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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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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Burying Danny Rodriguez.

Outside of the Maricopa County Attorney's Office today

I'll post later on the protests of the past week at the Phoenix Police Department, as well as today's gathering at the Maricopa County Attorney's Office to thank Rick Romley for filing second degree murder charges against Danny's killer. First I wanted to get up his obituary and the info about his funeral service tomorrow; the visitation and memorial were held tonight.

This has just been so heartbreaking.

Also, there will be a car wash on Saturday, October 16, 7am-3pm, at "la Cocina" Restaurant (1550 N. 16th St. at McDowell Rd). Please come and support the family; bring your bike if you don't have a car, or take the bus and come help wash.

-------from KSAZ FOX News/Channel 10-------

Viewing, Funeral Planned for Victim of Officer-Involved Shooting

Updated: Wednesday, 13 Oct 2010, 4:32 PM MDT

Funeral Mass and Interment

Friday, October 15th, 2010

12:30PM at the First Congregational United Church of Christ

1407 N. 2nd Street, Phoenix, 85004

Rev. John Moreno, presiding

*With Interment following the service at Holy Cross Cemetery in Tolleson, AZ
10045 W. Thomas Road, Avondale, 85323

Memorial Fund

The Daniel Rodriguez Memorial Fund has been established with Bank of America. All Contributions/Donations may be made in the name of the memorial fund, at any branch

Obituary (submitted by family)

Daniel F. Rodriguez
March 15th, 1981 - October 5th, 2010

Daniel F. Rodriguez was born in Phoenix, Arizona on March 15th, 1981. In his formative years; Daniel began a lifelong involvement in the community when, as an infant, his mother carried him along with her throughout the community collecting signatures for neighborhood improvement through her organizing work for the United Farm Workers (UFW) Union.

As Daniel continued to grow, his life was forever imprinted with service to his community. In grade school, Daniel was a committed student. Growing up surrounded by loving family and friends, Daniel is remembered warmly for his devotion to family and his sense of humor. With this support he continued to educate himself, earning his GED and becoming a certified tradesman. Daniel enjoyed life.

One of his life's greatest joys was his mother, Elvira Fernandez. Together through love, devotion, and encouragement Daniel helped his injured mother come out of a wheelchair. He taught her to walk again. Daniel also loved and enjoyed his relationship with his father, Frank Rodriguez. In the prime of his youth, on October 5th of this year, Daniel died. While his life on this Earth has come to a close, his legacy and spirit continues on with and in his family, friends, and community.

He leaves behind to mourn this tragic loss his mother Elvira Fernandez, father Frank M. Rodriguez, sister Irene Bustos (Ruben), brother Armando Arvizu (Juana), sister Anita Rodriguez, sister Delilah Rodriguez Grijalva, six special uncles, an aunt, four nephews, eight nieces, and a host of extended family, friends, and community.

1 comment:

  1. I am very sorry for a young life lost. This individual apparently had a troubled time while in this world, including his many run ins with the police for various things. R I P