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, September 13, 2009

Bill Montgomery exploring for County Attorney

From bad to worse? Some insights on the next possible county attorney, from Matt who follows all the immigration stuff for the phoenix anarchists and runs a list-serve. He's also a damn good videographer (we were out for Copwatch together). FYI, Sonoran Alliance is ultra-right; the celebratory tone of their announcement is not ours.
Should Andrew Thomas run for the AZ Attorney General seat, it's a good chance that Bill Montgomery will take his spot (most likely in Jan/Feb). Unfortunately, if all that happens it looks as though the persecution of migrants at the hands of the County Attorney in Maricopa won't slow down. Bill is a Minuteman supporter ( and would continue to prosecute migrants for conspiring to smuggle themselves into the country (

For a little bit more background on Bill check this out -
Sonoran Alliance
Bill Montgomery Launches Exploratory Committee
Posted by DSW under Campaigns & Elections

Sonoran Alliance has learned that attorney Bill Montgomery has just launched an exploratory committee to seek the office of Maricopa County Attorney. This of course is under the assumption that current County Attorney Andrew Thomas will seek the office of Arizona Attorney General.

Because Andrew Thomas was recently re-elected as Maricopa County Attorney in 2008 and that office is a four-year term, Thomas would step down upon the formation of a full-blown committee. This would create a vacancy which the current Board of Supervisors would need to appoint a replacement. Regardless, a special election would be required to elect Thomas’ successor.

Bill Montgomery is a very credible and formidible candidate having run for statewide Attorney General in 2006. With his announcement, any other Republicans should think seriously about pursing the same office. Any Democrats should also be worried.

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