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

Friday, October 30, 2009

Mexican Political Prisoner Gloria Arenas Released

A Poem by Gloria Arenas Agís in Spanish and English


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



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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