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

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Endorsements for Russ Pearce

I thought this was an interesting slate of endorsements: no big surprises ("A+ rating" from the NRA), but check out Simcox, the Minutemen founder, and all those law enforcement organizations. Damn. We have to keep this guy from getting re-elected or we'll be tripling the prison population in no time - and gutting the rest of the schools.
Russell Pearce for State Senate is endorsed by:

Maricopa County Republican Party
PAChyderm Coalition
Arizona Right to Life
NRA with an A+ rating
District 18 Precinct Committeemen
Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (2,500 police officers)
AzCops (over 6,000 public safety officers)
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu
Maricopa County Deputy's Law Enforcement Association
Arizona Highway Patrol Association
Arizona Federation of Firefighters
State Fraternal Order of Police
U.S. Border Patrol Officers of the Southwest United States (over 3,500 Arizona Officers)

Committee Chairs
Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Maricopa County Attorney Andy Thomas, Corp. Commissioner Gary Pierce, Honorable Tom Freestone, Retired Col. Albert Rodriguez, Minutemen Founder Chris Simcox; Former Sheriff Dick Godbehere, Reed Flake.

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