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

Sunday, August 8, 2010

The cancer of fascism is still spreading...

Just a reminder that Pearce and the MCSO aren't the only problems with Arizona. Here's news of our hometown boys-in-blue's visit to Texas, as celebrated and twittered by the histrionic xenophobes at ALIPAC... (they follow me, I haven't been following them. I find them too disturbing).

August 5, 2010
Alex Sanz

Mark Spencer, president of the police union in Phoenix, where officers are already allowed to call immigration officials, said crime has dropped.

"It’s not based upon race. It’s based upon conduct," Spencer said. "The clear connection between those statistics is the crime of illegal immigration. We needed to be proactive [and use] common sense."

Support for similar legislation has spilled into Texas, and some state lawmakers plan to make a push for a law in January.

"We’ve got to secure our borders. We’ve got to do what is necessary to make sure that the safety and security of the citizens of Texas is well-established," State Rep. Debbie Riddle (R-Tomball) said.

Opponents of such a law are already gearing up for a fight.

"We don’t believe that any collaboration with immigration and police should take place, because police are already overwhelmed with the criminals," Cesar Espinosa of Houston’s America For All said.

But would an Arizona-style law make Houston’s streets safer?

Houston’s police union is studying the numbers.

"If you look at the drastic reductions in homicides and auto theft crimes that occurred in Phoenix, I mean, we’d be stupid not to look into those things," Gary Blankinship of the Houston Police Officers’ Union said.

So far, the police union hasn’t declared an official position on whether Arizona’s law would be a good fit for Texas.

There were plenty of believers at the meeting Thursday, but it was just the first of many conversations on immigration reform ahead of the state’s next legislative session.

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