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, March 7, 2011

Local Heroes: Resisting fascism and hate.

Carlos Galindo just posted this video of perennial activist George Clifton, who I see almost everywhere injustice meets resistance in this town. Most of you will probably recognize him- he is frequently found wearing a large sign declaring his patriotic credentials and solidarity with immigrants. I'm not entirely sure what he's getting at here, but I think his heart is in the right place. In any case, he belongs in this public transcript of Arizona's history of resistance...

I adore the Fonz, (Fronzo West), below, in his full FTP regalia, down to the roller blades that help him and his camera stay one step ahead of an advancing line of riot police. His car is similarly decked out with his objections to the police state. He's been copwatching since before there were copwatchers, as Stephen Lemons has said. Check out the Fonz's story at the
Phoenix New Times. As far as I know he's a free man right now - the last I saw him was on MLK Day, filming the cops in the parade. Follow this link for his MOB TV piece on the BP Oil Spill.

Thanks for watching our backs, Fonz! You're a doll!

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