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

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

DREAM ACTivists Acting Up: NY TIMES

Blessings to my friend Fernando for narrating his struggle and lending his time and energy to helping others. The DREAM ACTivists and folks at PUENTE are doing some awesome organizing these days. I'm glad to see the NY Times is paying attention.

Sounds of Resistance: "WE ARE HUMAN!!!"
Bullhorns at PUENTE , just one site of migrant justice organizing in Phoenix
Photo taken during cross-movement potluck held by Puente and Indigenous IDLE NO MORE activists 
(PUENTE: 1306 E. Van Buren St, Phoenix AZ)

Phoenix rally in front of ICE to support Erika Andiola's mother and siblings, who were arrested and nearly deported last week; it's believed they were targeted due to Erika's DREAM ACTivism (Jan 11, 2013). The family was reunited after nationwide protests over their planned deportation.

DREAMers banner drop at the AZ State Legislature on 2013 opening day. 
I have mized feeling about the DREAM act, myself - I don't like things that promote military service, for starters - but these young people rock!

(Phoenix New Times January 14, 2013)


Undocumented Reformers

January 10, 2013
New York Times

Despite the risk of deportation, undocumented immigrants in Arizona are organizing to influence the pending debate on immigration reform in Washington, D.C.

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