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

Medical neglect in AZ state prisons: ACLU forum.

As many people out there know by now, the ACLU National Prison Project and the Prison Law Office are about to file a class action lawsuit against the state of Arizona for their horrid treatment of prisoners when it comes to health and mental health care. I want to encourage family members of prisoners across the state, as well as former prisoners and community activists, to make it to this public forum with the ACLU of Arizona in March. It will be not only an opportunity to get information about prisoner rights and (hopefully) the class action litigation, but a chance to connect with others concerned about the health and welfare of loved ones behind bars for further organizing. There is strength in numbers, as they say.

I also want to remind folks that on Friday, March 9 there's a rally at the state Capitol (Wes Bolin Plaza, 10am) to demonstrate against the neglect and abuse of people in our state prisons. At 7pm there will also be a candlelight vigil. Both of the March 9th events are being organized by families of current prisoners and those who have passed away. Please visit the Facebook page if interested in either event.

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