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.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

We are Everywhere...

This update from David Rovics is for SB 1070 resisters and lovers of peace, folk music, prison abolition, and anarchy. Hopefully, despite the boycott, David will at least come take the streets with us during his tour this fall...


Hi folks,

A few relevant announcements...

Anne Feeney is Sick

Dear friend of mine and many of you, Anne Feeney, rabble-rousing performer whom the late Utah Phillips called “the greatest labor singer in North America,” is in the hospital in her home city of Pittsburgh with a large tumor in her chest. She's had to cancel tour plans and has incurred major expenses as a result of this situation. She does have health insurance, but she's already had to pay $6,000 just for co-pays and all that junk. Please go to and send her encouragement and money.

Troubador: People's History in Song

I have a new release coming out in the fall -- it should be available through my estore and at shows by October 1st. It will include a booklet with extensive liner notes, lyrics and cool graphics, plus a CD. A no-frills digital version of the project is now online at To make it extra easy to share, I've also posted it on my Facebook pages.

My Fall Tour – the USA

My ambitious, three-month tour throughout the continental US is coming together brilliantly, with dozens of gigs all over the country. It's all online at – just scroll down to September, where it begins. (Until then, the tour of Australia and New Zealand continues, and it's going great!) There are plenty of free dates in almost every region of the US, in case you or anyone you know might be inclined to organize a stop on the tour – if so, please contact me! These tours only happen because folks like you think they should, and take the initiative to organize a show. And they only go well if folks like you spread the word amongst your friends and drag them to the show!

Song of the Month

Song of the month from the This Month in History and Song section at is “Cordova.” On August 20th, 1993 the people of the Alaska fishing community of Cordova blockaded Prince William Sound for three days and nights in protest of Exxon's duplicity. They need to do that in Louisiana right now. If you go to it'll be the first song that comes up.

Jim Page in the Northeast

Certainly one of the greatest songwriters in the English language as well as a phenomenal fingerstyle guitarist, Seattle's Jim Page, is making a rare foray to the northeastern US in September. He could definitely use more gigs, and now's the time to contact him if you're interested. His website is You won't find Jim's music properly represented on the internet in terms of many free downloads and such, but if you run any kind of venue or house concert series in the northeast I promise you will not be disappointed if you have Jim do a show – he is a jaw-droppingly good songwriter, and very political (though his love songs are also amazing). There are only a few others on the planet who come close to Jim as far as I'm concerned. Have I made myself clear...? If you can't organize a show for him, you will at least want to drive hours to hear him perform – it will be worth it.

Signing off,

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