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

Senators to call NOW, vote MONDAY on SB 1070

This via friends in the movement, about the piece of legislation designed to trump local soverignty in the pursuit of all the racists they can get to vote for them - that appears to be the main target audience - and constituency - of some legislators. Anyway, call this weekend and do some kind of visible action in resistance to the bill.
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Please forward to your lists also...Thank you

Here is a list of the Republican Senators who need to be called to vote NO on SB 1070, even if you just leave a message, please take a moment to call them!

A group of us spent this morning at the State Legislature, we talked to four Republican Senators,all we need is 3 of them to vote no on SB 1070. One said she will definitely vote no, we only need 2 more... Two (Steve Pierce and Jay Tibshraeny) told us they were "undecided"....there is still time to help this bill die.

Please take a moment to call, here is the list, all of them are Republicans.  Some possible talking points to these Republicans could be....

1) The enormous cost to implement this law in a time of economic strife, cuts in education, we want taxes cut NOT increased because of this bill...
 
2) Public safety overall will be jeopardized with this bill as local law enforcement will be spending too much time on checking everyone's status rather than responding to emergencies....

3) Incarceration of Parents of U.S. citizen children, will only lead to more people on the welfare system, for the rest of us to take care of.  There is actually a high number of US citizen children with undocumented parents- extracting the bread-winner from the family only puts more strain on the rest of us.
THE LIST

Jay Tibshraeny    602-926-4486   (told us he was undecided)
Steve Pierce        602-926-5584  (told us he was undecided)
Barbara Leff         602-926-4486
Linda Gray            602-926-3376
Al Melvin               602-926-4326
Ron Gould            602-926-4138
Jack Harper         602-926-4178
Sylvia Allen          602-926-5219
Jim Waring           602-926-4916
Bob Burns            602-926-5993
Chuck Gray           602-926-5288
John Huppenthal   602-926-5261
Thayer Verschoor 602-926-4136
Jonathon Paton     602-926-3235
John Nelson     602-926-5872  (I spoke with him in person, he said he knows it is not a good bill, but 70% of his constituents want him to vote yes on it - please call him and tell him you don't want it!)


Please forward to your lists....!

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