JUNE 11th

International Day of Solidarity

With Marie Mason, Eric McDavid

& All Longterm Anarchist Prisoners

- N E W S -

This Year

On June 11th, 2014, there were at least 41 events in 39 cities in seven countries, as well as many actions. Anarchy being what it is, we're sure even more happened.

Our list of 2014 events is here; mouseover for details, if available. You can find the 2014 callout in, thanks to ContraInfo and other friends, Serbo-Croatian , Italian, German, Greek, Spanish , and Portuguese.

Thank you for all the solidarity you show, on June 11th or any day. It means everything.

Call-out

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.

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 - Documentary


The Story of Eric McDavid and Marie Mason, it's a 20 minute documentary.

2014 - Poster


New, awesome poster for doing all the things that you do with posters, hopefully more than just hanging it up in your house.

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

PDFs to print and share

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Confirmed Events:

In June 11th, 2014, there were at least 41 events in 39 cities in seven countries, as well as many actions.

Next Year, We Hope,
There Will Be Even More (or no more prisons)

Check back throughout the year for resources and updates! We'll begin listing events early next year. As always, email us at june11 at riseup dot net.

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.

Marius Mason

Marius Mason is an anarchist, environmental, and animal rights prisoner. In March 2008, he was arrested by federal authorities for charges related to two acts of property destruction that occurred in 1999 and 2000 - damaging an office connected to GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) research, and destroying a piece of logging equipment. No one was injured in either act. He faced a life sentence before accepting a plea bargain in September 2008.

Mason was sentenced on February 5, 2009 in federal court in Lansing, Michigan. He received almost 22 years - the longest sentence of any Green Scare prisoner. An appeal for a reduction in his sentence was denied in 2010.

The Green Scare is the name given to the 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. For an intro to the Green Scare, see here.

Supporting Marius Mason does not mean agreeing with his acts. It does mean opposing the fear-mongering tactics of the federal government, and the outrageous sentences they have imposed.

For more information:
http://supportmariemason.org/

We encourage everyone to write to Marius Mason in prison:
Marie Mason #04672-061
FMC Carswell
Federal Medical Center
P.O. Box 27137
Fort Worth, TX 76127
address outer envelope to Marie, inside to Marius

Sean Swain

Sean Swain is a hostage held by a lawless rogue-state calling itself “The State of Ohio.”1 He has been held without legal conviction or sentence since 1991 for the self-defense killing of a court official’s relative who broke into Sean’s home and threatened his life. In fall of 2012, prisoners calling themselves the Army of the 12 Monkeys (A12M) got rowdy at Mansfield Correctional, and the prison authorities assumed “that anarchist” Sean Swain must have been behind it and threw him in supermax isolation. Sean denies any involvement or affiliation with the A12M and is in the process of suing the ODRC for targetting him based exclusively on his ideology and political speech.

Sean is the only son of a retired auto worker and stay-home mom. He has renounced his high school diploma, his college degree, and his honorable discharge from the U.S. military. Before being taken hostage, Sean worked as a newspaper columnist and as a union organizer.

Sean is mounting his third run for Governor of Ohio in 2014. If elected, he promises to decommission the Ohio National Guard, empty Ohio’s prisons and turn them into squats, recognize Native American land rights as set forth by the Treaty of Greenville, arm the tribes with national guard weaponry, to include tanks and attack helicopters, refuse to sign any budget causing the government to shut down, and sign an Executive Order making it legal to assassinate him if he remains in office longer than 90 days.

Though innocent of any crime, and though he is held without legal conviction or sentence, Sean will only be liberated when the illegitimate power of the lawless rogue state holding him hostage is abolished once and for all.

The State started the war. Sean Swain intends to finish it.

To get up to date info about Sean, send an email to seanswain-subscribe@lists.riseup.net and you’ll be added to his email notification list. Thank you!

site:
http://seanswain.org/about-sean-swain/

Some translated information:
Spanish
Italian
Portuguese


1.The Treaty of Greeneville in 1795 established most of Ohio as unceded “Indian Territory.” The so-called “State of Ohio” has no legal claim whatsoever to exercising authority over this territory.

2. See, Sean Paul Swain v. William Fullenkamp, et. al., U.S. District Court Case No. 3:09-CV-2659, Judge Jack Zouhary, Decision, 19MAY10, p. 2. Nelson Mandela, Vaclav Havel, Thomas Jefferson, Henry David Thoreau, Malcolm X, Emma Goldman, Huey Newton, Frantz Fanon, Abbie Hoffman, Ward Churchill, and Martin Luther King Jr., were all accused in their own times of “promoting anarchy and rebellion against authority.” It would seem Sean is in much greater company than is Judge Jack Zouhary.

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

Eric McDavid

Eric was arrested (along with Zachary Jenson and Lauren Weiner) on January 13, 2006, as part of the government's ongoing Green Scare campaign. All three were charged with "Conspiracy to damage and destroy property by fire and an explosives". His arrest was the direct result of a government informant - known only as "Anna"" - who spent a year and a half drawing him in and working with the FBI to fabricate a crime and implicate Eric in it. Anna was paid over $65,000 for her work with the FBI. Eric was imprisoned for what amounts to thought-crime - no actions were ever carried out, and Eric was charged with a single count of "conspiracy" - a powerful legal tool often used by the state to crush dissent.

Eric was denied bail twice - despite having no prior criminal record and no history of violence - and spent almost 2 years pre-trial in Sacramento County Main Jail in “Total Separation” - or solitary confinement. This meant that he had little to no contact with other prisoners or the outside world and was only allowed to leave his cell for a few hours each week. During that time he endured two separate hunger strikes to gain access to vegan food. He also endured two separate bouts of pericarditis - a heart condition which Eric had never experienced before his time at Sac County. Both of Eric's co-defendants caved under the threat of being imprisoned for 20 years and plead guilty to a lesser charge. In doing so, they agreed to testify against Eric and cooperate in every way possible, including testifying in front of secret grand jury proceedings.

For more information:
http://www.supporteric.org

Address:
Eric McDavid 16209-097
FCI Terminal Island
Federal Correctional Institution
PO Box 3007
San Pedro, CA 90731

Michael Kimble

Translated to Greek! and Portuguese

Michael Kimble is a 49-year-old, black, gay anarchist serving a life sentence in Alabama for the murder of a white, homophobic, racist bigot.

During his first years of imprisonment, Michael embraced communism, but soon moved away from it and toward anarchy because, as he describes it "anarchism is not about building a hierarchical structure for liberation somewhere in the distant future, but about living your life, now, in a fashion that's liberating."

Michael has a long history of both individual and collective struggle against prison authority, and continues to engage in the fight against prison slave labor as part of the Free Alabama Movement.

To read Michael's writings:
http://anarchylive.noblogs.org

Address:
Michael Kimble
#138017
3700 Holman Unit
Atmore, AL 36503

Jeremy Hammond

A former member of the hacking network Anonymous who has become a cause celebre for hacktivists, civil libertarians and those concerned about the rights of whistleblowers, is a gifted young computer programmer who is currently spending a decade in prison. His crime? Leaking information from the private intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting, information which revealed that Stratfor had been spying on human rights activists at the behest of corporations and the U.S. government.

In March 2012 Jeremy was arrested in his Chicago home and charged with violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the same legislation used to prosecute Aaron Swartz. This outdated law, written before the Internet was even created, gives absurdly broad powers to corporations and prosecutors to criminalize an array of online activity and pursue extreme and disproportionate sentences. By contrast, Jeremy's co-defendants in Ireland will not be prosecuted and in the U.K. none will spend more than 16 months in prison.

In a non-cooperating plea deal, Jeremy pled guilty to one count of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Despite lodging nearly 265 letters of support calling on judge Loretta Preska to show leniency, Jeremy was sentenced to the maximum allowed under his plea agreement.

Since his arrest, Jeremy has been denied bail, cut off from his family, and held in solitary confinement- treatment normally reserved for the most egregious offenses. He did nothing for personal gain and everything in hopes of making the world a better place and he needs our support now more than ever.

Please visit his website to learn more:
http://freejeremy.net

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