THIS BLOG is NOW RETIRED

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

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Committal Service for Marcia Powell

(This originates from Donna Leone Hamm at Middle Ground Prison Reform)

Many of you have asked to be notified of the committal service for the cremains of Marcia Powell. The service will take place on Sunday evening, June 28, 2009 at the Shadow Rock United Church of Christ, 12861 North 8th Avenue, Phoenix. (Off Thunderbird Road, South to 8th Avenue), at 6:15 p.m. Sunset is scheduled for 6:50 that day, and we hope to have Marcia in her final resting place at that time. The church phone is: 602 993-0050. Look for parking lot signs directing you to the Festival Garden area.

This special church is recognized for its attention honoring diversity, and to recognition of the uniqueness and greatness of everyone, no matter what their station in life. The FESTIVAL GARDEN is where the columbarium is located. Marcia will be placed at eternal rest in a niche that is located in a setting at the facility that embraces the beauty of the Arizona desert, and the grandeur of the distant mountains.

A brief ceremony will take place, and anyone who wishes to make comments may do so. After final benedictions by Rev. Liana Rowe, Marcia's remains will be placed in a niche for eternal rest. Everyone is welcome to attend.

To preserve the dignity and serenity of the niche wall area, no media cameras will be permitted. Instead, if television media wish to attend, a location off the parking will be designated which provides water and shade, and media may ask attendees as they leave the services if they wish to comment on camera.

Finally, thanks cannot be over-stated with regard to many generous groups and individuals who have made it possible for Marcia to be treated in death with the dignity and respect she was not shown in life. I will probably forget many people, but special thanks go to Encanto Community Church; Shadow Rock United Church of Christ, Hansen's Mortuary, the office of the Maricopa County Public Fudiciary, and all the individuals in the community who have come together to grieve over the tragic, avoidable death of one of our most frail members.

If you have any questions prior to June 28th, please feel free to contact Middle Ground Prison Reform at this e-mail address: middlegroundprisonreform@msn.com

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