The second annual Never Alone online art auction launched 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 activists who 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.
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)
Find out more about the June 11 International Day of Solidarity with Marie Mason, Eric McDavid and all Eco-prisoners at: earthfirstjournal.org/june11
The Earth First! Prisoner Support Project team
Join us from June 13 – 15th. Around the world, people will be standing up to defend World Heritage with 48 hours of Global Action coordinated by The Bob Brown Foundation, the Observer Tree and the Australian Marine Conservation Society .
Next week the World Heritage Committee meets in Qatar to decide the future of Tasmania’s World Heritage listed forests and the Great Barrier Reef. In the final hours before the Committee meeting, our actions for Tasmania’s forests and the Great Barrier Reef will support UNESCO and place an international spotlight on the threat from the Australian Government to these iconic environments.
Public events and private gatherings are happening all over the world. There might be one near you, or you can host one. It’s easy to join in at home, school, work, or in your community, anywhere around the world. Show the films or just take a pic with our graphic and join the social media presence to support UNESCO.
Here’s how to take part.
1. Plan to get together sometime between June 13- 15th Invite your friends around for dinner, have a morning tea at your workplace or school, organise an event at your university, local hall or cinema, or simply join us online.
2. At your event, watch 20 mins of short films about defending our World Heritage forests and the reef, which we will provide.
3. Get everyone to join the online action.
4. Take a photo of yourselves with our sign
5. Upload the photo to our social media site.
6. We’ll do the rest to ensure your voices join thousands of others around the globe.
Register online and we’ll send you an action kit with everything you need to get started. Feel free to contact us with any questions big or small:
30 seconds, and the click of a button is all it takes. This is free, and is going to help the film, myself, Mirands, and the film heaps!
If you sign up, on June 6th, it will make a post/tweet/whatever about the video on your behalf. Its an awesome tool that a lot of videos and campaigns are using and we would love if you helped us out too!
Two good friends of mine have been working on an excellent project for the past few years, and they need some financial help taking it to the next level! For those of you who may be hearing about Strongest Hearts for the first time, SH is a web series that profiles professional vegan athletes showing the world that anyone can live a healthy life on a plant based diet. They have a lot of episodes lined up to share but they need a little help with production to keep up with the demand. They have launched this kickstarter so folks like you could help out this awesome project!
A couple of months ago I had the privilege to travel to Tasmania and camp in the beautiful old growth forest with forest defense activist Miranda Gibson. Miranda told me some wonderful inspiring stories, and also let me know about the current threats to Tasmania’s forests. Please give it a watch!
Miranda Gibson has devoted years of her life to defending Tasmania’s old growth forests…
Holding Australia’s record for longest tree sit, Miranda is no stranger to the long haul of tenacious grassroots campaigns for ecodefence. Miranda’s Observer Tree sit lasted 449 days and her six and a half years working on the Florentine Forest blockade has awarded World Heritage Protection status for the otherwise doomed Florentine eucalyptus stand.
Miranda is apprehensive of the word “victory” as she sees her struggle as an ever-poised and vigilant stance against creeping, rapacious development.
Despite Miranda’s laundry list of victories for the forests of Tasmania, trees are Still Falling, and these forests need your help.
Take action and join Miranda’s fight: globalvoicesforworldheritage.org