3/18/08 – **Update** Marie Mason

March 19, 2008 at 12:59 am (Announcements and Advisories, Marie Mason)

We were able to see Marie on Sunday, March 16 for the first time since her
arrest. We use the word ‘see’ loosely as her two 20 minute visits per
week at Butler County Jail are conducted via video conferencing. This
means that three of us packed into a small metal cubicle around a 12″
monitor with a small camera and telephone. Only the top portion of
Marie’s face was actually visible and only the person with the telephone
is able to speak with her, further adding to the impersonality and
segregation. This style of “visitation” is another tactic of the state to
isolate, alienate, and degrade prisoners and their loved ones on the

Marie is still not being given an adequate vegan diet. Up to this point,
jail officials have been at least outwardly approachable about our
concerns. Jail officials have been returning phone calls in regards to
Marie’s need for a vegan diet seeking details. We want to reaffirm that
Marie is subsisting almost entirely on oatmeal, an unhealthful situation
that will only be exacerbated by the passing of time. Therefore, we are
repeating our request that people call the jail and politely express their
concern for Marie’s health and their conviction that she should receive a
vegan diet. Listed below are the relevant numbers at the Butler County Jail.
Please note that we are now asking for calls to be made to the Medical
Department of the jail.

Medical Department

Warden’s Office

Sergeant’s Office


On a more inspiring note, the General Defense Committee of the Industrial
Workers of the World (IWW) has issued a $10 assessment stamp for members,
the proceeds of which will go to Marie and the other indictees. Additionally,
any individuals who choose to join the GDC in March, April, or May can
choose to have their entire one-year membership fee ($25) donated to the
support of Marie and the other indictees. We are encouraging individuals to
join and specifically choose to have their membership fees donated to this
support effort. You do not need to be a member of the IWW to join the GDC.
For more information on the GDC and how to join, look here.

We want to encourage everyone to keep us updated on any events being
planned in support of Marie so that we can help to get the word out. Marie
sends her love to all who have contributed in any way to her wellbeing in these
troubling times. To send funds in the form of a check or money order made out
to “Books for Prisoners”. Please put in the notes section Marie and/or include a
letter detailing that the enclosed funds are for Marie Masons defense.

It’s all About the Struggle,

Got Your Back
Friends of Marie Mason
P.O. Box 19065
Cincinnati, OH 45219

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