Carswell 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.
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.
Marie (Marius) Mason #04672-061
Federal Medical Center
P.O. Box 27137
Fort Worth, TX 76127
Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera has served almost 35 years in prison, convicted of seditious conspiracy for his commitment to the independence of Puerto Rico, though he was not accused or convicted of causing harm or taking a life. Serving a sentence of 70 years, he is the longest held political prisoner in the history of Puerto Rico and one of the longest held in the world. He is 73 years old, and will be 80 by the time of his release date in 2023. No other country keeps its political prisoners behind bars for as many decades as does the United States. -The fight to free Lopez has been expanding. The deepening economic crisis in Puerto Rico with the colonial government bankrupt, has bettered working people. Many have left, coming the U.S. “In Puerto Rico there is a borad consensus in favor of freeing Oscar,” Eduardo Villanueva, spokesperson of the Human Rights Committee of Puerto Rico said by phone from San Juan Aug 26. “We are ororganzing…to show that in the heart of the U.S, in teh belly of the beast… there is also broad support. We want Obama to excercise his constitutional powers and release Oscar.” (from website and newspaper article)
Along with a number of other groups and individuals, the National Lawyers Guild is making a formal request to the current administration to consider releasing a number of political prisoners as an act of executive clemency. Many of these prisoners have spent decades in prison, and have become elders facing extreme health problems… the intention of this portrait is to honor Mr. Lopez Rivera and to join Marius’ voice to the many who are asking for his release.
“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.”
To learn more: Native Nations Rally in Support of Standing Rock Sioux