New Painting and Photo

Marius recently sent out a new painting and photo.  He writes:

“This bird is part of a jungle mural I’d painted for a treatment/meditation room here on the unit.  It was only up for a couple of weeks and then I was asked to take it down, because they are doing massive reconstruction on our unit (interestingly enough, while we are living in it) and wanted the room cleared.  So sigh, all gone.”

The photo is of Marius and his friend Ryan.

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Marius and Ryan

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