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

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Destination Phoenix: No SB1070. April 23, 2011.




If you turn out, make it for the rally:

Saturday, April 23, 2011.

Slightly edited for format only.

(I love this man for what he does.)

"This video shows students in Arizona defending themselves as they are attacked mercilessly on the State Senate floor.

These are some of the young protesters that showed up at our State Capitol in February and March of 2011. Are they gangsters?

You decide for yourself.

This year, Russell Pearce and other Republicans pushed beyond SB 1070 by introducing numerous bills from denying newborn babies their human rights under the 14th Amendment to requiring all school and hospital officials to act as ICE agents.

In a bizarre attempt to sell these bills, racist attacks are made from the Senate floor against Hispanic students lowering the bar for hateful, racist rhetoric even in Arizona. Tom Horne shows up at the Capitol and is quick to call the young protesters thugs in a press release days later. You would think an educated man like Attorney General Tom Horne could tell the difference between thugs. I took the liberty to show Tom Horne what people act like that have never taken Ethnic Studies.

5 of the 26 anti-immigrant bills were voted down due to The Phoenix Chamber of Commerce's pressure on a handful of Republicans. The business community made it clear the current boycotts over 1070 have hurt the economy and they want no more anti-immigration laws passed.

But don't think for one minute we won anything.

While education and health care were cut drastically, millions of dollars of additional money will go to private prisons. There are so many moronic, unconstitutional and racist bills floating around, I simply can't go into all of them.

Arizona has over 117,000 millionaires under-taxed while the rest of us are barely surviving. Maricopa County ranks 5th in the Nation. They are never asked to pay their fair share while drastic and dangerous cuts are made everywhere else."

See you all at the Capitol April 23, one year after 1070 was signed.


Dennis Gilman

1 comment:

  1. Rose Valencia SanchezApril 19, 2011 at 6:49 AM

    Dennis is a champion, in the war against the atrocities committed against humanity. We love and appreciate all the hard work this man does here in Arizona.

    I love you Dennis!

    Rose Valencia Sanchez