CALL-IN ON MONDAY, OCT 21 & LETTER WRITING ON FRIDAY, OCT. 25 FOR GREEN SCARE PRISONER MARIE MASON
Please call the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) on Monday, Oct 21 and write a letter on Friday, October 25 to ask that Marie Mason be moved out of the restricted unit of Carswell prison and that it be shut down.
Marie Mason is serving an almost twenty-two-year sentence for two acts of environmentally motivated property damage in which no one was hurt. She is currently imprisoned in a special section of the women’s federal prison in Carswell, Texas. The Carswell unit holds about twenty women who are imprisoned for political actions, are on death row, or who have behavioral infractions.
She has no hope of ever being moved unless we advocate for her.
On this Monday, October 21, please call BOP head Charles E. Samuels, Jr. and ask that Marie be moved out of the unit—and that the unit itself be abolished. On Friday, October 25 write a letter to Samuels to ask that Marie be moved and the isolation unit be shut down. Letter-writing events will also be held in a number of cities around the world (including Detroit, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Portland, Tucson in the U.S.; Brisbane and Hobart, Australia; and Edinburgh, Scotland).
Below is details on 1) the October 21 call-in; 2) the Oct. 25 letter-writing; 3) details about the Carswell restriction unit.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 21 CALL-IN
Organize a Phone Tree
Get friends and family in on it by organizing a phone tree. Create a list of people who agree to join you in calling, then pass it out to everyone. The first person calls in, then calls to remind the next person in line. If you get a voicemail, leave a message go down the list until you reach someone. It’s an easy way to help yourself and others follow through.
Use the following script to help prepare what you will say. Practice a few times to yourself if you’d like. Speak politely and with confidence and urgency.
Call Bureau of Prisons Director Charles E. Samuels, Jr.
Hello, my name is _______ and I am calling about Marie Mason, ID #04672-061. I would like to speak with Charles E. Samuels Jr. about her unjust transfer to FMC Carswell.
Hello Mr. Samuels. My name is ________ I am calling on behalf of Marie Mason, who has been unjustly placed in a special isolation unit at FMC Carswell – without notice or cause- in a move that is strictly punitive on the part of the BOP. Marie has had no disciplinary incidents since her incarceration, poses no threat or danger to the prison or other inmates and has worked hard to make her life and the life of her fellow inmates better for the last 5 years. There is no reason for her to be in this unit – 1000 miles from friends and family.
We demand that Marie be moved to a lower security facility – closer to her family and friends – so that she can serve the remainder of her sentence in a facility where she can be housed with the general population.
Thank you for your time. I will be following up in the coming months to check on this situation.
Suggested Call In Times
The BOP office is open 8am-5pm EST. We’re suggesting then that people call in at the following times according to their time zone. Of course, the most important thing is to call, so call when works best for you.
West Coast: Call between noon and 2pm your time
Mountain People: Call between 11am and one your time
Central Folks: Call between 10am and noon your time
East Coast: Call between 9am and 11am your time
Share Your Call In Story
After calling in, let people know how it went via Diaspora, Twitter, Facebook or other platforms you use. It can be as simple as “I called the BOP to Move Marie!” with a link to the call-in info or a quick rundown of what went down when you called. It will help inspire others to call and raise awareness about the campaign.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 WRITE THE BOP DIRECTOR
Please help get Marie Mason moved out of FMC Carswell by writing a letter to the Bureau of Prisons Director. We are asking as many people as possible to write letters and organize letter writing events so that we can show the BOP just how many people recognize her position as unjust, and support the idea of her being moved into a general population unit closer to her family.
Below is the address to send all letters to, and a sample letter. Please remain firm but polite in your communications with the BOP.
Charles E. Samuels, Jr. , Director,
Federal Bureau of Prisons,
320 First St., NW,
Washington, DC 20534
Dear Director Samuels:
I write on behalf of Marie Mason #04672-061, who is currently incarcerated
in a special isolation unit at FMC Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas. Marie
has been unjustly placed in this unit – without notice or cause- in a move
that is strictly punitive on the part of the BOP. She has had no
disciplinary incidents since her incarceration, poses no threat or danger
to the prison or other inmates and has worked hard to make her life and
the life of her fellow inmates better for the last 5 years. There is no
reason for her to be in this unit – 1000 miles from friends and family.
In fact, you said in a memorandum written to all federal prisoners in June
2013 to reaffirm the importance of parenting that, “there is no substitute
for seeing your children, looking them in the eye, and letting them know
you care about them.” Marie would love the opportunity to do this.
I urge you to transfer Marie to a lower security facility – closer to her
family and friends – so that she can serve the remainder of her sentence
in a facility where she can be housed with the general population.
Her sentence would best be served in a facility consistent with her
peaceful personality and constructive nature.
Thank you for your attention to this matter. If a reply is possible, it
would be appreciated.
BACKGROUND ON MARIE MASON’S INCARCERATION IN THE CARSWELL PRISON RESTRICTED UNIT
In 2010, Marie was transferred from a medium-security prison to the high security, tightly restricted unit of the notorious FMC Carswell, justified by the government as necessary only for inmates they deem the country’s most violent, dangerous prisoners.
Marie’s gymnasium-sized unit houses up to 20 female prisoners, but this space has been cut in half due to a new wall; a restricted unit inside a restricted unit. Prisoners are only allowed to leave this building for medical treatment, which comes after a protracted wait and fierce advocacy on the part of a prisoner.
Many of the women in Marie’s unit suffer from untreated, debilitating mental health issues which are manifested in violent behavior, self-mutilation, screams and sobs throughout the night, and unpredictable actions. The constant barrage of cries and pleas from people in emotional pain constitutes psychological torture. There is no rest or calm.
Marie is allowed to exercise in a small, fenced-in, concrete, outdoor area topped by wire mesh. There is no room to run or engage in physical activity. The recreational room has one exercise bicycle and is rarely staffed.
Marie is frequently and unpredictably locked down for hours on end due to inmates fighting, attacks on guards, and acts of self-sabotage by some of the women. This greatly limits her access to recreation, work, and the small outdoor cage. Mental health counseling and educational classes are not provided.
Most inmates know what they have to do to be moved from this unit, but not Marie. Neither the Carswell prison officials nor the BOP has ever given her an explanation as to what she must do to be transferred from this facility.
Currently, she has no hope of ever being moved unless we advocate for her. The continual assault of a sterile environment, the lack of access to exercise and mental stimulation, the constant destructive outbursts from inmates who are not receiving the treatment they desperately deserve, and the impossibility of attaining freedom from this unit without outside intervention is inhumane. It is urgent that we do everything within our power to get her out of this place immediately. Every day that Marie is forced to live in these conditions takes a toll on her mental and physical health.
Marie has never violated any prison rules and is obviously being targeted for her political beliefs. We demand that she be removed from this restrictive unit and transferred to a federal prison near her family and friends.