THIS BLOG is NOW RETIRED

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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To my fellow activists now struggling through life - let this be a reminder that you are not alone and that we desperately need you here. All the injustice, grief, war, and human suffering calls for us to stay and do everything we can about it - you can't help us anymore when you're gone. Don't give up the fight - your last shred of hope may just keep someone else alive, too.
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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Political prisoner watch: Oscar Lopez Rivera

This alert and call to action for Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera comes from a recent guest contributor, Max Kantar. Links below will tell you more about Rivera, the movement, and the current campaign to send the man home. The feds are seriously against him - the recommendation has already been made to deny him parole. Phoenix Anarchists looking for a political prisoner to support - let's help kick this one loose...we only have a few days to act.


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ACTIVIST FOR PUERTO RICAN INDEPENDENCE NEEDS SUPPORT!


Also see: http://boricuahumanrights.org/

PLEASE ACT BEFORE FEB. 1ST when the Parole Board meets.

1) Call the Parole Board at 301.492.5990 Tell them,

Hi, my name is ______________. The Parole Commission should parole Oscar López Rivera# 87651-024 immediately, in spite of the hearing examiner's recommendation to deny parole.

* Oscar has the support of a broad sector of Puerto Rico's civil society as well as Puerto Rican and Latino communities throughout the United States.

* Oscar was not accused or convicted of causing injury or taking a life. He was never accused or convicted of participating in the 1975 Fraunces Tavern bombing or any other action that resulted in injury or death.

* President Clinton's determination that Mr. López Rivera's sentence was disproportionately lengthy, and his offer that would have resulted in Mr. López Rivera's release in September of 2009.

* In 20 years of prison, he has not been accused of a violating a single prison rule.


2. Copy and fax (or mail) the above phone script as a letter to the Parole Board at 301-492-5543. For a printable sample letter see: http://boricuahumanrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/OLR_1_pager_to_PB.pdf


Mailing address for parole board:

United States Parole Commission
5550 Friendship Boulevard, Suite 420
Chevy Chase, Maryland, 20815

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OSCAR LÓPEZ RIVERA:
http://boricuahumanrights.org/

Thanks so much,
Max Kantar

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