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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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Romley v. Arpaio: Lawmen and our money.

Romley's a huge improvement over Thomas - and this thing he's got with Arpaio is interesting - but frankly, guys, I think you're both missing the boat. Imagine how many kids we could keep out of prison with $700,000...

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Romley yanks money for Arpaio employer raids

By The Associated Press (via Capitol Times)

Published: July 1, 2010 at 8:41 am

Money that Sheriff Joe Arpaio uses to conduct work place raids has been cutoff by interim Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley.

Romley said the $700,000 the Sheriff’s Office expected should instead be spent on going after employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants rather than work site raids.

Romley said he will use the money to pay for attorneys, legal assistants and detectives to investigate employer-sanctions cases, and to work with and educate the business community.

Although he’s not getting the cash, Arpaio said there will be no changes and raids will continue.

His Chief Deputy David Hendershott said Romley is trying to do everything he can to destroy the enforcement of illegal immigration.