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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Sunday, January 3, 2010

More of Russ Pearce's Racist Vitriole on Sanctuary Cities

This is Russ Pearce's latest newsletter, dated January 2, 2010. Pay attention. It's pretty disturbing. We need to stop this thing. Among other things, this attack on "sanctuary cities" is an attempt to strip local communities of their right to prioritize what laws they'll chase people down for and spend their resources prosecuting. So much for local autonomy...only his district counts, I guess.


By the way, I have no problem saying that racist politics are extremely incorrect. There's no acceptable defense for any of it.


-------------From Senator Russell Pearce's January 2, 2010 Newsletter---------------------------

This past Wednesday, Arizona Police Association representing dozens of Police Agencies (boots on the ground) and thousands of Police Officers state wide has without objecting and with overwhelming enthusiasm endorsed legislation to end all policies that restrict law enforcement from enforcing our immigration laws and in fact specifically endorsed my legislation "Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhood Act".  I will have a bill number in about one week. 

Current Endorsements of: "Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhood Act"
Arizona Police Association
Polls show 75/80% of Arizonans
Arizona State Republican Party (by Resolution)
Maricopa County Republican Party (by Resolution)
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe
Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas
Pinal Co. Sheriff Babeu
Mohave Sheriff Sheahan
Yavapai Sheriff Waugh
Cochise Sheriff Dever
Gila Sheriff Armer
Navajo Sheriff Clark
Graham Sheriff Allred
Greenlee Sheriff Tucker
Az FOP
Phoenix Law Enforcement Association
Maricopa Deputy's Law Enforcement Association
Maricopa County Detention Officers Association
Glendale Police Officers Association
Mesa Police Officers Association
Chandler Police Officers Association
Border Patrol Officers Association
Arizona Highway Patrol Association
Col. Albert Rodriguez - You Don't Speak for Me
Arizona African American Republican Club
Arizona Republican Assembly
The Pachyderms
Anna Gaines - American Citizens United
Arizona's Liberty Caucus
Life Liberty Freedom
NAILEM
American Citizens United
NumbersUSA
F.A.I.R.
Team America (Bay Buchanan & Congressman Tom Tancredo)
9-11 Families
ALIPAC
American Legislative Exchange Council (the largest national organization of conservative legislators)
and many more.


"SUPPORT OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD ACT"

1. Illegal Sanctuary Policies: Eliminate ALL sanctuary cities in this state and allow legal citizens the right to sue their government for violating this law.

2. Trespass: Makes entering or remaining in Arizona in violation of federal law a state crime and "allows" law enforcement to arrest them on trespass violation or just call ICE to take them and deport them. (law enforcement's choice).  This allows them to hold those that are being investigated for serious crimes and not have deported before the investigation is completed.

3. Day Laborer Enforcement:  Makes it illegal for an illegal alien to solicit work (day laborers) and makes a misdemeanor for anyone with a license to do business in Arizona to pick up any day laborer without filling out a employment application.  Makes it a state crime to aid, harbor, conceal transport or attempt to aid, harbor, conceal or transport an illegal alien for work with a mandatory impoundment of their vehicle under 28-3511 for 30 days.  Also adds a mandatory $1000 fine per illegal alien being transported.

Closing our borders is a must; however it must be coupled with interior enforcement.  Attrition by enforcement.  Strict enforcement.  It is time to renew our efforts to end ALL sanctuary policies in our states and our nation: Require officials to fully enforce federal immigration laws of the United States. NO MORE TAXPAYER BENEFITS OF ANY KIND, No Amnesty, No retreat, No surrender.  We will take back America one state at a time.   It starts here!!!!!

•         8 USC Sec. 1325:   (ILLEGAL ENTRY)
•         8 USC Sec. 1324:   (Hiring an ILLEGAL)
•         8 USC Sec. 1644:   ("No local ordinance, rule, or measure shall stop law enforcement officers from enforcement of this section")
"Any person who knowingly hires/harbors/transports any illegal alien is guilty of a felony punishable by:
•         10 years in prison
•         $2000 fine per illegal alien
•         Forfeiture of the vehicle or property used to commit the crime."

"All officers whose duty it is to enforce criminal laws shall have authority to make arrests for a violation of any provision of this section" (affirmed US v Perez-Gonzalez 2002 Fed App 0360, 6th Circ.).

"We Don't Need No 'Stinkin' 287g;” Local Law Enforcements Has Inherent Authority to Enforce Immigration Law:

Today we will take the "political handcuffs off from our law enforcement officers;"  the only reasons our immigration laws are not enforced are Political, not a lack of Authority.

This Citizens Initiative will pass by 70% to 80% by the voters.  The last four (4) Propositions I placed on the ballot in '06 passed by an average of 75%.

In accordance with the Unanimous endorsement of a Resolution by the State Republican Party and the Maricopa County Republican Party at their annual organizational meetings with over 800 PC's present at each meeting, and in order to support our citizens Constitutional right to have our laws enforced and recognizing the damage in cost in crime and dollars to Arizona citizens and taxpayers;  We demand the end to all "Catch and Release" policies in the state of Arizona and further we will be filing a Citizens Initiative to remove/end all sanctuary policies in the state of Arizona.  No more Catch & Release.  We the legal and lawful citizens demand the enforcement of our laws.

I will introduce this legislation and hope to get it out of the legislature within the first two weeks of Session:  I believe I have the commitments from legislators and the Governor to make this happen.  I will need everyone's help.  We need to contact every single legislator and encourage them to support this legislation. You can use www.LifeLibertyFreedom.com to contact all the Legislators at once.

If the legislature will not support our law enforcement and citizens we will file The Citizens Initiative, to make sure the people have the last say.  So let us put most of our energy in this effort in getting the bill passed out of the legislature and signed by the Governor.   This is critical legislation for Arizona and the nation as we lead the nation in our efforts and over 30 states are modeling legislation after us.  Let's Take Back America One State at a Time!!!!! 

The burden of blind-eye police department policies and open-border philosophies were paid for with the lives of not only our police officers throughout our state. The danger clearly spread beyond law enforcement into our communities with more lives being lost. The quality of life in our state is being sacrificed for political correctness.

Russell

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