June 11, 2020

June 11th: International Day of Solidarity with Marius Mason and All Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners. In the 16 years this tradition has been observed, June 11th has facilitated support and action inspired by imprisoned anarchists — from noise demonstrations outside of jails to letter-writing nights, from fundraisers to arson. Setting aside this day is one way of remembering anarchists who are serving long prison sentences, generating support for them, and inspiring solidarity actions.

Because social struggles phase in and out, this day is a way to make sure that our imprisoned comrades are not forgotten. June 11th is a way of combating amnesia, of trying to sustain a long-term memory in the anarchist space. June 11th is a day against oblivion.

The context of June 11th this year is one in which our lives have been wrenched out of normality. A scary time, but also a time for innovation. And an especially important time to remember and support our imprisoned loved ones. While calls to release people from jails, prisons, and ICE detention facilities during the pandemic are growing louder and having some success, it’s likely that many of our comrades’ names will not be on the list for early release. Whether it’s due to marginalized identities, terrorism enhancements, a history of standing up to guards and prison administration, or just being an outspoken anarchist, this means that their long sentences and already abhorrent health care and mistreatment could carry even worse consequences.

Our new daily lives and our responses to the pandemic can carry with them the memory and support for imprisoned anarchists. Where we are working fewer hours, we can write more letters. Where our kids are now learning from home, we can include prisoners’ names in lessons about courage and about state repression. Where we give ourselves over to mutual aid projects, we can take inspiration from our comrades and invoke their contributions and memories

In the last year, Connor Stevens of the Cleveland 4, all remaining members of the Conspiracy Cells of Fire urban guerrilla group in Greece, and Tamara Sol in Chile have been released from prison.

Eric King is still in segregation and now faces a 20 year charge related to self-defense actions he took in 2018. His support team has started a legal defense fund, and his lawyer filed a motion in March for a hearing related to abuse against him.

Anna Beniamino co-initiated a hunger strike against especially-repressive prison conditions in May 2019. Alfredo Cospito and other imprisoned anarchists in Italy later joined this hunger strike. Alfredo reported experiencing health problems related to the strike.

Michael Kimble was put in solitary after defending a prisoner from being beaten by guards. In February he and his support team launched a fundraising campaign for a lawyer to overturn his conviction.

Jeremy Hammond was called in October to testify in the same grand jury that re-imprisoned Chelsea Manning. Both refused to testify. In March, Jeremy was released from contempt as the grand jury concluded and was returned to the federal prison system.

Marius Mason continues to serve his 22 year sentence, currently at Danbury CT. He is petitioning for compassionate release for health reasons during Covid-19.

Lisa of the Aachen bank robbery case was recently restricted by a prison magistrate from being able to leave prison on weekends and during the day.

As members of the struggles of the ’60s and ’70s complete their sentences, and younger partisans of recent struggles emerge from shorter stints in prison, we can connect with them in mutually-enriching relationships. The challenges of being released from prison can be mitigated by a strong community of support; communities of support can deepen their own understanding of prison by direct interaction with former prisoners. These relationships can strengthen each of their participants, and expand beyond in the form of new projects and initiatives to free those still held captive.

One important and often neglected aspect of prisoner support is aid to the families of the imprisoned. Family members – often constituting a prisoner’s primary or only base of support – bear the emotional, financial, and mental hardships of their loved ones behind bars. The exorbitant costs of commissary, phone calls, and visits put undue strain on those who, in most cases, are already struggling to make ends meet. Social atomization, which leaves most of us feeling lost, can be hell for those whose close companions have been stolen by the state, and who lack communities of support. These struggles continue after prisoners are released, with friends and family trying to find them employment, places to live, help with parole or other forms of diffuse detention, etc. Project FANG provides travel funds to the families and friends of animal and earth liberation prisoners, allowing them to visit their imprisoned loved ones. The Rosenberg Fund for Children provides aid to the children of activists targeting by the state. Aside from supporting these projects, we encourage anarchists to form relationships with the families of anarchist prisoners: some may not share our ideas (though many do!), but they do share our desire to see loved ones in prison survive and thrive.

As the world descends further into crisis, we are less and less able to evade questions about how we live, what sorts of relationships we create together, and what worlds we wish to inhabit. On the one hand, there is ever-increasing state power, the slavery of the individual to the technological system, and the anomic loneliness of modern life. On the other, there are complex and difficult possibilities of decentralized lifeways in which individual freedom and shared joys mix in an alchemy which affirms both. Our bonds, tempered over years of living and fighting together, can prove the starting point for these new forms of existence. Those behind bars – who we have kept present with us in our garden plots and forest wanderings, in the melodies of our songs and in the adrenaline rush of our night work – are a part of the new world we hope for. Let’s not forget them for one moment.


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Multiple cities (Indonesia): Days of Solidarity

From Palang Hitam Indonesia

11 Juni adalah hari solidaritas internasional untuk tahanan anarkis, diseluruh negara anarkis telah menjadi sasaran represi karena dianggap sebagai ancaman bagi tatanan yang berkuasa. Sudah tak terhitung jumlah anarkis yang harus direnggut kebebasannya oleh negara, polisi, dan penjara. Sebagai seorang anarkis, meninggalkan rekan yang terpenjara adalah sebuah penghianatan, termasuk kami di Indonesia. Beberapa kelompok dan individu di beberapa kota di Indonesia turut serta dalam hari solidaritas 11 Juni tahun ini, berbagai cara telah dilakukan sesuai kemampuan dan keinginan masing masing. Mungkin terlihat remeh dan tidak berarti, namun solidaritas sekecil apapun bentuknya adalah sebuah sikap kepedulian terhadap para rekan yang masih terus terkurung hingga saat ini.

Kami mengirim solidaritas untuk seluruh tahanan anarkis diseluruh penjuru dunia, kepada para tahanan anarkis Makassar (Supriadi, Anto, Haerul, Alif, Agus, dan Farudin), para tahanan anarkis di Tangerang (Rio, Aflah, Rizki, Yovi, dan Erje), serta ratusan tahanan politik Papua dan Maluku Selatan yang tidak bisa kami sebutkan satu persatu karena terlalu banyak. Nyala api untuk semua penjara, tak ada anarki tanpa penghapusan penjara!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA): Cameras sabotaged

On June 11, international day of solidarity with anarchist prisoners, as a small act against policing and imprisonment we cut the wires of nine security cameras in a concentrated area. We want to remind prisoners that they are with us in the struggle against white supremacy and police.

Let’s keep things conflictual, forever fuck cops, towards a world with no prisons!

Cincinnati, Ohio (USA): Info sharing & security culture training

With the pandemic canceling Cincinnati’s benefit event, most June 11th activity this year was via online, reminding peers to visit the website and consider options for solidarity. Coincidentally, a fairly elaborate Security Culture training session happened this day, by/for many local activists involved in demonstrations against the police in recent weeks. Prisoner support literature given out, and summary of the June 11th campaign, helped bridge relevance of this annual effort to actions currently raging in the streets.

June 11, 2020 statement from Jeremy Hammond

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Revolutionary greetings, it’s Big Jerm. I’m doing this video message to commemorate June 11th, the International Day of Solidarity with Long Term Anarchist Prisoners.

I wanna pay my respects to the comrades, locked down doing hard time and staying strong, and show my appreciation for the ABCs, the books to prisoners, the @CertainDays calendar, those who wrote letters, those who visited, those who attended court dates, I appreciate you.

The Final Straw – June 11th 2020: Marius Mason support and words from Jeremy Hammond

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In this June 11th podcast special, we’re happy to feature two interviews. The first is with Letha, a supporter of anarchist prisoner Marius Mason who is 7 years from release for animal and earth liberation front actions in the late 1990’s. Marius, who tested positive for covid-19 recently at FCI Danbury, continues his activism including on behalf of other trans folks behind bars as well as to write and create. More on his case and how to support him is up at SupportMariusMason.org. Then I spoke with Jeremy Hammond who is an anarchist prisoner supported by June11th for hactivist activities in the early 2010’s as a member of Anonymous and other crews that released information to WikiLeaks to expose corporate and police spying and abuse and war crimes, as well as supporting whistleblowers in the Global War on Terror like Chelsea Manning. Jeremy also recently resisted a Federal Grand Jury around WikiLeaks with Chelsea Manning, he contracted covid-19 recently, and currently produces a podcast with his brother, Jason, called Twin Trouble which is in the Channel Zero Network. More on Jeremy’s case at FreeJeremy.Net.

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Naarm / Melbourne (so-called Australia): Posters for prisoners



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June 11, 2020 statement from Marius Mason’s lawyer, Moira

Marius was unable to write a statement for this year’s International Day of Solidarity with Marius Mason & All Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners.  Marius’ attorney wrote beautiful statement in his stead.  Please read below:
The other day when I spoke to Marius on the phone he was dealing with worries ranging from uncertainty about whether or not he might be immune to COVID-19, to the national BOP lockdown. And still! He was so focused on the well-being of everyone out here. He was very worried about me — whether I was getting enough rest, whether he was bothering me at a time that I needed to be talking to other clients. He was worried for the protesters suffering at the hands of law enforcement and the black and brown people trying to live their lives under a regime of daily violence and indignity. He expressed so much love for the people agitating for an end to white supremacy. “Racism is the poison at the heart of America,” he said. “Everybody knows it, and this is the conversation we need to have.”