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

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Just Say No to Joe.

From Arizona Advocacy Network:

Each time Arpaio conducts one of his sweeps for brown people, Phoenix area activists and observers are alerted via a text message network to bring cameras to the area and document the actions of the deputies.  During Arpaio's racial profiling sweep last weekend, another of his deputies grabbed the camera of activist and radio host Carlos Galindo and erased his footage.  Fortunately, Galindo had the techie know-how to be able to recover the footage.

Sheriff Joe knows that the documentation of his actions by our volunteer activists has been getting him into to trouble.  He is determined to keep on engaging in unconstitutional actions without being inconvenienced by the First Amendment, or any other constitutionally guaranteed rights.

Without activists documenting Arpaio's raids, the rest of the nation would know little of Arpaio's abuses of power, authority and the law.  We cannot tolerate these attempts to silence the public.  

Friends in Arizona and around the country:  

Please contact your members of congress (, 

Secretary Napolitano (Comment Line: 202-282-8495), 

the Department of Justice (202-514-2001) and 

President Obama ( and let them know that we need their help to stop Arpaio's efforts to make Maricopa County a "Constitution Free Zone."  He cannot continue to go unchecked. 

Many thanks to Lydia Guzman, President of Somos America, for coordinating observers over the weekend.  Thanks also to CopWatch and the ACLU of AZ

And Congratulations to Salvador Reza, recipient of the Tides Foundation's JBL Award for Puente's tireless work to hold Arpaio accountable and push back against his abuses. 

Stay safe and thanks for all you do!

Next Immigration Forum:

Date: Thursday, September 17th
Time: Refreshments at 5pm;Program begins at 6pm
Where: Grace Lutheran Church, 1124 N. 3rd Street (SW Corner of 3rd & Moreland just south of the I-10)
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