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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.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

First Nations, First Resistance: Black Mesa

Note that there's a benefit Saturday at the Firehouse (1015 N. 1st Street, Phoenix). From my friend Berkley, who authored this bulletin and appears to be organizing a lot of this:
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Hi, some of you might already be getting this invite, but i figured there might be additional interest so.... this email is for anyone interested in going on the fall caravan to support Indigenous Resistance to forced relocation and coal mining on Black Mesa, And for anyone wanting to come to the benefit at the Firehouse this Sat, the 14th. Please feel free to forward this along. If you want to be included in the emails about the caravan email me (email Peggy at prisonabolitionist@gmail.com). If there's a lot of interest in Tempe we can have a meeting here, otherwise~

We're going to have a meeting to discuss caravan logistics, the benefit and current updates from the land this Wednesday at 7 at 
Conspire.
901 N. Fifth St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-237-5446
If you can't make it on the upcoming Fall caravan from Nov 21-28, but are interested in going up at some other point or want to help get food and supplies for the caravan, please come.

Everyone should go the the blackmesais.org website and search for the article First Nations, First Resistance, which gives a pretty recent update about Peabody and on-land resistance and has a call for caravan support. Also for history the first article: "The Black Mesa Syndrome: Black Gold, Indian Lands." It's under the background section on the site Super important- print out the cultural sensitivity packet at the end of which is a direct, on land support registration sheet. The families request that everyone who comes on the land fills this out. It also helps to think about intentions, what you hope to give and learn. Please bring that to the meeting. I'll bring some copies as well.

Garyn will talk about the benefit and ways we can help out.

We'll talk about what to expect, what to bring, how to gather supplies, who has vehicles and so forth. I'd like to have a conversation with folks at some point about our role as activists /people who support Indigenous struggle, fight to protect the environment, dismantle systems of oppression and so forth who aren't from Black Mesa but are going up there to provide direct support to this struggle. If we don't have time at this meeting we could talk about another meet up or other ways to start the conversation.

I'll forward an email written by some other folks from the Bay who are coming on the caravan and are
trying to start a larger dialogue around these questions. It's a little on the long side so if you can I'd print it and read it that way. Also there are great suggested readings on it, and hopefully we can not only plan to go on the caravan together but build relationships and analysis that can continue beyond that week.

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