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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Saturday, October 31, 2009

MCSO retaliates against local activist? Shocking!

 The MCSO Retaliates Against a Guadalupe Activist

Phoenix New Times

By Stephen Lemons

Published on October 27, 2009 at 5:40pm


LOCAL HEROES

Ever since the MCSO's contract for police services with the town of Guadalupe was renewed earlier this year, a small band of residents of the square-mile town has sought to monitor the interaction of sheriff's deputies with Guadalupanos.

A month and a half ago, these half-dozen or so men and women acquired video cameras, underwent training given by the Phoenix organization Copwatch, and dubbed themselves the Citizens Camera Crew. Their mission: change the dynamic between Sheriff Joe Arpaio's boys in beige and the people who live in the half-Yaqui, half-Mexican-American burg of 5,500.

That relationship has been one of an occupying force toward the occupied. In other words, mutual contempt and suspicion. The re-signing of the contract made former Mayor Frankie Montiel so unpopular that he was demoted from mayor to councilman by his fellow council members.

The new mayor, Yolanda Solarez, is no Rebecca Jimenez — the courageous ex-mayor who defied Arpaio in early 2008, when the sheriff invaded the town for one of his anti-immigrant sweeps. But Solarez lacks Montiel's baggage. Also, new Vice Mayor Lupita Avelar has been a steadfast critic of the MCSO's continued presence in her community.

As for Guad's CCC, its acquisition of video cameras has ticked off beat deputies to no end. If there's one thing cops hate, it's being videotaped in the course of their duties. (Think Rodney King.) Thus, the CCC's members, who include Guadalupe activists Andrew Sanchez and William Robles, have become the targets for intimidation and outright retaliation.

Robles — who was named Best Guadalupe Activist in last month's New Times Best of Phoenix issue for his tireless efforts to combat violence and protest the sheriff inside and outside his town — has gotten the worst of it. Likely because he's been dogging sheriff's deputies with his camera 24/7 (an activity that's constitutionally protected, I might add).

Not long after Robles began committing MCSO patrols to tape, he was stopped late at night by two deputies in a marked car. Robles was walking home along the canal from Carl's Jr. The deputies asked to see his identification.

"I told them, 'I know my rights,'" Robles says. "'But this time,' I said, 'I will let you see it.'"

The deputies claimed they were asking for the IDs of everyone walking along the canal. Once they saw Robles' identification, they asked him if he worked for New Times and mentioned they had seen him covered in the paper recently.

"They just kept asking me over and over again, like three times, if I worked with New Times," Robles says. "I kept telling them no, that what I do, I do for Guadalupe."

Robles told the deputies he was going to call another CCC member, so that the stop could be recorded. (He didn't have his camera with him at the time.) The deputies, who gave their names as Whelan, serial number 1789, and Saladen, serial number 1174, decided that was a good time to bail.

The incident repeated itself on October 22, when Robles was approached in an unmarked car by two deputies, who identified themselves as Kaplan, serial number 1506, and Bar, serial number 1188 (at least it sounded like Bar on the videotape). This time, Robles had his camera and documented the pair as they queried him about his past, implying he may have been involved in criminal activity.

The suggestion was so ludicrous that even the deputies' boss, Lieutenant Ed Shepherd, who has worked Guadalupe for decades and knows who Robles is, found it absurd.

"He certainly seems to be a harmless sort of guy," Shepherd told me when I called him about the incidents. "If he wants to follow us around, that's okay with me."

Shepherd had heard about Robles' video camera, and he told me that the deputies believed New Times had given Robles his equipment. I informed him that we had not, that Robles doesn't work for New Times, even though he's not shy about letting Valley journalists know what's going down in Guadalupe.

The lieutenant advised me that he had already instructed his deputies to leave Robles alone.

"[Deputy] Loren Gaytan told me he had a video camera," said Shepherd of the MCSO's community liaison. "I said, 'So what? It's a free country. Let him take any videos he wants.'"

If Shepherd's attitude trickled down to his men, it did so in an odd way. On the evening of Saturday, October 24, Robles was taping deputies as they closed down a late-night party, a Saturday-night ritual because Guadalupe has an ordinance ordering all parties ended by midnight.

Present was Deputy Gaytan, who shined a flashlight in Robles' face. Gaytan covered his mug with a digital camera he was carrying. And he, sneakily, began to make Robles out as a snitch, speaking loud enough that the other Guadalupanos present could hear.

"I appreciate you helping us out here, William," Gaytan told Robles, as the latter captured it all on video.

"I ain't helping you out," Robles shot back.

"You're not helping us out?" Gaytan replied. "Why aren't you helping us out?"

Gaytan went on to imply that Robles was videotaping on the MCSO's behalf, even though Robles countered the implications. The mere suggestion that someone is a narc can be dangerous — possibly deadly — in Guadalupe, as well as in other places. Yet Gaytan persisted...

Go to The Phoenix New Times for the rest...

Intercontinental Cry: Mapuche Declaration of War

'Continued Aggression Leads to Mapuche Declaration of War'

Continued aggressions of the Chilean state has led the Arauco Malleco Coordinator of Mapuche Communities in Conflict (CAM), a radical indigenous Mapuche organization, to formally renounce their Chilean citizenship and declared war on the government.

The declaration was issued on Oct. 20, the same day that two trucks belonging  to the El Bosque forestry corporation were... (link above to rest of article).

Channel 5: FBI Investigating Arpaio

Here's the link to the original piece by Channel 5 News:
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Sources: FBI Investigating Joe Arpaio

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Actions 'Absolutely Unacceptable,' Former US Attorney Says

UPDATED: 12:12 pm MST October 30, 2009

Perp Walk for Arpaio? Stephen Lemons

 Ex-U.S. Attorney David Iglesias on Joe Arpaio: "I Would Seek an Indictment" (w/Video)


CBS 5's nearly 10-minute segment on Sheriff Joe Arpaio's abuse of power last night did not disappoint. Essentially, reporter Morgan Loew and producer Gilbert Zermeno laid out all of the major cases of retaliation by the MCSO against the sheriff's political opponents: Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, ex-New Times staffer John Dougherty, Village Voice Media Executive Editor Michael Lacey, VVM CEO Jim Larkin, and so on.

Then they put it before a no-nonsense ex-prosecutor: former U.S. Attorney for New Mexico David Iglesias.

He's a Republican, was part of the team from the Navy's Judge Advocate General Corps that inspired the Tom Cruise film A Few Good Men, and has more integrity than Arpaio has enemies. Iglesias was one of several U.S. Attorneys purged by the Bush Administration because they would not pursue politically motivated prosecutions. He has never met Arpaio, and has no ax to grind with him.

So what did Iglesias say he would do based on the evidence and his own research? Basically, he'd make Arpaio do the perp walk.

"I would go to a grand jury," said Iglesias. "I would work very closely with the civil rights criminal division in Washington, DC. And, based on the information that I have, I would seek an indictment."

Iglesias was aghast at what he saw in CBS 5's file on Arpaio detailing the sheriff's history of political payback.

"I thought, `This is remarkable, I can't believe this happening in the United States,'" stated Iglesias, who with his buzz cut looks like he stepped out of an old episode of Dragnet. "This is something that I have seen in South America, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia. Absolutely unacceptable. We don't do this kind of thing in this country without some kind of consequence."

In his extended interview with CBS 5, Iglesias specifically cited two federal statutes that Arpaio may be in violation of: 18 USC 241 and 18 USC 242. The first is "conspiracy against rights," and makes it illegal for two or more people to "conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States or because of his having exercised the same." 
 
As for 18 USC 242, that's "deprivation of rights under the color of law." The statute makes it illegal for anyone "under the color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom" to deprive someone of "any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or to different punishments, pains, or penalties, on account of such person being an alien, or by reason of his color, or race, than are prescribed for the punishment of citizens."

I called the office of Arizona's new U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke for a comment on Iglesias' assertions in the CBS 5 newscast, and I'm waiting for a response. Will Burke -- who was Janet Napolitano's chief of staff while she was governor -- do something about Arpaio? Or will he follow Napolitano's example, and sit on his hands for the remainder of his tenure?

CBS 5 also confirmed that the FBI has been investigating Arpaio since the Bush Administration, and Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon stated in the piece that he has been interviewed by the FBI. Thing is, if they've been looking into Arpaio for over a year, and Iglesias is saying that based on stuff in the public domain that he would indict, then it is long past time for Burke, or his boss, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, to act.
In another interesting revelation, former U.S. Attorney Paul Charlton, who is representing county Supervisor Don Stapley, gave a motive for Arpaio's revenge against Stapley, which has involved Stapley being re-arrested by the MCSO after the first round of corruption charges were dropped.

"He opposed the sheriff's budget," Charlton told CBS 5. "He insisted that there be someone placed inside his office that audit the budget. He disagreed with the sheriff on his use of funds to do the [immigration] round-ups."

The segment also included an interview with former New Times columnist John Dougherty concerning his investigation into Arpaio's land holdings. And the piece used file footage of a 2004 confrontation between Dougherty and some of Arpaio's henchmen, who later claimed Dougherty was attempting to assault the sheriff with a "silver, metallic object." That object? A tape recorder.

Kudos to CBS 5 for an eye-popping hunk of TV journalism. You should take a look at CBS 5's Web site for full-length interviews with Charlton, Iglesias, and Gordon. Also, CBS 5 has the full segment up on its Web site, here.

Immigration Enforcement or Crime Fighting?

Nice summary by Matt Kelley of the Innocence Project. From Change.org

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Sidestepping Immigration to Focus on Solving Crimes

Published October 28, 2009 @ 06:28AM PT

When federal and local officials work on identifying, detaining and deporting undocumented immigrants, there's something else they're not doing: investigating, solving and preventing crime.

A great op-ed yesterday in the Los Angeles Times by LAPD Chief William Bratton makes a forceful and eloquent case for police departments to keep their priorities straight.

Police officers should concentrate their energy on solving crime, and undocumented immigrants shouldn't be afraid to come into contact with police if they witness a crime, or even more importantly, if they are the victims of a crime.

Unfortunately, police departments across the country are moving in the opposite direction. More than 65 law enforcement agencies across the county have entered into a partnership with the federal government, called 287(g). This program gives police officers the power to act as agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a monumentally bad idea. Bratton argues, rightly, that this program takes critical emphasis away from crime investigation and prevention.

Rein Pearce In.

Yuma Sun Editorial

State doesn't need expanded immigration role

An Arizona lawmaker is on the rampage again against illegal immigration, promising to introduce legislation to push enforcement down to the local level rather than keeping it at the federal level where it belongs.

Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, who has been the main supporter of multiple pieces of recent legislation to crack down on illegal immigrants in Arizona, is critical of federal efforts to address the problem. He is particularly troubled by federal withdrawal of authority for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to enforce federal immigration laws.

Arpaio, like Pearce, has been a firebrand on this issue. The sheriff has used "crime suppression sweeps" to detect illegal immigrants, a practice that has been criticized as a violation civil rights and encouraging racial profiling.

Pearce announced plans to push three measures either through the Legislature or a voter initiative to charge illegal immigrants under state trespass laws, prevent local governments from ordering police officers not to inquire about the legal residency of suspects and let prosecutors subpoena information about the hiring of illegal immigrants by companies without first getting a warrant from a judge.

These are all efforts to impose state and local authority where it does not belong. Immigration laws and enforcement are federal matters, not state or local matters.

The idea of using the trespass law is a transparent attempt to simulate a state crime so it can be enforced locally. Most local police don't want to enforce immigration laws - they have enough laws to enforce without having artificial new crimes created.

The proposal to allow prosecutors to obtain illegal hiring information without a warrant is particularly disturbing because it subverts judicial due process.

Glenn Hamer, president of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said "the thought of taking away a judicial filter for those types of complaints is scary" because it gives local prosecutors unrestricted access to business records without any proof of wrongdoing.

There is plenty of federal authority to deal with illegal immigration and there are already significant taxpayer-supported enforcement resources. A huge expansion of state authority in this area is undesirable, counterproductive and likely unconstitutional.

Guv Joe? NO!

ABC 15 Flubs Joe Arpaio Poll Results, Arpaio's Numbers Countywide, Not Statewide

AEA Legislative Update


AEA Update from Doug Kilgore:


October, 2009


This Week's Issue:


  • Special Session Legislature Voting Records - Take Action
  • Budget Deficit Grows - Solutions Elusive
  • Teachers Reacting to Attack by Burns and Adams
  • Tuition Tax Credit Fraud Studied
  • State Trust Lands Education Funds Raided by New Budget Deal
  • October News Links
Special Session Legislature Voting Records - We Won't Forget Take Action
In August, House Majority Leader Kirk Adams (R-Mesa) convinced 32 members of his caucus to send the Senate a budget that included $650 million in tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Arizonans, $600 million in funding cuts to K-12 education funding, and attacks on the professional rights of teachers. Senate President Bob Burns found 15 members of his caucus to support these same budget provisions, falling one vote short of sending it to the Governor. A modified version of the budget without the huge tax cuts was sent to the Governor. On September 4, the Governor signed much of the budget, but line-item vetoed many of the education cuts and some other harmful provisions while allowing the attacks on teachers to remain. Every legislator who voted for the irresponsible combination of huge tax cuts, massive cuts to public education, and attacks on teachers must be held accountable. View the voting records of each legislator on these issues and be sure to forward this link to your friends and neighbors.

Budget Deficit Grows - Solutions Elusive
Governor Brewer's use of her line-item veto power on the special session budget resulted in an unbalanced budget. That current year deficit has grown from $1.5 billion on September 4 to over $2 billion today. The deficit will force the legislature into another special session to balance the current year budget. Capitol speculation about the timing and subject of a special session includes (1) a November or December special session to balance the current year budget and reinstate funding authority to several agencies that are out of funds, (2) a November or December special session to reinstate funding to several agencies only, or (3) a January special session that will run concurrent to the 2010 regular session.

Again, the call for a special session seems uncertain based on the lack of agreement on the need for additional revenue. The Governor continues to demand a budget that includes a tax increase to help protect funding to public education and programs that protect Arizona's most vulnerable citizens. The Republican legislative leadership has not been able to build support for the additional revenue in their own caucus and appear unwilling to reach out to Democrats to build a bipartisan solution. Wednesday the Governor warned that without additional revenue, cuts to education and the Department of Economic Security would be "devastating" to our public schools and vulnerable citizens.

Once a solution is found for the current years' budget deficit, Arizona must tackle next year's $4 billion deficit. This deficit represents about 40% of the states' general fund, the largest percent deficit in the nation. Massive cuts to public schools will be unavoidable unless there is an increase in revenues. The AEA March4Schools coalition will continue to build public support for a balanced and reasonable solution to our budget deficit that invests in our public schools and vital state services through an adequate and equitable tax structure.

Teachers Reacting to Attack by Burns and Adams
All across Arizona school employees are reacting with outrage and resolve to a blatant punitive attack on the teaching profession by Senate President Bob Burns and House Speaker Kirk Adams. In late August, Senate President Bob Burns and House Speaker Kirk Adams submitted yet another budget proposal to the Governor that included House Bill 2011 which amends school employment law in several areas.  Governor Brewer had vetoed this package back in July.  In early September she vetoed some of the cuts to school funding, but couldn't line-item veto the policy changes - which will become law as of November 24, 2009. Learn more.

Some majority party legislators have regularly expressed their anger about AEA and members lobbying on behalf of school funding.  Some of this legislation is simply to punish this hard work by educators at the Capitol. It is an attempt to silence the strongest organized opposition to the massive cuts to public education advocated by Burns and Adams. But teachers and school employees across Arizona are becoming more organized and committed to joining the fight to protect public education from massive cuts and stand up to these intimidation tactics. A petition drive calling for the repeal of the punitive measures contained in HB 2011 and drive to sign up school employees for the permanent early voter list launched by several local associations is gaining momentum.

Tuition Tax Credit Fraud Studied
Following scathing investigative reports by the East Valley Tribune, Arizona Republic, and Tucson Citizen, two legislative committees are studying reports that include accusations of fraud by school tuition organizations (STO). Both legislative committees met in September promising to make changes to prevent the misuse of tax funds by private schools and the school tuition organizations that provide private schools with taxpayer dollars.

Reports have shown private schools are encouraging parents to violate IRS rules by using multiple publicly funded tuition credits to fully fund their own child's tuition. School tuition organizations are not allocating funds as required by law allowing them to build up excess funds for investments and profit. Tax-exempt school tuition organizations are forming corporations owned by their executives who hire family members and friends who are profiting from payments by the STO.

Proponents of these tuition tax credit programs have claimed the program will allow lower income students to attend private schools and lower state spending on education, but the reports have shown that instead, most of the tax dollars are simply subsidizing wealthy families who were sending their children to private schools anyway and the program is costing the state general fund millions of dollars. The legislature voted to expand tuition tax credits during the last session. View how your legislator voted.

State Trust Lands Education Funds Raided by New Budget Deal
Hidden in this fall's Special Session budget deal was an appropriation of up to $10 million of the state trust lands beneficiaries' annual proceeds to create a special fund to be used by the State Land Commissioner to manage land sales. This act is unconstitutional as the state's Constitution stipulates all financial gains from trust lands sales go to the "beneficiaries" which includes public schools.  The legislature's appropriation reduces the benefit to public schools. Traditionally the state had provided funding for the management of state trust lands through a general fund appropriation. The Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest has sent a special request to Attorney General Terry Goddard to enjoin this illegal payment of public money.

October News Links
Our schools need your vote. With a massive budget deficit this year - and more red ink expected next year - state funding for public education is at risk.
by Heather Price-Wright and John Wright
There is a lesson that UA students can teach our state legislature: Ultimately, you have to stop procrastinating and do your work.   
Tuition tax credits drain state money
One of the most prevalent arguments in support of Arizona's private-school-tuition tax credits is that they save the state money by shifting students from public to private schools.
Loopholes favor well-off, not low-income families as intended
Two sets of state lawmakers are examining how Arizona's private school tuition tax credits are being used - or misused. Legislators must close the serious loopholes. Arizona cannot afford to pay for wealthy students' private school tuition, which was what media outlets discovered.  
Ariz. groups not meeting law that 90% be disbursed
Non-profit organizations have stockpiled millions of dollars in unspent corporate donations that are supposed to provide private-school scholarships for students from lower-income families, state records show.
Public school teachers are expected to be the big winners when states around the U.S. reveal for the first time how many jobs were created or saved during the first months of President Barack Obama's $787 billion stimulus plan.


Contact Us  
Please contact Doug Kilgore, Government Relations Organizational Consultant,
doug.kilgore@arizonaea.org for questions and comments
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Friday, October 30, 2009

MCSO Issues Response To Our 5 Investigates Story

MCSO Response to KPHO Story (below)
6:04 pm MST October 30, 2009

The Maricopa County Sheriff's office has responded to a CBS 5 investigation into accusations that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is using his position to settle political vendettas.

The statement appeared on the MCSO “Truth Behind the Headlines” page.Here is the statement in its entirety:

"There were a number of blatantly false and incorrect assertions in Thursday night’s incredibly long and laborious TV story on Channel 5 in which the reporter insinuated that Sheriff Arpaio and his office are breaking the law by “investigating anyone who criticizes the Sheriff.”Rather than dignify the reporter and his piece with a lengthy response to assertions made, we will simply respond with a few ‘facts’ of our own.Their expert interview who insisted that an indictment be sought against Sheriff Arpaio also said that no where in America should Arpaio’s tactics ever be tolerated. His name is David Iglesias. This is the same attorney who was fired in 2006 by the US Attorney General for several different reasons.Iglesias was criticized for looking the other way in an investigation involving ACORN, an organization that embraces illegal immigration and is currently under intense scrutiny and investigation by the US government for fraudulent schemes.

Paul Charleton, a colleague of Iglesias and was often quoted in the Channel 5 piece, was also a U.S. Attorney fired in that same 2006 house cleaning by the U.S. Attorney General. Now he is the attorney of record for Don Stapley in his fraud investigation which obviously leaves Charleton as an impartial and bias observer of the facts.Channel 5 has a few reporters and photographers working there who have an axe to grind against this Office. That’s fine. But when it shows up as obviously as it did in last night’s report, it underscores why many today feel that fair and impartial journalism has gone the way of the dinosaur."

Copyright 2009 by KPHO.com.

Sources: FBI Investigating Joe Arpaio




The FBI is looking into accusations that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is using his position to settle political vendettas.

Over the past year, 5 Investigates examined more than two dozen complaints against the sheriff from business owners, government workers, mayors and law-enforcement officials.

They claim they spoke out against Arpaio, and shortly after, deputies paid them unwelcome visits.

Mayor: 'I Was Targeted'

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon said he's found himself in the sheriff's crosshairs on multiple occasions.In April 2008, Gordon wrote to the Justice Department, asking it to investigate complaints of racial profiling against the sheriff's office stemming from Arpaio's well-publicized crime-suppression sweeps.Less than a month later, sheriff's deputies demanded copies of all the mayor's e-mail, phone logs and appointment calendars.It "definitely was" retaliation, Gordon said. "It was multiple inquiries and investigations acknowledged by some of the sheriff's own people."

Police Chief Finds Himself Under Fire

Former Mesa Police Chief George Gascon was openly critical of the sheriff's crime sweeps.In October 2008, deputies conducted midnight raids on Mesa City Hall and the public library, ostensibly to search for illegal immigrants working as janitors.Mesa city leaders and Gascon said the show of force, dubbed "Operation Clean Sweep," was extreme."I believe the activities took place by the sheriff's department yesterday put people at risk," Gascon said at the time.Arpaio shot back."You know what this is all about," the sheriff said. "I'm going to tell you what this all about. It's embarrassment. Don't go around accusing my office and my deputies about risking the lives of the Mesa citizens."

Politicians, Journalists Targets

The list of people subjected to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office investigations reads like a Who's Who of the Valley, and it includes people who have authority over the sheriff and people who challenged his authority:
  • Dan Saban, who ran against the sheriff in 2004 and 2008
  • Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard
  • Maricopa County Manager David Smith
  • The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors
  • Superior Court Presiding Judge Barbara Mundell
  • ACLU attorney Daniel Pochoda
None of the investigations resulted in convictions; however, they cost the targets hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees and tarnished reputations.Many of the targets were never charged with a crime."He knows he never has to prove anything," said Gordon. "He just raises the issue, and then he hides behind the badge -- and the damage is done."In 2004, former Phoenix New Times reporter Dougherty found himself under criminal investigation after he had been working on a story about the sheriff's hidden land investments -- a story that was potentially embarrassing for Arpaio.At one point, deputies told the journalist that he had approached Arpaio "in a threatening manner with a silver, metallic object," Dougherty said."They know that I was a reporter for the New Times, and they knew for sure that I was just showing him a tape recorder," he said. "I think it was clearly retaliation because they wanted to stop us from pursuing our investigation into his offices."Despite the investigation, the New Times continued to report on the land story, and on the night of Oct. 18, 2007, the paper's publisher and executive editor were arrested and jailed.County Attorney Andrew Thomas dropped all charges the next day, saying the investigation had spun out of control."It has become clear to me that this investigation has gone in a direction that I would not have authorized," Thomas said at the time."I believe (Arpaio) did everything in his power to weaken our ability to report the news," Dougherty said.

A Pattern Emerges

Perhaps no other investigation has played out as publicly as that of County Supervisor Don Stapley.Stapley was indicted on 118 charges relating to the nondisclosure of a variety of land deals, business associations and business assets.At the time, the county supervisor said he was falsely accused. Fifty-two of the charges were thrown out in August, and prosecutors requested the rest be dropped in September.Three days after the request was made, deputies arrested Stapley on 100 new counts -- 93 felonies and seven misdemeanors.According to Stapley's attorney Paul Charlton, the county supervisor made himself a target when "he opposed the sheriff's budget.""(Stapley) insisted that there be someone placed in (Arpaio's) office that audits the budget," Charlton said.Charlton, a former U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona, said a pattern begins to emerge when he looks at a list of the people the sheriff has targeted."Every single one of those individuals has in common their opposition to Joe Arpaio for a legitimate political issue," he said.Charlton's conclusion?"When you cross this guy for legitimate reasons, you're going to find yourself under criminal investigation for completely illegitimate reasons," he said.

'I've Never Seen Anything Like This'

Sources tell 5 Investigates that the FBI's investigation into the sheriff's activities began more than a year ago, when President George W. Bush was in office.The FBI has a policy of not commenting on open investigations; however, 5 Investigates took its research to an unbiased source: former U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico David Iglesias.Iglesias, who is the real-life military lawyer portrayed by Tom Cruise in the movie A Few Good Men, has a national reputation for putting principle above politics. He has no connection to the current FBI investigation into Arpaio, who he has never met."I've been in and around law enforcement for about 20 years -- state, local and federal level (and) even some military prosecution work. I've never seen anything like this," Iglesias said after he looked through 5 Investigates' research and did some on his own.If he were handling the case, Iglesias said, "I would work very closely with the civil rights division in Washington, D.C., and based on the information I have, I would seek an indictment."An Arpaio defense consisting of, "I had a reason to investigate that person," wouldn't work, Iglesias said."It's a defense, but the question is, 'Is it a winning defense?' And I think the answer to that is, 'No,'" he said.It's unknown whether the FBI investigation will result in criminal charges. 5 Investigates' sources said investigators may be trying to turn a trusted deputy against the sheriff.Nevertheless, if they can't, Iglesias indicated the pattern of cases might be enough to take the sheriff to court."(Arpaio's actions are) absolutely unacceptable," Iglesias said. "We don't do think kind of thing in America -- in this country -- without some kind of consequences.Arpaio refused repeated requests for an interview regarding this story, but the sheriff's office provided a statement."The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office does not retaliate against any specific individual or agency," it reads. "The Sheriff's Office provides the citizens of Maricopa County with professional and efficient law enforcement services." 

Copyright 2009 by KPHO.com.

Hate Legislation from Pearce


Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services


New push planned against illegal immigration 

October 21, 2009

 
Sen. Russell Pearce speaks out Wednesday in favor of changing state law to spell out that local law enforcement officers have the right to arrest those in this country illegally. That and two other measures, to be sponsored by Pearce, are being proposed as initiatives if lawmakers do not adopt the changes themselves. With him are former Congressman J.D. Hayworth and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

The chief proponent of Arizona legislation to combat illegal immigration said Wednesday he is crafting three new measures, with the promise to take the issues directly to voters if colleagues or the governor balk.

The package being put together by Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, would:

allow local police to arrest those in this country illegally under state trespass laws;

bar local governments from having "sanctuary" policies that prohibit police officers from inquiring about the legal status of those they encounter;

let prosecutors subpoena business records and testimony to investigate whether companies are hiring undocumented workers without first getting a warrant from a judge.

Pearce said he wants a special legislative session in January, running concurrent with the regular session, to push the measures. That maneuver would allow the laws to take effect sooner; most legislation adopted during the regular session can't be enforced until late summer or early fall.

Pearce said quick action to empower police is needed in the wake of a decision by the Department of Homeland Security to revoke the authority of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to have his deputies enforce federal immigration laws. Federal officials said the "crime suppression sweeps" conducted by Arpaio to round up illegal immigrants were not what they had in mind in giving him the authority in the first place.
And Pearce said aides to Gov. Jan Brewer have told him she "absolutely" supports what he is trying to do.

Gubernatorial press aide Paul Senseman said Brewer is "conceptually supportive" of the trespass and sanctuary measures. He said, though, the governor supports the existing laws that make it illegal to hire undocumented workers but needs to know more about what Pearce wants before backing it.

But Pearce, who has seen some of his prior legislative efforts fall short of votes or get vetoed, said he is not taking any chances this time: He already is working on an initiative to bypass the Legislature entirely by gathering the necessary 153,365 signatures to put the issues on the 2010 ballot.

"I guarantee you, the citizens will have the last say on this," said Pearce to a small crowd of supporters. "And we'll take back America one state at a time."

Central to the theme is empowering police and prosecutors to do more about illegal immigration.

Pearce said some communities have "sanctuary" rules or policies that restrict the ability of law enforcement to question people about whether they are in this country legally. Several police chiefs say those rules make sense because they do not want to deter illegal immigrants who are crime victims or witnesses from coming forward.

Pearce said those arguments make no sense.

"If I've got a gang shootout and the victim's an illegal, the shooter's an illegal, the witnesses are illegal, I don't question anybody?" Pearce said. "That's the dumbest thing in the world that one can do."

The legislation has been fought in the past by the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, at least in part because one provision would allow anyone who feels a community has a sanctuary policy to file suit.

The second part of the package would expand state laws to make it a crime for any illegal immigrants to enter into or be on any public or private land in Arizona.

Pearce said he believes local police already have "inherent authority" to enforce federal immigration laws, even without the kind of approval and training the Department of Homeland Security had given to - and subsequently took from - the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

But Pearce said changing trespass laws would create the necessary state crime that would clearly give police the power to arrest illegal immigrants, and for prosecutors to seek to incarcerate them on state charges.

Mark Spencer, president of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, said officers are not interested in routine immigration enforcement. But he said the changes Pearce wants would give them "discretionary ability to take enforcement action in dealing with illegal immigration."

"Our members continue to see a clear connection between the crime of illegal immigration and the quality of life in the city of Phoenix," he said.

The third part of Pearce's package is designed to make it easier for county attorneys to investigate complaints that companies are violating Arizona's 2-year-old law that makes it illegal to knowingly hire undocumented immigrants.

No charges have been brought under this law. Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas said part of that is because prosecutors can't get the information they need.

Thomas said a county attorney with proper evidence can ask a judge for a search warrant in criminal cases. But violations of the employer sanctions law are civil, he said, and there is nothing in the law letting him subpoena business records or testimony in civil cases until he's filed a complaint.

"But the Catch-22 is that we can't file a civil case under the employer sanctions law until we first have evidence of wrongdoing," Thomas said. "So we need administrative subpoena power to gather the evidence needed to bring a civil case against an employer."

Glenn Hamer, president of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that has the potential for too much mischief, with no requirement to first provide evidence to a judge there is reasonable suspicion a firm is breaking the law. He pointed out that the employer sanctions law already allows prosecutors to consider anonymous complaints.

"So the thought of taking away a judicial filter for those types of complaints is scary," Hamer said, saying it would give prosecutors unrestricted access into not just business records but the Social Security numbers and wages of employees.

"We're not going to support something that's going to allow for a massive expansion of power that's going to allow for, really, fishing expeditions," he continued, saying there are already procedures in place for prosecutors to get that information.

Pearce said there is precedent, saying lawmakers have given the state insurance and liquor license departments similar powers to conduct their investigations.




Mexican Political Prisoner Gloria Arenas Released

A Poem by Gloria Arenas Agís in Spanish and English

CÁRCEL

Por Gloria Arenas Agís

La cárcel ladrona
roba mi libertad
pero la libertad es inmensa
sólo le puede arrancar trozos...
como mordidas.

Las rejas atajan
niegan la caricia
la presencia añorada
pero no pueden evitar el amor.

Las rejas aíslan
rodean de silencio
y de ausencia
pero no pueden callar la voz.

Las rejas son frías
congelan el alma
humedecen los ojos
pero no pueden apagar el fuego.

No pueden impedir que yo
siga siendo yo
y que tú sigas siendo tú

Translation:

PRISON

By Gloria Arenas Agís

Prison thieves
robs my liberty
but liberty is immense
prison can only rip off shreds of it
like bites.

The bars interrupt
deny the touching
the longed-for presence
but they cannot obstruct love.

The bars isolate
surround with silence
and with absence
but they cannot still voice

The bars are cold
harden the soul
wet the eyes
but they cannot extinguish fire.

They cannot impede that I
continue to be myself
and that you are still you
 

(Blessings as you continue your journey, Sister.)


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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Beware the Scary Criminals who Make the Laws...

Gearing up already with the "scary criminals -v- the law-abiding citizens" talk for the 2010 campaigns, I see. If judges are putting prostitutes in prison for 27 months for blow jobs, I think there are probably a few prisoners in this state who could be released without posing a huge threat to society. In fact, it seems to me we'd all be better off swapping out some of them for the real criminals who drove us into this recession. 

I don't think the politicians in this state quite get it yet: people have been losing their jobs, homes, families, and lives - many or the first time needing a safety net that Arizona's been swiftly decimating. How many citizens are going to keep believing that it's worth $26,000 a year to brutalize women like Marcia Powell, while at the same time the governor cuts funds to the services that might have helped her safely stay off the street?We're just going to keep putting our people in cages?


It's long since time, by the way, to rewrite the criminal codes of this state - the prisons are already bulging at the seams with people whose most grievous crime is being poor. And as for Perryville, we should be storming the gates rescuing the women from that place.



Anyway, this is the article from the Eastern Arizona Courier that set me off today: note how important it is to keep the prisons open to support the local economies in these troubled times.
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ADOC cuts would close Fort Grant prison




Budget cut options submitted to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer by Arizona Department of Corrections Director Charles L. Ryan include closure of the Fort Grant Unit of the Arizona State Prison-Safford and an admonition that deep budget cuts at ADOC would require rewriting the state’s criminal code.

“The rewriting of the criminal code and releasing thousands of prisoners is neither realistic nor in the best interest of public safety,” Ryan wrote. “Releasing thousands of prisoners because of the budget deficit will place the public at risk and is akin to turning our backs on the law-abiding citizens of Arizona.”

If the Arizona Legislature and Brewer proceed with deep budget cuts to the state’s prison system, a savings of $153,368,700 would result, according to Ryan’s estimates. This a fraction of the nearly $4 billion shortfall the state anticipates over the next two years.

Barron Marson, ADOC spokesman, emphasized that the budget cuts submitted by Ryan are not a proposal. Instead, they are a response to Brewer’s request of all state agencies for budget reductions that could trim 15 percent from their spending plans.

ADOC’s reduction options included closing state prisons or several units within state prisons, including the Fort Grant Unit.

“The closures of 15 prison units will economically devastate the Arizona communities (where they are located),” Ryan said in his response to Brewer’s request.

 


Other budget-cutting measures would include releasing more than 13,000 inmates, a reduction in force of more than 1,500 prison employees and cuts to prison programs.

A 15-percent budget reduction would also include moving prison inmates who are serving sentences of one year or less to county jails. This would require legislative action to change the state’s criminal code, Ryan said.

New legislation would also be needed to release inmates with a felony class of 4, 5 or 6 after they serve 25 percent of their sentences. The current law allows felons to be released after serving 85 percent of their sentences.

“The impact of this change would jeopardize public safety, and ADC cannot support it,” Ryan wrote.

As state officials contemplate cuts throughout state agencies, the ADOC has vacancies that it cannot fill due to budget constraints. These include 199 corrections officers, 65.5 health-care personnel and 392 “other” corrections workers, according to Ryan’s report.

Free Marcia at Blogspot!

Thanks to Nevada Prison Watch, Free Marcia Powell is back up and can be found at http://freemarciapowell.blogspot.com. Please spread the new address via list serves, email, etc. ASAP.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Torn Apart by Deportation;linkurl=http://www.colorlines.com/article.php?ID=618

Torn Apart by Deportation;linkurl=http://www.colorlines.com/article.php?ID=618

Asian Prisoner Support Committee - New Anthology

From Color Lines: Nov/Dec 2009

Other: An Asian & Pacific Islander Prisoners’ Anthology (AK Press) is an impressive book featuring writing and art by 22 people imprisoned in the U.S. The publisher, the Asian Prisoner Support Committee, writes that it “works with API (Asian and Pacific Islander) prisoners to educate the broader community about the growing number of APIs in the U.S. being imprisoned, detained and deported.”

Other contributes significantly to both prison-abolitionist and ethnic-studies literature, each of which has badly neglected this issue. In the preface, journalist Helen Zia argues that the resulting invisibility of API prisoners extends to the “mainstream media and ethnic media alike,” where they essentially “do not exist.” While the arrest rate among API youth is increasing, APIs still do have a lower arrest and incarceration rate than other racial groups; however, in 2004, the Services and Advocacy for Asian Youth Consortium in San Francisco reported that the API conviction rate is 28 percent higher than other racial groups.

The plight of API prisoners who were legal residents with green cards at the time of their arrest is illustrated by the story of coeditor Eddy Zheng. When granted parole in March 2005, Zheng was ordered deported and was immediately transferred to immigration detention. He promptly appealed the deportation order but was held in detention until February 2007, when he was released after an outpouring of public support. As of this writing, his deportation appeal was pending at the Ninth Circuit Court.

SOS Friends of Marcia!

hey All -

do me a favor and try to hit www.freemarciapowell.org today. I'm not able to pull it up - my screen keeps telling me it doesn 't exist, except when I sneak in the back door to my dashborad - but I still can reach the site from there.

So, wherever you are, whoever you are, it would help to know if it's the site, browser, etc. Just send me word at prisonabolitionist@gmail.com with what you come up with - and introduce yourself - my name's Peggy..

In the meantime, if can retrieve any of the more recent stuff from Free Marcia Powell, I'll just re-post them here.

You don't think planning to see the Governor at the Homecoming Parade is too provocative, is it?

I wasn't planning any kind of coordinated protest or anything - I just want to make sure the Governor's crew keeps Marcia Powell and the rest of the prisoners of this state in the forefront of their minds as they raise campaign funds at high price events, and cut away at the budgets that feed, house, clothe, school, and - in disturbingly rapidly growing numbers - incarcerate the people of this state.

Women are being sexually exploited in the prisons; that knowledge is commonplace. Men are murdered, raped by other men, and suicide on a regular basis. People sent up for a few years on a relatively minor offense find themselves diagnosed with things like colon cancer, and never get to feel the touch of a loved one again. Is that how we want to punish people who just lost their homes and are desperately trying to stay afloat?  Or self-medicating their way back from three tours of duty?

We can't trust the judges or prosecutors in this state. They appear to have very little humanity, and their egos are far too delicate for them to admit their mistakes. Go visit the prisons yourselves, if you can get in. Look who we've got locked away. Talk to their family members, check out their stories. The innocence claims are credible, but will get buried by men like Andrew Thomas if we turn our backs from those prisoners now.

As for the brutalizing, dehumanizing effects of mass incarceration in this state, I don't know how anyone in this community can honestly suggest that what happened to Marcia that day was just a case of bad guards and violations of department policy, something that the Good Old Boys at the ADC can take care of if we just leave them to their work.

In fact, Ryan and his gang are doing their work exactly as we've trained them to do: render the people we hate and those we fear powerless, invisible, and silent - no matter how high the price in economic or human potential. "Justified" or not by a person's alleged guilt or admitted crime, incarceration is how we do violence to each other the most with the least amount of responsibility - we leave it to the cops and the courts under the unbelievably naive idea that because this is America the state can be trusted to let us know what really is and isn't "justice".

That's about all the stamina I have now. I'm sure I'll be back to rant and rave more later. In the meantime, don't forget to check out what's happening with www.freemarciapowell.org, and get back with me.

Peace.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Campaign mailing lists: Good Information

Here's the direct link to subscribe to pearce Posts - it would help to have many subscribers as they will begin to pick us off: http://www.russellpearce.com/rpla/?p=subscribe

Be creative!

Chaparral on SLOE and SNA

Here's just a tease - you really need to hit this site for good under-reported perpsectives on border issues

Beware of "Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act"

Saturday, October 24, 2009

I mentioned in an earlier post about Arpaio citing a fake law to justify his actions, that the anti-immigrant movement has been citing fake statistics such as the number of "Americans" killed each year (or day) by undocumented immigrants. Then I'm doing reading on Russell Pearce's newish efforts for legislation and see this statistic I discussed in a post long ago (Fake Death Statistics Prompt Anti-Immigrant Event). So the statistic is that 25 Americans are killed each day, and Russell Pearce wrote:
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)....

Pearce Alert Oct 21, Campaigns are up and running

We need to get on top of these campaign schedules and events, if anyone out there wants to give me a hand. These People Must Go!!!


From the Horses Mouth: (the red was my highlighting, and red italics are my editorials)


----- pearcealert@russellpearce.com ----(keep in mind that this is all his own propaganda and drivel)

Oct. 20, 2009
MEDIA ADVISORY
Sen. Russell Pearce, R-18, 602-926-5760


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Leaders call for special session to address illegal immigration crisis


WHAT:      State leaders will hold a press conference Wednesday to address Arizona’s illegal immigration crisis and deal with recent attempts by the federal government to erode Arizona’s progress in combating this problem. Sen. Russell Pearce will unveil legislation that would crack down on illegal immigration.

“We have seen sharp decreases in both crime and illegal immigration, which demonstrates that enforcement works. What we need to do now is safeguard that enforcement by making some much needed changes in state law,” Pearce said.


WHEN:       10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009


WHERE:    Arizona State Capitol, Senate lawn, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, Ariz.


Pearce Calls for Special Session to Address Illegal Immigration Crisis
New bill would end  sanctuary cities, strengthen sanctions on illegals


(STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX) – State Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, Sheriff Joe, Maricopa County Attorney Thomas, 8 other County Sheriffs, our law enforcement our Hometown Heroes, Maricopa County Republican Chairman, and other leaders today, stand in support of the demand to End to ALL Sanctuary policies in the State of Arizona.  We pledge to work with the Governor to end these "Catch and Release Policies" the political handcuffs on our law enforcement removed. Enough is enough.  The Governor's Office has assured me they will work with us to end these illegal policies and support our law enforcement our Hometown Heroes.  The Governor recognizes Arizona’s illegal immigration crisis and recognizes the federal governments failure and NOW its attempt to put political handcuffs on our law enforcement and of course the feds including Janet Napolitano is targeting Sheriff Joe who is making a real difference and the feds are terrified that the rest of t he nation will recognize they don't have to take it anymore, they actually can do something about it today.  The federal government is trying to erode the progress made in Arizona in combating this problem as we have tough and effective laws and prevent this take back America movement from spreading to other states.

"If our leaders want to address the growing disdain, they must first restore trust with the American people.  If you say you are going to secure our borders, then secure them, if you say you are going to enforce the law, then enforce it.  If you take an Oath of Office then keep it."  Pearce declared

The call for a special session comes as the governor is reportedly considering calling at least one special session to deal with the state’s budget problems.   Sen. Pearce and other supporter expanding the call to tackle the illegal alien problem as well, recognize the crime, the cost in billions of dollars, the jobs taken from Americans, lower wages, the huge impact to educate, medicate and incarcerate and, will take this issue to the people by way of initiative. If the Governor declines, Pearce and supporters of  "Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhood Act" will be filing a Citizens Initiative to make sure the public who pays the price for failed policies of non-action have the last say.

Pearce unveiled legislation at a press conference that would crack down on illegal immigration in various ways.  The three components of the bill are:

1. Outlawing “sanctuary city” policies by prohibiting cities and towns in Arizona from limiting or restricting enforcement federal immigration laws to less than the full extent of the law.  (municipalities should reserve the right to be sancturary cities - he is trying to further criminalize migheant sympathizers and good smaritans) This state has seen and continues to see various open border special interests groups constantly apply pressure to give illegal immigrants a pass.  Outlawing sanctuary cities makes sure the dedicated men and women in Arizona law enforcement are not handcuffed by bureaucrats who would turn a blind eye to the illegal immigration crisis.

2. The second provision would make it a Class 1 misdemeanor for an illegal alien to enter into or be on any public or private land in Arizona if they are in violation of federal immigration law.  The charge is elevated to a Class 4 felony if someone is convicted, deported and they return to Arizona.  The charge would rise to a Class 2 felony if this person violates this section of the law while committing other crimes involving illegal drugs, weapons or terrorism. (RED FLAG HERE!!!)

3. The third provision puts some needed teeth in the state’s employer sanctions law. It would give civil subpoena power to prosecuting agencies enabling them to question witnesses and obtained needed documentation. That’s the same type of authority that is used by the Arizona Insurance Department and the Department of Liquor License and Control. This authority will give prosecutors the ability to more efficiently and more quickly investigate claims. It will essentially open the second half of the employer sanctions law that up until now has dealt primarily with criminal complaints against employees.

Sen. Pearce stated, “We have seen sharp decreases in both crime and illegal immigration, which demonstrates that enforcement works. What we need to do now is safeguard that enforcement by making some much needed changes in state law.  Illegal immigration creates one of  the greatest hard ship on working families who live in neighborhoods impacted by kidnappings, home invasions, gangs, drugs and drop houses (lies!!!). They see their wages depressed by greedy business owners who exploit an illegal work force.  This law will also have a deterrent effect. Until the federal government wakes up to the crisis, illegal border crossers will at least be on notice to stay out of Arizona.”

County Attorney Andrew Thomas said “I greatly appreciate Sen. Pearce’s continuing efforts to reign in illegal immigration by giving law enforcement and prosecutors the tools they need to address this crisis.  By strengthening our employer sanctions law, outlawing sanctuary city policies, and making it a crime to illegally immigrate into Arizona, this legislation would send a strong deterrent message to would-be illegal immigrants and the people who hire them.”

Sheriff Joe Arpaio stated, “This new legislation is very important given the fact that the federal government has moved to restrict my authority to enforce illegal immigration laws. Their recent action in doing so makes this legislation even more critical to ensure that state laws are in place so I can continue to do my job.”

Officer Mark Spencer, president of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association stated, “It’s never wrong to support the rule of law. Phoenix Police officers see a clear connection between illegal immigration and the quality of life in the city of Phoenix.  When it comes to illegal immigration, rank and file Phoenix police officers have paid a heavy price protecting our communities. Over 80 percent of PLEA members are supportive of legislation that gives them the discretionary ability to enforce immigration statutes.”

Supporters of this legislation include the following members of the Arizona Legislature
(remember these names for later actions)
 
Rep. Frank Antenori   
Rep. Cecil Ash       
Rep. Ray Barnes       
Rep. Andy Biggs       
Rep. Judy Burges       
Rep. Steve Court       
Rep. Rich Crandall
Rep. Sam Crump       
Rep. Doris Goodale       
Rep. David Gowan       
Rep. Laurin Hendrix   
Rep. John Kavanagh   
Rep. Debbie Lesko       
Rep. Lucy Mason
Rep. Nancy McLain       
Rep. Steve Montenegro   
Rep. Rick Murphy       
Rep. Warde Nichols          
Rep. Franklin Pratt       
Rep. Michele Reagan   
Rep. Carl Seel       
Rep. David Stevens       
Rep. Andy Tobin       
Rep. Jerry Weiers       
Rep. Jim Weiers   
Rep. Vic Williams       
Rep. Steve Yarbrough   
Sen. Sylvia Allen       
Sen. Bob Burns       
Sen. Pam Gorman       
Sen. Ron Gould       
Sen. Linda Gray       
Sen. Jack Harper       
Sen. John Huppenthal
Sen. Al Melvin       
Sen. Jonathan Paton   
Sen. Steve Pierce       
Sen. Thayer Verschoor   
Sen. Jim Waring       

Additional endorsement/supporters of  "Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhood Act" include: (them too).


•    Latest Poll 89% of public (Not me!!!!)
•    Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio
•    Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas
•    Mark Spencer, President, Phoenix Law Enforcement Association
•    Ed Tuffly, Local 2544 president, National Border Patrol Council
•    Brian Fieros Thomas Hardie, Local Union No. 394 Plasterers' and Cement Masons
•    Arizona Republican Party by a unanimous Resolution
•    Rob Haney, Maricopa County Republican Party Chairman
•    Tom Husband, Maricopa County Republican Party executive director
•    Sandy Doty, member-at-large, Maricopa County Republican Party
•    Pinal Co. Sheriff Babeu
•    Mohave Co. Sheriff Sheahan
•    Yavapai Co. Sheriff Waugh
•    Cochise Co. Sheriff Dever
•    Gila Co. Sheriff Armer
•    Navajo Co. Sheriff Clark
•    Graham Co. Sheriff Allred
•    Greenlee Co. Sheriff Tucker
•    The Maricopa Deputy's Law Enforcement Association
•    Arizona Highway Patrol Association
•    Bryan Stoller, Arizona Fraternal Order of Police
•    Col. Albert Rodriguez , president of You Don't Speak for Me
•    Arizona African American Republican Club
•    Arizona Republican Assembly
•    Anna Gaines, president, American Citizens United
•    NAILEM
•    The Pachyderms
•    9-11 Families for a Secure America
•    United SovereignAmerica (USA)


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