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 30, 2009

MCSO: More good use of tax dollars...

25 were smugglers? I'm sure. 

I'm not paying a penny more in sales tax as long as this stuff keeps going on and both the Governor and the Republican legislature endorse it. We've got American-born rapists and murderers and kidnappers all over the place, and Arpaio keeps using all our resources to chase down and incarcerate impoverished migrants whose only crime is "smuggling themselves".

Does all this rounding up of migrants and neglect of real crime have anything to do with the Sheriff's lack of competence as a law enforcement officer? Or does it have more to do with the fact that ICE can be billed by the jail for migrants, whereas no one compensates him for arresting dangerous citizen criminals (well, excpet for the salary, and benefits, and expense account we give him..).





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40 arrested during north Valley crime sweep

by Adam Wolfe - Sept. 29, 2009 05:49 PM
The Arizona Republic
 
Forty people suspected of being illegal immigrants were arrested during a four-hour crime sweep in the north Valley, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies conducted sweeps in four areas near Anthem Way on Monday night, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office.

Twenty-five of those arrested face human-smuggling charges, officials said; the others were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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