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

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

HRC/Fed Up! and prisoner rights

This came via the Angola 3, a fairly recently launched newsletter/website set up to advocate for former Black Panther Party activists Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox. Robert Hillary King is now free and working to release his old comrades. Here is the recent series done on the Angola 3 by Jim Ridgeway for Mother Jones.


Confronting Human Rights Abuses in US Prisons --an interview with Bret Grote of Human Rights Coalition/Fed Up!

Bret Grote is an investigator and organizer with Human Rights Coalition/Fed Up!, a prisoner rights/prison abolitionist organization based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Grote first became involved with the group after returning from the mobilization in Jena, Louisiana in Fall 2007.HRC sister chapters are in Philadelphia and Chester, PA. While covering a range of topics in this interview, Grote details how HRC/Fed Up! is documenting human rights abuses in Pennsylvania prisons, and using this documentation to fight back.

Read the full interview here.

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