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, June 21, 2011

Whose Streets? Inspire Phoenix...

From Resistance Alley, Phoenix
Late Afternoon, June 19, 2011

FYI: Follow the link above for the background on the activism behind the art. The dumpsters were easily cleaned off with a towel and a squirt of water - foot powder sprays on like paint but is made of chalk. I wasn't sure how many charges they had against me already and didn't want to have to pay for my chalk to be power-sprayed, so I wiped it all off before the Graffiti Buster finished the ground. It was kind of weird, doing that in front of an audience of cops...

"Our Streets" was created mostly with Crayola's new sidewalk paint (which seems to consist of chalk and water paint), along with a dose of their finger paint - rough surfaces that don't usually take chalk so well respond nicely to a treatment of this stuff, and it's just as benign as watercolors or chalk. Apparently, however, the use of washable materials still constitutes criminal damage if the city has to come power spray go with acrylics and give it all time to dry before Graffiti Busters can arrive, if you can get away with it.

I wonder if that's illegal for me to advocate? Probably, in this fascist state.

Just an observation that our alley is now the cleanest in the entire Roosevelt/Hance Park neighborhood - there's graffiti everywhere except here! See what they chose to leave up, while wiping my art out? Talk about provocative...

SEAMS' Mural : "Grand Old Parties "
E. Portland St. between N. 2nd & 3rd Streets (appx.), Phoenix

This is huge - and pretty funny, actually...go see it while you can.

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