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, April 9, 2010

Florence's Field of DREAMS: Another CCA Prison.

Arizona: CCA moves for zoning change
Rezoning could help CCA land big prison contract
By MARK COWLING, Editor
Thursday, April 8, 2010 8:13 AM 

"Rezoning measures that could eventually bring as many as 5,000 more state inmates and up to 875 full-time jobs to Florence are now pending before the Town Council.

At Monday’s regular meeting, the council held a public hearing on Corrections Corporation of America’s (CCA) application to rezone 183 acres behind its current facilities from “AG” Agriculture to “LI” Light Industrial. The council also heard the first reading of an ordinance to approve the zone change.

The council could vote to approve the ordinance, along with a Conditional Use Permit that would allow prisons on the land, at its April 19 meeting. CCA is buying the acreage from Delbert and Sharon Lewis..." (finish article)

-----------------------------to the Youth of Florence, AZ-------------

Maybe most of you are into all this, but I'm sorry this is the big promise your elders and leaders have for your future in terms of jobs and guaranteed "housing". More and more prisons. They just don't know what else to do there now. Maybe you can give them some better ideas for how to use that land, so it's not used to profit off the misery of so many more who will be brought to your town to suffer their punishment, just or not, and perhaps die in a cell from a treatable illness, a murderous thug, or their own despair.
 
Good luck to the Resistance that I know must still be there. This isn't over yet. Let me know if I can help.

- Peggy Plews
AZ Prison Watch

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