Tag Archive: Green Scare

Why Environmentalists Should Celebrate 25 Years of Prison Legal News

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An interview with Paul Wright, editor of PLN and director of the Human Rights Defense Center, by a former Earth First! Journal collective member.

From Earth First! Newswire / By Panagioti

Prison Legal News was born the same year that the Earth First! was figuring out what it meant to support incarcerated warriors of the eco-defense movement, resulting from the Arizona 5 busts. Environmentalism and the prison industrial complex would be intertwined for Earth First! from that point on. The prison support pages of the Earth First! Journal would be a constant presence in the publication—going from a brief sidebar to a full-blown spread in the magazine with the spike in prisoners following the first Green Scare indictments in 2005.

As a resulting of EF! activists doing time in county, state and federal facilities across the US, the numbers of prisoner subscribers also began to rise steadily. Today there are now thousands of prisoners who have an Earth First! Journal pass through their hands. There are also many supporters on the outside who make donations explicitly for the purpose of keeping these prisoner subscriptions possible—being that very few prisoners are able to make enough on slave wages to pay full price for a subscription.
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Post – Release Fund for Eric McDavid

ericmcdavidFrom You Caring

Eric McDavid is an anarchist and environmental activist who was entrapped by an FBI informant and charged with a single count of “conspiracy to use fire or explosives to damage corporate and government property”. In May of 2008 Eric was sentenced to an outrageous 19 years and 7 months in prison.

On January 8th, 2015, after serving 9 years in prison his judgment and sentencing were vacated when it became known that the FBI had failed to disclose potentially exculpatory evidence to the defense. Eric plead guilty to a lesser charge that carried a 5 year maximum sentence and was released almost immediately.

This incredible victory occurred because we all refused to give up the struggle to set him free. Thank you to all of you who have supported Eric during these last 9 years. Despite the heavy-handed repression of the state, Eric refused to compromise his politics or his integrity, just as all of us who supported him refused to abandon the struggle to see him free. But the struggle is not over. Though Eric is no longer held in a prison cell he is faced with the difficult task of rebuilding his life after a lengthy period of incarceration. We are hoping to aid him by raising money so that he can go to school, get a job and begin the process of physical and emotional healing from his time in prison. Below is a list of Eric’s estimated expenses for the next 6 months. Your donations are critical to helping Eric get back on his feet. Thank you for your continued solidarity with Eric in his struggle to survive and thrive in the face of injustice. (more…)

Free Marius Jacob Mason

From Free Marius Mason

We would like to let everyone know that Marius Jacob Mason will no longer be using the name Marie, and will be using male pronouns. We hope that you will all join us in supporting Marius through this transition, which will no doubt be extra challenging within the prison system. Until his name is legally changed, any mail sent to Marius in prison will still need to be addressed to ‘Marie Mason’ on the envelope. This goes for donations also. Please write to Marius at this time! Receiving supportive and friendly mail makes a world of difference. Below is a statement read out by Moira Meltzer-Cohen, one of Marius’ legal representatives, at a solidarity event organized by New York City ABC recently.

“My name is Moira Meltzer-Cohen. I’m an attorney working with a person of immense courage and integrity, someone who struggles for liberation and self-determination on behalf of other people, non-human animals, and life on Earth itself. This is someone whose courage and integrity are made even more salient by the fact that their own liberation and their own autonomy have long been severely circumscribed.

Even more than most people in prison, my client and those in their unit face rigid, arbitrary constraints on communication and expression that impact every part of their lives. But even more – I want you to imagine how difficult it would be if all your struggles toward liberation and autonomy were taking place not only in a prison, but in a world that always targets trans people for further violence, confinement, and abuse. (more…)

Rebecca Rubin Has Been Transferred

rebecca rubinRebecca Rubin has been transferred again. Please send Rebecca Rubin a letter or note of encouragement, being transferred can be quite jarring and it’s good for her to hear that people are keeping up with her. Rebecca was recently sentenced 5 years for her participation in multiple Earth Liberation Front actions that occurred between 1996 and 2001.

Rebecca Rubin #98290-011
FCI Dublin
5701 8th Street – Camp Parks
Dublin, CA  94568

Previously-Secret Prison Docs Show Constitutional Violations in Experimental Prison Units

 

Daniel McGowan

Daniel McGowan

“This is the press release sent out by my attorneys at the Center for the Constitutional Rights regarding previously unseen documents about the Communication Management Units (CMUS) aka Lil Gitmo, run by the Bureau of Prisons. The documents reveal just what I have been saying since the day I got to the CMU in 2008-that myself and my former plaintiffs were sent there due to our political speech. A huge summary judgement motion brief was just filed and the protective order on these documents were lifted for the first time. We are asking the judge to rule on the case in our favor, with all that we have presented. The suit was first filed in April 2010 by CCR on behalf of myself and other CMU detainees. Despite my status as a released prisoner (and having been dismissed off the lawsuit by the judge for this reason), I maintain that political prisoner units are important to fight on multiple fronts. There are men in the CMU (and women at the FMC Carswell Admin Max unit) from our movements and many in need of support.” —Daniel McGowan

View all the documents in the CCR’s summary motion here.

For more information on Daniel’s case, see his article, “Court Documents Prove I Was Sent to CMU For My Political Speech.”

Docs Confirm Lack of Due Process in Communications Management Units, Attorneys Say

from Center for Constitutional Rights

April 23, 2014, Washington D.C.For the first time, hundreds of documents detailing the Bureau of Prisons’ process for designating prisoners to controversial Communications Management Units (CMUs) are public. The documents had been under a protective order in the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) lawsuit, Aref v. Holder, since CCR filed the case in 2010. (more…)

Mail Your Move Marie Letter in by November 25th

movemarieFrom Free Marie Mason

We’ve seen a great outpouring of support for Marie since the Move Marie campaign launched in October.  Events across the country and even the world have been organized, publishers such as AK Press and Burning Books have been sending out postcards with orders, bookfairs and other events have been gathering and mailing signed postcards to the BOP.  The response has been moving and powerful.

We’re calling now for those of you who haven’t yet sent in a letter, to do so by November 25th.  After this final push of sending letters demanding that Marie be moved, we’ll be entering into the next phase of the campaign.

Below is the address to send all letters to, and a sample letter. Please remain firm but polite in your communications with the BOP. (more…)

This Monday! Oct. 21 – National Call-In Day to Move Marie

movemariephoneinFrom Support Marie Mason

Environmental activist and community organizer Marie Mason is serving the longest sentence ever (22 years) for environmentally motivated property destruction. In 2010 she was transferred to the notorious high security prison FMC Carswell.

Now we’re mobilizing to get her moved.

On Monday, October 21st, people across the country and world will keep the Bureau of Prisons office ringing off the hook demanding she be moved. We need your help to make the 21st the day we forced the BOP to take notice.

There are multiple ways to join in on the action: (more…)

Rebecca Rubin Will Be Sentenced to Between 5 and 7.5 Years on January 27th, 2014

rebecca rubinFrom Oregon Live

A federal judge in Portland found eco-saboteur Rebecca Rubin guilty on Thursday of taking roles in a series of environmentally motivated firebombings and vandalism in Oregon, Colorado and California between 1998 and 2001.

Rubin, 40, a Canadian citizen who fled north of the U.S. border to live underground, tried to surrender to U.S. authorities in 2009, said her lawyer, Richard J. Troberman of Seattle. But there were holdups between Rubin’s lawyers and U.S. government prosecutors.

Prosecutors in California were adamant that Rubin must serve at least 30 years in prison unless she agreed to give up the names of her co-conspirators and offer other assistance to the government. But she steadfastly refused to turn over the names of any of her crime partners. (more…)

Rebecca Rubin Plea Hearing October 10th

rebecca rubinfrom Earth First! News

Green Scare defendant Rebecca Rubin is scheduled for a Change of Plea Hearing for 10/10/2013 at 10:00AM in Portland Federal Courtroom 12A before Chief Judge Ann L. Aiken.    Rebecca is alleged to have been a member of a group of environmental and animal rights activists accused of eco sabotage, and specifically, she has been accused of being involved in actions against BLM wild horse capture facilities that brutally rounded up wild mustangs from public lands and sold them for slaughter, an arson at the Vail Ski Resort in Vail, CO, and an action at US Forest Industries in Medford, OR.  Her last alleged action took place in 2001.   A Canadian citizen, Rubin voluntarily turned herself into federal authorities in January of 2013, 8 years after her alleged codefendants were apprehended and prosecuted.  She is believed to be entering into a non-cooperation plea agreement, though the exact terms of that agreement are not publicly available at this time.

The federal government allege that this cell of ELF and ALF activists were responsible for over 20 actions, including arsons, between 1996 to 2001 and caused over $40 million in damages.

To write to Rebecca Rubin –

Rebecca Rubin
#770288, MCDC, 1120 SW 3rd Ave., Portland, OR, 97204, USA

Remember not to write to her about her case at all because she is pre-trial.

October 25th: International Day of Action to Move Marie

masonFrom MoveMarie.com

October 25th has been set as the International Day of Action to Move Marie. People from across the world will be joining together to take action to get Marie moved out of FMC Carswell.

* Organize a phone tree with your friends and family and call the BOP
on October 21st
* Send a letter to the BOP on or before October 25th
* Organize an event such as a film screening, benefit show, teach-in,
art show, letter writing party, or other creative action

About the Campaign

After being sentenced to the disproportionately long prison sentence of 22 years for the actions she carried out with the Earth Liberation Front, Marie’s persecution by the government still continues. This time, it is the unjust transfer of her from a medium security prison to a high security prison at FMC Carswell. (more…)