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!
- P R I S O N E R S -
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:
USP Marion CMU
PO Box 1000
Marion IL 62959
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:
c/o jva freiburg
d 79104 Freiburg
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
"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
"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
For more information:
address: (not sure if it's current):
C.C Via Argione 327