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

Thursday, September 6, 2012

SB 1070: Show me your papers stands.

Fuck their papers; I'm not carrying mine anymore. They can either give me a ticket or run me in for not showing my driver's license - my bet is that they won't accuse me of being an undocumented immigrant, though. If they don't try to verify my citizenship, I think I should sue them for failing to enforce the law...

Phoenix, AZ 
(July 2012)


Provision that Makes It a Crime to Harbor Undocumented Immigrants is Enjoined; ACLU Reacts
September 5, 2012
Contact: ACLU Media, 212-549-2666;
PHOENIX -- A federal district judge today blocked the "harboring" provision of Arizona's SB 1070 anti-immigrant law but refused to issue a new injunction on the law's most controversial remaining section.
However, the so-called show-me-your-papers provision will not go into effect for at least 10 days, because additional procedures must be followed before the existing injunction in the federal government's challenge to SB 1070 can be lifted.
"The district court was correct in blocking Arizona's harboring statute, which criminalized many everyday interactions with unauthorized immigrants. Unfortunately, the district court's ruling let the 'show me your papers' law stand, without addressing significant new evidence that it was passed with a discriminatory motive and will result in illegal detentions," said Cecillia Wang, director of the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project. "The ruling puts an enormous burden on the countless Arizona residents who will be victims of racial profiling and illegal detentions because of this law. We remain committed to fighting what is left of SB 1070 and defending the rights of all Arizonans to be free from this unjust law."
The ACLU is part of a coalition of civil rights groups that are challenging SB 1070 in the courts. The groups, which include the National Immigration Law Center and MALDEF, argued that Arizona lacks authority to enact the state harboring prohibition. They also argued that SB 1070 will cause people to be detained while their immigration status is checked even though the Supreme Court recently made clear that such detention is unconstitutional; and that it violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment because discrimination against Latinos, who make up one-third of Arizona's population, was a motivation behind the law's passage.

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