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

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Rachel Maddow: Brewer, SB 1070, and AZ Prison Privatization.

Here's the link to the Rachel Maddow Show episode that covers the Kingman escape, private prisons in Arizona, and the sleazy politics around it all. She missed our own ADC's Charles Ryan's stint with the Iraqi prisons, but otherwise did an excellent job of pointing out the connections between private prisons in AZ, Governor Brewer, and SB 1070. Frankly, it's criminal. There's a good bit with Phoenix's Channel 5's Morgan Loew, too. Good job, Morgan, busting this open in the first place.

So, take 15 minutes to absorb this piece before you write or call the governor's office Friday about prison privatization (see post below). It really ties it all together. If you don't understand why some people are so outraged about SB 1070, you will after you watch this show.

(that's the sidewalk outside Arpaio's jail during our solidarity action with the 9
who chained themselves to the Capitol when the legislature passed SB 1070...)

Brewer can't say we didn't try to tell her.

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