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.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Racist SB1070 Passes Senate; Now to House.

From Matt at the Phoenix Immigrants List Serve. 

So much for small town sovereignty.

Thank you, Carolyn Allen. Senator Allen is one of the few independent Republicans left in the Senate, I think. Pearce must not have enough dirt on her to twist her arm the way he does to everyone else.

Now the house has to pass their version, if that passes then both sides have to come to agreements (if there are any differences), then Brewer would have to sign it into law.  I think all of this is gonna happen within the next week or so. - Matt

Ariz. Senate approves sweeping immigration bill
by The Associated Press
Posted on February 16, 2010 at 6:48 AM
Updated today at 7:42 AM

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Senate has approved a sweeping bill to strengthen immigration enforcement laws.

The measure passed the Senate 17-13. Scottsdale Republican Carolyn Allen joined Democrats in opposing the measure sponsored by Mesa Republican Sen. Russell Pearce. It now goes to the House.

Pearce's bill would ban police departments from adopting policies that prevent officers from asking people about their immigration status.

The bill also would make it a state crime to be in Arizona illegally or to transport or conceal an illegal immigrant. And it seeks to curb day-labor employment by making it a crime for an illegal immigrant to solicit work in a public place or for anyone to hire someone from a vehicle.

1 comment:

  1. was present at the House Military Affairs and Public Safety Committee today as they passed an amended version of the bill with a vote of 5-2. SB1070 now goes to the House Committee of the Whole House of Representatives.

    The proponents of SB1070 were there in force today!

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