Green Scare Political Prisoner Marie Mason Transferred Away From Waseca, MN
From http://freemarie.org/ :
We just received word that Marie is being transferred to another prison. According to a letter dated 7/13 Marie states this move according to prison officials is administrative and not punitive. We have no idea where she is being transferred to or when. As of today (7/19) the FBOP website lists her still at FCI Waseca.
Thanks to everyone who offered to help figuring out why Marie was being held in the SHU. If anyone gets word where shes headed please drop us a line. We’ll post updates as we get them.
Marie Mason is a 46 year old mother of two. She is an avid community gardener, a musician, a writer, an Earth First! organizer and a volunteer for a free herbal healthcare collective. She also was an extended care assistant at a small Cincinnati school when she was arrested on March 10, 2008 by federal agents. She has been charged with involvement with a December,1999 arson at a Michigan State University genetics laboratory at Agriculture Hall and a January, 2000 arson of logging equipment in Mesick, Michigan. Both arsons were claimed by the Earth Liberation Front.
The burning of MSU’s Agriculture Hall was a significant act and one that was bound to be targeted for response as part of the Greenscare repression. As former ELF press officer Craig Rosebraugh explains in his memoir, Burning Rage of a Dying Planet, “Not only was the damage quite significant,… but this was the first time arson had been used to further the cause against genetic engineering (GE) in the US. Furthermore, it was the first time the ELF had taken credit for any GE-related action.”
Predictably, the media presented the action as an assault on scientific efforts to relieve famine in the so-called developing world. But, as the ELF communiqué plainly stated, MSU’s research was funded by the US government and corporations like Monsanto, which then use their considerable power to force such crops on desperate nations. These nations often resist the importation of GE crops and seeds, given their significant risks to human health, cultural identity, biological diversity and ecological integrity.
A long-time environmental, animal rights and social justice organizer, Mason had previously experienced government repression when ELF actions occurred in her community. An easy target for the federal agents in their quest to criminalize dissent, Mason was an identifiable and outspoken critic of genetic engineering and destructive forestry practices.
In early 2009, Marie was sentenced to 21 years in prison: http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/marie-mason-sentenced/1023/
It is important for the government to realize that when they push communities of resistance with Greenscare tactics that communities push back with solidarity and renewed efforts to make the change we want to see. By supporting our political prisoners, we encourage others to take their place in the struggle.
To get in touch or for more info on how to support Marie contact:
Got Your Back Collective
Columbus, OH 43201
freemarie (at) Riseup.net
Click here to donate to Marie’s Support fund.