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On This Day: June 11

International Day of Solidarity with Marius Mason and all Long-term Anarchist Prisoners

  • 1381: Peasants’ Revolt: Essex rebels begin their march on London.
  • 1832: Jules Vallès born in Le Puy-en-Velay, France. He was a journalist and author. He took part in the uprising against Napoleon III during the French coup of 1851.
  • 1888: Martyred Italian-American anarchist Bartolomeo Vanzetti born.
  • 1913: One striker is killed after police shoot at a IWW & maritime workers picket against United Fruit Company in New Orleans.
  • 1914: Emma Goldman finishes lectures in Los Angeles (May 15-June 11) delivering anarchist propaganda and modern drama lectures, which includes discussion of Irish playwright Seumas O'Kelly.
  • 1920: Bartolemo Vanzetti is indicted for the Bridgewater hold-up.
  • 1922: The anarcho-syndicalist Confederación Nacional del Trabajo (CNT) withdraws its provisional affiliation with the Third International in favor of the International Workers Association (IWA).
  • 1925: During mine workers’ strike against British Empire Steel Corp in Cape Breton, company police beat strikers, shooting one dead.
  • 1926: The first 5-day, 40-hour work week in the united States was won by New York furriers after a massive strike.
  • 1931: National Congress of the Confederación Nacional del Trabajo (CNT) held in Madrid.
  • 1944: Union Federation of Bolivian Mine Workers is founded.
  • 1953: José Bové born. He is famous for destroying a partly built McDonald’s in Millau, France, protesting food import practice & hormone-treated beef.
  • 1962: Students for a Democratic Society holds founding convention in Michigan.
  • 1963: “The Stand in the Schoolhouse Door”: Alabama Governor George Wallace stands in front of a schoolhouse door at the University of Alabama in an attempt to stop desegregation by the enrollment of two black students, Vivian Malone and James Hood. Wallace stands aside after being confronted by federal marshals, Deputy Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach, and the Alabama National Guard. Later in life he apologizes for his opposition to racial integration.
  • 1963: Thich Quang Duc self-immolates in Saigon protesting persecution of Buddhists by South Vietnam government.
  • 1965: The International Poetry Incarnation attended by philosophical anarchists, Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, as well as other members of the Beat Generation.
  • 1968: Daniel Cohn-Bendit, key organizer of student & worker demos in France, arrives in Britain.
  • 1968: Henriette Maîtrejean dies in Limeil-Brévannes, France. She was an individualist anarchist and member of the Bonnot Gang. She wrote for many anarchist publications, such as La Revue Anarchiste, La défense de l'homme and La liberté, which was founded by Louis Lecoin in 1959.
  • 1968: Two workers killed by French riot police in the factories of Peugeot-Sochaux.
  • 1970: Stuart Christie’s home is raided with explosives warrant.
  • 1970: US Representative Martha Griffiths files petition to bring Equal Rights amendment to House floor for consideration after 22 years.
  • 1973: General strike begins in Pamplona, Spain.
  • 1990: Anarchists riot, forming barricades in the streets of Sofia against the election manipulations of the various political forces.
  • 2001: Jeff Luers sentenced to 22 years for burning 3 SUVs.
  • 2002: Earth First! & IWW activists Judi Bari & Darryl Cherney win false-arrest lawsuit against Oakland police.
  • 2015: Syrian Civil War: More than 400 volunteers from Europe, the Americas and Australia have joined the YPG as of this date.
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Help support eco-prisoners, get yourself some art!

INFO:Never Alone Eco-Prisoner Support Exhibition

online at neveraloneart.org – June11-30, 2014

The second annual Never Alone online art auction launches on June 11, the International Day of Solidarity with Marie Mason, Eric McDavid and all Eco-prisoners. Marie and Eric are two environmental and social justice activistswho are both serving near 20 year sentences for their involvement in environmental struggle in the United States.All artworks will be exhibited and available for online purchase until June 30. Funds raised will be used to support Marie, Eric and other eco-prisoners’ needs.

There are 24 artists involved this year, including a number of prisoners who have contributed artworks from behind prison walls. All of the artworks focus on themes of wilderness, liberation, state captivity and our relationship with the natural world and other animals. Marie Mason, a prolific visual artist and musician, has contributed two paintings from a restrictive unit inside Carswell Federal Prison in Texas. Her paintings depict aspects of the natural world that are shared with her by friends from the outside who are continuing the struggle to defend ecological systems. Another prisoner who has contributed artwork is Jose Heladio Villarreal, a hunger striker and long term resident of Pelican Bay prison’s notorious isolation unit.

A great number of artists on the other side of prison walls, including members of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative and Beehive Design Collective, have contributed a range of stunning prints, paintings and drawings.

The Never Alone exhibition is a beautiful visual representation of people’s dedication for defending the natural world, and the rights of people to stand in defense of it without facing excessive punishment from the State. It’s also a passionate expression of solidarity with those who have fallen prey to the waves of repression we see political activists facing all over the world.

Starting on June 11, the Never Alone exhibition will be able to be viewed online around the world at neveraloneart.org until June 30.

CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS

Adam Void, Ali Cat Leeds, Alma Sheppard-Matsuo, Amy Wilson, Christina Mrozik, Eric McDavid*, Elektra KB, Eva Hall, Gedden, Jeff Luers, Jose Heladio Villarreal*, Larry Pendleton*, Marie Mason *, Matt Taylor, Mazatl, Nicole Rodrigues, Pat Perry, Sean Swain*, Shannon Willmott, Tiger Killhour, Todd (Hyung-Rae) Tarselli (TR)*, Vulpes Vulpes, witchmoss, Zack Meade. (*denotes current prisoner)

You can find out more about Marie & Eric’s cases at:
supportmariemason.org
supporteric.org

Find out more about the June 11 International Day of Solidarity with Marie Mason, Eric McDavid and all Eco-prisoners at: earthfirstjournal.org/june11

Contact: neveraloneexhibit@gmail.com