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

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Torture Accountability Action Day

Just found this on the Democratic Underground: Thursday is Torture Accountability Action Day. Specifically, the national agenda is to get a special prosecutor for torture at the DOJ. Seems appropriate to parallel that with a request to the DOJ/FBI that they investigate the AZ DOC; both have already been asked at least once. Our own government is about to come to a screeching halt over the budget and I can't seem to get anyone's attention there, but there are reasons to focus on the capitol still, anyway. Here's several options for anyone interested. All it takes is a person and a good sign...maybe I'll throw together and post a petition to circulate that day, giving cause for interaction with passers-by.

The DOJ US Attorney for AZ is at Two Renaissance Square, 40 North Central Ave., Suite 1200 in Phoenix. (The DC demonstrators will march to the DOJ with their demands, so possibly media would show if they knew folks were heading to the local office too.)

The FBI is at 201 E Indianola Ave. in Phoenix. I'm not sure why I even note that, except that I think it would be good for the FBI to face a few angry citizens about prisoner rights and abuse. How often does anyone occupy their sidewalk? Just don't get too radical.
The AZ Department of Corrections HQ is at 1601 West Jefferson in downtown Phoenix. They have been conducting an internal investigation for over a month now with no public report or appearance of accountability. I think they need a cemetary on their sidewalk representing the 79 prisoners who have died in their custody over the past year, but getting further press attention to the prisons may necessitate a promise of civil disobedience and arrest as well.

The Capitol is hard to miss and will probably have media already camped out there hoping for a fist fight between legislators and the governor, and may thus be the best target. Ultimately the governor should take the lead in running the executive branch and shining some light on what's going on with Perryville. She can blame the mess on Janet if she wants and take the credit for cleanup for all I care, but she's running out of time to do it right. Evidence has already been corrupted and people have been compromised. Another person is dead (though possibly not related), and three women are probably in the hole. Governor Brewer can either be responsible now, or guilty later.

I guess that can be said for all of us.

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