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 29, 2010

Kyl and McCain: Deliver the DREAM.

UPDATE December 9, 2010: I'm leaving the post below as is, but first want to refer folks to a well-articulated opposition to the DREAM Act (which has recently been degraded to a real nightmare through too many compromises). This was written in September - I just pulled it off of the sb1070resistance blog today (where it was posted last night). Click the title and follow the link to read:

Letter to the DREAM Movement: My Painful Withdrawal of Support for the DREAM Act

by Raúl Al-qaraz Ochoa


This came into my box this weekend from the Border Action Network. I oppose the militarized aspect of the DREAM Act, but I oppose the selfish, small-minded people who want to deport the youth I posted about earlier even more. So, if you care about the kids begging for help to pass the DREAM Act, call your senators pronto. It really does matter when they add up constituent yeas and nays at the end of the day.


Urgent Action Alert!

US Senate to vote on the DREAM Act this week!

Photo by DreamActivist- Ruben Hernandez

In September, the Senate lacked only a few votes to pass the DREAM Act. Senator Harry Reid has promised to bring this legislation to the Senate floor again in the week after Thanksgiving recess, and we need your emails and phone calls to win this first step toward immigration reform!

Click Here to Send a Message to Your Senators!

Even though the majority of the public supports the DREAM Act, opponents are flooding Senators’ phone lines and email inboxes. This may be one of our only chances to make something good happen on immigration in Congress this year, and just seconds of your time could change the lives of over one million young people.

Please Take 30 Seconds and Send a Message to Your Senators Telling Them to SUPPORT the DREAM ACT!

After you've emailed, call your Senators and ask them to support the DREAM Act:

English: 866-996-5161
Spanish: 866-961-4293

Call Republican Senators who are on the fence:

English: 866-587-6101
Spanish: 866-956-3902

If you live in Arizona, you can also call Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl at these local offices:

Senator McCain

Phoenix: (602) 952-2410
Prescott: (928) 445-0833
Tempe: (480) 897-6289
Tucson: (520) 670-6334

Senator Kyl

Phoenix: (602) 840-1891
Tucson : (520) 575-8633

When you're done, be sure to forward this email to all of your contacts! Thank you for taking action!


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