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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.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Russ Pearce for Senate.

Straight from the source. I'm glad it's not for sheriff. I've told myself of late that I'd try not to walk too close to the edge anymore, but I don't seem ready to let it go yet. It bubbles up like his own indignant outrage. Anyway, my comments are in red italics - his is everything else; I highlighted the more entertaining (or disturbing) pieces he wrote in yellow. 

I suspect I'll be removed from the mailing list now and start getting hate mail or stopped for moving violations all the time. And that's if I'm lucky. But, here goes...


-------------received from RussellPearce.com September 16, 2009 at 2:22pm.---------------------

I ran for the State Senate so that I could continue working on behalf of the taxpayers and law-abiding citizens of this state (they shift the tax burden from themselves to the poor through sales tax - but never call us taxpayers - then if they get caught doing anything remotely criminal like speeding past cameras, they just change the laws, which makes them all law-abiding. Seems to work). If you remember, I was first challenged in a primary by a candidate hand-picked by the open-borders crowd, then I had to run against a Democrat opponent in the general election.  My primary opponent alone spent more than $80,000 trying to beat me, along with thousands spent by independent groups that felt threatened by my efforts to require employers to follow the law and not hire illegal aliens. (Save those jobs for Americans).

Because of you and like minded Patriots I did win and by 70% to 30% in the Primary Race, Thank you.

I’ve learned a lot from those contests and the most important lesson I have learned is to always be prepared and to run a strong campaign from day one. To make sure that we can dissuade our opponents from even considering a challenge (how democratic and American - conspiring to keep everyone else out of the race by raising more money) and to ensure that we beat any challenger, I need to first raise a significant amount of money.  I am asking you for your help!

You can use any cliché that you want, but money is the gas in the tank or the bullets in the gun that make campaigns possible, (Wow. That's pretty loaded. I guess that's the case about revolutions, too? They're basically political campaigns...) and there are two key numbers that our opponents look at:  Total money raised, and the total number of contributors (I'm an "opponent" and I don't know what he's talking about. I count uninsured and hungry children, bodies in the desert and "crime suppression sweeps",  and who goes off to college while the rest are in economic slavery, sent off to prison, or slogging through another year of war when I look at numbers. I don't care what party they're with - they all pretty much suck. That probably makes me an enemy combatant, I'm sure.).  That is why it is so important that you make a contribution, even if it is only $10.

I have fought for our shared values for ten years at the State Legislature, and even longer during my extensive career in law enforcement and public service. I am honored that you have elected and re-elected me to office and I have never forgotten why it is that I serve (he does know and serve his constituency, that's for sure - screw the rest of us).   I am recognized as a national leader in the fight to secure our borders and enforce our laws. I continue to work hard to protect the taxpayer, quality education, the small business owner, fight for safer neighborhoods, expand school choice and parental rights, protect the unborn, property rights, less regulation and defend our Bill or Rights and for States Sovereignty. (that does sum it up well). I am one of only two Arizona legislators to have received the national “Hero of The Taxpayer Award” (not my hero).  I hope I count on your support for my campaign?

I do not usually run high-dollar races, I run grassroots campaigns; knocking on doors, speaking to small groups throughout our District and counting on people like you to spread the word to your family and friends.  So you can count on me to be as careful with your contributions as I am with your tax dollars.

Will you please support me with a contribution?  No matter how large or how small, every contribution counts, so please contribute today! (that's the kind of begging that should be criminalized)

You can mail your checks, made out to “Elect Russell Pearce”, to:

Elect Russell Pearce
P.O. BOX 31987
Mesa, Arizona, 85205

Or you can visit my website www.russellpearce.com and use PayPal or click on donate or the donate button below.

However you help out, I want you to know how grateful I am and how encouraged I am by your support.  I know that times are tough these days and dollars are fewer and more precious.  So thank you, from the bottom of my heart (I don't really think he has one, but a real abolitionist would argue that at least he has a soul and a spark of humanity), for your help.

Russell

P.S.  The maximum contribution is $410 per individual or $820 per couple, you need to include your employer, position with company, along with address you want listed.  Corporations may not make contributions to a political candidate.

Sincerely and may God bless you and may God continue to Bless this great Republic.  May we always preserve: Faith … Family … Freedom … Country.

Senator Russell Pearce, LD18, www.russellpearce.com

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