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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Monday, March 14, 2011

Citizens' Arrest: George Bush Coming to Town, March 16, 2011.




SAY NO TO TORTURE

AND NO TO THE WARS


WHEN "WANTED FOR WAR CRIMES"

GEORGE W. BUSH
COMES TO PHOENIX!


When: Join us

Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 5 P.M.


(Former President Bush speaks at 7:00 p.m.)



Phoenix Convention Center - Downtown

100 North 3rd Street



For nearby parking garage locations see http://www.phoenix.gov/conventioncenter/parking.html


President George W. Bush will be the Guest Speaker for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Arizona Christian University (formerly called Southwestern College) on March 16th. The Phoenix End the War Coalition intends to demonstrate that those who profit from war and have no regard for the lives of others are not welcome here, and will be met with a powerful and non-violent opposition. In the press release of the organization, it says that the invitation to Bush to speak was made because "Bush brought Christian values to the White House.' We don't think torture is a Christian value! President Bush recently canceled a trip to Switzerland when faced with the threat of arrest for war crimes committed when president.


Read the Bush indictment and the letter supporting it on line!

Bring your owns signs, appropriate for the occasion, such as:

"Bush is not above the law." Torture is a Crime!"

"Who would Jesus torture?"

"Thou shall not kill means not starting wars."

" Jobs at Home. Not Wars Abroad!"

"Bush Ordered Torture!"



At sunset we will have a candlelight vigil
and read the names of Arizonans, Iraqis and Afghans killed in wars.



Committed Volunteers Needed! We are looking for 15 volunteers to wear an orange jumpsuit and carry the "Bush Ordered Torture" banner at our vigil location near the Phoenix Convention Center between 5 p.m and 9.p.m Wednesday, March 16. If you are interested come to the Phoenix convention center ready to place it over your clothes and, if possible, please RSVP ASAP by email to endthewarcoalition@cox.net or by calling (480) 894-2024.





Saturday, March 19, 2011
Noon to 3 p.m.

Eight years too many
Rally and Teach-In

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Rally at noon - Corner of Central & Roosevelt
at the "Release the Fear" melted weapons sculpture
TAKE THE LIGHT RAIL to the Roosevelt & Central stop
or park on Portland, one block north of Roosevelt


Bring friends and spread the word.

Bring signs opposing permanent war and outrageous military spending.

Then march to the teach-in with signs and banners.

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Teach-In

424 North Central Avenue
at the Fair Trade Cafe courtyard

TAKE THE LIGHT RAIL to the Central & Van Buren (ASU Downtown) stop
or park at Central and Fillmore - $4.00 all day.


Speakers

David N. Gibbs, Ph.D.

Keynote Speaker - UA Prof. of History and Government
"The history of the current U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and what we can do to stop future wars."

Richard A. Smith, Esq.

Navy Veteran and Spokesperson of Veterans for Peace, Phoenix Chapter

"The criminal complaint against George W. Bush for acts of torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of detainees."



Dan O'Neil

Progressive Democrats of America, Arizona Coordinator

"Healthcare not Warfare!"



Music by the Haymarket Squares

Talk show host and activist Jeff Farias



Eight years in Iraq and almost a decade in Afghanistan. How much longer? How many more people killed? How many more cuts here to finance destruction there? How many more trillions? The U.S. spends almost as much on its military as the entire rest of the world combined. Who wins? Those who benefit, the few who profit, will not stop it. Only we can stop it!


Event Sponsors


End the War Coalition
Member groups of ETW Coalition
Arizona Alliance for Peace and Justice
Arizona Institute for Peace Education and Research
Code Pink Phoenix
Grandmothers for Peace
Progressive Democrats of America, Phoenix Chapter
Veterans for Peace, Phoenix Chapter
Women in Black- Phoenix



Come help us plan future actions!


Tuesdays 7 PM in the rear meeting room of the
Phoenix Public Market at 721 North Central Avenue
(3 blocks south of Roosevelt) in downtown Phoenix


email: endthewarcoalition@cox.net or call (480) 894-2024

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