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

Monday, July 12, 2010

"Policing the Police" Training Tuesday.

This came in today from the good folks at Phoenix Copwatch. It's a good training and a great chance to meet like-minded folks If you want to fight police brutality and racial profiling in Arizona, I'd recommend Copwatching as one good way to do so. Just keep in mind that cops do go there uninvited to see what we're up to and who we are. Arpaio's posse also takes mug shots of us on the street so they can identify us, so don't go if you're vulnerable to them in any way.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Oasis Christian Center
527 W. Broadway Rd.
Mesa, AZ

Don't miss the upcoming "Policing the Police" Training! Sheriff Arpaio has promised to hold another racial profiling sweep on July 30th, the day SB 1070 goes into effect. We will have dozens of volunteers out on the street to monitor and document the activities of the sheriff's deputies on that day. Attend this training and learn how to safely and legally observe the police during this sweep and in your own neighborhood.

Members of Phoenix Copwatch will lead the training, covering topics such as how to stay safe and avoid arrest while dealing with the police, tips for effective videotaping, and proper documentation of police activities.

This training is open to the public (except law enforcement officers). It will be conducted in English and Spanish.

To learn more about Phoenix Copwatch, visit

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