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

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Budget is on Her Desk. We Need a Veto.

AEA Legislative Alert from Doug Kilgore

Flawed Budget Sent to Governor Brewer - Call for a Veto!

Listen to the Radio Ad
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Contact the Governor

Make a Car Sign and Post It

Senate President Bob Burns (R-Peoria) and House Speaker Kirk Adams (R-Mesa) transmitted a partisan budget package to the governor today. Your participation is needed to stop this budget package that will cut nearly $500 million in education funding, strip basic rights of teachers, provide a $250 million tax cut to corporations, and leave our state with a budget deficit in 2011 of over $2.5 billion dollars. Click here for a summary of this flawed budget package.

You Can Help!

AEA is sponsoring a radio commercial urging Arizonans to help stop massive cuts to public education. The ad urges voters to call Governor Brewer and ask her to veto the budget package. Listen to the ads and forward this to everyone on your email list.

Download a sign you can print and post in the back window of your car. The sign reinforces the radio message – Governor Brewer – Support Our Schools – Veto the Budget. Make multiple copies and distribute them to co-workers, family members, and friends. (School employees should not use school district facilities to copy or post this sign.)

Send the governor an email and ask her to veto this flawed budget. It is essentially the same budget she vetoed on July 6 calling it fatally flawed because of devastating cuts to education and irresponsible fiscal policies that will build a future budget deficit for the state.

Act now. The budget is on the desk of the governor.

The AEA March4Schools citizens’ movement has met the challenge each time Senate President Bob Burns and House Speaker Kirk Adams have tried to push through this flawed budget. There is too much at stake to stop now. So, please take action today and forward this message to your email list. Tomorrow may be too late.

Visit for the latest news on the budget and the citizens’ movement to support our public schools.

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