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.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Children’s March for Family Unity: Arrest Sheriff Joe

From Stephen Lemons' blog The Feathered Bastard in the Phoenix New Times. Follow this link to see the video and original article.

Monday, August 10, 2009 - Stephen Lemons

Above is Phoenix pro-immigration activist Dennis Gilman's video of this past Friday's successful Children's Walk for Family Unity, organized by Sal Reza's organization Puente. Despite the fake outrage over the demonstration from radio lunkheads like Mac and Gaydos on local wing-nut station KTAR 92.3 FM, I think you can tell from the video that the kids all seemed to enjoy the march and seemed to understand what they were marching for.

After all, it's not difficult to comprehend who the bad guys are when your parents have been robbed from you during some anti-immigration sweep or raid by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. In the video are several children whose parents have been torn from them, including Katherine Figueroa, the 9-year-old whose parents were arrested during the MCSO's raid on Lindstrom Family Auto Wash in June. Thanks to Arpaio's misguided immigration policies, Figueroa (who is a U.S. citizen, BTW) got to watch her father being arrested on the TV news.

Arrested for what? Oh, you know, the usual: Busting his back washing cars for a living in order to feed his family. So for all you nativist whiners out there with all this free time on your hands to kvetch about illegals taking jobs that you don't really want -- and I mean you, United for a Sovereign America members -- get thy lazy, ofay selves down to Lindstrom's and grab a rag. Otherwise, zip-it, patty-kickers.

The best part of this video has to be when Gilman does his Allen Funt/Bob Saget impersonation after the event and asks the tykes what they want to do when they grow up. A couple, including Katherine, say they want to be lawyers -- to "help people" caught up in raids like those by Arpaio's goons. The most amusing answers come from the kids who say they want to be police officers.

Why do they want to be cops? "So we can arrest Arpaio," says one little boy.

A little girl raises her hand, and says she wants to be a cop, too, so she can, "close that building." With a jerk of her head, she indicates the Wells Fargo Tower, where the MCSO keeps two pricey floors of executive suites paid for by county taxpayers.

Now that's funny. And telling. When he was asked about the march by the local media, Arpaio lamented that it wasn't right to teach kids not to respect cops. Thing is, they respect real cops, Joe. They just don't respect you, or the thugs that do your bidding.

(photo also from Phoenix New Times)


  1. "Thanks to Arpaio's misguided immigration policies, Figueroa (who is a U.S. citizen, BTW) got to watch her father being arrested on the TV news." No, it was thanks to federal law--Arpaio doesn't make policy. And thanks to her parents, who came here illegally.

  2. I hope that every American, regardless of where he lives, will stop and examine his conscience about this and other related incidents. This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened. All of us ought to have the right to be treated as he would wish to be treated, as one would wish his children to be treated, but this is not the case.

    I know the proponents of this law say that the majority approves of this law, but the majority is not always right. Would women or non-whites have the vote if we listen to the majority of the day, would the non-whites have equal rights (and equal access to churches, housing, restaurants, hotels, retail stores, schools, colleges and yes water fountains) if we listen to the majority of the day? We all know the answer, a resounding, NO!

    As for the undocumented workers, as was attributed to Ronald Reagan “It’s the Economy, Stupid”. When the economy is good you say let’s all celebrate “Cinco de Mayo, my brothers” but when the economy is down “it’s all your fault, you damn immigrant”. This too will pass, the real problem is the narcos, arms and people smugglers and that’s what the focus should be on.

    Today we are committed to a worldwide struggle to promote and protect the rights of all who wish to be free. In a time of domestic crisis men of good will and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics and do what is right, not what is just popular with the majority. Some men comprehend discrimination by never have experiencing it in their lives, but the majority will only understand after it happens to them.