Longtime Green Scare anarchist prisoner Marius Mason is one of an increasing number of incarcerated people to be in grave danger due to the carceral State’s utter indifference to the health and safety of prisoners due to COVID-19 and systemic racism and excessive punishment of political prisoners.
According to the Marshall Project, as of June 2, at least 40,656 prisoners have tested positive for COVID-19, with many more showing symptoms but not receiving the medical attention they deserve as human beings.
The State has always treated prisoners—especially Black and brown, as well as trans people—like expendable pawns in its quest for profits while also targeting those it deems “ecoterrorists” or “extremists” for additional punishment. While there is nothing new about this disgusting attitude toward human beings who dare to resist injustice, prisoners and their allies are fighting harder than ever for liberation.
Marius’s case—resulting in an unjustly long 22-year federal prison sentence—shows that the State will always attempt to characterize activists as “terrorists,” despite the fact that their actions haven’t hurt a single person, and charge political activists with draconian sentences in an effort to create a chilling effect on our movements.
We cannot forget our comrades behind bars, who have fought for decades in defense of the planet. This year, and for the past 16 years, prison abolitionists have encouraged folks to show their support for our incarcerated comrades by participating in the International Day of Solidarity with Marius Mason and All Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners. We join their call once again, and ask that each of think about what we can do from outside the prison walls. For more information about June 11th, please visit https://june11.noblogs.org/.
As Marius was unable to write a solidarity statement this year, we would like to include a lovely quote from his attorney, Moira Meltzer-Cohen:
“We must gather together in solidarity and make clear: our speech will not be chilled, our actions will not be quelled, our righteous anger and commitments to justice will not be diminished by these bullies and these laughable claims about our beliefs. Our communities are strong. We fight for and stand with each other in a genuinely anti-racist, gender inclusive, class- and ability-conscious coalition.”
Please check for updates about his condition at https://supportmariusmason.org/ and show your solidarity by writing to him at:
Marie (Marius) Mason 04672-061
Danbury, CT 06811
To support Marius with a gift, you may send funds via Paypal at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Venmo @supportmariusmason, or order a Marius t-shirt.