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.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Fewer Border Crossings, 20% More Deaths.

Migrant Deaths Increase in Arizona Desert

October 1st, 2009
Humane Border LogoMigrants’ deaths in the Arizona desert increased 20% during the fiscal year 2009, according to the latest report from the Border Patrol’s Tucson sector. Since Oct. 1, 2008 until Aug. 31 this year, 191 migrants died, mostly Mexicans, said EFE, Spanish-language wire Agencia. During the same time period the year before, there were 159 deaths. “I’m sure that once all September deaths are added up, we will easily top more than 200 deaths,” Rev. Robin Hoover, president emeritus of Humane Borders, told EFE. The group says it puts water in the desert to help migrants crossing the desert on foot. The increase in deaths comes as the number of people apprehended while crossing the border illegally has decreased over 25%, as NPR reported earlier this month.

For complete information, please click: Deaths of Undocumented Immigrants in Arizona Desert Increase Over Last Year

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