Tag Archive: Green Scare

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…)

I ‘Got Snatched’: Daniel McGowan’s Bizarre Trip Through America’s Prison System

From Huffington Postdaniel_image002

Daniel McGowan was in the yard of the Federal Correctional Institution in Sandstone, Minn., when his name rang out over the loudspeaker. It had been eight months since he first reported to the low-security prison to start a seven-year sentence for conspiracy and arson. To pass the time, he worked as an orderly in the prison psychology department, took correspondence classes and exercised.

Sandstone, located nearly smack-dab in the middle of the country, was about as far removed as McGowan could be from his wife, Jenny Synan, in New York and from his former compatriots in the Earth Liberation Front in Oregon, with whom he had been caught in a national law enforcement sweep. But he still kept in touch with the outside world, writing passionate articles about the environment and prisons for publications like the Earth First! Journal. He was allotted 300 minutes of phone time a month. And on the rare occasions when Synan could get away from work, she would come see him. In the prison’s visiting room, they would hug and kiss and play board games together.

He was looking forward to such a visit when the loudspeaker told him to report to the prison’s shipping and receiving department. It was the day before his second wedding anniversary in May 2008, and he assumed that he was being called in for some routine matter. Perhaps the package full of books he had recently mailed to his wife had been returned for insufficient postage, he thought.

Instead, a prison staffer handed McGowan two boxes and told him to fill them up with his possessions. He was the one being shipped. When he asked his case manager where he was being taken, he was thrown in a cell.

He headed south the next day, still unsure of his destination. “When I got on the bus, they told me ‘Marion,'” McGowan says. (more…)

Campaign to Transfer Marie Mason from Special Isolation

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFrom Support Marie Mason

The campaign to have Marie moved from her special isolation unit is underway! Please write a letter today.

You can download the “Move Marie” here:

trifold color brochure (smaller version, 600KB)

trifold color brochure (larger version)

The text version and a sample letter are available here.