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 8, 2009

MCSA Disorderly Conducters Aquitted

Sorry - thought I already posted this. Old News.

5 activists arrested after supervisors meeting acquitted

A Maricopa County justice of the peace on Tuesday ruled in favor of five defendants who were charged with disorderly conduct following a Board of Supervisors meeting.

The defendants were arrested after they clapped and cheered during the public-comment portion of the meeting in December 2008 as part of a protest of county politicians, including Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Sheriff's deputies arrested the defendants after law enforcement asked each of them to leave the meeting. Those who hesitated or spoke out were taken into custody.


Community activists Monica Sandschafer
, Kristy Theilen, Joel Nelson, Jason Odhner and Raquel Teran are all affiliated with the Maricopa Citizens for Safety and Accountability, a group that brought together organizations opposed to Arpaio and many of his policies - most notably illegal immigration - during and after the 2008 general election.

Another member of the group, Randy Parraz, was acquitted of disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing last month following his arrest outside the supervisors meeting room in September 2008.

Justice Steven McMurry gave defense attorneys two weeks to file a memo on the issue of whether he could award their clients legal fees; the state will have two weeks to respond to that filing.

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