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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Friday, September 18, 2009

Congress on a Nut

Be sure to thank Rep. Grijalva for this: he was way outnumbered. I do believe this is the center running away from the left. If ACORN was a multinational bank, the US Government would be throwing money at them instead. Besides, what's wrong with giving prostitutes tax advice?


Grijalva votes to preserve federal funding for Acorn

Phoenix Business Journal - by Mike Sunnucks

Friday, September 18, 2009, 1:13pm MST

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., was the only member of Arizona’s congressional delegation to vote against a measure that would take federal funding away from Acorn, a housing and activist group.

U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., missed the Senate vote Sept. 14.

The House voted 345-75 on Thursday to defund Acorn, which faces questions regarding voter fraud, how it uses federal grants and other money for housing and social services, and reports that its staff provided tax advice to people posing as prostitutes and pimps.

The rest of the state’s eight-member House delegation and U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., voted for measures that would yank federal funding from Acorn, which has faced scrutiny and questions since the 2008 elections.

Acorn is one of the agencies receiving federal money to help homeowners try to work out loan modifications and refinancing with their lenders.

The group is opposed to immigration raids and investigations conducted by Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who subpoenaed Acorn documents Thursday to determine whether the group has been using federal grant money to oppose his immigration policies.

Grijalva represents Yuma, Nogales, Gila Bend and parts of Tucson.

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