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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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Occupy Phoenix Council of Color: Occupy the Court


The newly-formed Occupy Phoenix Council of Color will be meeting this week to discuss
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Occupy Maricopa County Superior Court


Tuesday, October 25, 5:30pm
Cesar Chavez Plaza (look for placard on Washington Street side)


We will be discussing our upcoming occupation of the Court, which will take place on Thursday, Oct. 27 @ 8:00 a.m. (event notification to come).

Judges and prosecutors are protected by the absolute immunity clause of the 11th Amendment in the U.S. Constitution, thus have no accountability for their actions. We will show up at the Court in solidarity with our brothers and sisters; sons and daughters, etc. who are subject to persecution in this system...while at the same time show up with our makeshift white t-shirts with the words "End 11th Amendment Immunity" written in permanent marker on the front. We will discuss the laws and rules of the court, our roles while occupying, and our demeanor and behavior in the court room. This meeting will also double as our first General Assembly.

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Occupy Phoenix Council of Color

Black and Brown Unity

Description
The continents of Africa and South America; Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean have been the subject of imperial occupation by Europeans since the early 1500s. The people of said places have been subject to various enslavement, murder, rape, displacement, incarceration, oppression and discrimination ever since.

U.S. media have made great efforts to pit Black and Brown (B&B) against one another since the early 20th century. Isolated gang violence in Los Angeles, CA, New York, and here in Phoenix between Black and Brown has been sensationalized and glorified in U.S. media to aid in its goal of divide and conquer.

Occupy Phoenix Council of Color is our opportunity to come together not as Black and Brown, but as a singular people fighting the same imperial forces. No matter what media and government attempt in dividing us, we are too similar to not recognize the obvious:

-B&B made up 70 percent of the U.S. prison population in 2009.

-B&B are disproportionately murdered, assaulted and harassed by police

-B&B are disproportionately disenfranchised because of malicious felony convictions

-B&B are far more likely to live in poverty than their European American counterparts

-B&B immigrants are viewed as "aliens" and "anchor babies" in the USA

-B&B are disproportionately taken advantage of by mortgage banking malfeasance

-B&B families are too often fractured because of the U.S. "justice system"


This forum was created so B&B can have open, frank and honest conversation about the issues that truly effect us. We are in complete solidarity with the 99%. There are, however, some who feel their opinions and concerns are shut out of the broader movement, and feel more comfortable in a setting such as this.


*****IMPORTANT: THIS GROUP IS NOT EXCLUSIVE TO B&B!!*****


We will plan and discuss our agendas, and finalize our demands from our government in the near future. Welcome all!

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