Strike Mail Rejected

News:

carswellCarswell is rejecting all mail mentioning the National Prison Strike.  Any mail sent to Marius about the strike, letters or news articles, will likely be destroyed or returned as “correspondence that threatens the security and orderly running of the institution.”

During a recent personal visit, Marius was able to learn about the strike for the first time.  He wanted to express that his thoughts are with the prisoners on strike and their outside supporters.

“Netting Vaquitas” by Marius Mason

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“MEXICO: An effort to save the critically endangered vaquita porpoise is being helped by banning the use of gill nets in all waters where it is found.  The vaquita (‘little cow’ in Spanish) lives only in the northern part of the Gulf of California, and only about 60 remain.  Gill nets are used by fishermen seeking the totoaba- a marine fish that is also endangered.  Its swim bladder can sell for thousands of dollars on the black market.” Science Magazine

 

Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 20th: Write to trans prisoners!

The Transgender Day of Remembrance should be a day that we remember the large part of our community that has been taken from us by the State.  Systematic racism and transphobia has locked up a disproportionate number of trans and gender variant people, especially people of color.  It is time to tell them they have not been forgotten.

To learn about writing a prisoner in your area see: blackandpink.org

Putting quick note of support in the mail today should reach Marius by November 20th.  Tell him you are out here thinking of him.

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Marie (Marius) Mason #04672-061
FMC Carswell
Federal Medical Center
P.O. Box 27137
Fort Worth, TX 76127

Vaquita by Marius Mason

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 “The vaquita porpoise (Phocoena sinus) is considered by many to be the rarest and most-endangered species of marine mammal in the world. in May 2016, the population size of the vaquita is considered to be 60, based on the results of a 2015 vessel survey and acoustic study. It is the smallest of only seven species of true porpoises, and is the only one that lives in warm waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean.” – www.vivavaquita.org

“For Naelyn Pike (San Carlos Apache) standing with Standing Rock” by Marius

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“This painting is another in a short series of portraits of resistance activists at the Standing Rock reservation to the Dakota Access Pipeline.  Construction on part of it had been temporarily halted, but the fight is far from over.  So many people have come together to defend the tribe’s land and water rights- and to speak for a more sane and responsible way to live on this Earth.  Ms. Pike has such an amazing wrote, a warning that we must change how we live, if we want a future for all of our children,  Naelyn Pike was quotes as saying this- ‘Our ancestors are looking at the people with tears in their eyes because they know all the pain and suffering yet to come. They know there is no tomorrow for those yet to be born.’  She’s right.  It’s up to us, this generation to turn it around… there’s no more time to lose.”

-Marius

To learn more: Native Nations Rally in Support of Standing Rock Sioux