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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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Singing louder than the guns: War, Protest, and Abbie Hoffman

'When our country is right, keep it right; but when it is wrong, right those wrongs.'

Just came across this on YouTube, and wanted to share it. It's a short clip that was done in tandem with the release of the movie about Abbie Hoffman and the Vietnam War protest era, "Steal This Movie". If you have a chance to see it, do.

Hoffman was an original Yippie, an anti-war and civil rights activist - and one of the Chicago Seven. He was a target of FBI attacks on social and racial justice activists for three decades (continuing well after COINTELPRO was exposed), and spent a number of years underground, continuing to organize people around environmental issues in the late seventies. He did a little time in prison in the 80's, then organized against US military actions in Nicaragua and CIA recruiters (for which he was again prosecuted, but this time acquitted).

Abbie was a legendary protester - brilliant, creative - and many said crazy. Among his many stunts, he organized a mass action to surround and try to levitate the Pentagon.

Sadly, he was diagnosed manic depressive, and ultimately committed suicide in 1989 - though many don't believe that story to this day.

Anyway, this clip seemed appropriate given that another generation is mired in an endless war...

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