Send Me to Arizona to Free Arpaio’s Political Prisoners

Posted: July 11th, 2011 by Militant Libertarian

George Donnelly

Imagine you’re in prison for a victimless crime. You didn’t hurt anyone. You just broke one of the government’s rules. Maybe you drove after drinking alchohol, violated parole or got caught with cannabis. Now imagine you are in Phoenix, Arizona, the 6th largest city in the US. You’re under the thumb of Joe Arpaio, sheriff of Maricopa county and administrator of a self-admitted concentration camp in the desert called Tent City. This is a place where the drug-sniffing dogs eat for $1 per day and the prisoners for just 50 cents.

Two days ago, the temperature in your tent hit 145F (63F). As Brad Spangler at C4SS notes, roast beef is cooked at 140F. This is torture. What is going on in Maricopa county?! Many of the prisoners are just awaiting trial. They haven’t even been convicted yet. The bail is simply too high for them to get out.

Where is Amnesty International? They first weighed in 14 years ago. Where is the FBI? They’ve got Arpaio under investigation. Where is your sense of outrage? Where is the action behind that?

Cooked Alive? Not on My Watch. And You?

I don’t know about you, but that’s my limit. Cooking people alive for victimless crimes? Not on my watch. No way. I’m prepared to go to Arizona with my family and work full-time on freeing our brothers and sisters from Arpaio’s Ovens. Here are a couple ideas:

Let’s Get Creative

Let’s Make it Happen!

I hope somebody in the Phoenix area picks up these ideas or runs with their own ideas. Arpaio is vulnerable. A strong effort could not only push him out but also grab great media attention for libertarian and anarchist ideas.

I’m willing to travel to Phoenix with my small family (wife, 5 yo son and I) and work on this but I need a fellow libertarian or anarchist to put me up. We don’t need a lot of space and will pay our share of utilities. But for me to rent my own place just wouldn’t be economically sustainable. I would need funding for certain parts of the project but that’s down the road, after (and if) someone in Phoenix puts us up. If you’re willing to do this, let me know before July 9th. I’m prepared to work on this full time.

7/7 Update

I want to work with you to make Jan 2012 Honor Human Dignity Month in Phoenix and elsewhere. Let’s prepare talks for Agora I/O “Laozi” (Sep 23-25). Let’s prepare plans. Let’s meet there and let’s put Arpaio in a 145F oven of unbendable demand for human dignity. IOW, I’m going in 6 months.


Comments (1)


  1. Matthew Bracken’s books are a must-read for people in the Southwest…and everywhere else as well!

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