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June 11th: Day of Solidarity w/ Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners Marie Mason and Eric McDavid

Please join us in an International Day of Solidarity with Long-Term
Anarchist Prisoners Marie Mason and Eric McDavid on June 11th. This is a
time to remember our friends who are in prison - who are continuing their
struggles on the inside. This is a time to continue and strengthen the
very work for which Eric and Marie are now serving so much time - to
struggle against capitalism, ecological devastation, and the ever more
diffuse forms of control in this prison society.
June 11th began as an international day of solidarity with long-term anarchist prisoner Jeff "Free" Luers in 2004. At the time, Jeff was serving 22+ years. Infuriated by the environmental devastation he saw occurring on a global scale, Free torched three SUVs at a car dealership in Eugene, OR. The sentence imposed on him was meant to send a clear message to others who were angered by capitalism's continued war on the Earth's ecosystems - and to those who were willing to take action to put a stop to it. Free is, after all, not alone in his concerns about climate change, fossil fuels, pollution and genetically modified organisms.

After years of struggle, Jeff and his legal team won a reduction in his sentence and he was released from prison in December 2009. But in the years intervening Jeff's arrest and release, the FBI had carried out a series of indictments and arrests in an attempt to devastate the radical environmental and anarchist communities. Two of the people caught up in this maelstrom of repression were Eric McDavid and Marie Mason.

Eric McDavid was arrested in January 2006 after being entrapped by a paid
government informant - "Anna" - and was charged with a single count of
conspiracy. Eric - who never carried out any actions and was accused of what
amounts to "thought crime" - refused to cooperate with the state and took
his case to trial. After a trial fraught with errors, the jury convicted
Eric. He was subsequently sentenced to almost 20 years in prison. More
information on Eric's case can be found at www.supporteric.org

Marie Mason was arrested in March 2008 after her former partner - Frank
Ambrose - turned informant for the FBI. Facing a life sentence if she went
to trial, Marie accepted a plea bargain in September 2008, admitting her
involvement in the burning of an office connected to GMO research and the
destruction of a piece of logging equipment. At her sentencing in February
the following year, she received a sentence of almost 22 years. More
information on Marie's case can be found at www.supportmariemason.org

Marie and Eric now share the unfortunate distinction of having the longest
standing sentences of any environmental prisoners in the United States.

Please join us in an International Day of Solidarity with Long-Term
Anarchist Prisoners Marie Mason and Eric McDavid on June 11th. This is a
time to remember our friends who are in prison - who are continuing their
struggles on the inside. This is a time to continue and strengthen the
very work for which Eric and Marie are now serving so much time - to
struggle against capitalism, ecological devastation, and the ever more
diffuse forms of control in this prison society.

Free Marie and Eric!
Free all prisoners!

Confirmed cities:
new york city, new york(a)
new york city, new york(b)
bloomington, indiana
west lafayette, indiana
sacramento, california
cincinnati, ohio
asheville, north carolina
salt lake city, utah
Barcelona, Spain
baltimore, maryland
chicago, illinois

WE'D LIKE PORTLAND TO BE ON THIS LIST!!!

Please be in touch, especially if you're planning an event:
 june11thsolidarity@gmail.com
june11.org (more content soon)

homepage: homepage: http://www.june11.org


International Day for Elephants in Zoos 15.May.2011 10:56

Courtney

This is the perfect day to remember human prisoners Eric McDavid and Marie Mason along with the elephant prisoners at the Oregon Zoo. Join us at the Washington Park Zoo June 11th to support the elephants who were supposed to be released to an offsite preserve, but we have now been told by the zoo director that Packy will never be released, and in fact none of the elephants will be allowed out of the zoo. Packy has been pacing inside his steel cage and tiny outdoor yard for 49 years. Free Packy and the rest of the elephants, and all prisoners who struggle for animal and earth liberation. Please sign up to attend this event on Facebook. Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos:  http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=209705445736521