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.

Visit me now at Arizona Prison Watch or Survivors of Prison Violence-AZ

David Rovics: We Are Everywhere

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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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

No ICE MDs: Stop SB 1405.

No matter what you do in your profession folks, if you work for any government entity in Arizona and have a sliver of sympathy in you for migrants, you will be criminalized this legislative session. Shame on any legislator who would vote for a law which would frighten even more people away from seeking medical care for themselves or a sick parent or child in this state. I hope the Arizona medical profession comes out soundly against this measure.

Hit BAN's website and sign up for their listserve - you'll be astonished to see how fascist some of the stuff the AZ LEGS have fast-tracked through committees in this session. They're making more laws and regulations to twist justice even further their way, bending the wire back towards the rest of us as they sell us to prison profiteers when we put up resistance or show up as a public nuisance in the dying tourist district or excess labor in their lagging economy.

I don't know about the rest of you these days, but every time I hear about the mass uprising in Egypt, I find myself wondering: when will we finally be ready for that here? Sometimes, it even makes me weep.

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Border Action Network
Urgent State Action Alert!

Hospital Care is for EVERYONE!

On Monday, February 14, the Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on SB 1405, a bill that would turn hospital admissions into immigration officers.


SB 1405: Hospital Admissions; Restrictions.
Sponsor: Senator Steve Smith, R-23.

If passed, this bill will require hospital admissions staff to confirm that a person is lawfully present in the US prior to admitting the person for non-emergency care. If the admissions staff cannot determine the person’s legal status, s/he must report the person to the federal immigration officials. Furthermore, if the hospital is providing emergency medical care to a person whose status cannot be determined, the admissions officer must report them to the federal immigration office after treatment.

To read the bill’s full text, go to: http://azleg.gov/DocumentsForBill.asp?Bill_Number=1405&Session_Id=102&image.x=0&image.y=0

Please Take 30 Seconds and tell the Senate Judiciary Committee to Vote NO on SB1405!

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