Never Alone: National Long-Term Anarchist
Prisoner Support Tour, April 2012
It’s 2012. The world is ending. So what are we at Sacramento
Prisoner Support and Marie Mason Support Crew gonna do? Go on an
epic road trip to talk about prisoner support, of course! Because
unless we actually make this the last year of their world, our comrades
will still be in there the next.
The nationwide Never Alone tour will be crisscrossing
the country in April 2012, featuring the usual suspects speaking about
long-term anarchist prisoner support. Focusing specifically on the
cases of Eric McDavid and Marie Mason, the tour will mark the spots
where the events of these cases unfolded, using multimedia presentations
to bring the facts of these cases to light.
As well as raising awareness and support for Eric and Marie, the
tour will also feature strategizing about how to more effectively
grow a culture of resistance that can breach the prison walls and
sustain us and our friends for the long term, a security culture beyond
101 workshop (updated for 2012, now with extra tech!) and some awesome
guest speakers. Truly, you won’t want to miss this.
When our friends and loved ones are snatched from us and held captive
by the state, we become all too aware that we are never alone. The
eyes of the state are always upon us, attempting to silence our voices
and still our hands. To keep us from doing the work we know must be
done. We must act despite this.
Because we also know that it is imperative that our friends on the
inside know that they, too, are never alone. That we will stand by
them throughout their time in prison, and welcome them with open arms
when they return. That the struggles they were involved in continue
on, and that they are empowered to continue on in struggle from inside
the prison walls.
And we know that we can’t do this alone. We need the active
support of our communities to give us the strength and courage to
struggle for our friends and their freedom.
Our friends remind us of what is possible. They remind us that we
don’t have to wait for permission to do what we know is right.
They remind us that we are not powerless. Like Marie and Eric, we
are tired of watching all that we love be destroyed by all that we
hate. We know what needs to happen.
We are in it for the long haul.
Find out more about the tour: http://neveralonetour.wordpress.com
Questions? Trolling? Contact us at neveralonetour (A) riseup dot net.
About Marie Mason
Marie Mason is a loving mother of two and a long-time activist in
the environmental and labor movements. In March 2008, she was arrested
by federal authorities after her former partner, Frank Ambrose, turned
informant for the FBI. Facing a life sentence if she went to trial,
she accepted a plea bargain in September 2008, admitting her involvement
in two acts of property destruction that occurred in 1999 and 2000
– damaging an office connected to GMO (Genetically Modified
Organism) research, and destroying a piece of logging equipment. No
one was injured in either act. On February 5, 2009, she was sentenced
to just under 22 years. She is now serving the longest sentence of
any “Green Scare” prisoner. Marie is currently being held
in an incredibly restrictive unit at the prison in Carswell, TX. Other
political prisoners, such as Lynne Stewart, are also housed there.
For more information on Marie and her case, please visit http://www.supportmariemason.org.
About Eric McDavid
Eric McDavid was arrested on January 13, 2006 and charged with a single
count of “conspiracy to damage and destroy property by fire
and explosive.” No action ever took place. Eric was arrested
after being entrapped by a government informant, known as “Anna,”
who was paid over $65,000 for her work with the FBI. Eric stood strong
in the face of great repression and refused to cooperate with the
government, choosing instead to take his case to trial (even after
both of his former co-defendants took a plea bargain and agreed to
testify against him in court). After a trial riddled with errors,
a jury convicted Eric in September 2007. Many of these same jurors
later went on record making damning statements about the FBI. Two
of them later submitted declarations to the court stating that they
believed Eric deserves, at the very least, a new trial. Despite this,
in May 2008, the judge in Eric’s case sentenced him to an outrageous
19 years and 7 months in prison. Eric is now serving an almost 20
year sentence for what amounts to “thought crime.” For
more info on Eric and his case, please visit http://www.supporteric.org.
This tour is part of the collaboration for International Day of Solidarity
for Long-term Anarchist Prisoners, June 11. http://june11.org
We’re excited to see you there!