MARGARET J PLEWS
PO BOX 20494
PHOENIX, AZ 85036

arizonaprisonwatch@gmail.com

480-580-6807

Established: July 18, 2009
Editor: Peggy Plews


This site is to offer some critical analysis of the prison industrial complex in Arizona from a prison abolitionist's perspective. Abolitionism is an anti-colonialist articulation of a vision of racial and economic justice, one in which we don't submit to or depend on the prison industrial complex to brutalize the "duly convicted" (and their loved ones) as a response to harm, as a preventative measure out of fear, or as a means of assuring social order. It's an optimistic vision which presumes that our society collectively evolves, both morally and socially, such that the root causes of criminalization and incarceration are addressed before we produce more generations of people being allowed to hurt eachother. The current system doesn't prevent people from being victimized - it just prescribes rules for who does and doesn't get to hurt or be hurt in America. That's not a good enough foundation for a system truly based on achieving justice.

Prison abolitionism argues that we don't simply need to shut down the prisons: we need to rewrite the way the rules around perpetrating harm against people and property are made in the first place, so that humanity, not profit (or state "savings", as the case may be) comes first. From re-prioritizing our world, our ideas around what is crime and how to punish it would look much differently...Critical Resistance is a good source for more info on that.

I'm just a freelance writer and artist, by the way, but if you are the loved one of a prisoner and need help, feel free to contact me. Emailing me works best: arizonaprisonwatch@gmail.com but 480-580-6807 is ok too.

AZ PRISON WATCH ACTION ITEMS:

RESIGN, CHUCK RYAN

RESIGN, CHUCK RYAN
Petition by the family of Tony Lester, victim of suicide in AZ DOC custody.

The Free Alabama Movement! (PDF)

The Free Alabama Movement! (PDF)
for more info hit www.freealabamamovement.com
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AZ Prison Watch BLOG POSTS:


Sunday, December 16, 2012

Arizona Prison Watch 2013 Poster Calendars



 VISIT MY NEW ART SITE!!!


Please support my work helping Arizona state prisoners battle the prison industrial complex, and pick up a signed 2013 art calendar from the Deep Southwest for any donation of $10 or more. Choose one of the designs below as your backdrop for the year, and email me at deepsouthwestart@gmail.com with your order specifications and snail mail address. You're on the honor system here - your donations can be made on-line at:


Thanks, friends. You rock. I'll turn your orders around and get them to you as fast as I can.

love,

peg




OTHER AVAILABLE CALENDAR IMAGES...



Assert Your Humanity (Phoenix, AZ)

            the end of prisons...                                  Build communities 
       (Tent City, Phoenix, AZ)
 


4th Ave Jail (Phoenix, AZ)

Resist Police Oppression 
(PHX Police at Freeport McMoran)


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