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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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

ACORN, Pfizer, Democrats and Pimps

ACORN is a major ally in abolitionist reforms. They need us to visibly stand with them. If you aren't already a member, join now.

And write to Congress. Arizona's showing on this was shameful. 

 From Freedom Archives' Anti-Imperialist News:
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http://www.counterpunch.org/mokhiber09222009.html
September 22, 2009

The Democrats, Pfizer and Acorn

Who's the Pimp?

By RUSSELL MOKHIBER

A corn is a poor people’s grassroots organization.

Earlier this month, some of it’s employees were caught on tape giving advice to two young right-wing activists posing as pimp and prostitute.

Pfizer is a wealthy and powerful multinational corporation.

Earlier this month, a Pfizer unit pled guilty to a felony in connection with a major health care fraud and paid $2.3 billion in fines.

So, if the Democratically controlled Congress were to vote to either:


a) strip federal funding from the grassroots group Acorn, or
b) ban corporate felon Pfizer from future government business
Which would it be?

Let me guess.

Last week, the Democratic controlled Congress voted to strip Acorn of its federal funding.

Why?

The vote came a day after the release of the latest video by the two activists who crisscrossed the country trying to get Acorn employees to help them in setting up a child-prostitution business.

In some Acorn offices, workers reported the two to the police.

In others, they sought to help the fake pimp and prostitute.

Fox and Limbaugh and Hannity and Beck and O’Reilly made it seem as if Acorn was a corporate felon.

And reacting to the right-wing echo chamber, the House and Senate voted to end Acorn’s federal funding.

Unclear whether such a move is Constitutional.

The Constitution prohibits bills of attainder.

That means Congress can’t punish individual organizations.

But putting that minor detail aside for a moment, let’s say Congress can punish.

Why bully the weak?

After all, a society rots from the head down.

Let’s chop at the top.

Let’s find a list of major corporate criminals who rip off the federal government.

And bar them from ever doing business with the federal government again.

Lo and behold, we have such a list right here.

A quick and dirty list from the annals of Taxpayers Against Fraud and the Corporate Crime Reporter:

Pfizer, Serono, Takeda-Abbott Pharmaceutical, Shering-Plough, Lilly, Abbott Labs, Cephalon, National Medical Enterprises, HCA, Gambro Health Care, Schering-Plough, Astra-Zeneca, Bayer, Purdue.

Major corporate criminals?

Check.

Convicted in a court of law?

Check.

Ripped off the federal government?

Check.

Paid fines that would keep Acorn in business until hell freezes over?

Check.

Which raises an obvious question for the members of Congress who voted overwhelmingly to strip Acorn of its federal funding:

Who’s the pimp?

Russell Mokhiber is editor of Corporate Crime Reporter and founder of singlepayeraction.org

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