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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Sunday, July 26, 2009

SOLIDARITY

I'm going to spare you my long narrative justifying the actions I'm about to propose : Figure it out and if it's something you can do let us know the results - we'll start a blog dedicated to dealing with incidents of racial profiling and how the community can deal more effectively with it.

1. challenge racial-profiling: drive only with the minimum ID needed to identify you as the legal driver, that you are properly insured, etc. Leave any documentation you may have indicating citizenship at home. Ask police if they can independently verify your citizenship. If the police doubt your citizenship, it is up to them to prove they are wrong. Now keep track of two things for us:

What do white people get pulled over for to begin with?

How long do white people get detained pending verification of their citizenship?

Send your answers to my email.

2. Congregate at the Tuscon courthouse where Walt Staton will be sentenced for littering. That will be August 11. I'm sorry. That's all I know. I'll try to keep updated. Anyway, bring a jug of water, because the sentencing judge is going to ask him if he can refrain from continuing to commit this particular crime, and if 100 or 1000 people raise their jugs when he says no, he's going to keep doing this, then something's got to be done about this stupid choice of laws to enforce. Why is there no outcry over dead bodies littering the scenery in the Wildlife Refuge? It is because this has nothing to do with litter.

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