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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Monday, January 18, 2010

Prisoner Solidarity: Urgent Call-in for Jamie Scott.


These women were thrown away fifteen years ago - for life. They don't mean anything to the state. They're worth a lot to their families, though - and could probably do a lot of good for the rest of us educating others about wrongful convictions, racism, and harsh sentencing practices.

I've posted about the Scott Sisters before - here's a link to a brief article in Huffington about them. Please take a minute and call the folks in Mississippi - you'll probably just get a voice mailbox, as I did. Leave your message anyway - they'll be counting them up. 

I've been in touch with this prison before, and they respond, but not with anything meaningful - just PR stuff.  Let Mississippi know you want Jamie to get the best medical care there is, immediately, and that her sister should be allowed to be by her side. Go for Epps - confront him on the BS about the excess cost of Gladys providing the kidney.

Here's the link to an article in the SF Bay View about Jamie's son and his efforts to liberate them both.

We have got to figure out a way to get all these people free from prison.

After you do your part, hit their blogspot or facebook page and leave a message, or send their mom, Mrs. Rascoe, a quick email letting her know what you did (rqueenbee2222@yahoo.com). It matters to her spirit, too, to know that people out here are responding to their calls for help. They need us to come through for them, and it really doesn't take much...

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Subject: 1/18/10 EMERGENCY ACTION ALERT! ~ Jamie Is In Need of Immediate Medical Attention

1/18/10 EMERGENCY ACTION ALERT!


Mrs. Rasco just received a phone call from Gladys Scott that both of Jamie Scott's kidneys have shut down and that she has been in the prison infirmary since last Saturday hooked up to IV fluids with a heavy build-up of toxins in her body.  Jamie has yet to be sent to a hospital due to "paperwork."  Jamie pleaded that Gladys not contact their mother because she didn't want to burden her with anymore worry on top of caring for all of the children.

Gladys has offered to donate a kidney to Jamie and was told that she cannot because she is a state prisoner
and that it would be too expensive.  The greatest heartbreak of all is that Jamie has asked to be allowed
to die because she wants to come home so badly and no longer believes that it will ever happen.

JAMIE SCOTT, #19197, MUST BE TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL IMMEDIATELY!  Her physical and mental state require the highest levels of professional care.

Margaret Bingham, Superintendent of Central Mississippi Corrections Facility
(601) 932-2880
mbingham@mdoc.http://www.facebook.com/l/cc872;state.ms.us
FAX: (601) 664-0782
P.O. Box 88550
Pearl, Mississippi 39208

Christopher Epps, Commissioner of Prisons for the State of Mississippi
601-359-5600
CEPPS@mdoc.http://www.facebook.com/l/cc872;state.ms.us
723 North President Street
Jackson, MS  39202


Emmitt Sparkman, Deputy Commissioner
(601) 359-5610
esparkman@mdoc.http://www.facebook.com/l/cc872;state.ms.us

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