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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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Prisoner and Family Allies Needed: House Sentencing Committee

Thanks to my friends and families for the heads up on this, which is coming up this Thursday...mail or your testimony for the committee in this week, or come sign up and talk to them. I can't imagine it would be that difficult if we're there early enough.
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Thursday, February 4, at 2:00p.m.
(after the adjournment of Floor)


Interim agendas can be obtained via the Internet at 

ARIZONA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES


INTERIM MEETING NOTICE

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


HOUSE STUDY COMMITTEE ON SENTENCING

Date:              Thursday, February 4, 2010

Time:             2:00 P.M. or on recess or adjournment of
  Second Regular and Sixth Special Sessions

Place:                        HHR 5

AGENDA

1.
Call to Order

2.
Opening Remarks

3.
Testimony on Sentencing:
·       Jerry Madden, Texas State Representative; Vice-Chair, House Corrections Committee; Member, House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee
·         Dana Hlavac, Deputy County Manager, Mohave County Criminal Justice Services
·         Robert Hirsh, Pima County Public Defender
·         James Logan, Director of Public Defense Services, Maricopa County
·         Misty Rae, President, Arizona Prison Wives Club
·         John Huppenthal, Arizona State Senator, District 2

4.
Public Testimony

5.
Discussion

6.
Adjourn



Members:
Representative Cecil Ash, Chair

Representative Doris Goodale

Representative Laurin Hendrix

Representative Bill Konopnicki

Representative Kyrsten Sinema

Representative Anna Tovar


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People with disabilities may request reasonable accommodations such as interpreters, alternative formats, or assistance with physical accessibility.  If you require accommodations, please contact the Chief Clerk's Office at (602) 926-3032, TDD (602) 926-3241.
 Maureen Williams
Assistant to Representative
   Cecil Ash, District 18
       602-926-3695

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