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

Monday, November 8, 2010

Brown Shirts in the House and the Tea Party Senate.

This little tidbit about our own Tea Party Senate President-Elect, Russ Pearce, comes as no surprise to those of us who know and love him. Thank god Tancredo lost Colorado, by the way - at least there's one piece of good news coming out of the elections last week. JT Ready and his kin have a lot to celebrate in Arizona this year, though. The National Socialist Movement is coming back to the Capitol in Phoenix on Saturday November 13th, I hear - they'll be at the Federal Courthouse at 1pm for their rally and march...well protected by the boys in blue, I'm sure.

I may be too tied up with the real Fascists here to go out and play with them, myself, though. They all strike me as little bullies playing dress-up. Not that they're harmless - remember the River City Pool Hall Murder and other violence when Unit 88 was running amok here. Those are the kinds of thugs we should be keeping a close eye on for signs of trouble - not sidewalk chalkers and anarchists (both the neo-nazis and the good Senator...)
. If you're free that day, why not go help run them out of town?

--------------------from Imagine 2050 (good site to check out) -------------------

Candidates Tied to White Nationalism Gain Ground in 2010 Elections

Posted By MJ Olahafa On November 3, 2010 @ 1:00 pm In Immigration,Politics | Comments Disabled

With 96 members as of 2010, the House Immigration Reform Caucus [1] (IRC) was founded by Tom Tancredo, a xenophobic politician from Colorado who passed the reigns to Brian Bilbray of California, another politician fiercely hostile to immigrants, after an ill-fated run for President in 2007. Bilbray is a former lobbyist [1] for the Federation for American Immigration Reform [2], an organization which is listed as a hate group [3] by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its ties to white nationalists.

Tom Tancredo’s run for governor of Colorado in 2010 was unsuccessful as well. He lost by a 13% margin to Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. Bilbray (incumbent) won the California Congressional District 50 House Seat with 59% of the vote. All members of the IRC are incumbents of their Congressional Districts and most have been re-elected for another term. These include Rep. Steve King (IA-5, 66%), Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-1, unopposed), Eric Cantor (VA-7, 59%), Vern Buchanan (FL-13, 69%), Michele Bachmann (MN-6, 50%).

Losses include Parker Griffith (AL-5, defeated in primary) and Lincoln Davis (TN-5, 38%).

State Legislators for Legal Immigration [4] (SLLI) is a coalition founded by Pennsylvania Rep. Darryl Metcalfe. SLLI which is the legislative arm of Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) works closely with the Immigration Reform Law Institute [5], the legal arm of FAIR, to pass punitive immigration laws at the state level. Almost 50 members of SLLI – out of 70 – were up for reelection in 2010, a good number of which ran unopposed. A majority of SLLI members will be back for another term.

A well-known member of SLLI is Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce [6] (AZ-18). Pearce gained notoriety for being the public face of the controversial Senate Bill 1070, and is now spearheading attacks on the 14th Amendment. Pearce’s is openly tied to neo-Nazis in Arizona. This [7] is a picture of Pearce in 2007 with a man named J.T. Ready. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, J.T. Ready is a neo-Nazi leader in the National Socialist Movement.

IRC and SLLI, two groups with hostile views towards immigrants, have been flirting with white nationalists for too long. These election results show that voters are either unaware of this fact or indifferent to it, and that needs to change. This is not the time to bury our heads in the sand (like the ostrich) while white nationalists shape the debate around immigration. It’s time to get educated and proactive in the fight against xenophobia.

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