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

Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Racist Agenda of Russ Pearce

Got tipped off by Matt that this was out (I've been dropped from Russ' email list, apparently. Rats.). The font in the email was a little freaky so I hit the internet and found the exact same email posted at the Minutemen's website (unlike me, they really do support Russ Pearce). Here's the unabridged agenda Pearce hopes to push through, with the help of his enthusiastic, armed supporters. They're all very disturbing. We need to mobilize across movements to stop this guy.

Please make sure to call the legislature this week and tell them the opposite of what Pearce is dishing out; this is dangerous legislation, and it would be in the hands of rogue law enforcement officers. In the meantime, I'll try and work up a point-by-point counter-fact sheet to post this week.


From: russellpearce

Date: Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 8:43 PM

Subject: Enough is enough from the Amnesty crowd at any cost: lies and more lies. Call your legislators and make sure they support: Support Arizona's Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhood Act. Go to

"SUPPORT OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD ACT" and to go to the legislative member list go to

KFYI news was using a new report from Arizona Advocacy Network an open border, pro Amnesty group. The Arizona Advocacy Network report is the same old Amnesty at any cost crowd:

The same old lies and mis-information from the Amnesty at any cost crowd. We know the left, open border/anarchist and the cheap labor, profits over patriotism crowd, will sue us. However I have been to court 7 times to defend Proposition 200 and won 7 times (that one was simply to stop voting fraud and welfare fraud and they still sued to stop it from being enforced), I have been to court 5 times with worksite enforcement/employers sanctions (Arizona's Fair and Legal Employment Act) and have won all 5 times including the 9th Circuit (the most liberal court in the nation).

We are currently in court on Prop. 100 a Constitutional Amendment that denies bail to illegal aliens that commit serious and violent felonies in our state. (The deep pocket left never give up on protecting those who break the law over those who are law abiding legal citizens).

According to the Heritage Foundation illegal aliens cost taxpayers 3 to 4 times that of native born Americans. According to Maricopa County Criminal Justice info, they commit violent crimes almost 3 times that of native born Americans. They take jobs from Americans. According to Harvard University Professor George Borjas the cost to Arizona workers are over $1.4 billion a year in lower wages. The spin must stop.

There are those who continue to report false and inaccurate information to benefit their arguments in order to gain political power or profits while Americans pay the price. They include legal immigrants with illegal aliens and call them all immigrants. There is a big difference. I respect and support legal immigrants. I do not support law breakers. I support the rule of law and the Constitutional rights of our citizens to have our laws enforce without apology and I recognize the damage in billions of dollars in cost to incarcerate, medicate and educate illegal aliens. I recognize the cost in maimings and killing of Americans by illegal aliens. A Congressional report indicates that 9,000 Americans are killed every year by illegal aliens. 25 per day, 12 by stabbings and shootings and 13 by DUI and related crimes. That is just collateral damage to the deceptive, treasonous, open border crowd. Enough is enough.

Today the only reason our immigration laws are not enforced are Political, not a lack of Authority.

This Citizens Initiative will pass by 70% to 80% by the voters. The last four (4) Propositions I placed on the ballot in '06 passed by an average of 75%.

In accordance with the Unanimous endorsement of a Resolution by the State Republican Party and the Maricopa County Republican Party at their annual organizational meetings with over 800 PC's present at each meeting and in order to support our citizens Constitutional right to have our laws enforced and recognizing the damage in cost in crime and dollars to Arizona citizens and taxpayers; I will be filing a Citizens Initiative to remove/end all sanctuary policies in the state of Arizona. No more Catch & Release. We the legal and lawful citizens demand the enforcement of our laws.

I will run legislation again also. I hope the Speaker will agree as has President Burns to help me get this out of the Senate the very first week of Session (if we cannot get it in a Special Session Call). I need the same commitment from Speaker Kirk Adams. The Governor's staff has indicated the Governor is in support and will sign the legislation. I just need to get it to her. The Citizens Initiative is good backup, to make sure the people have the last say if for some reason we do not get the legislation passed in the legislature and signed by the Governor. It will cost us thousands and thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours getting signatures to get the Citizens Initiative qualified and on the ballot, a challenge I and others are willing to take on. So let us put most of our energy in this effort in getting the bill passed out of the legislature and signed by the Governor. This is critical legislation for Arizona and the nation as we lead the nation in our efforts and over 30 states are modeling legislation after us. Let's Take Back America One State at a Time!!!!! Phoenix Law Enforcement Association has agreed to be the Treasure of the Citizens Initiative Effort.


1. Illegal Sanctuary Policies: Eliminates ALL sanctuary cities in this state and allows legal citizens the right to sue their government for violating this law.

2. Trespass: Makes entering or remaining in Arizona in violation of federal law a state crime and "allows" law enforcement to arrest them on trespass violation or just call ICE to take them and deport them. (law enforcement's choice). This allows them to hold those that are being investigated for serious crimes and not have deported before the investigation is completed.

3. Employers Sanctions: Tightens up our Fair and Legal Employment Act and gives an additional ability to enforce the Nations Toughest Employers Sanctions Law, with a civil subpoena power for County Attorney and AG with the courts for the proper checks and balances.

4. Day Laborer Enforcement: Makes it illegal for an illegal alien to solicit work (day laborers) and makes a misdemeanor for anyone with a license to do business in Arizona to pick up any day laborer without filling out a employment application. Makes it a state crime to aid, harbor, conceal transport or attempt to aid, harbor, conceal or transport an illegal alien for work with a mandatory impoundment of their vehicle under 28-3511 for 30 days. Also with mandatory $1000 fine per illegal alien being transported.

Closing our borders is a must, however it must be coupled with interior enforcement. Attrition by enforcement. Strict enforcement. It is time to renew our efforts to end ALL sanctuary policies in our states and our nation: Require officials to fully enforce federal immigration laws of the United States. NO MORE TAXPAYER BENEFITS OF ANY KIND, No Amnesty, No retreat, No surrender. We will take back America one state at a time. It starts here!!!!!

My personal background in law enforcement has given me a unique and in-touch perspective with the needs and hazards experienced by rank-and-file police officers and the threats to our citizens.

In this effort I am proud and delighted to have the support of:

(9 of Arizona Sheriffs out of the 15 have endorsed this and two others may soon)

ENDORSED BY: Polls show 75/80% of Arizonans, Arizona State Republican Party (by Resolution), Maricopa County Republican Party (by Resolution), Maricopa County Sheriff Joe, Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, Pinal Co. Sheriff Babeu, Mohave Sheriff Sheahan, Yavapai Sheriff Waugh, Cochise Sheriff Dever, Gila Sheriff Armer, Navajo Sheriff Clark, Graham Sheriff Allred, Greenlee Sheriff Tucker, Az FOP, Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, Maricopa Deputy's Law Enforcement Association, Border Patrol Officers Association, Arizona Highway Patrol Association, Col. Albert Rodriguez - You Don't Speak for Me, Arizona African American Republican Club, Arizona Republican Assembly, The Pachyderms, Anna Gaines - American Citizens United, Arizona's Liberty Caucus, NAILEM, American Citizens United, Anne Malone - RequireThePrior, NumbersUSA, F.A.I.R., Team America, 9-11 Families, ALIPAC and many more.

The burden of blind-eye police department policies and open-border philosophies were paid for with the lives of not only our police officers throughout our state. The danger clearly spread beyond law enforcement into our communities with more lives being lost. The quality of life in our state is being sacrificed for political correctness.

WE stand together in support of safer neighborhoods and the rule of law.

I cannot stand by and be a spectator to the death, maiming or damage to another police officer, citizen or taxpayer by an illegal alien because we refuse to enforce our laws and fail to put America and Americans First.

Simply enforce our laws and you will see less crime, lower taxes, smaller class sizes, shorter lines in our emergency rooms and reduce deaths, murders, maimings, drugs, home invasions, car jackings, kidnappings, jobs taken from Americans, reduced wages, an ultimately save the taxpayer billions of dollars. We cannot afford to "NOT" enforce our laws. Attrition by Enforcement.

This is the “only” law we allow our elected officials to put conditions on before our police officers can do their job. The only criminals that get conditional protection from our elected and appointed officials that dictate under what circumstances an officer may ask. In many cities it requires another crime and another victim before action can be taken.

Citizens have a constitutional right to expect the protection of federal laws which prohibit unauthorized activities by non-citizens and are denied equal protection by law enforcement, police departments or magistrates when they fail to enforce those laws.


Many of our Politicians and Police Chiefs are in complete violation of their Oaths of Office while citizens and taxpayers pay the price.

As former Chief Deputy of Maricopa County Sheriff's Office under Sheriff Joe, former Judge and now a lawmaker, I witnessed a day that I couldn’t imagine: Police chiefs throughout the Valley stood together and proclaimed their opposition to enforcing the law in complete Violation of their Oath of Office.

I sat ashen as I watched the news reports.

The chiefs of police, including Phoenix’s Harris, former Mesa’s Gascon, stood at a Press Conference and publicly refused to enforce the law. Less than a month after the brutal murder of a police officer at the hands of an illegal alien, they snub the opportunity to make necessary changes, all for the sake of political correctness.

Death and maimings of police officers & citizens by illegal aliens:

Officer’s Figueroa, Erfle, Atkinson, Sitek, Eggle, Collins, Epling, Deputy’s Pearce & Argetsinger, Sgt. Tapia, Martin, Fass, Kirpnick, Schechterle, Gilbert mother killed, Jason Iraq veteran, Mother a "legal immigrant" killed, triple homicide, 3 illegals beat pregnant woman, 5 illegals kill principal, Feds arrest 2,100 violent criminal aliens, deputy in hit and run, Trooper Shot to Death, Day laborer killed girlfriend's baby, Muslim from Bosnia - Killed 5 in crowded shopping mall, Sniper, John Lee Malvo, required by law to be immediately deported. Instead, released Malvo and his cohort killed 10 people, two disabled teenage daughters raped Salvadoran street gang, Dep. March killed, Tricia Taylor lost both her legs, 10 year old Walter Valenzuela murdered, Kimberley Hope murdered, 5 year old Ana Cerna murdered, Joseph Crummy murdered, Amber Merkle only 8, killed, Vinessa, 23, brutally raped & murdered, and the list goes on.

9,000 Americans killed each year, 25 each day, 12 by stabbings and shootings, 13 by DUI and related crimes (Congressional Report; Drawing a Line in the Sand).

Study: 1 million sex crimes by illegals; More than 100 sex offenders crossing border daily Deborah Schurman-Kauflin: Based on a one-year in-depth study, a researcher estimates there are about 240,000 illegal immigrant sex offenders in the United States who have had an average of four victims each.

Police officers have the inherent authority to uphold city, state and federal law (the law is clear and the courts have codified that authority and the Constitutional authority is clear). These officers witness the harm done to innocent Arizonans on a daily basis while their superiors instruct them to ignore their oath of office. Officers on the street have the legal authority, will and desire to enforce the law but the hierarchy stands against them, more interested in PC and harboring illegal aliens, rather than doing their job of protecting lawful citizens and that of “Public Safety”.

The more than 800,000 state and local law enforcement officers in the United States constitute a vital force multiplier. Most importantly, state and local police officers represent a critical line of defense in the war against terrorism. In the six months before 9/11, there were four tragic missed opportunities to arrest the leaders and pilots of the 9/11 terrorists. Had the federal government acquired & disseminated information about basic civil immigration violations to local law enforcement through the NCIC system, several terrorists might have been arrested, and the 9/11 plot might have unraveled. The 4 ring leaders all had been stopped by law enforcement just prior to 9/11 and all in violation of immigration law. As George Santayana reminded us: “Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. . . . Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

While “We the People” debate the action or lack thereof from the federal government, our cities, neighborhoods, our streets have turned into war zones. Legions of illegal alien gangs fight for the right to smuggle drugs and people. An illegal alien pulled over by police for a traffic offense has no worries about facing anything more than a small fine, many of our Chiefs prefer to wait until they kill someone of commit a serious felony. A congressional Homeland Security Committee report estimates that illegals kill over 9,000 Americans a year; annually they kill twice the number of Americans than the brave soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq to date.

Many of these have prior contacts or arrests and still remain in the U.S. Enough is enough. Had our laws been enforced 9-11 probably would have been averted. 4 of the 5 pilots and main conspirators in the 9-11 terrorist attack had contact with law enforcement and were released, all in violation of our immigration laws.

After years of witnessing the increase in crime, it is inexcusable for our Valley’s police chiefs to maintain their sanctuary policies. We can not stand by and tolerate them putting the rights of non-citizens above citizens.

Every day the cost of ignoring the border increases tax fraud, identity theft, and property crimes, a burden on Arizona residents; billions to educate, medicate and incarcerate; but the irreversible cost of violent crimes can not be endured any more.

Police chiefs in this state are more interested in putting handcuffs on their officers than illegal aliens.

Arizonans have spoken loudly and yet they refuse to listen:

In '04 I put a Citizens Initiative on the ballot, requiring proof of citizenship & ID at the polls to vote (a terrible blow to ACORN in their registration drives), and denying public benefits to illegal aliens; in '06 I put 4 Referendums on the ballot, and in Nov. '06 by a 75% average citizens passed Propositions 100, denying bail to illegals who commit serious felonies; 102, denying punitive damages to illegals; 103, making English Arizona's Official Language; and 300, denying public benefits to those in our country illegally.

We also passed at the legislature the toughest Worksite Enforcement bill in the nation, "The Fair and Legal Employment Act".

I am not sure what part of "illegal" they don't understand, but finally the citizens are standing up and demanding we tackle the problem of illegal immigration. Let's take the handcuffs off from our police officers, Arizona will finally be able to give away its title as a crime capital of the United States.

By allowing our cops on the beat to do their jobs, they could be responsible for the one of the largest crime reduction programs in state history.

Those that refuse to follow their constitutional duty or live up to their oath of office should be forced to step aside and make way for honest, hard-working law enforcement officers that know their job and cost of not doing it. Your Mayor and City Council would have to do their job first.

If we must, lets take it to the voters by initiative in states that have an citizens initiative process. I hope the voters have the final say.

Resolution to Enforce Our Immigration laws and Secure Our Border:

Whereas, The Arizona Republican Party recognizes, “If it be asked, what is the most sacred duty and the greatest source of our security in a Republic? The answer would be an inviolable respect for the Constitution and Laws” — Alexander Hamilton.

Therefore, be it resolved by the Arizona Republican Party of the State of Arizona:

1. Establishes that there is a significant public interest in the effective enforcement of immigration law & the states are bound by the Supremacy Clause of the United ‘States Constitution to enforce violations of the federal immigration laws:

2. The illegal alien invasion has a corresponding increase in violent crimes, gangs, threat to public health, billions in cost to the taxpayer, jobs taken from Americans; and

3. Demands the elimination of all sanctuary policies in the state of Arizona and require the enforcement of our immigration laws & require law enforcement to turn over to federal authorities for removal from the United States all illegal aliens & where necessary tried and punished for criminal activity before removal.

4. Require state officials to take action that would secure the ArizonaMexico border including putting the National Guard in a primary role on the border.

5. That all agencies and employers ensure compliance with all federal and state laws and regulations related to the immigration status of all employees.

Opposed to these rationalizations are the facts: (Gilbert Office after arresting an illegal alien on a traffic stop found him to be wanted on a homicide warrant, yet he had his Matricular card)

* According to the Maricopa County Criminal Justice records, illegal aliens commit violent crimes at almost 3 times that of native born Americans

* We spend about $1 billion annually in K-12 on illegal aliens

* Arizona #2 in the World in kidnappings

· Illegal alien abuse of our medical facilities has forced many to close

· Illegal aliens use our deserts to dump their non-degradable garbage

· Through increases in taxation, our representatives are stealing our property in order to redistribute our wealth to illegal aliens.

· In the U.S., 26 citizens a day are killed by the actions of illegal aliens (12 by stabbings and shootings and 13 by DUI and related crimes)

· Services we are required to provide to illegals are bankrupting our states and lowering our quality of life and quality of education

· Tucson public schools use race based ethnic study courses to denigrate the U.S., inculcating loyalty to Mexico

· Abetting illegals enables the culture of corruption they bring to grow: Kidnapping, ID theft, drug wars, murder, vehicular manslaughter, gangs, graffiti, drop houses, hostage taking, blackmail, rape and death during transport of illegals, home invasions

· voting for sanctuary cities allows potential terrorists, who are illegals, to walk our streets with impunity (4 of the 5 leaders and pilots of the 9-11 terrorist were stopped by law enforcement and released and were in violation of our immigration laws. Had they been arrested 9-11 would have been averted.

Don't forget Arizonans, if you haven't signed up yet, do so now and use the services @ Life, Liberty & Freedom, to contact all elected officials:

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