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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Thursday, January 14, 2010

We Can Stop the Hate.

Good links for anti-racist action from the National Council of La Raza "We Can Stop the Hate" Campaign page:
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What You Can Do

Take one minute against hate:
Take five minutes to learn more and spread the word about:
  • America’s Immigration Legacy.  Watch the video and learn about our nation’s experience with previous immigrants and our treatment of those communities.  Forward the link to your friends.
  • Suspect spokespeople.  Watch the video to learn from the Southern Poverty Law Center about hate groups and vigilantes who have infiltrated the immigration debate.  Forward the link to your friends.
  • The role of the media in parroting hate speak.  Watch MediaMatters' video for a look at cable news network shows that provide over-the-top and often inaccurate information about immigration.  Forward the link to your friends.
Take ten minutes to learn more about how hate and intolerance are being advanced:
  • Watch The Code Words of Hate to identify the words and messages used to demonize Hispanic immigrants and communities perceived to be immigrant.
  • Download the companion document, "Code Words in the Debate."
  • Watch "Behind the Veil" to trace the connections between many of the anti-immigrant groups and their ties to White supremacy and hate.
  • Learn more about these connections with the help of Campaign for a United America’s FAIR Family Tree, a tool to help journalists, elected officials, and civic and labor leaders understand anti-immigrant networks in the United States.
Get involved.

Download We Can Stop The Hate:  A Tool Kit for Action to learn how to implement this campaign in your community and monitor your local media’s coverage of immigration.

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