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 The Final Straw 
 Weekly Program
 Beth from Phoenix ABC & Jessie B Support Committee
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This week Bursts spoke with Beth, a member of Phoenix Anarchist Black
Cross and a member of the Support Jessie B committee about the case of
Jessica Burlew. Jessie is a now-18 year old woman on the autism
spectrum and diagnosed with schitzo-effective disorder who's been held
in solitary confinement as a protective measure in a Maricopa County
Jail. She's being charged by the state in the death during a sexual
encounter with her 42 year old man 2 years ago in what even coroners
have deemed to be accidental. We talk about Beth's case, about gender
and courts, about child welfare, mental health and advocacy in the
criminal system of Arizona.

More on the case can be found at

But first, these announcements...


Marius Mason is an anarchist, an environmental and animal rights
prisoner serving nearly 22 years in federal prison for acts of sabotage
carried out in defense of the planet. No one was injured in any of these
actions. After being threatened with a life sentence in 2009, he
pleaded guilty to charges of arson at a Michigan State University lab
researching Genetically Modified Organisms for Monsanto, and admitted to
12 other acts of property damage. The sentencing judge applied a
so-called “terrorism enhancement” to his term which added almost two
more years than the maximum requested by the prosecution. This is the
harshest punishment of anyone convicted of environmental sabotage to

Marius is incarcerated in the high security Administration Unit at
the Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas. According to
the prison’s own literature, the unit is “designed for female inmates
with histories of escapes, chronic behavior problems, repeated incidents
of assaultive or predatory behavior, or other special management
concerns.” Marius has never violated any prison rules. Clearly, he is
being held in this unit because of his political beliefs and in an
effort to silence him.

The unit is frequently and unpredictably locked down for hours on end
due to violence and suicide attempts resulting from the claustrophobic
and oppressive conditions. Prisoners leave the building for medical
treatment, but only after a protracted wait and fierce advocacy on the
part of the prisoner even though Carswell is ostensibly a medical
facility. Access to mental health counseling, medical care, and
educational opportunities are greatly diminished because of security

Due to shifting policies Marius unit is only accepting mail
addresssed to Marie (Marius) Mason. This change has felt like a big step
back in his plea to begin his transition (Mason is a transgender man).
Additionally he has recieved little to no mail in the past weeks,
leaving him in almost complete isolation from the outside world,

It's asked that people write to him, to let him and the prison
administration know that folks are keeping an eye on his situation.

Address letters to:

Marie (Marius) Mason 04672-061

FMC Carswell

Federal Medical Center

PO Box 27137

Fort Worth, Texas 76127

More about him and his case can be found at


We have just received word that Eric’s trial is likely to be continued
yet again. Eric’s public defender has entered a motion to continue his
trial date until March 8th, so that we can have more time to prepare for
trial or otherwise resolve the case. We expect that the judge will
grant the motion.

As you may know, it’s been over a year since Eric’s arrest and
pre-trial incarceration at CCA Leavenworth (a private prison operated by
the Corrections Corporation of America) in Leavenworth, Kansas.
Although for Eric and the rest of us it feels like it’s been a very long
time, for a trial of this caliber, it’s pretty standard to spend a
couple years in prison awaiting trial.

Many warm thank you’s to all those who have been making preparations
to come to Kansas City for the trial. We hope to be able to give plenty
of notice so that people can make clear plans to attend trial and show
their support. We hope that, should Eric’s case go trial, friends and
comrades will fill the courtroom.

We are also happy to report that Eric’s mail situation seems to be
improving! Thanks to all of the efforts of people across the country to
pressure the CCA mailroom to abide by the laws it purport to uphold.
Although we dream of a world without “laws” or “rights,” in the meantime
we’ll do what we can to keep our friend’s mail out of the trash. Thanks
to all those who were willing to join in the effort!

For now, you can help by writing a letter to Eric, hosting a
letter-writing night for him, donating money to his legal fund or buying
a t-shirt. The road before us is long and expensive and it’s going to
take a lot of support to get through it. Again, many thanks to all of
you who have continued to show your support throughout this arduous

Link to Eric’s Fundraiser

You can see more about Eric's case at

Eric's Address:

Eric King


CCA Leavenworth

100 Highway Terrace

Leavenworth, KS 66048


This from,
a fundraising site being used by supporters of Janey Waller, arrested
in an obvious case of racial profiling, in which the cops said he “fit
the description” of a crime he did not commit. A witness to the “crime”
immediately confirmed that Janye had nothing to do with it, but Janye
was still taken into custody where he was questioned and then leveled
with serious charges related to last year’s protests in Oakland against
the non-indictments for the murders of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

AREA. He lives and works in Oakland, providing financial support to his
mother, his two younger brothers, and his cousin. He attended Berkeley
Community College where he planned to major in Accounting, but had to
take leave in order to help support his family, and he hopes to return
to college soon. Janye also volunteers at a social center in West
Oakland that works to empower black and indigenous people living in the
Bay Area through education and mutual aid. Within this space Janye works
tirelessly, helping coordinate and administer programs focusing on
skills like urban farming, which foster both community and individual

THE BAY AREA LAST WINTER. After several high profile police killings of
young black men, the Bay Area, like much of the rest of the country,
surged into a wave of protest and resistance. The state responded by
using the legal system as a tool of repression, threatening
incarceration and steep fines for some of those involved in these
actions. It is sad but obvious that the one person getting targeted for
that beautiful moment of protest is a strong and politicized young black

process saps significant resources. Janye needs help with the costs of
legal defense and the substantial bail amount that he borrowed.

Other ways you can help: COME OUT TO SUPPORT HIM IN COURT! This matters!
Next court date: Monday Oct 19th, 9am, Wiley Manuel courthouse Dept

Please give whatever you can and let others know.

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In anarchy radio news, check out this newly minted podcast The
Brilliant, which is recorded out of Berkley CA and features co hosts
Aragorn! of Little Black Cart (an anarchist publishing house) and Bellamy
formerly of Free Radical Radio. The Brilliant self describes as "an
attempt to tell different kinds of stories, ones with complex moral
plays, ones that aren’t so clearly stories, and ones that are of human
size. Their motivation to tell these tales is a desire to see a
proliferation of different stories and not just the simple morality
plays of popular culture or the inverted, but otherwise identical,
stories of the radical milieu." Check out their archives, and stay tuned
for upcoming episodes, at


Since Sean Swain is still on communications blackout, Rydra of Free
Radical Radio was kind enough to provide voice over for this week's


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