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

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Classic Arizona "Democracy": One-party rule.

We have to get rid of these people in November, folks...if they refuse to even acknowledge us, how can they possibly represent us? The Right is doing everything they can to destroy the ability of the rest of us to effect progressive social change through constitutionally-established processes - as is the prison industry, sneaking in and courting town leadership at invitation-only PR events designed to create the appearance of community support for a project which is really quite controversial and divisive. Frankly, I think that's precisely what will destroy their grip on the American people in the end: they are so busy creating illusions to manipulate us with that they never end up dealing with the truth - and in fact, generate even more social problems in the course of trying to mask the source of them. We aren't going to fall for that forever... I hope.


Arizona House gives preliminary OK to budget bill

Associated Press - December 18, 2009 5:24 PM ET 

PHOENIX (AP) - A bill to reduce the state's budget shortfall is close to the finish line in the Arizona Legislature's current special session.

The House gave preliminary approval along party lines Friday for majority Republicans' bill to reduce the projected $1.6 billion shortfall by roughly $195 million.

It does that through spending cuts and raids on special-purpose funds that could result in state employee pay cuts, closures of state parks and reductions of social programs.

A formal House vote is scheduled Saturday morning, when lawmakers are expected to adjourn what will have been a 3-day special session.

With Democrats voting against the bill, the Senate passed it on Thursday on the first day of the special session.

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