Free Marius Jacob Mason

We would like to let everyone know that Marius Jacob Mason will no longer be using the name Marie, and will be using male pronouns. We hope that you will all join us in supporting Marius through this transition, which will no doubt be extra challenging within the prison system. Until his name is legally changed, any mail sent to Marius in prison will still need to be addressed to ‘Marie Mason’ on the envelope. This goes for donations also. Please write to Marius at this time! Receiving supportive and friendly mail makes a world of difference. Below is a statement read out by Moira Meltzer-Cohen, one of Marius’ legal representatives, at a solidarity event organized by New York City ABC recently.

“My name is Moira Meltzer-Cohen. I’m an attorney working with a person of immense courage and integrity, someone who struggles for liberation and self-determination on behalf of other people, non-human animals, and life on Earth itself. This is someone whose courage and integrity are made even more salient by the fact that their own liberation and their own autonomy have long been severely circumscribed.

Even more than most people in prison, my client and those in their unit face rigid, arbitrary constraints on communication and expression that impact every part of their lives. But even more – I want you to imagine how difficult it would be if all your struggles toward liberation and autonomy were taking place not only in a prison, but in a world that always targets trans people for further violence, confinement, and abuse.

I am proud to be working with Marius Jacob Mason to change their name to the one that reflects his masculine gender identity.

It is my sincere hope that this announcement does not serve as any kind of excuse for argument or debate – it should be self-evident that trans-exclusion is indefensible in any movement claiming to move us toward collective liberation. If we are serious about liberation and autonomy, it is incumbent upon us to take seriously that all our various struggles are mutually implicated, that earth liberation and trans liberation are not simply mutually compatible, but that achievement of each is a necessary condition for the satisfaction of the other.

So I want to call on “us” – anarchists, allies, environmental justice advocates – let us acknowledge Marius’ gender now, not only for Marius’ sake, but for the sake of our collective liberation. This transition not only does not undermine the importance of Marius’ environmental and other social commitments – it is further evidence of his commitment to justice, and bravery in the face of repressive and destructive systems. It has not been and will not be easy for Marius to transition while in custody of the most heinous part of the U.S. prison system.

But we can make this process a little easier by supporting his gender identity, by using the appropriate masculine pronouns and his correct name, writing to him and other incarcerated trans folks, providing meaningful social support, and funding legal battles and medical needs both in and out of prison. We have an opportunity as a community to demonstrate conclusively that we are strong, that we understand the mutual implications of all forms of oppression, and that we can reject the subordination of any cause to another. I want to also remind you that because transpeople are disproportionately and aggressively policed, there are many many folks in prison who need your support, including one I want to highlight, Jane Doe, a 16 year-old trans girl who is being held without charges in Connecticut. You can find more information at facebook/justice4janeCT. You can find information about incarcerated trans people at, and more information about Marius Jacob Mason at

Donate in solidarity with the SOCPA7


Click here to donate:

A supporter is running the Bournemouth Marathon on October 5th 2014 to raise money for the SOCPA7 – seven campaigners accused of conspiracy to commit SOCPA 145 in relation to SHAC (Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty), the international campaign to close down HLS (Huntingdon Life Sciences). They are facing 5 years in prison for protesting against animal testing.

HLS is the Europe’s largest contract animal-testing laboratory. They carry out experiments which involve poisoning animals with household products, pesticides, drugs, herbicides, food colourings and additives, sweeteners and genetically modified organisms.

Every three minutes an animal dies inside Huntingdon totaling 500 innocent lives every single day.

HLS have been repeatedly exposed for horrendous animal cruelty. The SHAC campaign has been so effective that HLS has been driven to bankruptcy.

Due to vested interests in the vivisection industry, the UK Government stepped in to help HLS. They provided financial help and introduced new laws to target anti-vivisection campaigners.

For more information about the SOCPA7 please visit

Thank you very much for your support,
Until all are free!

Kevin & Tyler indicted on federal charges

UPDATED (7/17): Statements from Tyler and Kevin included below 

Regarding the AETA indictment of Tyler Lang & Kevin Olliff

First, let’s acknowledge the timing of this event: We’re well aware that arresting Tyler Lang on an indictment of federal charges was coordinated to coincide with the annual National Animal Rights Conference and the Fight or Flight Tour fundraiser. It was the FBI’s blatant and clumsy attempt to scare activists, create divisiveness, and deter Tyler and others from the above-ground activism they practice. But word of the event spread quickly—not only among attendees at the LA conference, but throughout the country’s network of animal advocates—and one thing is resoundingly clear: we’re angry, but we’re not shaken.

Last summer, ten fur farms were raided in ten weeks, resulting in more than 10,000 mink, foxes, and even a rare bobcat being freed from certain death at the hands of fur farmers. And since the beginning of the government’s resulting witch hunt—when Kevin and Tyler were arrested in the course of a routine traffic stop on a road trip last August, when Kevin’s ID came up with a “domestic terrorist” flag—we’ve all known that law enforcement has been trying to connect dots that they simply cannot. We’re in the midst of what the FBI is attempting to make into a classic AETA prosecution. And the activist community is all too familiar with the insidiousness and inaccuracy that underpins this law…

Ultimately, we want it known that Kevin and Tyler are not faltering. They’re aware of their position, they’re confident in the facts, and they want to make sure other activists are not set off course by these incidents.

“This is not an indictment against two activists. It’s an attempt to indict an entire movement in the eyes of the public. The fur industry confines and kills millions of animals every year for fashion—but the American government points the finger and calls animal advocates violent. I certainly believe people are savvy enough to see the truth.” —Kevin Olliff
“The recent charges brought against Kevin and me are not only wrong but egregious. When we think of terrorism, we think of violence being committed against individuals. The government’s “terrorist” targeting of two friends with a history of speaking out against injustice is an affront to the meaning of what violence really is, and a slap in the face to a public that sadly knows what terrorism actually looks like.” —Tyler Lang

Funds are needed NOW for attorney fees and Kevin’s ongoing state prison support. Please donate via the PayPal link or Donations page.


Please send Kevin a letter of support:

Kevin Johnson, M42382
Danville Correctional Center
3820 E. Main St.
Danville, IL 61834

Tyler Lang was released from state custody in November 2013. He is currently out on bond awaiting arraignment on the federal charges.

Support Jailed Mi’kmaq Warriors – Verdict & Sentencing Updates


Our Mi’kmaq warriors are requesting the assistance of the people for help. They are requiring some assistance with their canteen funds. Germain junior Breau and Aaron Francis, members of the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society have been incarcerated and held as political prisoners of war since the raid of their encampment in incensed unsurrendered Mi’kmaq territory on October 17th, 2013.  They were both found guilty of weapons-related charges on June 26th 2014. Their sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 25th, 2014.

Junior Breau was found guilty of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and 5 counts of pointing a firearm. Not guilty of 5 counts assaulting police with a firearm.

Aaron was found guilty of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. He was found not guilty of throwing Molotovs,  intent to do bodily harm by causing an explosive device to explode, possession of explosives while prohibited to do so, and committing an offense while having his face masked.

They are currently the only two political prisoners of war in so-called Canada. They made a stance to not only protect the indigenous women, elders and children in their inherent territories but they were also defending the sacred land and waters for all people. They made their stance for the liberation of the Mi’kmaq nation and for the liberation of all indigenous people all over the world. To support our warriors please contact Suzanne Patles 902 217 0608 or Patty Crow 506 229 0373 or via Facebook inbox
Email transfers can be sent to healing_crow2010 [at] hotmail [dot] com

You can also organize a letter writing night, send in reading materials (like awesome zines from ZigZag  but no staples, glue, glitter or adhesives) or host a fundraiser!

Money can be sent directly to our men via Canada post money order and sends money order along with your letter of support

You could also write a warrior:
Germain junior Breau / Aaron Francis
S.R.C.C; 435 Lino rd; Shediac NB; E4P 0H6 Canada

Call For International Solidarity With Anti-fascist Jock Palfreeman

A few days ago Australian anti-fascist Jock Palfreeman was assaulted in Sofia Central Prison in Bulgaria (he says it was not “too badly”) but yesterday July 6 the same guard assaulted another prisoner, an elderly man, and some of that man’s compatriots came to his assistance. These seven were then set upon by 40 guards, who brutally beat them.

Jock, in his role of secretary of the Bulgarian Prisoners Association, phoned a number of lawyers to help defend those assaulted. Now Jock has been threatened by the same prison guard has threatened him with another beating.

It is no surprise that not only Jock’s role within the prison with the Bulgarian
Prisoners Association but also because of the various days of action for Jock being organised around the globe to highlight his case. You can contact the Bulgarian prison authorities details below or organise a protest at your nearest Bulgarian embassy or consulate.

Addresses to post, fax and email your letters of protest to:
Krassimira Vocheva
Head Prosecutor-Sofia
No.2 Vitosha blvd
Tel: +359 28051500
Email via:
NB: the fields on the form translate as:
Name & Surname:
Full address:
Your email:
Complaint or question (10000 characters):

Borish Velchev
Head Prosecutor-Sofia
No.2 Vitosha blvd
Tel: +359 28051500
Email via:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria
Address: 2 Aleksander Zhendov Str
Sofia 1040
Tel: +359 2 948 2999 (ready form for sending messages from their website, very

Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria LONDON
186-188 Queen’s Gate
London SW7 5HL
Tel.: (0044) (0) 207 584 9400, (0) 207 584 9433
Fax: (0044) (0) 207 584 4948

Information, Public Relations and European Communication Directorate
Director: Sofia Vladimirova
Tel: +359 2 971 1408. OR +359 2 971 3778. OR +359 2 948 2218.
Fax: +359 2 870 3041

Ministry’s Reception Desk
Tel: +359 2 948 2018 or +359 2 971 1054
(opening hrs 09.30 – 12.00 and 14.00 – 16.00)

Ministry of Justice
No 1 Slavanska st
Sofia 1040

Finally, please write to Jock, even if it’s only a ‘good luck’ postcard. Any letters
and postcards will help to keep Jock’s spirit up and feeling positive. All will be
gratefully received. You can write to Jock at the following address:

Jock Palfreeman
Sofia Central Prison,
21 General Stoletov Boulevard,
Sofia 1309,

Greece Prisoner Hunger Strike Suspended

Suspension of pan-hellenic hunger strike. Today, Tuesday July 1st, we suspend the mass pan-hellenic hunger strike we had begun against the legislation for the high security prisons. We suspend the hunger strike, but we do not end our mobilization. On the contrary, we are regaining our powers and warn the ministry that we will not accept the functioning of the greek Guantanamo in Domokos or anywhere. We remain suspicious towards the improvement propositions of the ministry that will be deposited on Thursday and we are ready if necessary to fight with EVERY MEAN to cancel the legislation-abnormity for the high security prisons.

We know that nothing would have been improved if we did not do the hunger strike. But the ministry should know that against the organized silence imposed by the Mass Media by hiding the BIGGEST HUNGER STRIKE ever (4500 prisoners on hunger strike), from now on, we change the means of struggle and if necessary we will continue with stronger forms of resistance. An intelligent being will understand.. initiative commission of prison struggle.

Prison Struggle Committee

Letter Appeal on behalf of John Bowden – July 2014

In 2007 my association with the Anarchist Black Cross was considered a compelling enough reason by the prison authorities to prevent my release, despite the subsequent exposure of the lies manufactured by a prison administration regarding the nature and activities of ABC.

In the summer of 2007 following my
transfer to an open jail, Castle Huntley near Dundee, after almost
three decades of imprisonment, a prison-hired social worker at the
jail, Matthew Stillman, submitted a report to the Parole Board in
which he claimed I was linked to what he described as a “terrorist
group”, specifically naming ABC, and had received visits from
“terrorists” also linked to ABC. As a consequence of Stillman’s
allegation I was transferred back to a maximum-security prison.

Following a campaign of protests on my
behalf by ABC, which included demonstrations outside the Scottish
Parliament and Scottish Prison Service H.Q. In Edinburgh, and an
investigation by Perth & Kinross Council into Stillman’s
allegations to the Parole Board, those allegations were exposed as
lies. Whilst being interviewed by a representative from Perth and
Kinross Council Stillman would claim by way of a defence that he had
been encouraged by senior management staff at Castle Huntly prison to
use the term or description “terrorist” when describing ABC in
the parole report. Stillman faced no disciplinary proceedings
following the exposure of his lies and was simply moved to another
social work council.

It would be several years before the
prison authorities would resurrect it’s lies regarding the
“terrorist” or “criminal” nature of ABC in an attempt yet
again to prevent my release, and once again prison-hired
“professionals”, this time psychologists, would be used to
present the lies as impartial and unprejudiced fact.

On the 9th June the
psychology dept at Shotts Prison in Lanarkshire carried out an
assessment of my case, ostensibly to decide my “level of risk” in
terms of danger to the community, and my suitability, or not, for a
return to an open prison. On page 21 of their subsequent
“Psychological Assessment Report” they wrote the following:

“Mr Bowden holds value in
communicating his political ideals and advocating change. He has also
used radical websites to identify Criminal Justice system
professionals (the allusion to Stillman is obvious) that he alleges
have abused their positions of authority. While he cites this to be a
feature of his views on authority in general and therefore feels
entitled to express his views and thoughts, this is an area that
should be further monitored by the relevant authority supervising
him. Mr Bowden has stated his intent to distance himself from
criminal associates, yet considers the Anarchist Black Cross groups,
to whom he is linked, to be non-criminal in their approach. At the
time of writing, there was no information available from the police
to confirm this. It should be noted however, that in 1992 he had
associates that facilitated his escape to Holland. His associations
should therefore be monitored in conjunction with the police. It will
also be useful to liaise with the police if concerns emerged in the
future about the approach of Anarchist Black Cross groups being
criminal in their intent”.

Firstly, ABC members played absolutely
no role or part in my escape to Holland in 1992 and there is no
evidence whatsoever to suggest they did, and secondly, following
Stillman’s lies regarding the ABC in 2007, Perth and Kinross Council
asked the police to provide an opinion of ABC and were informed it
was a “radical group” with “potential public order risks” but
definitely not “terrorist” in nature or unlawful in political
orientation. Once again the prison authorities here in Scotland are
attempting to criminalise ABC and punish prisoners linked to it.

I would ask ABC members therefore both
in solidarity with me and as a protest against their criminalisation
by a serial human rights abuser like the prison system, to e-mail and
send letters of complaint to the following:

Jim Kerr
HMP Shotts
Cantrell Road

Scottish Prisoner Service H.Q.
Calton House
5 Redheughs Rigg
EH12 9HW

The Justice Minister
Scottish Parliament

Please send letters of support to:

John Bowden
HMP Shotts
Cantrell Road