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

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Framing the Governor

Homecoming Parade

Sorry these took so long to put up - I actually got myself out of bed Saturday and went to the parade - fortunately I wasn't alone at the head of it. Thanks Matt. I don't know who was down the line further on.

Once the Governor's car passed by I moved in right next to her, sign held high, and managed to walk about 50 yards with the procession before the long arm of the law reached me and steered me back into the crowd. The best image of this we don't have - it's the governor with Marcia Powell at her shoulder - my face isn't even visible. She's straining to keep her back to us as she smiles and waves and throws candy - pretending akwardly that Marcia isn't there, quietly insisting on hers and her sisters' safety and freedom.

That's the photographic image we need to chase every single politician running for office with - either they display openly their total disregard for human life, or they answer what they would do differently to change what happened to Marcia Powell -and what's happening to women in the "justice" system in this state every day.

Read Mona Lynch's book, by the way - Sunbelt Justice. It's all about what we're up against in Arizona - it's like a blueprint to the enemy's HQ - it tells how it was all built, and what the foundation is made of that it rests upon. I'm still working my way through it - drop me a line if you're looking at it too.

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