Prison Food as Cruel and Unusual Punishment for Vegan Eco-Activist

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Imprisoned Eco-Activist Being Denied Vegan Meals: How We Can Help
Do your part so Marie Mason can meet her health and dietary needs
by Mickey Z.
The concept of "eco-activist" covers a lot of ground, e.g. someone working to get healthy meals served at their school or perhaps the local community supported agriculture group.
Political prisoner, Marie Mason: Denied vegan diet in prison
It also includes people like Marie Mason of Cincinnati, Ohio who was arrested by FBI, Homeland Security and local police on charges related to two Earth Liberation Front (ELF) actions that occurred in Michigan in 1999 and 2000.
As explaned by Suzanne Goldenberg in The Guardian, Mason is serving the longest sentence (22 years) "of any convicted animal rights or environmental militant, including several activists responsible for greater destruction." (See below for details on the "Green Scare.")

"It is obvious the government is trying to send a message—to have a chilling effect, not only on my action, which of course transgressed the laws, but also on 30 years of above-ground actions in the environmental rights spheres," Mason says while her lawyer John Minock, adds: "Giving her a 22-year sentence is like using a cannon to shoot a mouse. She is a 47-year-old, mild-mannered woman with no previous criminal record other than trespassing."

Scared Green

[For complete article reference links, please see source at Planet Green here.]

While an appeal has been filed, Marie Mason remains in prison and her requests for an adequate vegan diet are being denied (although the Federal Bureau of Prisons maintains a policy ensuring an adequate vegan diet for inmates). No matter where stand on the eco-activist spectrum, you can help Marie eat in a green and healthy manner while her case is reviewed.

How You Can Help Marie Mason

Using the sample letter below as a guide, you can write a letter to both names provided:

Regional Director Mike Nalley
North Central Regional Office
Federal Bureau of Prisons
400 State Ave, Suite 800
Kansas City, KS 66101

Director Harley G. Lappin
320 First St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20534

Dear Director Lappin,

I am writing this letter concerning Marie Mason, #04672-061, an inmate incarcerated at FCI Waseca. Marie has requested the prison provide her with adequate vegan meals to meet her health and dietary needs in accordance with Federal Bureau of Prisons policy. She has been repeatedly denied this request.

Marie has been committed to a vegan diet in accordance with her personal, moral and spiritual beliefs for many years. Marie is a Buddhist and considers her diet to be an essential part of her life and spirituality. While incarcerated at Waseca, Marie has remained committed to a vegan diet, but has been unable to receive proper nutrition. She has been experiencing bouts of dizziness, nose bleeds, fatigue, and severe pain in her hands. All symptoms associated with an inadequate vegan diet.

I fear that unless the prison provides her with an adequate vegan diet, she will remain malnourished and her health may continue to suffer.

I urge you to contact the officials at FCI Waseca and encourage them to apply the Federal Bureau of Prisons policy that has been established for ten years now ensuring that vegans incarcerated in the federal system are provided with adequate nutrition that meets their personal and spiritual needs.

Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

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Scared Green

The term Green Scare refers to the federal government's expanding prosecution efforts against animal liberation and ecological activists, drawing parallels to the "Red Scares" of the 1910's and 1950s. This term was first known to have appeared in 2002 in the wake of the February 12 congressional hearings titled "The Threat of Eco-Terrorism" which discussed groups including the above-mentioned Earth Liberation Front (ELF).  

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