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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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).