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

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

F29: Exposing ALEC - Occupy PHX Stands Against ALEC

Yes, folks - Occupy Phoenix is alive and well...and a whole lot harder for the cops to manage now that it's mobile and not fussing with them over what constitutes "camping". Rock on, People! Don't forget to turn out for the rally against police violence in Scottsdale on Friday, March 2 at 8pm as well. The cops are baffled as to just who is organizing that thing. Show them that everyone is, and spread the word.

Occupy Phoenix invites all Arizonans to speak out on F29, a national day of action against the member corporations who make up the American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC writes "model" bills and then wines and dines state legislators all across the country in order to circumvent the democratic process and push their own agendas. They create legislation to maximize their own profit at the expense of democracy, the environment, and the real people who their laws affect.

ALEC is behind the new union-busting busting bills in the AZ legislature. And SB 1070? Yep, that was an ALEC-generated bill that's now been copy-catted around the country.

On February 29th, we will join 75+ US cities to reclaim our future from the 1%. We will rally against ALEC corporations, expose their attempts to buy off our politicians, and recreate our democracy.

Join us! Leap into action! Reclaim our future!


Noon: Rally and Press Conference at the State Capitol (17th Ave & Adams)! We will expose the ALEC connection to the recent anti-worker legislation introduced in our state legislature and demand that our senators and reps discontinue their involvement with ALEC. Bring signs!

3pm: Meet at César Chávez Plaza (201 W Washington St @ 1st Ave, Phx) and march down the street to Freeport McMoRan, one of ALEC dirtiest member corporations (with TERRIBLE labor and environmental records!) for protest/sidewalk rally and interactive street theater.

5pm: March from Freeport McMoRan (Van Buren & 1st St.) on a "scenic tour" of all the other ALEC corporations downtown, including CenturyLink, FedEx, and, one of the worst, Bank of America. Send them a message that we won't stand for the corporate takeover of our democracy any longer!

... AND/OR, plan your own event, rally, or direct action for Feb. 29! Resources below:

Want to know more about ALEC?

F29 info: &

Original Call to Action from Occupy Portland:

"Occupy Portland calls for a day of non-violent direct action to reclaim our voices and challenge our society’s obsession with profit and greed by shutting down the corporations. We are rejecting a society that does not allow us control of our future. We will reclaim our ability to shape our world in a democratic, cooperative, just and sustainable direction.

We call on the Occupy Movement and everyone seeking freedom and justice to join us in this day of action.

There has been a theft by the 1% of our democratic ability to shape and form the society in which we live and our society is steered toward the destructive pursuit of consumption, profit and greed at the expense of all else.

We call on people to target corporations that are part of the American Legislative Exchange Council which is a prime example of the way corporations buy off legislators and craft legislation that serves the interests of corporations and not people. They used it to create the anti-labor legislation in Wisconsin and the racist bill SB 1070 in Arizona among so many others. They use ALEC to spread these corporate laws around the country.

In doing this we begin to recreate our democracy. In doing this we begin to create a society that is organized to meet human needs and sustain life.

On February 29th, we will reclaim our future from the 1%. We will shut down the corporations and recreate our democracy.

Join us! Leap into action! Reclaim our future! Shut down the corporations!

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