Saturday, July 17, 2010

Political Prisoner Marie Mason Benefit

Battles Yet To Be Won: A Benefit for Political Prisoner Marie Mason Perspectives on Repression & Resistance- From the 1960’s to the Present

Thursday, July 22, 2010
7:30 PM
Submission Gallery
2183 Mission Street, San Francisco

donation: $5 – $20, no one turned away

Featuring: Former Prisoners Jeff Luers and Linda Evans, and Earth First!er Karen Pickett

Marie Mason is a long-time activist in the environmental and labor movements. In 2008, she was arrested on federal charges of property destruction that occurred in 1999. She was sentenced in 2009 to almost 22 years – the longest term of any “Green Scare” prisoner. Marie is currently appealing her sentence. She is imprisoned in Waseca, MN and is the loving mother of 2 children, from whom she has been torn away. For more information, see

The “Green Scare” refers to the recent arrests of animal rights and environmental activists, charged with acts of economic sabotage. The US government and courts have dealt the activists outrageous sentences, publicly labeling them as “terrorists” – despite the fact that no one has been injured in any of their actions. For an introduction to the Green Scare, see

This event will contextualize the current repression, a continuation of the government’s COINTELPRO agenda that historically also targeted movements such as the Black Panthers, American Indian Movement, Chicano rights, Puerto Rican Independentistas, and those in solidarity with them. Former prisoners will share their experiences and perspectives on Marie Mason’s case, focusing on what we can do to support her. Our struggles for change can only succeed if we show solidarity with our brothers and
sisters who have fallen into the hands of the state. Let’s gather to strengthen our resistance!


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