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Jun 10, 19

Kite Lite: J11 Reflections on Marius Mason’s Journey Through Federal Prison

This June 11th, anti-prison radio and podcast show Kite Line brings us this special episode on Marius Mason, a long-term anarchist prisoner.

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This week, we speak to two long-term supporters of Marius Mason, a long-term anarchist prisoner. He is currently held in a federal women’s facility in Danbury, Connecticut, despite years of struggle inside for recognition of his identity as a transman, and his advocacy for other trans prisoners to be able to access support and medical care. He was sentenced a decade ago to 22 years in prison for his role in a campaign of eco-sabotage, in which he damaged genetic engineering facilities, logging equipment, and condo developments encroaching on wild areas.

Given the dignity with which he has faced his long sentence, Marius has become an important reference point for June 11th, an annual day of solidarity for long-term anarchist prisoners, beginning with Jeffrey Luers, who was sentenced to two decades behind bars for another act of ecological sabotage with the Earth Liberation Front. Luers successfully fought to have his sentence reduced, leading to his release, but many other prisoners around the world suffer long sentences for their participation in environmental, anti-fascist, and anti-capitalist struggles.  June 11th is a reminder to the rest of us that these prisoners are holding strong inside, year after year, even as the movements outside evolve and change shape. In this episode, we also share Marius’ statement for June 11th, 2019, in which he urges us to “learn to be like water,” flowing with these movements, learning from our mistakes and continuing to “push forward towards freedom.”

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Kite Line is a radio program devoted to prison issues around the Midwest and beyond. Behind the prison walls, a message is called a kite: whispered words, a note passed hand to hand, or a request submitted to the guards for medical care. Illicit or not, sending a kite means trusting that other people will bear it farther along till it reaches its destination. On the show, we hope to pass along words across the prison walls.

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