficult decisions or sadness, trauma or trouble I would go to the woods and hike, or swim in one of my beloved Great Lakes to find solace and focus. The natural world is my source of strength and my comfort. It has been hard to be unable to walk on the ground, touch a tree or see the sky without metal in between. Prison on the compound was one level of removal from life, but this is another level of intensity entirely. So it was a joy to be able to hear from so many folks actively working in service to this Earth, to be inspired

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-R E S O U R C E S-

2014 - NEVER ALONE


Flyer for the 2014 Never Alone Digital Art Show: "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."
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neveralone.org
CALLOUT

2013 - Eric McDavid


New zine for Eric McDavid, giving history and updates about him.

2013 - Marie Mason


New Fancy Zine, New Fancy Layout, New Fancy Year.
Updated zine for Marie.

2013 - Never Alone Web Show


This is the flyer for last years web based art show for j11

2013 - Eric Radio


Radio program for Eric McDavid

2013 - June 11th Radio


Radio program for June 11th

2013 - Marie Radio


Radio program for Marie Mason

2013 - Spanish Flyer


One of the two flyers that some Spaniards mades last year

2013 - Spanish Flyer


The other of the two flyers that some Spaniards mades last year

2012 - Eric Zine


Tour zine for Eric McDavid, from the "Never Alone" tour.

PDFs to print and share

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Contact Us!

june11 (at) riseup.net
email us info about upcoming events, news, communiques, whatever!

- P R I S O N E R S -

These are, of course, not all of the longterm anarchist prisoners, only all of those we have been in touch with, either directly or via their support crews. If you support a longterm anarchist prisoner who would like to have their situation or words featured on this page, please email us at june11atriseupdotnet.

Walter Bond

Walter Bond is an imprisoned Animal Liberation Front operative who in the Summer of 2010 was arrested for the A.L.F. Lone Wolf arsons of the Sheepskin Factory in Denver, Colorado, the Tandy Leather Factory in Salt Lake City, Utah and Tiburon Restaurant in Sandy, Utah.

On February 11, 2011, Bond was sentenced to 5 years in Federal prison for the Colorado fire, and on October 13, 2011, he was sentenced to 7 years, 3 months for the Utah fires, to run consecutive to the first sentence. He is currently incarcerated at USP Marion CMU. His expected release date is March 21, 2021.

Bond's experiences as a 19-year-old slaughterhouse construction worker propelled him into Veganism and a life focused on ending our culture's enslavement and exploitation of animals and the natural world. As a prisoner of the war for the liberation of Animals, Bond continues to influence and motivate other activists dynamically via his essays and public statements which have speedily transversed the globe over the internet and have been translated into several different languages. Always Looking Forward, published by Liberation Press in December 2011, is a collection of the articles and statements written by Bond while at county jail in Golden, Colorado and Farmington, Utah.

Walter Bond is Vegan Straight Edge and opposes the deadly and genocidal culture of drug abuse in the United States. He is the subject of the song "To Ashes" by the band Earth Crisis - which was inspired by Bond’s previous incarceration from 1997 - 2001 for burning down the home and meth operation of a multi-million dollar drug dealer that was selling poison to his family and friends.

Walter Bond's entire philosophy and program of action is centered on these six words: "Animal liberation, whatever it may take!"

Donation information is here: http://supportwalter.org/SW/index.php/donate/

Mail correspondence to:

Walter Bond
37096-013
USP Marion CMU
PO Box 1000
Marion IL 62959

Thomas Meyer-Falk

Imprisoned since 1996 for a bank robbery done to fund political projects, he was sentenced to almost sixteen years. His sentence is now completed, but he is kept imprisoned indefinitely by a "preventative detention" law. He hopes to be released by 2023.

For more about Thomas and to read his writings:
http://freedom-for-thomas.de/thomas/index2.shtml

address:
Thomas Meyer-Falk
c/o jva freiburg
Hermann-Herder-Str. 8
d 79104 Freiburg
germany

Alfredo Cospito & Nicola Gai

Alfredo Cospito (ten years and 8 months) and Nicola Gai (9 years and 4 months), from Turin, Italy, imprisoned for their shooting of Ansaldo Nuclear chief Roberto Adinolfi

sentencing statements:
"We'll get out of here branded as terrorists, the amusing thing is that you can say that without seeming ridiculous: it is what the law states. One thing sure is that words have lost all their meaning; if we are terrorists, what would you call those who produce weapons, tracking systems for missiles, drones, fighter-bombers, equipment to hunt people trying to cross borders, nuclear power stations, those who do deals with assassins in uniform and famous dictators, in other words, how would you define Finmeccanica?"
Nicola Gai

"We saw Adinolfi smiling slyly and playing the victim from television screens. We saw him lecturing against 'terrorism' in schools. But I wonder: what is terrorism? A gunshot, a searing pain, an open wound or the incessant, continuous threat of a slow death devouring you from inside?
The continuous incessant terror that one of their nuclear plants can vomit death and desolation upon us all of a sudden? Ansaldo Nucleare and Finmeccanica bear huge responsibilities. Their projects continue to sow death everywhere. Recently the rumour has spread of probable investments in the enlargement of the nuclear plant of Kryko, Slovenia, a high seismic risk area very close to Italy. In Cernadova, Romania, several incidents have occurred since 2000, caused by Ansaldo's stupidity during the construction of one of their plants. How many lives have been lost? How much blood shed? Technocrats of Anslado and Finmeccanica, all facile smiles and a 'clean' conscience: your 'progress' stinks of death, and the death you sow all over the world is shouting for revenge."
Alfredo Cospito

For more information:
http://anarchistnews.org/content/alfredo-cospito-and-nicola-gai-sentenced-nuclear-boss-shooting

address: (not sure if it's current):
Nicola Gai
Alfredo Cospito
C.C Via Argione 327
44122 Ferrara
Italy