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 17, 2009

MCSO Shackling Pregnant Women; Racial Profiling

This in from the guys at PCI:

Date: Monday, November 16, 2009, 10:42 PM

Interview with mother  who was forced to give birth in chains while in custody of Arpaio's guard (Spanish)


*Please contact elected officials to protest Arpaio's continued actions*

In spite of losing  his 287g program, the Sheriff is launching a two day long county-wide crime suppression/illegal immigration operation will begin tonight at 5PM.

200 volunteer posse, reserves and deputies will participate.  Posse helicopters will "visually assist ground crews."

Friends in ARIZONA and around the country:  Please contact your members of congress, Secretary Napolitano and President Obama and let them know how strongly you object to immigration enforcement through neighborhood purges. Arpaio's actions are being replicated across the country.  We must have a moratorium on local law enforcement's sweeps and purges.  No more terrorizing communities.  No more tearing apart families and leaving frightened children to fend for themselves.  It must end now.

Find your members of congress here:  Capitol Switchboard: (202)224-3121
Secretary Napolitano Comment Line: 202-282-8495)

President Obama: 202-456-1111

Let them know that we need their help to stop Arpaio's efforts to make Maricopa County a "Constitution Free Zone."  His actions cannot continue to go unchecked.

Victims are urged to call 1-877-977-8869

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