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.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

FREE Radicals in Phoenix! Book Sale!

Hey All,

If you're in the Phoenix area this weekend - really, probably for the next week or 10 days - drop by my place and help out with our "FREE RADICAL" fundraiser. It's to keep my friend and comrade - my partner in crime, as it were - out of jail. I'm selling off all my best stuff - abolitionist books, lefty t-shirts, labor movies, good tunes, etc. I figured if I advertised heavily to the Phoenix radical community, I could keep it in the family AND people might donate my books back to me when they're done reading them. They really are my best and I hate to let them go, but we need $2,000. Fast. This is where all my money is invested, and I guess it's just as well to spread it all around.

Don't expect an anarchist reading room by any means, but I have some pretty good stuff and might even take something special off the shelf in back for you. Pasted below is the flyer I made up for this event - my Radical Reads Book Sale - for all the world to see where I am now. I'm sure the bad guys already know where I live anyway, so the rest of you might as well, too.

Park where you can along the street and come on up the driveway - we'll be in the back. Just follow the directions in chalk, and you should be able to find us. Linda's made some awesome breads and snacks so drop by even if you have no cash for the cause, share a bite, and leave us some encouragement. 

In Solidarity,

- Peg


Proceeds to support Linda D.’s continued liberation and efforts to improve conditions
for prisoners of the state of Arizona.
Don’t let them turn her over to Sheriff Joe.


Abolitionist Literature, Liberation Movement Tunes, Great Tees

Radical Reads

DVDs & CDs too.

“Best prison abolitionist library in town.”
1809 East Willetta St. Phoenix, 85006
(S. of McDowell, off 18th St.)

Prison Abolitionist Books!           Real American History!
“Tenacious” zines (Women’s Resistance in Prison).
Cool Lefty T-Shirts.        Liberation Movement Music!
Chomsky, Zinn, Spike Lee DVDs.
Angela Davis CD (Prison Industrial Complex).
Books on: US History (a la Zinn and WEB DuBois), Slavery, Lynching, Convict-leasing, Capital Punishment, Progressive Social Movements, Labor, Global Justice Movements, Black Radical Thought, Wealth and Inequality, Environmental Justice, Disability Rights, American Crime and Punishment,
The Prison Industrial Complex.

Open House: Saturday, Sunday & Monday
January 2-4, 2010. 10am-8pm.

Donations of $5-15/item requested.
Trades or partial IOU’s are cool.
Light munchies will be available.

Peggy: 480-580-6807

1 comment:

Ahma Daeus said...

Even if one does not ask or pretends not to see the rope and the flashing red flag draped around the philosophical question standing solemnly at attention in the middle of the room, it remains apparent that the mere presence of a private “for profit” driven prison business in our country undermines the U.S Constitution and subsequently the credibility of the American criminal justice system. In fact, until all private prisons in America have been abolished and outlawed, “the promise” of fairness and justice at every level of this country’s judicial system will remain unattainable. We must restore the principles and the vacant promise of our judicial system. Our government cannot continue to "job-out" its obligation and neglect its duty to the individuals confined in the correctional and rehabilitation facilities throughout this nation, nor can it ignore the will of the people that it was designed to serve and protect. There is urgent need for the good people of this country to emerge from the shadows of indifference, apathy, cynicism, fear, and those other dark places that we migrate to when we are overwhelmed by frustration and the loss of hope. My hope is that you will support the National Public Service Council to Abolish Private Prisons (NPSCTAPP) with a show of solidarity by signing "The Single Voice Petition"

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–Ahma Daeus
"Practicing Humanity Without A License"…