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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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Poor J.D. Hayworth. Justice is so unfair.

This is really bizarre. It's pathetic, in fact. Poor J.D. is so persecuted...such a shame. I never believed he did anything the least bit unethical, much less criminal. The "Freedom in Truth Trust": that sounds so right for him. He's such an honest soul, and so compassionate. Quick, sign your check over to him now before your landlord takes it. 

Actually, I don't think Abramoff had that much to do with J.D.'s downfall here - he just sucked as a representative for anyone but the very few and privileged and the occasional charity case he could use for good PR. People finally saw through his BS - so he's where he belongs now: on right-wing talk radio. I don't see why he can't pay his own lawyer bills with an over-extended 29.9% interest rate visa or declare bankruptcy like the rest of us have to. 

From my view on the ground in Phoenix, Arizona banks are foreclosing on middle America left and right (4th highest rate in the nation - is that correct?) and J.D.'s whining about his legal bills for something that's been done with for awhile. That's why he's not in office any more. 

Still, I find it troubling that Arizonans with power and money are actually going to bail him out with his high-priced attorney, while there are all sorts of folks they're willing to ignore with valid innocence claims - deserving of at least a new trial - languishing in AZ prisons.  

One guy in AZ - Ray Krone -was even exonerated from death row after something like nine years. That's a lot of your life to spend waiting to die, especially for something you didn't do. People have been missing out on their lives, and the lives of their children. Their parents may die while they're locked away. Their friends get caught up in the outside world, of course. It can be easy to end up alone unless you have someone fighting at your side - like Courtney has her Mom, Camille. If you haven't been there yet (I've been talking about innocence a lot lately), go visit www.justice4courtney.com.


Anyway, I'm not too impressed with Harry these days, but I'm glad he's not J.D. 

Hey, I bet Andrew Thomas will be there, too...he's responsible for some of those innocence claims...

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Arpaio to host fundraiser for Hayworth

Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 11:33am MSTPhoenix Business Journal - by Mike Sunnucks

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will hold a fundraiser for former Congressman J.D. Hayworth to help pay off legal bills incurred during an investigation of lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

The holiday party/fundraiser will be Dec. 5 at the Paradise Valley home of public relations executive Jason Rose and his wife attorney Jordan Rose.

Tickets to the event run between $100 an $250 and will benefit the Freedom in Truth Trust organization, a legal fund for Hayworth.

Hayworth was under scrutiny because of ties to Abramoff, who pleaded guilty to fraud and influence peddling charges. Hayworth was never charged with improper conduct and denies any wrongdoing. Hayworth ended up losing the 2006 election to Democrat Harry Mitchell, in part because of the Abramoff issue. Abramoff is serving time in a federal prison in Maryland.

The fundraiser is not intended to fund another run for office by Hayworth, who served in six terms in the U.S. House.

There has been talk of Hayworth — who has a talk radio show on KFYI 550 AM — running for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Republican John McCain or for governor.

Jason Rose is CEO of Rose & Allyn Public Relations and Jordan Rose is managing partner of Rose Law Group in Scottsdale.

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