Marius Mason’s Education


Support college classes for political prisoner Marius Mason!

Marius Mason is an anarchist, environmental and animal rights activist, musician and artist currently serving a nearly 22-year sentence in federal prison for acts of property damage carried out in defense of the planet. The actions, years earlier, resulted in no injuries. In 2009, the draconian sentence, the harshest punishment of anyone convicted of environmental sabotage to date, was imposed on Marius.

Marius is incarcerated in the high security Administration Unit at FMC Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas, a particularly isolating prison facility, where visits and other contact with the world outside the prison walls is difficult. Marius has maintained an amazing spirit, writing poetry, creating art, and keeping up with political and environmental issues that have been central to his life.

After several years, his effort to access educational opportunities has finally met with an approved avenue to construct an academic program. Marius needs support for this very important opportunity!

Marius has just applied to Ohio University Correctional Education – one of only a small number of colleges that offer full correspondence (rather than on-line) courses. As soon as all the paperwork is completed and expenses met, he will be starting his first course. Marius is really excited about starting classes!

There are, of course, costs. The coursework costs $343 per credit hour (each class is 3-4 credits), plus an application fee and books, totaling an estimated $1200-$1300 for the first course.

Marius wants to study psychology in order to, in his words, gain a better understanding of how the mind works, to develop a deeper understanding of his own diagnosed gender dysphoria,  and the way in which we all develop a sense of self and our relationship to the larger society. He adds, “When I am released I don’t want to be a burden to my family. I have a huge fine and will also have many costs to pay for my lifetime of probation. It will be necessary to provide for those costs, in order to avoid a return to prison…and more than anything else, I’d like to think that I could contribute something meaningful to society, to be a help and support as so many others have helped me through these prison years.”

The other expenses we are committed to covering for Marius include use of the prison’s video calls to family members and close friends. Marius was recently approved for use of this system, and it has provided a huge boost to his general state of being to be able to have video calls with his two grown children and a few close friends.

Our fund-raising goal is $3000—a totally achievable target! The benefit afforded to someone serving a long sentence in prison is immeasurable. Please help us reach that goal quickly so that this hard-won access to classes and communication is made available immediately!

Thank you so much.

For more in depth information about Marius, and to see his poetry and art, please visit

Empty the Cages: Former Political Prisoners Speak Out


Join ABC and political prisoner support chapters across the continent in our annual panel discussion featuring former U.S. political prisoners:

Thursday October 13th
Doors open at 6:30pm
Speakers 7-9pm
Location: Whittier Community Center, 2900 Downing St.

Spanning generations of political struggle for liberation in the U.S., we are proud to help host this panel that will prove to be informative, inspirational and will help us build a stronger movement of support around resistance to repression by the State.

Sekou Kambui
Daniel McGowan
John Tucker
More TBA
Sekou Kambui:
Sekou is a New Afrikan/Cherokee former political prisoner who survived 47 years of incarceration. Throughout the 1960’s, Sekou participated in the Civil Rights movement, organizing youth for participating in demonstrations and marches across Alabama, and providing security for meetings of the Southern Christian Leadership Council (SCLC), Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Sekou became affiliated with the Black Panther Party in 1967 in Chicago and New York. While in Detroit, he became a member of the Republic of New Afrika, before returning to Birmingham. Back in Alabama, Sekou coordinated community organization activity with the Alabama Black Liberation Front, the Inmates for Action (IFA) Defense Committee and the Afro-American People’s Party in the mid 1970’s. Sekou was also a soldier in the Black Liberation Army (BLA) during these years before his capture.

In 1975, Sekou was falsely arrested and charged with the murder of two white men: a KKK official from Tuscaloosa and a multimillionaire oil man from Birmingham. There was absolutely no evidence against him, only coerced testimony from individuals who subsequently recanted their statements. The judge refused to allow the recanted statements to be stricken from Sekou’s record. He continued the fight throughout his time in Prison. On June 30th, 2014, Sekou was released on parole.
Daniel McGowan:
Daniel is an environmental and social justice activist from New York City. He was charged in Federal court on counts of arson, property destruction and conspiracy, all relating to two actions in Oregon in 2001, claimed by the Earth Liberation Front (ELF). McGowan was facing a minimum of life in prison if convicted when he accepted a non-cooperation plea agreement. His arrest is part of what the US government dubbed Operation Backfire; a coordinated, multi-state sweep of over 15 activists by the federal government who have charged the individuals with practically every earth and animal liberation action in the Pacific Northwest left unsolved. Many have considered this round up indicative of the government’s ‘Green Scare’ focus which has activists being arrested and threatened with life in prison. Many of the charges, including Daniel’s, were for crimes whose statute of limitations were about to expire. Daniel was released from prison on December 11, 2012.
John Tucker:
John was one of five antifascists arrested in May 2012, after an altercation between white supremacists and antifascists in the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park that left ten injured fascists, three of which needed hospitalization. The case of the Tinley Park 5 received an overwhelming amount of public support. Despite the fact that the meeting was organized by violent white supremacist organizations including the National Socialist Movement, Council of Conservative Citizens, and Ku Klux Klan, the state showed their cozy relationship with white supremacy by refusing the accused antifascist activist bail or a plea deal comparable to any other criminal defendant in Cook County. In January 2013 the Tinley Park Five accepted a non-cooperating plea deal. John Tucker was released in February 2014. As of September 2014, all of the TP5 are released.
Donations are encouraged, and will go towards the 6th Annual North American Anarchist Black Cross Conference.

If you can’t make it and would like to help cover travel costs for the panel and the conference, please donate here!

We’ll see you there!

Pack the court room – Support Coyote Acabo and family

coyote-acaboPlan your trip. Book your flight or map your drive. Comrade Coyote Acabo and his family need our love.

On October 3rd, please join us as we support them though Coyote’s trial. These are tough times as repression doesn’t just affect Coyote, it’s devastating and emotionally draining for his beloveds who rely on him for support. Incarceration has and will, add a tremendous strain on his partner and child, in addition to what they’re already dealing with.

Coyote Acabo is an anarchist of color in Olympia WA, who is facing multiple criminal charges stemming from protests in solidarity with Andre Thompson and Bryson Chaplin (two black men who were shot in by police in Olympia). On July 19th, while protestors gathered to show solidarity, neo-nazis arrived to disrupt the demonstration and attacked protestors. Coyote, an anti-racist activist, now faces assault related charges and needs all the support we can provide. Please save the date and literally PACK THE COURT ROOM.

When: Monday, October 3rd at 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Where: Thurston County of – Courthouse Complex Information
2000 Lakeridge Dr SW, Olympia, Washington 98502

Support info:

The judge appreciates formal dress so to the extent you feel comfortable please come dressed nice.

-Go to to help support Coyote and his family financially through this.
-Go to to support Andre and Bryson

Please RSVP to the event because there will be a meeting regarding Coyote’s accountability process that we would like to encourage trial attendees to come to as well.

*We ask that supporters be aware that when Coyote is on trial his family is on trial with him. These are devastating and emotionally draining times for his beloveds and those who rely on him for day to day companionship and support. His family is unable to operate as if this were a social event. If you don’t know them, this trial may not be the time to introduce yourself. Please respect their need for space and understand that it isn’t personal.*

* We need help wrapping up some logistics before he serves his next period of time and before any additional sentence is imposed. As of now he plans to turn himself in on the 25th to serve his next 20 days for municipal charges. Specifically we need help: packing up his stuff at the Alley Palace and putting it in storage, as well as figuring out something to do with his van; stockpiling foods; and gathering funds for phone calls etc. And especially during the trial and likely during part of his twenty days, I will need help getting Devon to and from school. An event page will be going up soon specifically for Coyote’s court support. Also, Tyd takes Coyote’s absence really hard and becomes super clingy, so it is really hard to get a lot done when I am flying solo. Any kind of adult interaction helps release some of that pressure, so please reach out. All of this takes an enormous toll on our family, and we genuinely need, and are deeply grateful for, all the help we can get. Thank you so much for being here through this time.


Running Down The Walls 2016 report back!


Solidarity runs took off in Buffalo and NYC on September 4th, and yesterday in LA, Chico, Lake Worth, Middletown, Seattle, Turners Falls, Denver, and the Twin Cities. Running Down The Walls 2016 was a total success!

Starting at around 9:00am, Denver ABC and friends arrived at Sunken Gardens Park to set up our check-in table, literature, and the route. The weather was already amazing and remained sunny throughout the day. At about 9:30 the first few participants showed up to check-in and get their t-shirts. The shirt graphic features Hugo “Yogi Bear” Pinell, who was murdered in prison on August 12th, 2015 (Rest In Power Yogi Bear). Soon around 45 people had gathered in our corner of the park. The literature table was busy and Denver Food Not Bombs arrived with tasty food and beverages. At 10:30 we made welcoming announcements and initiated group stretches. Three wonderful folks volunteered to work the water stations. As soon as water stations were set, the run/walk/roll ignited! “Let’s go!”


The route crossed Speer Blvd at 11th Ave then moved to 12th Ave, eventually turning right on Ogden St. After another right on 9th Ave and left on Logan St, we soon found ourselves outside the Governor’s Mansion. Many of us took a moment to raise our middle fingers and scream profanities about the shit-bag who lives inside.

A few stayed behind to start grilling vegan hot dogs and making other meal preparations. Denver Food Not Bombs made the best fruit salad in addition to juice drinks, and granola bars. A good amount of water, chips, and salsa were donated by others. Thank you Food Not Bombs and everyone who brought food/drink items!

Once everyone was back at the park we gathered for a group photo and started eating. Announcements were made about upcoming events to support the #PrisonStrike. We hung out for the next few hours, building stronger connections to our community and revolutionaries inside. Enormous thanks to all who participated this year. It means so much to our imprisoned comrades. They will never give up the fight, and neither will we! Thank you Denver community for making our 8th Running Down The Walls another success. Together we raised around $1500 with more donations still rolling in. You rock!

Funds from the event go to support both the ABCF Warchest and Denver ABC Warchest. The Warchest program sends stipends to political prisoners in need of financial assistance.

Love & Solidarity,
Denver Anarchist Black Cross


Solidarity statements from PPs for RDTW 2016!


Political Prisoner Hanif Shabazz Bey’s Statement on Running Down the Walls 2016

hanif-shabazz-beyMuch respect to the organizers of this annual run, and the participants. I have been a runner since 1970, but now as I am turning 66, and the only place I have access to run is around a concrete basketball court, my running is limited, in an effort to preserve my knees.

I would run much more if I could run on a dirt surface, but for now, I do “Jumping Jacks”, “Burpees”, and work the “Universal Machine.” However, on September 4th and 11th, I will run for a half hour on each of those days, because running is a very spiritual act. So on those days, I will run with you in the spirit of Geronimo, Nat Turner, and Joe Hill in fervent resistance!

Regardless of who goes into the White House, Hillary or Donald, 2017 promises to be a year where the downtrodden masses will have to circle the wagons in order to withstand the walls of oppression. So let us all have a strong run, with resistance to oppression on our minds!

Hanif S. Bey

Hanif Shabazz Bey (Beaumont Gereau)
Seguro Correctional Center
1252 E. Arica Rd.
Eloy, AZ 85131


Chicano Political Prisoner Alvaro Xinachtli Hernandez’s solidarity statement on Running Down the Walls 2016

alvaro-luna-hernandezAs salaam aliakum! Alhamdulillah!
In the true spirit of internationalism and solidarity with all resistance movements of the oppressed against global capitalism and imperialism worldwide, especially amongst the domestic internal colonies enslaved by yankee colonialism and imperialism in the occupied territories of the U.S. southwest. I salute all of you with a firm revolutionary embrace and a clenched fist in the air from within the belly of the beast, and thank you for the many years of persistent support, financial and otherwise that the ABCF Warchest has given me. From the bottom of my heart, I say GRACIAS! Thank you! Much success in the upcoming Running Down The Walls event for 2016!

The forces of fascism, outside and inside the prison walls, are on the rise, fanned and fueled by the cycle of “presidential electoral politics,” where the established elitist parties fight over who is to be slave-master extraordinaire who holds the capitalist cat-o-nine-tails whip over the working class. They intensify their traditional racist, reactionary, fear and hate mongering, their xenophobia, Islamophobia, misogyny, sexism, classism, the stereotyping of immigrants as “criminals,” the militarization of police in communities of color, the police terror of unarmed, innocent civilians, their nurturing of a culture of “government snitches,” to create mistrust and dived the people, as their war against the poor, immigrants, people of color and the working class. There is no way out of these capitalist conditions and tyranny but through class struggle. Workers must unite internationally, seize control of their own communities, seize political power, take control of their own destiny and dismantle the current capitalist system and be a truly free people. The Republican and Democrat political parties are one and the same animal that feeds from the same pig trough. They do not respect the interests of the workers, but are parties of the rich and elite one percent in perversion of their “capitalist democracy” and their lavish corporations and their extravagant lifestyle and their insane “values” they represent as masters and rulers of society and the world. Which includes their system of genocidal mass incarceration of people of color as “surplus accumulation” for their prison industrial corporations sustain by brute prisoner slave labor. Only a political economic system in the total control of workers’ collectives, of the ownership and distribution of the means of production and distribution to meet social and human needs, not make the rich richer, can we all be free of these capitalist barbarians!!!

Keep pounding the ground! We are in here for you!! YOU MUST continue to be out there for us freedom fighters!!!

Hasta la Victoria, siempre! Venceremos! All power to the people!

August 1st 2016 – in memory of all Black August Martyrs!!!

In solidarity,

(Nahuatl for “Germinating seed”)
Alvaro Luna Hernandez #255735
James V. Allred Supermax Control Unit
2101 FM 369 North
Iowa Park, TX 76367

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please circulate worldwide!!!


Political Prisoner Jaan Laaman’s Statement on Running Down the Walls 2016

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jaan-laamanHello, this is Jaan Laaman and I want to send a positive, powerful revolutionary salute to all you freedom runners, runners for justice, for human rights, for dignity, for political prisoners and all prisoners, held in cages across the United States.

Here in 2016, America remains the biggest prison house in the world, over 2 ¼ million men, women and children are locked up in state, federal, local and private prisons from see to shining sea.
But being in prison, does not mean that we cannot and should not continue to struggle for human rights, justice and freedom. Running Down the Walls is one good way for all of us, in prison yards, segregation rec pens, in city parks and streets, to call for justice and freedom for America’s political prisoners and all prisoners.

Yes, here in the federal pen in Tucson, a multinational group of young and old runners will be joining with all of you across the country in Running Down the Walls. We will be running on September 4th and we will be joining you in spirit, will all of you September 11th runners too.

So, enough talking, let’s get to running, running down these walls.

Jaan Laaman

Jaan Laaman
USP Tuscon
Post Office Box 24550
Tuscon, Arizona 85734


Political Prisoner Bill Dunne’s Statement on Running Down the Walls 2016

bill-dunneSalutations and Felicitation to All My Running Down the Walls Comrades,

We share today activity to build solidarity and community between the diverse parts of our body politic. We sweat and strain to develop and demonstrate our commonality. We carry for our vision of the most equitable social reality. We include our present and potential comrades in this work, this effort, this labor of love and struggle – and especially include those who circumstances let only their spirits run with us. We all run toward the same goal: the social revolution in which all of us will have the greatest possible freedom to develop our full human potential. We else would we go?

The Future Holds Promise
Bill Dunne
FCC Lompoc-Medium

Bill Dunne #10916-086
USP Lompoc
3901 Klein Boulevard
Lompoc, California 93436


Political Prisoner Kojo Bomani Sababu’s Statement on Running Down the Walls 2016


Although I’m, unable to contribute with the funding due to my immursement, my words of encouragement should fill the void.

Your energy, synergistic as it is, ensures that our struggle has a human face, one that exhibits concern regardless of the condition.

Everyone feels the upliftment you provide.
Kojo Bomani Sababu POW

Kojo Bomani Sababu (Grailing Brown)
USP Canaan
Post Office Box 300
Waymart, Pennsylania 18472

Kojo Bomani Sababu is a New Afrikan Prisoner of War, currently serving a 55 year sentence for actions with the Black Liberation Army and attempted prison escape with Puerto Rican Independista Oscar López Rivera. Sababu was convicted of one count of conspiracy for an alleged escape plan that included the use of rockets, hand grenades, and a helicopter.

Resisting FBI Repression – A speaking tour with Leslie James Pickering

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Join us Wednesday, September 14th at 6:30PM!
Tivoli Room 442 (1363 E. 9th Avenue)

Over the last two decades, Leslie James Pickering has been a target of the FBI, accumulating a file over 30,000 pages long.

Beginning with his work as Spokesperson for the Earth Liberation Front Press Office in the ’90s, Leslie has sustained two Joint Terrorism Task Force raids, several federal grand jury subpoenas, threats, infiltration and extensive surveillance.

This repression has continued through Leslie’s political prisoner support work and the founding of Buffalo’s radical bookstore, Burning Books. Between 2012 and 2014, the FBI used two informants in an attempt to paint Burning Books as a front to form a 9-person eco-terrorist cell and Leslie as its “mastermind sociopath.” See secret FBI files detailing this investigation for yourself and hear Leslie’s struggle to continue to be a voice for revolution in the face of decades of state repression.


Running Down The Walls 2016

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Since 1999, the Anarchist Black Cross Federation, political prisoners and support organizations across the country have held a 5K non-competitive run/jog/walk/bike event to raise awareness and funds for the numerous political prisoners currently held in North American prisons.


Runs will be held on September 4th or September 11th at various cities and prison yards around the continent.


In past years, we’ve had runs in Albuquerque (NM), Arcata (CA), Ashland (OR), Bellefonte (PA), Boston (MA), Denver (CO), Elmore (AL), FCI Sandstone (MN), Inez (KY), Los Angeles (CA), Marion (IL), USP Navosta (TX), Pelican Bay (CA), Phoenix (AZ), Tucson (AZ), and Toronto, Ontario. Our comrades on the inside also engage in solidarity runs at the same time as ours on the outside.

This year the big runs will be held in:

Smaller solidarity runs will be held in:

Funds raised are typically split between the ABCF Warchest and a community group chosen by the host organization.


The ABCF Warchest is a program designed to send monthly checks to those Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War who have been receiving insufficient, little, or no financial support during their imprisonment. The Warchest program was initiated in November 1994 and sends money to Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War (PP/POW) via monthly checks.

For more information, see

If you want to organize a solidarity run, please be in touch with LA ABCF at