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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Sunday, March 6, 2011

ConFederation: Canadian prisoners try to form union.

B.C. inmates attempt to form first prison labour union in Canada
Agassiz, B.C.— The Canadian Press / Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Mar. 04, 2011 3:25PM EST

Inmates at a B.C. prison are in the final stages of applying to create a labour union, saying the historic event would be a first in Canada.

Their lawyer Natalie Dunbar says organizers at Mountain Institution in Agassiz are trying to sign up members for ConFederation, Canadian Prisoners' Labour Union, Local 001.

But Ms. Dunbar says prisoners are facing resistance from administrators.

She says the inmates are not trying to create another prisoners' rights group but want the right to assemble as any other workers to vote about forming a union that will deal with their various complaints.

Ms. Dunbar says there's a lack of resources at federal institutions to address issues that plague prison populations as a workforce.

She says inmates in Canada want to haul prison life nearer the 21st century so they can work towards their own rehabilitation, and that similar attempts to create unions have taken place in the United States and the United Kingdom.

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