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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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Radicals at Work

From the Student-Farmworker Alliance list-serve, as a nod to the labor activists through history and around the world - from the miners and migrants, to the garbage collectors and sweatshop workers - who have lost all they had, gone to prison and died for the rest of us to be more free: a new website for young organizers, Radicals At Work.org. I can't tell which unions are behind it - you know they're slugging it out with each other now, and while this could be a $10 website host, I bet there's some major union financing behind them getting organized. But they sound like good folks, and they say right up front they're all about confronting homophobia, among other things, which is progressive so I think it's worth it to give them some room to grow.

Labor isn't the only movement for economic justice, of course - and they haven't always been about equality - but I hate to think of where we'd be today without them. I live with young union organizers, too - their passion and commitment to human liberation revitalizes mine whenever we touch base. So check it out as a show of solidarity with the newest generation that's come of age - this was the first election a bunch of them probably voted in, you know. Whatever Obama does as president, as a candidate he trained a whole lot of workers to be organizers and sent them back to their workplaces with a better consciousness now of their collective struggle, and a few tools to do something with it. I think we're going to see a little more Democracy rising before this recession is through.

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