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

Phoenix Anarchists

I don't know much about anarchists, except that they seem to be disproportionately persecuted and prosecuted as terrorists, and they look after their political prisoners. So, naturally I sought them out tonight to make sure they knew about Marcia's memorial service. I sat in on the meeting of the Phoenix Anarchists at Tempe's Daley Park. They were already up on the latest news about her memorial service and what had happened. They sound committed to a sustained campaign of tearing down these cages, though I shouldn't speak for them. It just seems like that's kind of what they've been working on all along anyway - tearing down cages.

So, I think I'm going to try to hang with them for awhile - compiling information about the PIC in Arizona, maybe putting together some flyers and zines, tabling at First Friday, and throwing in on whatever else gets put together. I have a lot to learn from the work that anarchists have already done on prison abolition. Thanks to you all for making me feel welcome tonight. Somehow I knew I'd find people there who cared.

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