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

Monday, November 9, 2009

Governor Brewer: Remember Vets in Prison

 (Just refreshed this post to bring it to the top of the page - bring signs for the parade route: make our veterans in prison visible and let them know that they haven't been forgotten.)

Sign Ideas (whether you make signs specifically for the day or for the campaign season) 

- try to have running along the bottom, so people who actually talk to you can get the website address;

 - think about having some signs targeted at specific politicians that you might use several times between now and elections;

- bring extra sign-making supplies if possible - you can make new signs on the back of existing ones, and want some flexibility in case you get a great idea or see a new target.

- Make fliers to tape along the route.

- Sidewalk chalk does a pretty job - especially on blacktop. Bring a bucket so the whole family can draw "free marcia powell" everywhere...well, I don't know what city laws say about where that's okay though, so think on it....

- I carried my signs to the parade route inside a flattened box, which I tucked under my arm, then set up the box when I got there, on which I taped one of my signs near the beginning of the route where I anchored myself. That can double or triple one's sign-holding capacity, and it can be positioned strategically for the crowd, the media, or the parade marchers to see. I also used the box to put some of my extra signs, supplies, etc. in - very useful if you plan to chase after the governor's car. 

(remember: packing tape, poster board, broad ink pens/paint, moving box)

 9% U.S. Prisoners = Veterans

Honor Veterans: Protect Prisoner Rights

GOV Brewer: Remember Vets in Prison

Goddard: Free Marcia Powell

Thomas: Free Courtney Bisbee

(I know - what's with the Thomas one? He has a few innocence claims to deal with before he leaves office - he can't just keep people sitting there - he needs to let some people free. Let's push on him to free Courtney.  We need to make the innocence claims a campaign embarrassment, getting out the message that this could happen to anyone if he becomes Attorney General. People should be warned that his ego and refusal to admit a mistake makes him a dangerous, not necessarily "successful" prosecutor.)



War veterans are disproportionately represented in U.S. prisons, and there are still war resisters in U.S. military brigs facing courts martial or serving sentences as prisoners of conscience. Let's make sure none of them are forgotten on Veterans Day this year.

Public Schedule For Governor Jan Brewer

Monday, November 9, 2009
• 11:00 a.m. – Governor to Visit Bishop’s Storehouse in Mesa
LDS Employment Resource Center, Conference Room
235 South El Dorado Circle, Mesa

• 2:00 p.m. – Governor Brewer to Speak at the Banner Health Dedication
and Blessing of Cardon Children’s Medical Center
Cardon Children's Medical Center
1400 South Dobson Road, Mesa

Tuesday, November 10, 2009
• 4:00 p.m. – Governor to Hold Bill Signing Ceremony – SB 1403 –
Renewable, high-wage Industry Incentives
Greater Phoenix Economic Council
2 North Central Avenue, Suite 2500,

Wednesday, November 11, 2009
• 9:30 a.m. – Governor to Participate in Veterans Day Parade
Phoenix VA Health Care System
650 East Indian School Road, Phoenix

• 1:25 p.m. – Governor to Attend Arizona State Veterans Home Barbecue
And Veterans Celebration
Arizona State Veterans Home
4141 North 3rd Street, Phoenix

Thursday, November 12, 2009
• 8:30 a.m. - Governor to Speak at 88th Annual Meeting of Arizona Farm Bureau
Carefree Resort and Villas
37220 Mule Train Road, Carefree

• 2 p.m. – Governor to Speak at Street Renaming Ceremony in Honor of
Silvestre Herrera
Arizona State Veterans Home
4141 North 3rd Street, Phoenix

• 5:00 p.m. – Governor to Speak at the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Celebration
Arizona State Capitol Mall
17th Avenue between Washington and Jefferson Streets

Friday, November 13, 2009
• 12:00 p.m. - Governor to Speak At Arizona Character Education Foundation’s
10th Anniversary Celebration
Salt River Project PERA Club Facility
1 East Continental Drive, Tempe

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