June 11th Roundup
Dear friends and comrades!
On June 11th, 2011 events were held in approximately 30 cities across the globe in solidarity with Marie Mason, Eric McDavid and other long-term anarchist prisoners. Hundreds of people participated in this international event - and Marie and Eric have been receiving your words, your pictures, your love and energy that were poured into making this day a celebration of resistance and an expression of solidarity with our friends and loved ones on the inside.
If you missed a June 11th event but still want to participate, it's not too late! NYC has extended the deadline to purchase raffle tickets until July 11th. For more information, visit www.supportmariemason.org
Below are just a few excerpts from report backs from around the world. We are including everything that we heard about - inclusion on the list does not imply an endorsement.
In Detroit they raised $560 and will split the sum between Eric and Marie. About 35 people came out to Detroit's Cass Cafe and heard talks on the cases and their political implications, plus a speaker who just finished 20 years of hard time in federal prison, who described from his experience in the system what daily life is like for Marie and Eric. The highlight of the evening was when Marie telephoned one of the organizers and everyone shouted hello into the phone. She wasn't able to talk to anyone else, but everyone was buoyed by the phone call and so was she
In Bloomington, folks tabled and distributed materials at both the Farmers' Market and at Boxcar Books. They were able to reconnect with some of the 'older generation' who knew Marie when she lived here and with a number of people who had never encountered the cases before. Boxcar is now, also, carrying lots of information on Marie, Eric, June 11th and Marie and Eric shirts!
In Austin, (occupied Tonkawa territory), Treasure City Thrift and Deep Green Austin hosted a letter-writing event at Spiderhouse, a popular outdoor cafe. They report: "As we wrote our letters, we complained about the hundred-degree heat, until we realized how dumb it is to complain about the heat while writing Eric and Marie... who will probably not be sitting at an outdoor cafe with their friends any time soon."
In Israel there were two events - one in Tel Aviv and the other in Jerusalem. They raised $160 which we will be split 50/50. In Tel Aviv they cooked an asian style meal: Sushi, spring rolls, seaweed and glass noodles salad with Tapioca and bananas in coconut milk for desert. In Jerusalem they held an event in the Mahatma- the Jerusalem veggie bar - where they served an Italian style dinner. Pizza, Gezpacho, green salad, Antipasti and Tiramisu for desert. About 30 people attended each event.
During both events they sold zines, cd's, tshirts etc. After the meal in Tel Aviv there was a drag show which is well known and much appreciated in the radical scene in Israel. The show deals with animal rights, the environment, human rights, militarism, queer politics etc- Its called "The mice and Leah Goldberg horror picture show." In Jerusalem they screened a movie about animal liberation. Before both shows there were talks about Marie and Eric and about the situation in the US, green scare etc. After both shows people wrote postcards to Marie and Eric and took pictures of people holding a sign that reads "I support Marie Mason" and "I support Eric McDavid".
In Columbus, OH, Redbird Prison Abolition staged a reading of Accidental Death of an Anarchist and raised $54 for Amelia Nichol, which Insurgent Theatre matched for a total donation of $108. The event generated insightful discussion and laid the groundwork for building a stronger, more cohesive community.
In Minneapolis, they made $150 and had over 30 letters written. They invented a nutritional yeast bacon cupcake (which is pretty much the ideal brunch cupcake) and watched the Lorax. It was a moving time, and they had a tele conference with Eric's partner that brought people to tears.
In Sacramento, there was a film screening of "Better This World" which was attended by both of the filmmakers (who did Q&A afterwards). About 30 people were in attendance. The event began with a talk about Eric and Marie, then a former political prisoner spoke about his experiences before, during and after prison. Over $100 was raised to be split between Eric and Marie. They also debuted new "Stop Snitching" shirts designed by local artists, the proceeds of which will go to Eric and Marie.
In San Francisco, they raised over $2200! The evening began with a line of people out the door waiting to attend the soon-to-be Standing Room Only event. Former political prisoner, Jake Conroy of the SHAC 7, spoke about Marie and Eric's cases, his own experiences in prison, and the importance of supporting those currently incarcerated. They then screened the new award-winning documentary If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front. The movie tells a powerful story that at times reflects Marie and Eric's own experiences. The evening was capped off by an amazing vegan bake sale, silent auction, and raffle which left attendees with full stomachs and some amazing items.
-Argentina: ATMS Burned in Solidarity with Marie Mason & Eric McDavid and other Prisoners and Combatants!
-Peru: Arson of church in solidarity with comrades of the social war Marie Mason and Eric McDavid
-Cambridge, UK: Bank action in solidarity with eco-anarchist prisoners
-Finland: Railways sabotaged in solidarity action
-Logging Equipment Sabotaged in Olympia
-ELF Russia - Informal Anarchist Federation / International Network claim series of attacks in Solidarity with Marie Mason, Eric McDavid & Long-term Anarchist Prisoners
- Development Building & Bank Visited in Tacoma
-Seattle: SUV Attacked in Solidarity with Eco Anarchist Prisoners
-Banners in Greece
These stories are only a small sampling of what happened on June 11th. But they are representative of the kind of creativity and energy that we would like to see poured into prisoner support every day of the year. We want June 11th to be a starting point - not an end in itself. We hope that everyone feels re-energized and re-committed to the work that they do, to their communities, and to our friends, lovers and comrades who are being held hostage by the state.
Thank you all...
June 11th Solidarity
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