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

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Solidarity: Dec 4 Tucson Streamline Court and Walt Staton

From No More Deaths - Phoenix:

Greetings friends,
On June 4, 2009, No More Deaths volunteer, Walt Staton, was found guilty of littering on the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge (BANWR) for placing gallon jugs of pure, life-saving water on trails where migrants are known to pass.  He has written to Judge Jennifer Guerin to inform the court he will not be completing the sentence of 300 hours of community service.  In his letter to the judge, he states his belief that the United States is in violation of international human rights law.  "The simple truth is that US border enforcement strategy intentionally leads to the suffering and death of migrants - a clear violation of human rights...."
Please join us to support Walt at his re-sentencing hearing on Friday, December 4 at the Federal Courthouse, in Tucson.  We are asking that supporters come at 1:30 pm to attend the Streamline court proceedings in solidarity with our brothers and sisters being shackled and criminalized.  Walt's resentencing is at 3pm. 
A press conference for Wed., Dec. 2 at noon is in the planning stages.  Details will be forthcoming soon about this as well as opportunities to participate in e-advocacy regarding Walt's sentence and the criminalization of our migrant brothers and sisters.
Laura Ilardo
No More Deaths-Phoenix 

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