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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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Russ Pearce and "anchor babies".

Arizona's next illegal immigration target: Babies

Saturday, June 19th 2010, 1:35 PM

Members of the Aguila family join others to demonstrate against  Arizona's tough new immigration laws at a large rally in Phoenix on May  29, 2010.  Rights groups had already announced plans to file a legal  challenge to the law, which makes it a state crime to lack proper  immigration papers and requires police to determine whether people were  in the country legally. Activists say the law will open the door to  racial profiling by police, but supporters point to wording of the bill  that expressly forbids law enforcement from stopping someone on the  basis of their ethnicity.
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Members of the Aguila family join others to demonstrate against Arizona's tough new immigration laws at a large rally in Phoenix on May 29, 2010. Rights groups had already announced plans to file a legal challenge to the law, which makes it a state crime to lack proper immigration papers and requires police to determine whether people were in the country legally. Activists say the law will open the door to racial profiling by police, but supporters point to wording of the bill that expressly forbids law enforcement from stopping someone on the basis of their ethnicity.

They might not be old enough to walk or talk but newborns are the next likely center of the Arizona immigration firestorm.

State Sen. Russell Pearce says that he is intent on introducing legislation that would deny birth certificates to "anchor babies," the children of illegal immigrants born in the U.S.

There is clear concern that this kind of legislation is a violation of the 14th Amendment, which grants citizenship to persons born in the U.S.

"I can tell you that it's not a good idea, and it's unconstitutional," U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor, D-Ariz. told the Arizona Republic. "But that wouldn't stop the state Legislature from passing it and the governor from signing it."

Despite controversy, Arizona Senate bill 1070 is receiving statewide support.

The bill, which goes into effect on July 29, will make it a crime for anyone to be in the state illegally and allow for police officers to question a person's legal status.

President Obama has stated that he opposes the law. The Dept. of Justice has hinted it may challenge the law, but a spokeswoman said no decision has been made.

Pearce has reportedly said he will not introduce legislation regarding "anchor" babies until the fall.