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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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Special Legislative Session Convenes Tuesday

Special Legislative Session.
3:30pm, Tuesday, November 17, 2009.

AZ State Capitol Building, Phoenix. 

Update from Doug Kilgore at the AEA:

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Partisan Budget Plan to Cut $144 Million to K-12 Schools to be Considered

Late this afternoon the Governor called a special session of the Arizona Legislature to consider a budget deal she has worked out with House Speaker Kirk Adams and Senate President Bob Burns. Legislators will convene tomorrow at 3:30 p.m., but are not expected to take any action until Wednesday or Thursday.

Early this month, Governor Brewer, Adams, and Burns outlined a budget deal that will cut $144 million from K-12 education and more than $150 million from Arizona's most vulnerable citizens. If approved the plan will leave a budget seriously out of balance and require further budget adjustments in the near future.

This plan does not even consider generating new revenue from a sales tax or any other new revenue stream.

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