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

David Rovics: We Are Everywhere

To my fellow activists now struggling through life - let this be a reminder that you are not alone and that we desperately need you here. All the injustice, grief, war, and human suffering calls for us to stay and do everything we can about it - you can't help us anymore when you're gone. Don't give up the fight - your last shred of hope may just keep someone else alive, too.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Women Behind the Wall

Came across this Blog Talk Radio show, Women Behind the Wall (4justicenow), on women in prison. This week's episode is on compassionate release issues. Next week they'll be featuring a piece on Marcia Powell:

Tuesday, June 23 at 6pm. The call-in number is (646) 378-1432.

Below is info from their website:

"Women Behind the Wall is the only show in the country that is by, for and about incarcerated women. Your co-hosts are 2 women who share the mutually horrifying experience of being sent to prison for crimes that they did not commit. Mary Ellen served 5 years in Florida State prisons and Gloria Killian spent 17 1/2 years in a California prison. Women Behind the Wall brings you the real truth about women in prison, who they are, why they are there, what should be done about them, and why many of them deserve their freedom. The costs, the conflicts, the politics and the payers will all be covered in this unique program...

Staked out In The desert and left to die: What happened to Marcia Powell? An Arizona prisoner named Marcia Powell was put into a human cage in the broiling desert sun and left there to await transfer; 4 hours later she collapsed. Where were the guards? Where was the Water? Why did the DOC immediately take her off life support if she had family? We search for the answers in this grisly case of prisoner abuse and torture. We will try to find the answers in this human tragedy."

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