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, September 9, 2009

Danger, Will Robinson.

No surprise, but nevertheless unwelcome news. Can you imagine: an Arizona where Pearce rules the Legislature, Arpaio is the Governor, and Thomas is Attorney General? Prisons and police departments would grow exponentially (in direct proportion to the rapid decimation of public services and education) and get privatized (to slap down the labor movement), the voting districts would be rigged again for generations, Latino communities would be patrolled by the National Guard in Hummers and tanks, humanitarians and everyone with brown skin or knowledge of the Spanish language would be stripped of citizenship on the suspicion that they might be aiding and abetting "criminal aliens", and lynching will be back in style.

It's not impossible. Not in this state. We're not that far away from it as it is...

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Andrew Thomas eyes run for Attorney General

Phoenix Business Journal

Wednesday, September 9, 2009, 9:10am MST

Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas is eyeing a run for Arizona Attorney General next year.
Thomas said Wednesday he is setting up an exploratory committee and plans to file election paperwork with the state. Thomas, a Republican, was elected county attorney in 2004 and 2008. He lost the 2002 attorney general’s race to Terry Goddard. Goddard, a Democrat, is expected to run for governor next year.


Thomas is an ally of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his get-tough approach to illegal immigration. Arpaio, also considering a run for governor, said he backs Thomas’ possible run for AG.
“County Attorney Thomas has dedicated his life to a successful fight against crime,” Arpaio said in a statement. “If he ultimately runs for attorney general, I will do whatever I can to help elect him.”


State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne is also considering a run for AG from the GOP side. Attorney Tim Nelson, who lost to Thomas in the 2008 county attorney’s race, and Dennis Burke, who has been nominated by President Barack Obama for U.S. Attorney for Arizona, are possible Democratic contenders. Nelson and Burke are former aides to former Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano.


Thomas has handled some high profile cases as county prosecutor, including the Baseline Killer and Serial Shooter. His office currently is investigating the alleged rape of an 8-year-old Phoenix girl by a group of African immigrant boys. The girl’s family is from Liberia.

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