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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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I am Troy Davis...and I thank you all.

UPDATE (9/21/2011 6:26pm):

SUPREME COURT GRANTS LAST-MINUTE STAY.


UPDATE (9/21/2011 9:35pm):

Troy's stay was denied
and he was executed tonight.

Rest in Freedom, Brother Troy.


Hey all,


Troy Davis is a black prisoner on Georgia's death row who they're planning to execute tomorrow, despite an overwhelming global effort to save him due to the reasonable doubt about his guilt: he couldn't even get a new trial based on the testimony that witnesses were coerced and most recanted their original statements and trial testimony
(except the other suspect, of course, who implicated Troy in the brutal murder of a cop, and walked scott free).

You'd think the police all across the country would want to see the real killer off the streets and held accountable (he's laughing at them all now), but all they want is for Troy to die - which suggests they have no interest in "justice". Apparently justice takes too much work for the DA handling his case to tackle - though he'll fight to kill this man, whatever it takes. I guess it's easier to let an innocent man die (like a sacrifice to the gods to make the world right again) than to prove another is responsible - which they could probably never get a conviction on, at this point, they've botched this all so badly.

Many people still hold out hope for Troy despite the GA Clemency Board's denial of his plea today, so
hit this site to show your support for true justice to prevail.

The following thank you with blessings and encouragement from Troy himself comes via Freedom Archives' Political Prisoner Newsletter - sign up for their list-serve.
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A message from Troy Anthony Davis
September 10, 2011


Troy was found guilty of murdering a police officer 19 years ago, based upon the testimony of 9 witnesses. Today, 7 of those 9 have recanted their testimony entirely, and there are enormous problems with the testimony of the remaining 2 witness accounts. There is NO OTHER EVIDENCE. The murder weapon was never found. There is no DNA to test. Troy is scheduled to die by lethal injection on September 21, 2011.

To All:

I want to thank all of you for your efforts and dedication to Human Rights and Human Kindness, in the past year I have experienced such emotion, joy, sadness and never ending faith. It is because of all of you that I am alive today, as I look at my sister Martina I am marveled by the love she has for me and of course I worry about her and her health, but as she tells me she is the eldest and she will not back down from this fight to save my life and prove to the world that I am innocent of this terrible crime.

As I look at my mail from across the globe, from places I have never ever dreamed I would know about and people speaking languages and expressing cultures and religions I could only hope to one day see first hand. I am humbled by the emotion that fills my heart with overwhelming, overflowing Joy. I can’t even explain the insurgence of emotion I feel when I try to express the strength I draw from you all, it compounds my faith and it shows me yet again that this is not a case about the death penalty, this is not a case about Troy Davis, this is a case about Justice and the Human Spirit to see Justice prevail.

I cannot answer all of your letters but I do read them all, I cannot see you all but I can imagine your faces, I cannot hear you speak but your letters take me to the far reaches of the world, I cannot touch you physically but I feel your warmth everyday I exist.

So Thank you and remember I am in a place where execution can only destroy your physical form but because of my faith in God, my family and all of you I have been spiritually free for some time and no matter what happens in the days, weeks to come, this Movement to end the death penalty, to seek true justice, to expose a system that fails to protect the innocent must be accelerated. There are so many more Troy Davis’. This fight to end the death penalty is not won or lost through me but through our strength to move forward and save every innocent person in captivity around the globe. We need to dismantle this Unjust system city by city, state by state and country by country.

I can’t wait to Stand with you, no matter if that is in physical or spiritual form, I will one day be announcing,

“I AM TROY DAVIS, and I AM FREE!”

Never Stop Fighting for Justice and We will Win!


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