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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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Brewer and Legislature: Special Session this week

 Hey folks - this week is the time to be hitting the capitol visibly about the latest round of budget cuts and AZ prison privatization. Let them know when Marcia's Friends are there...

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Special Session: Get ready for Thursday

AZ Capitol Times
By Yellow Sheet Report

Published: November 12, 2009 at 5:19 pm

Gov. Jan Brewer and GOP leaders are expected to meet this week to discuss a special session, which is still being penciled in for Nov. 17-19. House Speaker Kirk Adams and Senate President Bob Burns both told our reporter that they were speaking with members about the budget changes that would be voted on and both were upbeat about the possibility of the session happening.

“It looks to me like it’s pretty good,” Adams said. Burns said he was “very close” to securing both the support needed and the commitments from those members to come to the Capitol. “But close doesn’t get us over the finish line,” he said, explaining that the dates aren’t set in stone. Burns added that, if the right combination of members can’t be at the Capitol next week, leadership would schedule the special session for Thanksgiving week. Still, Senate leadership is aiming for a one-day special session next Thursday. But that would depend on whether Democrats would cooperate to waive rules, a source told our reporter today.

Senate Minority Leader Jorge Garcia said he and Burns have talked about the possibility of waiving the rules to do the special session in one day. Garcia said he is waiting for feedback from members.


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