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, July 8, 2010

Voices of Resistance: SB 1070 Speak Out!

Speak Out!

Start Time:
Monday, July 12, 2010 at 9:00pm
End Time:
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 1:00am
1015 N 1st St.
Phoenix, AZ

Speak Your Mind, Your Heart, Your Soul.

There will be an open mic available for anyone to share their thoughts, perspectives, hopes and fears. In the form of short poems, stories or songs. This is a safe place for everyone to use their creative expression in whatever form they find easiest to convey the impact 1070 has on all of us who live in the community.

This event is for you. Treat it as if it is your own by bringing thoughts and ideas to share with others, as well as an open ear.

Djentrification will be there with the soundtrack.
Andrew Ecker will be there with drums.

Bring drums if you have them, dance to the beat if you like it, create your own if you don't......

1 comment:

Benito said...

I hope that every American, regardless of where he lives, will stop and examine his conscience about this and other related incidents. This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened. All of us ought to have the right to be treated as he would wish to be treated, as one would wish his children to be treated, but this is not the case.

I know the proponents of this law say that the majority approves of this law, but the majority is not always right. Would women or non-whites have the vote if we listen to the majority of the day, would the non-whites have equal rights (and equal access to churches, housing, restaurants, hotels, retail stores, schools, colleges and yes water fountains) if we listen to the majority of the day? We all know the answer, a resounding, NO!

Today we are committed to a worldwide struggle to promote and protect the rights of all who wish to be free. In a time of domestic crisis men of good will and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics and do what is right, not what is just popular with the majority. Some men comprehend discrimination by never have experiencing it in their lives, but the majority will only understand after it happens to them.