This week people in Phoenix will be remembering the death of Marcia Powell, a woman who was serving a 27 months sentence–more than 2 years–in an Arizona state prison for “solicitation” of prostitution. On May 19, 2009 corrections officers left Marcia in a metal cage in the burning sun without water or shade for more than four hours. Temperatures soared to more than 107 degrees fahrenheit (42 degrees celsius). After Marcia collapsed, she was taken to a hospital where the Director of Arizona Department of Corrections ordered that she be taken off life support in the early hours of May 20.
We honored that A KISS FOR GABRIELA will be part of the memorial for Marcia Powell on Saturday, 6 to 8pm, May 19 at Puente (1306 E Van Buren) in Phoenix Arizona. This family friendly event will also include a meal, conversation, music in addition to the film showing. Entrance is FREE. As the sun sets, people who knew and loved Marcia, people from communities affected by the prison industrial complex and advocates will call for an end to mass incarceration and oppression. Co-sponsors of the memorial include Puente Arizona, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Arizona Prison Watch, ACLU-AZ, Shadow Rock United Church of Christ, SWOP Tucson, SWOP Phoenix and many more.
Other events this week highlighting abuses perpetrated by the police and prisons include a screening of The House I Live In at Puente on Tuesday May 14 at 6 pm, a public protest about a Phoenix wide raid this week targeting sex workers at 4.30 pm Thursday May 16 and a community action planned by Arizona Prison Watch at the Department of Corrections on May 20, 2013.