On Thursday, July 1 Marie Mason was placed in solitary confinement. Her cell is very small and windowless, and since then she has only been allowed to stand outside (in a small cage) for under an hour - in total.
She cannot send email and can only make one phone call a week. She has also lost access to the vegan food she was buying from the commissary, and so she has an extremely limited diet. She has been told that she has been "re-classified", although exactly what this means is unclear. They may be preparing to transfer her.
Mason can still send and receive letters. (However, she asks that supporters do not send pictures at this time.). All supporters are encouraged to write her and keep her spirits up.
Marie Mason #04672-061
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 1731
Waseca, MN 56093
Marie Mason is serving almost 22 years for two acts of environmentally-motivated property destruction in which no one was harmed. This is the longest current sentence of any of the Green Scare prisoners. (The Green Scare is the name given to the recent prosecution of eco-saboteurs and animal liberation activists, in which the government has labeled them as "terrorists" and sought huge sentences.) Mason was turned in by her then-husband, Frank Ambrose, who had secretly spied on activists for years and then filed for divorce the day she was arrested. Mason eventually plead guilty to 14 actions; 13 were claimed by the Earth Liberation Front and one by the Animal Liberation Front. At her sentencing, the judge said she had "violated the marketplace of ideas" and gave her an even longer sentence than the prosecution had asked for (15-20 years).
More information on Mason is available at www.supportmariemason.org.