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, February 12, 2010

Pearce Alert: Next week's committees.

Well, he's telling us how to vote but doesn't have time to say what's really buried in those bills, so I guess I'll dig around and report back what I find. AZ CDL is the Arizona Citizens Defense League, by the way - 2nd amendment, pro-life, etc. They apparently spend a lot of time helping craft legislation...


----------from russellpearce.com---------------

Greetings ,

Senator Pearce is so busy fighting hard for our Liberties at the capitol that he has very little time to put together newsletters or alerts. The status of Bills at the capitol are "fluid", meaning a bills status can changes at a moments notice. But we will do the best we can to keep you updated. Just be aware things move fast and change quickly.

Legislative Alert:

The following is from the AzCDL and I don't think they will mind the Senator spreading the word out about these Bills.

SB 1168 will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee at 1:30 PM on Monday, February 15, 2010.  To send a message to the committee members, urging them to support SB 1168, go here:
 http://capwiz.com/azcdl/issues/alert/?alertid=14676351
    If you are available, we also urge you come down to the Capitol and testify on these bills.  If you are interested, please contact Dave Kopp at president@AzCDL.org
(this link only for supporters of his bill).

HB 2543 will be heard in the House Military Affairs and Public Safety Committee at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, February 17, 2010.  To send a message to the committee members, urging them to support HB 2543, go here:
 http://capwiz.com/azcdl/issues/alert/?alertid=14678286
.   (this link only for supporters of bill)

We thank everyone who took the time to contact their Representatives and Senator about HB 2305, SB 1021, and SB 1172, which were debated in Committee of the Whole (COW) hearings on February 11, 2010.  Despite an extremely short notice, hundreds of messages were sent out by dedicated activists to most of the Legislature.  All 3 bills passed out of COW.  Well done!

Both bills strengthen state firearms preemption laws, add firearms storage and accessories to the list of things political subdivisions cannot regulate, and remove the prohibition on carrying a firearm in public parks without a CCW permit. 

Your participation is critical for the success of this pro-rights legislation.  It boils down to getting involved and making a difference or letting others determine the future of YOUR rights.  It only takes a minute to click on the link to the Action Center, fill-in your name and address and send a message to the committee members.  Make history!  Get involved:  http://capwiz.com/azcdl/home/

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Here's the link to the committees:

 Senate Judiciary Committee 

 House Military Affairs and Public Safety Committee
 

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