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

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Martin's Brilliant Idea: More Militarization, Tent Cities - at our expense.

Don't any of these people have original or creative ideas? All they can think of is spending more money on more guns, sending more kids into battle of some kind. How much like New Orleans does this sound, considering all the people that are still dying in the desert trying to cross? Send the Guard to rescue people for once, not to chase them down to arrest or kill them.

This guy is our State Treasurer, as they note below. That alone should tell you something.

----------------------------------from the Arizona Republic------------------

Ariz. gubernatorial candidate calls for statewide tent city for migrants

State treasurer and gubernatorial candidate Dean Martin is calling for the immediate deployment of National Guard troops to the border at Arizona's expense.

He's also calling for a statewide "tent city" jail modeled after Sheriff Joe Arpaio's jail in Maricopa County to house arrested illegal immigrants at low cost.

Martin made the announcement in a press conference Tuesday announcing his border security plan. He's challenging Gov. Jan Brewer in the Republican primary.

Martin slammed Brewer for balking at deploying troops at state expense and said she's only recently started paying attention to the border "when she started doing election-year polling.