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.

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Peabody watch: The Resistance hits back at NAU

I'll believe in corporate personhood when "people" like Peabody Energy are executed for what they've done to the Navajo Nation...unfortunately, these real human beings might get prison time for this if they get caught.

Rock on, resisters!


Paint protest disrupts NAU jobs fair

Arizona Daily Sun
ERIC BETZ Sun Staff Reporter
Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 5:15 am

A man walked into an NAU jobs fair at around 1 p.m. on Thursday and threw what appeared to be a cup of red paint at a Peabody Energy Corporation display booth, according to witnesses.

Shortly after that, another man walked in and released balloons that read things like "murderers," the witness said.

One of the men jumped on a bike and rode away, the other changed clothes and took off running south.

It's possible a third suspect was filming the incident, according to NAU spokesperson Tom Bauer.

The suspects were described as white males between 22 and 25 years of age. It's unknown if they are students.

"Northern Arizona University strongly condemns this despicable act," NAU President John Haeger said in a statement. "This behavior disrupted an event that benefits students by connecting them with potential employers. We will pursue the individuals involved and file charges against them."

Peabody Energy Corporation is the largest private coal company in the world. The corporation settled a lawsuit in August that accused it of conspiring with others to cheat the Navajo Nation out of hundreds of millions of dollars in coal royalties.

Eric Betz can be reached at or 556-2250.

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