JUNE 11th statement by Jeremy Hammond
Revolutionary greetings on this June 11! Solidarity with all Earth warriors and anarchists behind bars!
We are up against a system of power and profit, a system which is destroying the planet and forcing the people into poverty and imprisonment. Many of us who have fought back found ourselves in the crosshairs of an extensive counter-intelligence apparatus who use trumped-up “terrorism” charges and entrapment by informants to put us in prison for years.
There are many lessons from each case to consider before engaging in future work, but it is most important that we do not let the seemingly overwhelming forces of domination intimidate us into inaction and passivity.
Even those of us doing time, you know we stay bucking the system, and it brings us strength and inspiration to hear about your work in the streets, to hear about ongoing campaigns – such as the fight to stop the Bureau of Prisons from building a new maximum security federal prison in Letcher County, Kentucky, in the middle of a mountaintop removal coal processing area.
This is a winnable opportunity highlighting the connections between the prison industrial complex and the exploitation of the Earth by profiteering capitalists.
But to succeed, we must consider the full range of tactics available. Everything from organizing conferences and sending books to prisoners, from lawsuits to protest marches, to hacking websites and sabotaging infrastructure.
Every act of defiance counts, even if we do not immediately see the results of our efforts, because even small ripples can make big waves. Local actions have global consequences.
We are spreading seeds of revolution, growing wild and free. Until we can overgrow and overthrow this system once and for all!
For the rev!
International Day of Solidarity With Marius Mason & All Longterm Anarchist Prisoners
The struggle against prisons must take many forms. It must be both slow and steady and fast and unpredictable. Supporting imprisoned comrades requires diligence, patience, and time to grow real relationships. Our imprisoned comrades remain in the struggle, and we will continue to support them and conspire with them in whatever ways we can. But we also want to relentlessly attack the infrastructure and logic of prisons, to become complicit with struggles inside and against prisons.
June 11 can be many things: a fundraiser; an opportunity to spread tbe word and raise awareness; a chance to connect personally with longterm anarchist prisoners via letter or phone; an intervention to begin struggling determinedly against a prison construction project; an attack; a chance to find a crack in the structure of prison society and exploit it.
Whether by yourself or with a hundred comrades, we hope that you take action this June 11: against prisons, and in solidarity with long term anarchist prisoners. Thank you for all the solidarity you show, on June 11th or any day. It means everything.
June 11 – Day of Solidarity with Marius Mason, Eric McDavid, and All Eco-Prisoners, Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners
June 11 began as an international day of solidarity with long-term eco-prisoner and anarchist Jeff “Free” Luers in 2004. At the time
Jeff was serving 22+years.
Infuriated by the environmental devastation he saw occurring on a global scale, Jeff torched three SUVs at a car dealership in Eugene, Oregon. The sentence imposed on him was meant to send a clear message to others who were angered by capitalism’s continued war on the Earth’s ecosystems – and to those who were willing to take action to put a stop to it.
After years of struggle, Jeff and his legal team won a reduction in his sentence and he was released from prison in December 2009. But in the years intervening Jeff’s arrest and release, the FBI had carried out a series of indictments and arrests in an attempt to devastate the radical environmental and anarchist communities. Two of the people caught up in this maelstrom of repression were Eric McDavid and Marius Mason.
After serving nearly 10 years in prison, Eric’s judgment and sentencing were vacated when his legal team exposed in a habeas petition that the FBI had failed to disclose potentially exculpatory evidence to the defense. Eric pleaded guilty to a lesser charge that carried a 5 year maximum sentence and was released almost immediately in January 2015.
Please join us in commemorating an International Day of Solidarity with Marius Mason, and all Eco-prisoners on every June 11. This is a time to remember those who are in prison – who are continuing their struggles on the inside. This is a time to continue and strengthen the very work for which Eric and Marius were put in prison – to struggle against capitalism, ecological devastation, and the ever more diffuse forms of control in this prison society.
June 11 -13, 2016 there will be a convergence in Washington, DC to fight Prisons and Support Eco-Prisoners.Follow @spanclassulinkComplextargetthefreeonlinespan