I began this blog in May 2009 following the death of Marcia Powell at Perryville State Prison in Goodyear, Arizona. It is not intended to prescribe the path that leads to freedom from the prison industrial complex.

Rather, these are just my observations in arguably the most racist, fascist, militaristic state in the nation at a critical time in history for a number of intersecting liberation movements. From Indigenous resistance to genocidal practices, to the fight over laws like SB1070 and the ban on Ethnic Studies, Arizona is at the center of many battles for human rights, and thus the struggle for prison abolition as well - for none are free until all are. I retired the blog in APRIL 2013.

Visit me now at Arizona Prison Watch or Survivors of Prison Violence-AZ

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Memorial Service and donations info.

I just came across this post in the Phoenix New Times by the Feathered Bastard(?), Stephen Lemons. A number of activists and community members are organizing a memorial service for Marcia, to be held this Saturday, May 30, at noon at Encanto Community Church, 2710 North 7th Avenue. People wanting to help defray the cost of Marcia's cremation or support some awesome advocacy work can send donations to Middle Ground Prison Reform. Please mark any donations with a note indicating "for Marcia Powell".

Phoenix New Times would be worth checking out for their other articles about Marcia as well. Yeah, no kidding. Check them out here. They dug up some interesting stuff about ADC Director (interim director?) Ryan's Abu Ghraib connections, and are none too subtle implying he crossed a line by pulling Marcia's plug when he did. I always wonder if we would be so quick to do that to someone who's life had some kind of redeeming value, in the eyes of the market. Once on life support she could have vegetated for years. Or she could have recovered...

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