The 'Friends of Marcia Powell' are autonomous groups and individuals engaging in prisoner outreach, informal advocacy, and organized protest and direct actions in a sustained campaign to: promote prisoner rights and welfare in America; engage the Arizona public in a creative and thoughtful critique of our system of "justice;” deconstruct the prison industrial complex; and dismantle this racist, classist patriarchy...

Retiring "Free Marcia Powell"

As of December 2, 2010 (with occasional exceptions) I'm retiring this blog to direct more of my time and energy into prisoner rights and my other blogs; I just can't do anyone justice when spread so thin. I'll keep the site open so folks can search the archives and use the links, but won't be updating it with new posts. If you're looking for the latest, try Arizona Prison Watch. Most of the pieces posted here were cross-posted to one or both of those sites already.

Thanks for visiting. Peace out - Peg.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Marcia Powell, Ridgeway, and Mother Jones

December 10: International Human Rights Day.
December 15: Begin 5th Special Legislative Session.
December 17: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers (Tucson Memorial).
December 18: SWOP-Tucson Demonstration at the AZ Department of Corrections HQ in Phoenix.

I'm resurrecting this story from Mother Jones that Jim Ridgeway did on Marcia Powell in September, when the report on her abuse was released. This is honor of International Human Rights Day.

Thanks Jim, for doing right by Marcia.

Mother Jones

Dog Days Turn Deadly in America's Prisons

[6] But baking in the sun, it turns out, is only one way for prisoners to suffer and die in the summer heat.

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