Archive for the ‘Prison’ Category
Saturday, March 22nd, 2014
Dear Friends of Daniel,
There are just two more days left to submit public comments on the Communication Management Units (CMU) that Daniel was held in for much of his prison sentence and which continue to operate illegally at both FCI Terre Haute and USP Marion. There are roughly 90 men still housed in these isolation units that are suffering from a lack of contact with their families and extreme restrictions on their contact with society. As you know, the units have been a source of litigation practically since they have opened with the Center for the Constitutional Rights and prisoners from the CMU filing Aref v Holder in April of 2010. The case is ongoing and nearing its conclusion this year hopefully.
In order to help with your public comments, we recommend checking out CCR’s letter writing ideas here.
Also, VICE magazine recently published an in-depth article on the CMUs by Annie P. Waldman that focuses on Daniel’s former CMU neighbor, Yassin Aref who not only was a resident of both CMUs but was indicted in a fake terrorism scheme concocted by the FBI in Albany, NY. The article, ‘Inside the Kafkaesque world of the US’s Little Guantanamos‘ sheds lights on the struggles of CMU prisoners in maintaining family ties and their sanity as well as the lingering effects of isolation felt by released prisoners like Daniel.
Below is the original action alert for the CMU public comments.
The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has reopened the public comment period for the Communication Management Units (CMU). You may remember that the original comment period of 2010 netted 700+ letters and emails against the restrictions outlined in the proposal. The Department of Justice ended the comment period and have sat on their hands since then in terms of getting actual legal approval to operate and maintain the CMUs. As a prisoner at Marion CMU during that time, our comrade Daniel McGowan tells us, “knowing that people outside of prison cared enough to put their concerns in writing on our behalf was heartening and re-energized my effort to close the CMUs.”
The BOP has opened public comment for just two weeks. Please check out the links below and send a clear message to them about these units and how they should be immediately closed.
Thursday, January 9th, 2014
We’ve finished the latest version of the NYC ABC “Illustrated Guide to Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War” and it’s available for viewing (and download) by clicking on the tab at the top of this page. This update includes address changes for a few prisoners as well as removing Guillaume Constantineau (TIME SERVED!), Youri Couture (TIME SERVED!), Chris French (TIME SERVED!),Steve Murphy (TIME SERVED!), Mark Neiweem (TIME SERVED!), and Lynne Stewart(COMPASSIONATE RELEASE!).
Friday, November 15th, 2013
December 8, 2013
263 Eastern Parkway, Apartment 5D
(between Franklin and Classon, #2,3,4,5 to Franklin Ave./Eastern Pkwy)
Every year, political prisoners and prisoners of war around the US look forward to receiving one of the handmade holiday cards coming from the heart of Brooklyn. This year will be no different. Join Resistance in Brooklyn, NYC Anarchist Black Cross, and Scientific Soul Sessions for an afternoon of crafts, camaraderie, and good food. We’ll have updates and other ways to support the prisoners as well.
Friday, October 25th, 2013
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.
Move Marie from Carswell prison
Saturday, October 19th, 2013
Please join in the campaign to move environmental activist and political prisoner Marie Mason out of the FMC Carswell isolation unit.
Environmental activist and community organizer Marie Mason is serving the longest sentence ever (22 years) for environmentally motivated property destruction. In 2010 she was transferred to the notorious high security prison FMC Carswell.
Now we’re mobilizing to get her moved.
On Monday, October 21st, people across the country and world will keep the Bureau of Prisons office ringing off the hook demanding she be moved. We need your help to make the 21st the day we forced the BOP to take notice.
There are multiple ways to join in on the action:
See the call script and recommended call in time and make the call. It takes a minute, but your participation will make a huge impact on the campaign and the effort to move Marie.
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.
Join the Call In ThunderClap
A ThunderClap is a way to join hundreds of like minded people in sending out a common tweet on the same date. It helps grab people’s attention and in this case it can help inspire even more folks to join in on the call.
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.
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
Saturday, March 9th, 2013
Daniel’s lawyers at Center for Constitutional Rights have released a new flyer about the Communication Management Units (CMU) that the Bureau of Prisons operates. These are the units Daniel was held in for most of his prison sentence and the subject of a lawsuit (Aref v Holder) brought by Daniel and former/current CMU prisoners.
You can read the text of the flyer here.
You can download a PDF of the two page flyer here.
A more substantial update on the case and how Daniel is doing on the outside is coming soon.
Tuesday, December 18th, 2012
It’s been a week now and we’re finally getting around to sending something out officially. Last Tuesday, Daniel and his wife flew from Indiana to New York, and Daniel proceeded directly to halfway house. We’re SO excited he’s back in the city and can’t wait until his time at the house is up and he can really be back home. All of you have been so amazingly generous and supportive, we couldn’t have gone through the last 7 years without you.
More to come, but for now check out what has been written on Daniel’s return.
Huff Post Green
Dog Park Media (original source of the above article)
Wednesday, April 4th, 2012
Dear Friends and Supporters,
In a nice change of pace from the usual tenor of our communications, we are happy to report some really good news: Daniel McGowan’s stay in the CMU is coming to an end! Despite many punitive measures over the course of the years, Daniel has maintained a sterling record in prison and has accrued enough “good time” to take 1 year off his 7-year sentence. What is even more exciting is that he has qualified to serve the last 6-months of this time in a halfway house in Brooklyn, beginning in December 2012! After so many years, and so much antagonism from Federal authorities, we are overjoyed to welcome Daniel back home, where he belongs.
The support you all have shown over these past 5 years has helped Daniel get through what are undoubtedly the hardest years of his life. Now that he is on the verge of rejoining us, and never looking back upon these dark times, the focus of support for the Family and Friends of Daniel McGowan is in assisting him in his re-entry and securing him meaningful employment. Not only is finding a job an important condition of Daniel’s being in the half-way house — in addition to his supervised release once he is done with his sentence — but it is also extremely important to Daniel himself, who joins thousands of other ex-prisoners who struggle to find employment because of their prior records.
Lots of people are looking for work these days, and it’s a daunting task for anyone. However, while Daniel is as highly-motivated and hard-working as many others seeking employment, it is obvious that he faces serious hurdles in getting a job because of his conviction. Daniel is a warm, intelligent, passionate, and dedicated person and he would love to find employment at a place that is doing work he cares about and finds meaningful. Over the years many of you have asked how you can help — helping Daniel find such a job would be the most important thing you could ever do for him.
HELP DANIEL FIND A JOB:
In addition to having a Bachelor’s degree, Daniel completed a paralegal course as well as every continuing education and vocational course available (over 25!) while in prison despite limited opportunities for education, as well as frequent moves. He is extremely driven and has a broad skill-set that he is looking to utilize at a NYC-based, non-profit organization. Much of Daniel’s career experience from 1997 onward is within the non-profit world he has ample experience in development/fundraising, communication and IT positions. Daniel has a particular interest in working as a paralegal for civil liberties organizations but would welcome and appreciate work in any of these fields/areas:
*Civil liberties/Free speech
*Harm reduction/Drug policy
If you work for a NYC-based non-profit, have a close friend, partner or contact at one, or have a specific organization in mind that might be open to hiring Daniel, we’d love to hear from you!
All emails can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please put “jobs” in the subject line.
His resume will be made available upon request.
**Daniel is still in prison, in the CMU, and will be until the end of 2012.**
Thursday, December 15th, 2011
Here are the winners of the December 7th raffle. We’ve already been in touch with the winners but if you see your name and haven’t heard anything, let us know.
Congrats and thanks!!
Will P Pie Any Means Necessary
Carey S BORF Print
Kathleen M The Will of the Many
Ryan O Winds From Below
Joe S Certain Days Calendar
Ryan K If A Tree Falls DVD; Combustion Books Pack
Beve C Pie Any Means Necessary; If A Tree Falls DVD
Evan W Compassion Buttons
Michael V Compassion Buttons
Compasson Co. Daniel Shirt – Purple L
Dylan P Bluestockings T-Shirt; Elektra KB Art
Ethan W Bluestockings membership; Book Thug Nation Gift Certificate
Yuri C Live Scribe; Recipes for Disaster
Nikki C Work; Signal: 1
John O IFC Membership; Firebrands
Josue M If A Tree Falls DVD; Celebrate People’s History
Anastasia C Dr. Bronners Gift Basket; Boom! DVD
John Eberhardt Notes; Let Freedom Ring
Nikki K Eco-Warriors
Karen O Agriculture and Food in Crisis
Michelle D Fifth Estate Subscription; If A Tree Falls DVD
Cindy Toward Climate Justice
Olga N Eberhardt Zine Pack; JustSeeds Organizer
Jay Spectacle Theater Tickets
Deborah D Green is the New Red
Eliza C Book Thug Nation Gift Certficate
Meil E Quagmire; Acupuncture by Famous
Lana P Wilder Brook Farm Maple Syrup
Smokey We Interrupt This Empire
Benjamin P Eberhardt Notes; Daniel T-Shirt
Sangamithra I Support Daniel Water Bottle
J G Certain Days Calendar; Eberhardt Book Pack
Willie L If A Tree Falls DVD; 4Struggle Mag Subscription
Tom G Oppose and Propose
Dave R Paper Politics
Ainsley B Eberhardt Notes
Janine Suffled How It Gush
Spencer S Combustion Books Pack
Molly G Burning Books Gift Certificate
Melissa M Pie Any Means Necessary
Dayna Mittens; Boom!
Karen F We Interrupt This Empire
Sideshow Sparrow Shirt
Leah T Compassion T-Shirt
Julie R Daniel Water Bottle
Vera B Daniel Water Bottle
Stavros C Eberhardt Book Pack
Mirza Fifth Estate Subscription
Catherine F Sparrow Media T-Shirt
Harry N Pie Any Means Necessary
Nicolas U Uses of a Whirlwind
Monday, November 14th, 2011
WHAT: Panel discussion with Robert Meeropol, Will Potter and Jenny Synan with an introduction by Rachel Meeropol plus an AMAZING raffle
WHEN: 6:30-8:00, Wednesday, December 7th
WHERE: Community Church of New York (40 East 35th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues)
COST: Free entry; raffle tickets are $2 each or three for $5.
Every year we commemorate Daniel’s arrest with an event on or around December 7th. This year’s event will link advocates, activists and concerned individuals to think critically around the Red and Green scare, and ongoing repression of political dissidents in the United States. On the sixth anniversary, Family & Friends of Daniel McGowan, The Rosenberg Fund for Children, Will Potter of GreenIsTheNewRed and the Center for Constitutional Rights are hosting this panel discussion. In addition to the panel, we’re planning on doing a raffle to raise money which goes to Daniel’s commissary account in prison and any future legal expenses.
Raffle now over (12/08/11)
RAFFLE PRIZES are being added daily, but currently include: