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

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

When Universal Health Care Dreams Die...

Border Action Network

So what do we do about immigration, if racial profiling, incarceration, and brutalization doesn't work to keep America safe and free for decent, honest citizens (white people)?

What not to do seems obvious: what to do instead is pretty complex, and hard to get at over the din of armed fringe elements crowding the border and all the Fox News consultants spreading party lies. BAN seems to have it together and is organizing a progressive united front.

If you care about immigration issues, I'd check out Border Action Network's website. They do a lot of local organizing of citizens and migrant communities alike, and are gearing up for the immigration reform debate to take place immediately after universal health care is sold out by the Democratic Party (maybe if we're lucky we'll end up with something as good as the Medicare prescription plan).

Anyway, BAN is regionally-rooted (in the border states), has postcards all set to go, fact sheets, talking points, and more people being trained as organizers. Can't dismantle the prison industrial complex without doing something about our racist, exploitative immigration policies and practices - we should be right in the thick of this particular fight. Below is info taken from their website.


Border Action Network formed in 1999 and works with immigrant and border communities in southern Arizona to ensure that our rights are respected, our human dignity upheld and that our communities are healthy places to live. We are a membership-based organization that combines grassroots community organizing, leadership development, litigation and policy advocacy.

Border Action Network's struggle for human rights in the United States is defined by twelve political principles:

1. Permanent Residency
2. Civil & Constitutional Rights
3. Workers Rights
4. Human Mobility
5. Family Unification
6. Education
7. Health Care
8. Healthy Communities
9. Dignified Housing
10. Civic Participation
11. Culture & Language
12. Dignity, Respect & Equality

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