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.
BLOG POSTS

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Marcia Powell, Ridgeway, and Mother Jones

 UPCOMING EVENTS:
December 10: International Human Rights Day.
December 15: Begin 5th Special Legislative Session.
December 17: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers (Tucson Memorial).
December 18: SWOP-Tucson Demonstration at the AZ Department of Corrections HQ in Phoenix.


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I'm resurrecting this story from Mother Jones that Jim Ridgeway did on Marcia Powell in September, when the report on her abuse was released. This is honor of International Human Rights Day today.

Thanks Jim, for doing right by Marcia.

Mother Jones

Dog Days Turn Deadly in America's Prisons

Links:
[1] http://www.abc15.com/content/news/westvalley/goodyear/story/Inmate-dies-after-being-held-in-outdoor-cell-in/nmeJotS42kODcNNLB_MEHg.cspx
[2] http://www.azcentral.com/members/Blog/EJMontini/56354
[3] http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/bastard/2009/08/marcia_powells_autopsy_toxicol.php
[4] http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/bastard/2009/05/medical_examiner_holds_marcia.php
[5] http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/2009-05-28/news/the-lumley-vampire-attacks-arizona-department-of-corrections-charles-ryan-for-the-death-of-marcia-powell-arpaio-s-goons-zip-tie-a-12-year-old-and-the-jail-lockdowns-are-over/
[6] http://www.philly.com/inquirer/world_us/20090614_Death_in_a_cage_spurs_Ariz__probe.html But baking in the sun, it turns out, is only one way for prisoners to suffer and die in the summer heat.
[7] http://articles.latimes.com/1991-07-06/news/mn-1565_1_heat-waves
[8] http://lonestar.texas.net/~acohen/
[9] http://blog.mlive.com/grpress/2008/07/state_settles_325_million_laws.html
[10] http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/02/08/60minutes/main2448074.shtml
[11] http://www.redorbit.com/news/general/759432/guantanamo_detainees_going_to_new_prison/index.html
[12] http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/texassouthwest/stories/DN-heat_05int.ART.State.Edition1.4be339a.html
[13] http://www.dc.state.fl.us/oth/myths.html
[14] http://www.aclu.org/pdfs/prison/vassallo_report.pdf
[15] http://freezulu.co.uk/

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