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

Pearce: Elitist White Supremacy or Democracy?

Recycling this old post because I see that the event is quickly approaching. How ironic that it's on the eve of International Human Rights Day. Haven't heard of any actions planned for this yet, but there's a lot to be said for being spontaneous...

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Don't even know if I'll be in town, myself, but just got this Pearce Alert from his campaign and couldn't resist letting folks know about this event. You really must visit the website below - it's scary.
As I recall, it's basically about the secret software they use to help people email their lawmakers and get around the state programs that would divert mass mailings to spam. So, it gives one segment of the voting population access to their legislators while keeping the back door they use a secret from the rest of us.

That doesn't seem very fair. Pearce is trumpeting something that any good representative of "The People" in a true democracy should be ashamed of exploiting. A condition of using this software to write to your legislators is that you have to pledge to uphold's (Pearce's) values, like "state sovereignty". So, if your political message is contrary to the message they want to help disseminate, then you will presumably either face censorship or social sanctions - or maybe even criminal penalties: you never what the law is with Pearce because he's always tweaking it behind closed doors...

Anyway, there are implied consequences to lying about whether or not you ascribe to far right-wing values and then using the software to spew something progressive, I'm just not sure what they are. It's real exciting to know that they're going to contaminate every state with this kind of anti-democratic strategy. That seems to be the M.O. of the Right in Arizona: ferment toxic politics then export them around the country.

"State Sovereignty", by the way, is code for White Supremacy - often used in the Jim Crow South that challenged federal civil rights mandates and such, among other things...Alabama's iconic bigot, Governor Wallace, was for many of the same things Pearce has on his platform, as I recall.

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