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.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

From No More Deaths - Phoenix...


below are incredibly disturbing news of incidents along the border. Keep an eye out for upcoming responses by No More Deaths.

Please share these stories with others.

1. Youtube video of Border Patrol shooting of Sergio Adrian Hernandez, 15, in El Paso:


The Mexican government Wednesday vigorously protested the shooting this week of a 15-year-old boy at Mexico's border with Texas. The boy, Sergio Hernandez Guereca, died of a wound to the face. U.S. officials say he died after a Border Patrol agent opened fire Monday night on a group of Mexicans throwing rocks at the agent, who was attempting to arrest suspected illegal immigrants...
[to read complete article, go to the link:,0,6357135.story]


Mexico has demanded a full investigation into the death of one of its citizens after he was beaten and shot with electric stun guns by US border patrol agents.

The incident happened as Anastasio Hernandez was about to be deported from the US state of California. A spokeswoman for the US Border Patrol said its officers had acted in self defence after he became violent.

Mr Hernandez had lived and worked in California for more than 20 years. In a statement, the Mexican foreign ministry expressed its "indignation" and condemned the events that led to his death.

Mr Hernandez died in a hospital near San Diego on Monday, three days after he was beaten and shot with Taser stun guns as agents tried to deport him...
[to read complete article, go to the link:]

3. 18% increase in human recovered remains this year over last (108).


Posted: Jun 07, 2010 2:56 PM EDT

WELLTON, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - U.S. Border Patrol agents rescued two men stranded in the desert Thursday after they activated a rescue beacon near the Gila Mountains, the Border Patrol said Monday, in a media release.

Both men were Mexican citizens in the United States illegally, according to the Border Patrol. On Thursday afternoon, agents assigned to the Wellton Station responded to a rescue beacon activation about 15 miles southeast of the Fortuna Foothills near the Gila Mountains.

Agents found two adult males in need of water near the beacon, the release said. Here is more on the incident:
"Agents offered the men water and discovered that they had illegally entered the United States on May 30 and had been wandering the desert for nearly four days. Both men refused advanced medical care and were subsequently taken into custody and transported to the Wellton Border Patrol Station for processing.
"At the station, agents ran records checks on the men and learned that one of the subjects had been previously removed on four separate occasions after illegally entering the country. Both men were Mexican citizens.
"Since Oct. 1, 2009, Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents have rescued 17 people suffering from heat-related stress in the Arizona desert."
(That's all they've "rescued?" Look at how many have died... - Peg)

Laura Ilardo
No More Deaths-Phoenix