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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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Happy Birthday, Aung San Suu Kyi.

America remembers you and your comrades today. Thank you for all you have collectively done for the cause of human liberation. We hope you will all be free, too, someday soon.


Dear Margaret,

Aung San Suu Kyi's last birthday was spent in the infamous Insein (pronounced "insane") prison – notorious for its foul conditions and unrelenting use of torture.

Today, more than 2,100 political prisoners are being held in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), many of whom are hidden away in the prison's darkest corners.

But in honor of Suu Kyi's 65th birthday on June 19th, we're doing all we can to fill those corners with light and expose Myanmar's treatment of political dissents for what it really is…insane.

Help drive our ongoing work to protect human rights in Myanmar.

Less than a month ago, a youth member of the former National League for Democracy, the political party headed by Aung San Suu Kyi, had his sentence in Insein prison extended by 10 years.

Life without human rights is insane


Myanmar's Insein Prison, where thousands of political prisoners are believed to be held.

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His original offense - distributing a portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi.

This blatant manipulation of laws and outright injustice has got to stop.

We've fought tirelessly on behalf of Aung San Suu Kyi for the past 2 decades and such abuse of human rights only fuels our desire to bring violators to justice once and for all.

Our team of researchers and experts are observing Myanmar closely and reporting back whenever there are new developments and opportunities for action.

And given that national elections are planned for later this year, our teams are remaining particularly vigilant to ensure that no person is improperly detained during election-related crackdowns without setting off major alarms across the human rights spectrum.

But we need your help. This kind of in-depth reporting is done by few, but requires resources and the support of many.

Please say that you'll join the fight to protect political dissidents in Myanmar. Stand with us as we stand with Suu Kyi and the more than 2,100 political prisoners in Myanmar.

Let Myanmar's government know that a light still shines for human rights even in the darkest corners.

Thank you for your support,

Michael O'Reilly
Senior Campaign Director, Individuals at Risk
Amnesty International USA