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

Friday, June 19, 2009

Happy Birthday Aung San Suu Kyi: FREE BURMA!

America has plenty of company when it comes to incarcerating political prisoners. Please click on Aung San Suu Kyi's picture to the left to connect with Amnesty International's campaign to free the leader of Burma's democratic opposition.

Aung San Suu Kyi, a nobel peace prize winner, has been detained 13 of the past 19 years under house arrest or in prison due to her political resistance to Burma's ruling military junta and the tremendous popularity she has with the Burmese masses. Her party claims to be the legitimate victors of the last democratically held elections in Burma in 1990.

With the military junta seeking to run and win the latest round of elections (none of which have been considered legitimately won by any of them), Suu Kyi is suddenly on trial again, and being held in the infamous maximum security Insein prison (yes, that's pronounced "insane") in Rangoon. She has just turned 64.

Burma - renamed Myanmar in 1989 by the junta - presently has an estimated 2,000 political prisoners detained, and has murdered countless others. Burma is the site of the Saffron Revolution in which there were mass protests in 2007 by Buddhist monks whose blood spilled everywhere in the streets following the brutal government crackdown.

Blessings to all the good people of Burma. May your country someday be free.

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