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.

Monday, July 12, 2010

"Policing the Police" Training Tuesday.

This came in today from the good folks at Phoenix Copwatch. It's a good training and a great chance to meet like-minded folks If you want to fight police brutality and racial profiling in Arizona, I'd recommend Copwatching as one good way to do so. Just keep in mind that cops do go there uninvited to see what we're up to and who we are. Arpaio's posse also takes mug shots of us on the street so they can identify us, so don't go if you're vulnerable to them in any way.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Oasis Christian Center
527 W. Broadway Rd.
Mesa, AZ

Don't miss the upcoming "Policing the Police" Training! Sheriff Arpaio has promised to hold another racial profiling sweep on July 30th, the day SB 1070 goes into effect. We will have dozens of volunteers out on the street to monitor and document the activities of the sheriff's deputies on that day. Attend this training and learn how to safely and legally observe the police during this sweep and in your own neighborhood.

Members of Phoenix Copwatch will lead the training, covering topics such as how to stay safe and avoid arrest while dealing with the police, tips for effective videotaping, and proper documentation of police activities.

This training is open to the public (except law enforcement officers). It will be conducted in English and Spanish.

To learn more about Phoenix Copwatch, visit

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