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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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Save Dad from deportation: The struggle of Alfonso Morales.

-----------From the No More Deaths list-serve (September 21, 2010 a8:10pm)------------

We are writing today to ask all of you, especially those that live in Tucson, to take action to support Alfonso Morales and his family. He is scheduled to be deported this weekend and is a father of 2 U.S. citizen children and has lived in Tucson for ...over 20 years!!

If you are in Tucson, PLEASE COME HELP AT THE PHONEBANK if you can, all day wednesday. Call Mel to schedule (602-616-2065) or show up at 730 S. Osborne, where people will be on the phones all day making calls to Secretary Napolitano and ICE Director John Morton asking them to intervene.

If you can't come in but want to help, please do the following:

1. Sign the petition and fax a letter to DHS to ask them to allow Alfonso to stay (The urgent action where you can send a fax and sign the petition is on the front page of;

2. Call Janet Napolitano, Director of DHS, at (202) 282-8495 and leave a message requesting the cancellation of his deportation. This is an answering machine that fills up by the end of the day, so please fill it up with support calls.

3. Call John Morton, Director of ICE, at (202) 732-3000 and leave a message urging him to take action and defer the deportation. This is a live comment line that will be picked up by a real human being so please be very polite.

Message from Alfonso:

For the past three years I have been fighting my deportation but now I am at the end of that fight and I am being told I must leave the United States by September 27. I cannot think about being separated from my wife and children.

I have worked hard for the last 20 years to be a good husband and father to my children. I am scared that my children will not have a father to love them and walk with them through life's celebrations and challenges.

Tucson, Arizona is our home. This is where my wife is and the only home my children have ever known. I don't want to be separated from them. I want to continue living my life in this country and I want to contribute back. I am not a criminal. I am a husband, a father, a hard worker. I am a human being.

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