We will have a night of music, speakers on topics like the Green Scare, a screening of the new documentary If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, and a silent auction/raffle. All money collected is going directly to Marie Mason's support group (www.supportmariemason.org
Asking for donation of $5-$10 at the door, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. This is a benefit for a long term anarchist prisoner so please try to give what you can.
WHO IS MARIE MASON:
From her support page:
"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 for charges related to 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. She faced a Life sentence before accepting a plea bargain in September 2008.
Mason was sentenced on February 5, 2009 in federal court in Lansing, Michigan. She received almost 22 years – the longest sentence of any “Green Scare” prisoner. The sentence is currently being appealed.
The “Green Scare” is the name given to the recent arrests of animal rights and environmental activists who have been charged with acts of economic sabotage. Federal authorities have sought outrageous sentences (often Life in prison) and have publicly and legally labeled the activists as “terrorists” – despite the fact that no one has been killed or injured in any of the acts. For an intro to the Green Scare, see www.greenisthenewred.com.
Supporting Marie Mason does not mean agreeing with her acts. It does mean opposing the fear-mongering tactics of the federal government, and the outrageous sentences they have imposed."
Really great article about Marie from Fifth Estate here:
Marie Mason's support group: http://supportmariemason.org/
Green Scare information: www.greenisthenewred.com
For more info, search for "Marie Mason Benefit Show" on Facebook!