Kite Line: Marius Mason & Eric King

From Kite Line

Our show this week returns to June 11th, the international day of solidarity with long-term anarchist prisoners. The focus of June 11th is overcoming the isolation that these long-term prisoners face, as the movements they participated in years ago give way to new struggles and new generations of radicals.  The day of solidarity works to connect these prisoners with struggles currently underway, especially those struggles with the potential to abolish the prison system, freeing them and all prisoners.

We begin with Letha, who gives us an update on Marius Mason, who alongside most prisoners, has faced an excruciating year of COVID isolation and vulnerability within the Danbury federal prison in Connecticut.  Marius organized in Bloomington and across the Midwest for decades, before being arrested for his participation in Earth Liberation Front actions.  He came out as transgender while inside, and has contributed solidarity statements both to the annual June 11th events around the world and to the January 22nd day of solidarity with trans prisoners.  Letha shares important notes on how to keep Marius and other prisoners connected to the outside world.

For our final segment, we return to our conversation with Lauren Regan from the Civil Liberties Defense Center. Last week, Lauren told us about the ongoing physical and mental harassment facing longterm anarchist antiracist prisoner Eric King, and his lawsuit against the U.S. Government.

You can get updates on Eric’s case via the CLDC website: https://cldc.org/ and at supportericking.org.

You can learn about supporting Marius, including how to write him here.

Portland, Oregon (USA): Prison profiteers attacked

From Rose City Counterinfo

From so-called “Portland”, on occupied Chinuk land

To celebrate the June 11th day of solidarity with anarchist prisoners, some anarchists took to the streets to attack prison slavery profiteers. Windows were smashed in and abolitionist messages painted on the walls of Whole Foods and Starbucks, in retaliation for both companies use of prison slave labor.

We send a message to our incarcerated comrades in the preferred anarchist language: Attack!

To Gage Halupowski, Marius Mason, Eric King, and all those behind bars: you are not forgotten.

To the cops and capitalists, prison guards and politicians: we are in every shadow, every hidden alleyway, sharpening knives behind your back. You will never catch us all!

Fire to the prisons.

Dancing on the Edge of the Abyss

[Reposted from Anarchist News]

received via email from AnarquíaInfo.

“Let us continue the assault on the existing by all means, undeterred by
those who would silence us with the stock weapons of reaction, be it the
kick of the democratic boot, the empty talk of opinion, or the siren
calls of the sweet men of hope.”

Jean Weir; Tamed Words from a Wild Heart.

“… sometimes it seems to us something so obvious that we forget to
insist punctiliously on the anti-authoritarian character of anarchism
and, therefore, consequently anti-systemic… Roughly anti-systemic! We
are against all Authority. That is our maxim”.

Gustavo Rodriguez. Talk at the Squatted Social Center “Casa
Naranja”.

The authoritarian offensive has not stopped in these times of pandemic,
Covid-19 has turned out to be the perfect excuse to deepen social and
political control, being prisons the main place of experimentation and
application of these measures. We have systematically read updates on
the situation of anarchist prisoners around the world in this particular
context. We have seen how our comrade Eric King, who keeps alive his
permanent antagonism and his irreducible stance in Englewood prison, has been tortured by the guards and beaten by white supremacists, causing him severe physical and psychological injuries. The same happened to our comrade Dimitra Valavani, who was beaten and tortured, under the pretext that they wanted to obtain a DNA sample and, in recent days, our comrade Giannis Dimitrakis, who was also brutally beaten in Domokos prison by the prison mafia, leaving him in a serious condition, and we still do not know the consequences of this cowardly aggression.

June 11 is the International Day of Solidarity with comrade Marius Mason and with all the anarchist comrades sentenced to long sentences around the world. In the framework of this new June 11, we want to denounce what is happening in all latitudes of the planet with our anarchist comrades in prison and raise (without mincing our words) our response to concretize and consolidate solidarity with all our fellow comrades (in theory and in practice) who continue the anarchist war behind bars.

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Cincinnati, Ohio (USA): Rail disruption in solidarity with imprisoned anarchists

Received anonymously

Using copper wire we sent false signals on five sets of freight trains tracks around Cincinnati, ideally delaying or stopping all rail traffic that day. We want to acknowledge the sacrifice of imprisoned anarchists and our desire to halt industrial society. There is so much spirit in our shared struggles and we refuse to allow the prevailing order to crush it.

In pursuit of wildness and anarchy.

This Is America #141: Mass Action Against Line 3; Sean Swain and June 11th

Welcome to This Is America, June 10th, 2021.

On this episode, first we bring you an interview with Lauren Swain, the partner of anarchist prisoner Sean Swain who currently has launched a campaign in order to help them hopefully transition out of prison later this summer. We discuss Swain’s case and his amazing life, his journey to anarchist politics, and the repression he has faced as a politicized prisoner. For ways to support Sean, check out this Instagram account here.

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Twin Trouble: No Back to Normal

From Twin Trouble

This is a special episode we’re recording for June 11th International Day of Solidarity with Marius Mason & All Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners. The twins share reflections on prisoner support in general but also in the context of the recent anniversary of the George Floyd uprising, where thousands are facing repression for fighting back against racist cops. Also plenty of thoughts on recent hacks and leaks, and the political ramifications of these high-profile ransomware attacks against Colonial Pipeline, the MPD, Citizen App, and Jones Day leaks.

Civil Liberties Defense Center: Flowers for the Rebels Caged

From CLDC

“June 11th is a reminder to us that though we spend our days outside of a prison many of our friends and allies spend theirs behind bars having sacrificed what little freedom they had to fight for something greater than themselves. We have a responsibility to them and to ourselves to struggle and fight until all are free.”

– Jeff “Free” Luers, former Green Scare prisoner

When you’re a political prisoner, the cards are stacked against you in a very purposeful way by the carceral State. Prisoners who feel isolated from their families and friends, uncared for, and forgotten, are more easily demoralized and depoliticized. For these reasons, it means so much for supporters on the outside to show solidarity with incarcerated comrades by maintaining contact through letters, sending books, and raising funds for their commissary needs. Sharing ongoing updates with your networks about how prisoners are faring while locked up is an act of resistance. New York City Anarchist Black Cross compiles and publishes a newsletter every other week for just this purpose.

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