June 11 International Day of Solidarity with Marie Mason, Eric McDavid and All Long-Term Eco & Anarchist Prisoners
In Defiance of the State, In Defense of the Wild
Join us across the Triangle the week of June 11 for events supporting Marie & Eric, celebrating resistance and eco-defense, and opposing prisons and the world that creates them.
June 11 began as an international day of solidarity with long-term eco-prisoner Jeff “Free” Luers in 2004. After years of struggle, Jeff and his legal team won a reduction in his sentence and he was released from prison in December 2009. But in the years between Jeff’s arrest and release, the FBI had carried out a series of indictments and arrests in an attempt to devastate the radical environmental and anarchist communities. Two of the people caught up in this maelstrom of repression were Eric McDavid and Marie Mason, who now share the unfortunate distinction of having the longest standing sentences of any environmental prisoners in the United States. As we support Marie and Eric, we also work to build networks of support for our movement to resist state repression and recognize that the state’s tactics against our movement can affect all of us. This is a time to remember our friends who are in prison, who are continuing their struggles on the inside. This is also a time to continue and strengthen the very work for which Eric and Marie are now serving so much time – to struggle against capitalism, ecological devastation, and the ever more diffuse forms of control in this prison society. June 11 is a reminder to those of us on the outside that there are things worth fighting for and consequences worth facing because the future will be decided by the actions we take. For all who struggle to live meaningful lives together in opposition to the society that destroys our planet, that puts our bodies in cages, and that tries to tear our communities apart to deter us from fighting for the things that truly matter: We invite you to join us, and to add your acts of celebration and resistance to this season of solidarity.
Wednesday, June 11 7:00 PM Internationalist Books and Community Center 405 W. Franklin St Chapel Hill, NC
Join us to share food, stories, slideshows and celebration of Marie, Eric and movements to defend the earth. We’ll be gathering donations for Marie and Eric’s support, writing letters to send them, and having fun together.
8:00 PM Friday, June 13th 217 S. Mangum St Durham, NC
June 13th at 8pm, there will be a noise demo at the downtown Durham jail. The call-out is part of several benefits and letter writing events going on throughout the triangle that week as part of the June 11th Day of Solidarity with Long-Term Anarchist and Eco PrisJoners. It’s also taking place in opposition to recent statements/ordinances by the Durham City Council that seek to criminalize protest. Specifically, a recent statement forbids protests at night, protests without a permit, and the use of masks or other tools to hide identity from law enforcement. It is clearly a symbolic gesture at containing the kinds of anger and protest that erupted this past winter after Chuy Huerta died in police custody, which helped to galvanize and catalyze increase public anger and opposition to DPD. Finally, the demo is in solidarity with the prisoners in the jail, who have engaged in various acts of resistance and organizing over the last couple years, as well as with prisoners currently on hunger strike at Polk CI in Butner, NC over a wide range of grievances. Please spread the word! Folks are encouraged to show up loud and angry, with banners, drums, pots and pans, and whatever else they’d like to use to make some serious noise.
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