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

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Remembering Attica

Remembering the Attica Uprising
Posted on September 8, 2009 by denverabc
(from the Denver Anarchist Black Cross)

Attica Rebellion: 38 years ago, a massive prison rebellion in the Attica Correctional Institution in New York reshaped national liberation movements and the growing movements against prisons in the United States.

On September 9, 1971, responding to the death of black liberation prisoner George Jackson in California’s San Quentin Prison, about 1,000 of the approximately 2,200 prisoners rebelled and seized control of the prison, taking thirty-three correction officers hostage.

During the following four days of negotiations, authorities agreed to 28 of the prisoners’ demands, but would not agree to demands for complete amnesty from criminal prosecution for the prison takeover, or for the removal of Attica’s superintendent. Under order of then Governor Nelson Rockefeller, state police took back control of the prison. When the uprising was over at least 39 people were dead, including ten correction officers and civilian employees.

Listen to the Freedom Archives program, 30 Years After the Attica Rebellion, a 29 minute documentary radio program about the Attica Rebellion, originally released in 2001 on the 30th anniversary of the uprising.

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