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

Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Scoop from Montini

Shortly after my last post I found Ed Montini's column today in the AZ Republic, a paper I otherwise seldom read. It's useful insofar as he filled in some blanks about Marcia's history, pointed to some of the failures in our system, and articulated outrage that our community expressed more distress and anger about the death of a police dog at Perryville (scroll halfway down the linked page for Rik's story) under similar environmental conditions than about Marcia Powell's life or death.

I have other thoughts on the language of the article, but am for the most part relieved to see it, and to see how many writers responded with empathy and outrage, rather than the usual absurd flippant remarks (don't even bother looking at the Fox News reader comments...I just needed to see who was out there). I'd echo Montini's call for citizens to contact the Governor and demand an independent investigation. Contact your legislators too - especially if they're Republicans.

A final note on Montini's comments: According to Donna Leone Hamm of Middle Ground Prison Reform, she tried to talk to the press and ADC in 2007 about the practice of caging prisoners outside - no one was interested because no one had yet died (though such deaths have occurred in other prisons). Let's make sure that Marcia counts as someone whose life was at least as important as Rik the dog's.

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