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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Monday, October 26, 2009

Brewer at Saturday's ASU homecoming Parade!!!

A few links from the governor's office:
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The Governor's site detailing the updated AZ Department of Corrections budget proposal; and the budget update for Health Services, and AHCCCS, which are especially disturbing.

Here are the cuts to the AZ Board of Executive Clemency (Hmm. They're looking at cutting more than 4 FTE's, which could have been paid for by releasing 4-5 temrinally ill or disabled/elderly prisoners to the community, instead of making them die in prison as they finish their terms for petty economic crimes....).
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And here's the Governor's public schedule for the week, in case you get out to see her - I wish I'd seen this morning's conference sooner... damn.

Public Schedule For Governor Jan Brewer
Week of October 26, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009
• 9:00 a.m. – Governor to Speak at the 16th Annual Statewide Conference on Homelessness
Black Canyon Conference Center
9440 North 25th Avenue, Phoenix

Wednesday, October 28, 2009
• 12:00 p.m. - Governor to Attend Fifth Annual Arizona County Supervisors Association Legislative Summit – Bill Signing Ceremony
Pivot Point Conference Center at Hilton Garden Inn
310 North Madison Avenue, Yuma

Friday, October 30, 2009
• 10:45 a.m. – Governor to Speak at Grand Re-Opening of the Arizona Military Museum – Bill Signing Ceremony
Papago Park Military Reservation, Arizona Military Museum
5636 East McDowell Road, Phoenix

• 1:15 p.m. – Governor to Attend the Induction Ceremony for the Class of 2009
Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame
Shrine Auditorium
552 North 40th Street, Phoenix

 (Here we go folks: ASU's Homecoming Parade!!!)


Saturday, October 31, 2009
• 10:00 a.m. – Governor to be Grand Marshal in Arizona State University’s 2009 Homecoming Parade
University Drive & McAllister Drive, Tempe

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