THIS BLOG is NOW RETIRED

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

David Rovics: We Are Everywhere

To my fellow activists now struggling through life - let this be a reminder that you are not alone and that we desperately need you here. All the injustice, grief, war, and human suffering calls for us to stay and do everything we can about it - you can't help us anymore when you're gone. Don't give up the fight - your last shred of hope may just keep someone else alive, too.
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Monday, November 16, 2009

Peg's Voice at Bottom in Red. Follow end links.


FORUM FOR ARIZONA LEADERS
November 17, 2009
Sheraton Phoenix Downtown


Co-Chairs:
Secretary of State Ken Bennett - Supervisor Pete Rios


presented by:
The Communications Institute – Thomas R. Brown Foundations
Arizona State University
Department of Economics – W. P. Carey School of Business
University of Southern California
School of Policy Planning and Development and
Center for the Study of Law and Public Policy

in association with:

Arizona Republic – Arizona Daily Star – Arizona Capitol Times
County Supervisors Association of Arizona – League of Arizona Cities and Towns
Arizona Economic Forum


Arizona Daily Star on Governing Arizona
TCI Column on Goals of Governing Arizona

The Governing Arizona Forum for Leaders is part of the
Governing Arizona Project. This invitation-only forum will bring together leaders from government, business, the community and the news media to focus on bi-partisan steps that can be taken in 2010 and beyond to confront the serious fiscal issues facing the state.

The forum will draw upon the expertise of scholars from around the nation and a new comprehensive summary of Arizona spending and revenue over a period of 30 years conducted by The Communications Institute with additional content developed by the Center on Law and Politics at the University of Southern California. The program also draws upon the expertise of scholars from Arizona State Univeristy.

Members of the Arizona State Legislature and Constitutional Officers have been invited to take part in this interactive forum. Additional educational conferences will be presented in the next 12 months around Arizona.

Governing Arizona is funded by the
Thomas R. Brown Foundations which is devoted to expanding the use of economic analysis in public policy development a program conducted by The Communications Institute. (this explains a lot...)


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It's me again - Peg. This is my voice in red. It's actually pretty calm and level right now.  I'm just experimenting a little.


Take a close look at this event today and who's behind it all. This is how it really works. That's a big part of what's wrong with the politics of this place. Look at who represents us - "The People". 


No one.

They represent all the people who tell us how to live, who to love, where to work, and how much we owe them for the favor of the public services we pay for with our own sales tax. They really do seem to think we're all stupid.


For a good analysis of how many ways everyone but the very privileged few in this country get screwed by our system of economic inequality, go to the The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, United For A Fair Economy, and the Economic Policy Institute. They get to what's at the bottom of a lot of our problems with justice - or rather, the lack thereof.


Those links will give you a good start to digging meaningfully into just about everything pertaining to this country's financial insecurity and over eight years of non-stop war. Our domestic and international tranquility is now subject to the people we let sneak into power in Congress when we thought we were supporting "progressives." They give the whole law-and-order angle an even more perverted twist than the right, because they're all about "protecting our (deviant women, minorities, the subject classes) best interests"...which is a far cry, my friends, from diverting "Power to the People." 

Which is just as well since we're onto them. They don't seem to get that we have our own power, and it's cleaner than solar or wind. The last thing we need is to be corrupted by the garbage that feeds them.


That's what's killing us, not the promise of universal access to health care or an invasion from Mexico. War, recession, mass incarceration, even more tolerance for racism and people like Joe Arpaio, and unprecedented fraud against homeowners who have been forced into foreclosures across the country through little or no fault of their own. That's how we spilled into the 21st century. 

Given all that, I'm astonished that the mark some people will deliberately leave on this place and time in history will be Tea Parties to Preserve what the Entitled believe is their Right alone to Life and Liberty. They spit in the faces of the vast majority of our soldiers and their families who come from middle and poor America, and have struggled or seen struggle take its toll in ways that most Tea Partiers clearly can't conceive of. They entice them with promises of dreams fulfilled and education, into a life that anticipates, defends from, and perpetrates violence by all means necessary, when it come down to it. When they come home after their third tour of duty to nothing and no one and express in the only way they have left the depth of their rage and loneliness, we number them again and lock them into cages. 

See how easily we can be them? The veterans and prisoners, as well as their jailers? We are.Trauma comes from a multitude of places and can imprison for life or drive them to suicide.  Only one of those sources is what we recognize as "combat duty".Others include white supremacy, patriarchy, and the rest of the critical infrastructure that supports this system of economics.


There is only thing in the end that can defeat them: Telling the truth. They will be on the defensive for the rest of this political season if they can't handle the truth. They will have to start to tell a little more of it, too. If that scares them then they need to crawl back into their gated communities and let our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, and parents come home from their wars and prisons. We need them.

Is more of the same the only vision of justice that our legislators have to offer? Send it back.We can come up with something better. That's the way the flow of power is supposed to really work in a democracy anyway - isn't it? We petition our elected officials with our grievances, and they try to make the world a better place by listening and legislating in an effort to alleviate suffering and liberate the oppressed. Right?


The credit for the decent links up there, by the way, goes to my professor from ASU last fall, Dr. HLT Quan. She taught us a lot about about wealth and economic inequality in America while the financial markets crumbled and more bodies started coming home draped in flags and riddled with questions. 

Don't miss any of her courses if you care about social movements or justice, and have the vanishing opportunity to afford to attend a university in this state. I stumbled around ivory towers for twenty years hoping to find a professor like her. I don't know how she ever put up with me. She's somewhere in the new School of Social Transformation now, which has absorbed the School of Justice and Social Inquiry. Tell her I said "thank you" if you land in her class.

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