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|Day of Solidarity with Marie Mason and Eric McDavid, Sacramento|
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|Date||Sunday June 12|
|Time||6:00 PM - 8:30 PM|
Sugarplum Vegan Cafe
2315 K St.
We would like to invite you to an event we are hosting as part of the International Day of Solidarity for Marie Mason, Eric McDavid and Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners. For a more in-depth description of this day and it's history, please scroll to the end of this post.
Screening of “Better This World”
(Winner of “Best Documentary Feature” at the Sacramento International Film Festival 2011 and “Best Documentary Feature” at the 2011 Sarasota Film Festival)
“Better This World” follows the story of two boyhood friends from Midland, Texas – David McKay and Bradley Crowder – who fall under the sway of a charismatic revolutionary ten years their senior. Arrested in the wake of the 2008 Republican Convention the "Texas Two" faced multiple domestic terrorism charges and a high stakes entrapment defense hinging on the actions of a controversial FBI informant. Better This World goes to the heart of the War on Terror and its impact on civil liberties and political dissent in post-9/11 America.
We will begin the evening with a brief overview of Eric and Marie's cases and the importance of prisoner support, followed by a brief presentation from a former political prisoner.
The filmmakers – Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega - will be on hand to answer questions after the film.
Sugarplum Vegan will be serving appetizers and delicious vegan desserts during the event!
We will also be selling a new t-shirt, designed by local artists Skinner and Paul Imagine. Proceeds from t-shirt sales will be donated directly to Marie and Eric's support funds.
This event is free and open to the public – but donations are strongly encouraged!
What is June 11?
[please note - our event is on June 12th - NOT June 11th]
June 11th began as an international day of solidarity with long-term anarchist prisoner Jeff "Free" Luers in 2004. At the time, Jeff was serving 22+ years. Infuriated by the environmental devastation he saw occurring on a global scale, Free torched three SUVs at a car dealership in Eugene, OR. The sentence imposed on him was meant to send a clear message to others who were angered by capitalism's continued war on the Earth's ecosystems – and to those who were willing to take action to put a stop to it. Free is, after all, not alone in his concerns about climate change, fossil fuels, pollution and genetically modified organisms.
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 intervening 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.
Eric McDavid was arrested in Auburn, CA on January 2006 after being entrapped by a paid government informant - "Anna" - and was charged with a single count of conspiracy. Eric – who never carried out any actions and was accused of what amounts to “thought crime” - refused to cooperate with the state and took his case to trial. After a trial fraught with errors, the jury convicted Eric. He was subsequently sentenced to almost 20 years in prison. More information on Eric's case can be found at http://www.supporteric.org
Marie Mason was arrested in March 2008 after her former partner - Frank Ambrose - turned informant for the FBI. Facing a life sentence if she went to trial, Marie accepted a plea bargain in September 2008, admitting her involvement in the burning of an office connected to GMO research and the destruction of a piece of logging equipment. At her sentencing in February the following year, she received a sentence of almost 22 years. More information on Marie's case can be found at http://www.supportmariemason.org
Marie Mason and Eric McDavid share the unfortunate distinction of having the longest standing sentences of any environmental prisoners in the United States. Please join us in an International Day of Solidarity with Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners Marie Mason and Eric McDavid on June 11th. This is a time to remember our friends who are in prison – who are continuing their struggles on the inside.
This is 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.
Free Marie and Eric!
Free all prisoners!
Added to the calendar on Saturday May 28th, 2011 4:55 PM