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

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Tears of Lives

This is going to be my jail journal soon, I guess, so hey all. Wake up, now. Pay attention if I stop writing. You know where to find me. If I need bail I'll figure out what to do - I just want someone to look for me in case I don't surface.

They'll probably nab my computer. Someone else will have to keep blogging. Just throw up a new site and start keeping the community posted - people will find it. Or put AZ Indymedia to work. Go to court hearings and actions and cover stuff the paper isn't. Show everyone that the resistance is still alive.

I don't really think anyone would want to hang on to me for long, actually - that would just give me more to write about once I was free. They'd have to keep me forever...which I guess they could, if they wanted to.

Or fry my brain. That's really the greater concern. I'm being rehabilitated from a semi-vegetative state already: they could still pull the plug on me at any time. This state budget could be it. There's so much blood on the legislative floor; I don't know how some of those people sleep at night. Remember: They're reconvening Tuesday, August 4th at 2pm. Focus on the governor now.

Here's what's promising to be an awesome upcoming event. Let's see if I can get all the technical difficulties worked out:

A new play by James E. Garcia

directed by Luis Avila

A world premiere production

This show is appropriate for general audiences.

When: Aug. 14-16, 2009 (Evening performances at 7:30.

Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.)

Where: Playhouse on the Park, 1150 N. Central Ave.

(In the Viad Bldg. at Palm and Central Ave.) Free parking.

Information at 602-460-1374 or by emailing

This show is produced by New Carpa Theater Co. ( as a special fund-raiser for the Macehualli Capital Campaign organized by the Tonatierra Community Development Institute to preserve and develop the Macehualli Community Campus Facility in Phoenix

Tickets $20 general admission and $10 for students. (You also may donate as much as you wish.) To buy tickets for these performances or to contribute to the Macehualli Capital Campaign, visit

THE PLAY: Regino Ortega, an undocumented immigrant, has been living in the United States for 21 years when he’s arrested by ICE agents and Maricopa County Sheriff’s Deputies. His three young children are left behind and forced to fend for themselves. “The Tears of Lives” is a drama torn from today’s headlines that recounts the tragedy of families ripped apart as a consequence of the nation’s latest, wide-scale crackdown on immigrants.

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