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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Friday, December 4, 2009

Human Rights Day Protest: Reeves Co. TX

This via Ken at Private Corrections Institute. It touches on one of the consequences of putting profit into the prison business. We should look at what we'll be doing here on International Human Rights Day, too.

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Grassroots Leadership Calls for Scrutiny of Pecos Prison 
 
 Posted by editor on Friday, December 04 @ 09:57:00 EST 
 
Friends:



For International Human Rights Day (Dec. 10), please join us in condemning the human rights abuses against immigrants incarcerated in the Reeves County Detention Center in Pecos, Texas. At least nine deaths in the last four years have been reported at Reeves and countless prisoners live daily with fear for their lives.



Reeves is run by the private prison company GEO Group for the Bureau of Prisons. Those held at Reeves are segregated based on their immigration status. Many, including several who have died, served 5 or 10 year sentences for immigration violations.



We're on lock down 21 hours a day. When you're sick they don't call you till a week or a month later. There's people that put in request for surgery over six months ago and they still haven't gotten it. - Reeves County Prisoner



Grassroots Leadership joins with prisoners' families, the ACLU of Texas, Southwest Worker's Union, and the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights to denounce the serious human rights abuses at the Reeves County Detention Center in Pecos, Texas.



Please join us in the coming weeks in a series of actions to stop these abuses.



We urge the Obama Administration and the Department of Justice to end the contract with the controversial GEO Group, investigate the abuses at Reeves, and ensure humane conditions for all inmates.



Bob Libal and Luissana Santibañez

Grassroots Leadership

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