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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Friday, March 4, 2011

Protest Criminalization of Homelessness: Phoenix Committee of Homeless Campers

Phoenix Point of Pride: "Homes not prisons".
Arizona State Capitol /Wes Bolin Memorial Plaza.
February, 2011.


The Phoenix Committee
of Homeless Campers presents:


PROTEST THE ANTI-CAMPING ORDINANCE AT FIRST FRIDAY! Friday, March 4th

Street theater, protest, and fliering for homeless rights-- against deaths, lack of access to medical care, and laws that make it a crime to be homeless.

5:00 Meet at Arizona Organizing Project:

125 N. 11th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

5:00 Hot Dinner

5:30 Drive to Conspire Tea House

6:30 Protest Starts at Conspire Tea House

901 North 5th Street, Phoenix, AZ

8:00-8:30 Drive back to the AZOP House (For those with Curfew)
AZOP House Conspire Tea House

Call: 602-850-7306 Email: evenable@azop.org
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THIS LAW MAKES IT A CRIME TO BE HOMELESS!

Phoenix, Arizona, Code of Ordinances >>
PART II - THE CODE >>
Chapter 23 - MORALS AND CONDUCT >> ARTICLE II. - OFFENSES AGAINST
PUBLIC SAFETY >>
DIVISION 3. - OBSTRUCTING STREETS, SIDEWALKS, AND OTHER PUBLIC PLACES
>> DIVISION 3. - OBSTRUCTING STREETS, SIDEWALKS, AND OTHER PUBLIC
PLACES [128]

Sec. 23-30. - Camping.

A. It shall be unlawful for any person to camp in any park or preserve, or in any building, facility, or parking lot or structure, or on any property adjacent thereto, that is owned, possessed and controlled by the City, except as permitted in paragraph C below.

B. For the purposes of this section the term "camp" means to use real property of the City for living accommodation purposes such as sleeping activities, or making preparations to sleep, including the laying down of bedding for the purpose of sleeping, or storing personal belongings, or making any fire, or using any tents or shelter or other structure or vehicle for sleeping or doing any digging or earth breaking or carrying on cooking activities. The above-listed activities constitute camping when it reasonably appears, in light of all the circumstances, that the participants, in conducting these activities, are in fact using the area for living accommodation purposes regardless of the intent of the participants or the nature of
any other activities in which they may also be engaging.

C. The Director of the Parks and Recreation Department may, in accordance with the Parks and Recreation Department's established procedures, issue special use permits or reservations to authorize youth organizations to camp or park vehicles overnight in a park or preserve. Nothing in this section shall be interpreted to prohibit camping or overnight parking sponsored by the City of Phoenix.

(Ord. No. G-3552, § 1; Ord. No. G-4660, §§ 1, 2, adopted 12-8-2004,
eff. 1-7-2005)

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