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New Marie Mason Support Site

Announcing a new website and listserve for Green Scare prisoner Marie Mason. Mason is facing 20+ years in prison for two acts of environmentally-motivated property destruction in which no one was injured or killed. Mason is a long-time writer for 'Fifth Estate' magazine and a former editor at the 'Industrial Worker'.


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This music CD is a 2008 benefit re-release of Marie Mason's ‘Not For Profit’, which was originally released in 1999. A classic anarchist neo-folk record, these eight songs feature Marie (accompanied by guitarist and Earth First! activist Darryl Cherney) singing against the destruction of the earth and the oppression of humanity.


Yesterday all charges against the Kennedy 6 were dropped just over a year after the men were first arrested.

The basic chronology of events is as follows:

The Kennedy 6 were arrested on a clearly trumped up murder charge on 21 March 2007 after a well known criminal died in police custody. While in custody they were assaulted and an attempt was made, by Senior Superintendent Glen Nayager, to force them to chant anti-Abahlali slogans. They refused.

Court: Mumia Deserves New Hearing But Not New Trial Kathy Matheson

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday said former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal cannot be executed for murdering a Philadelphia police officer without a new penalty hearing.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Abu-Jamal's conviction should stand, but that he should get a new sentencing hearing because of flawed jury instructions. If prosecutors don't want to give him a new death penalty hearing, Abu-Jamal would be sentenced automatically to life in prison.

Dear Friends: This is an update on the case of my client, Mumia Abu-Jamal, who has been on Pennsylvania’s death row for over a quarter of a century.

PA Supreme Court Rejects Mumia Abu-Jamal's PCRA Appeal By Hans Bennett http://www.opednews.com/maxwrite/diarypage.php?did=6184

On Tuesday, February 19, in a ruling unrelated to the pending US Third Circuit Court decision, The Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejected death row journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal’s appeal of a 2005 ruling by Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Pamela Dembe, which denied Abu-Jamal’s Post Conviction Relief Act (PCRA) petition, on grounds that it was not “timely.” (See reports by The Associated Press and Philadelphia Inquirer)

"Bookin' for Daniel": A Marathon Run for Daniel McGowan

A participant in an organized marathon this summer will run its full 26 miles and 385 yards in order to raise funds and show support for eco-defense prisoner Daniel McGowan. All proceeds from this run will go directly to Daniel McGowan's educational fund. This fund will assist with payment for Daniel's master's degree, which he will complete while serving a seven-year sentence in federal prison.

Daniel McGowan is an environmental and social justice activist from New York City. He was arrested in a multi-state raid against the environmental community that revealed itself to be part of a much larger wave of repression known as the "Green Scare." On June 4, 2007 McGowan was sentenced to seven years in prison for charges of conspiracy and arson. These charges relate to two eco-defense actions that occurred in Oregon in 2001. While Daniel took a guilty plea and accepted responsibility for his own actions, he and three other defendants refused to name names as part of their "global resolution" plea deal. During his sentencing, Daniel was given a "terrorism" enhancement to his sentence, based on his involvement in acts of property destruction which hurt no living being. The National Lawyers Guild has decried this sentencing enhancement as an "unnecessary and excessive government tactic to discourage the exercise of free speech."

Some of you may know the runner, Esther of Portland, Oregon's Eberhardt Press, not only from her publishing efforts, but also from her consistent work around the "Operation Backfire" eco-sabotage cases. In a recent blog entry, Esther states her reasons for training for and participating in the marathon, writing: "I want to communicate to Daniel and his family that we who support him are down for the long haul. Today, tomorrow, after 26 miles or seven years we will continue to struggle for the health of our planet and the freedom of all humans, including our comrades behind bars."

For more details about the "Bookin' for Daniel!" run, or to make a pledge to Daniel McGowan's educational fund as sponsorship for this event, please visit: http://bookinfordaniel.eberhardtpress.org/ Every little bit counts!

Background on Daniel McGowan's case and general support information is available at: http://www.supportdaniel.org/

ABC No Rio writes:

BOOKED! Benefit Celebration and Silent Art Auction
For Books Through Bars

New York, June 22, 2007

FRIDAY JUNE 22 at 7:00pm at ABC No Rio

Books Through Bars sends books and reading material to prisoners nationwide. More information about Books Through Bars can be found at www.abcnorio.org/affiliated/btb.html

In BOOKED!, the current exhibition at ABC No Rio, street artists and grafitti writers were asked to re-imagine books. The “books” to be auctioned include works by get2, gaia, celso, anera, viking, klepto, deeker, az star, superk8, infinity, asbestos, c.damage, luna park, Matt Lock, elbow-toe, ceito atv, Suejin Jo, pufferella, matt siren, windowzoo, plasma slugs, royce bannon, Lisa Paolucci, Abby Goodman, Adam Lawrence, Kelly D. Williams, Pamela Matsuda-Dunn, and Stepanie Brody-Lederman.

Bidding will end at 10:00pm

BOOKED! was curated and organized by AnerA and ELC. Work in the auction can be viewed at www.flickr.com/photos/betyourlife/


Sundays 1:00 - 3:00pm

Wednesdays & Thursdays 5:00 - 7:00pm

ABC No Rio

156 Rivington Street

(between Clinton & Suffolk)




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