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Rick Perry chasing Sheriff Joe’s endorsement

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is reportedly seeking “America’s Toughest Sheriff” Joe Arpaio’s endorsement for president, the Texas Tribune reported. Arpaio heads the police in Maricopa County, Arizona and is notoriously tough on immigration. Perry, a border state governor who in the past has expressed interest in guest worker programs…

AZ immigrant rights activist not surprised by Giffords shooting

The level of violence that took the life of nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green in Tucson, Arizona Saturday is less than shocking to those close to the immigrant rights community, according to an area civil rights leader. “It’s something that we’re familiar with,” Salvador Reza of Puente Arizona told Laura Flanders…

AZ sheriff ordered to fix ‘unconscionable’ jail conditions

The self-proclaimed “toughest sheriff in the nation” is required to fix jails that do not meet constitutional minimums when it comes to food quality and housing conditions, a federal appellate court ruled Wednesday. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously rejected Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s appeal of District Court Judge Neil…

Prison-based sadism hints at widespread social sadism

The ACLU Reproductive Rights Project sent a press release to me to alert me that they, in conjunction with other branches of the national organization and with the Arizona branch, are filing three separate cases against Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County. The reign of Arpaio, who fashions himself a…

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