they made this category up for me...

Peace, Mom...

Until about a year and a half ago, my mother, Jean Boatman, was my biggest benefactor. She went into debt supporting the unpaid work I do with and on behalf of Arizona's state prisoners, never once asking me "why don't you get a real job?"

Mom helped me get back on my feet after I walked away from my career and moved to Phoenix 10 years ago, and made everything I do through Arizona Prison Watch, Survivors of Prison Violence, and The Diary of a Prison Abolitionist possible. She was there to help me Free Marcia Powell. She knew I already had plenty of work right in front of me, and supported my efforts to do it up to the last few months of her life. Mom believed in me when I couldn't believe in myself, and I don't know who or where I'd be today without her.

Since Mom passed away, my community has largely taken up the cause - not a month goes by that a good friend or comrade or the loved one of a prisoner doesn't bring me printer ink, postage stamps, food or gas money, or even cover one of my looming shut off notices. I've barely gotten by for too long now, having had to beg and borrow all along the way - but I've always managed to do so, nonetheless, thanks in no small part to a lot of people with very few resources themselves, often with no expectation of repayment. "Who knows when any of us will have our heads (or mortgages) above water again?"

I hope to turn that around soon by selling my art, as I'm pretty adamant that my services shouldn't be bought or sold - not those I give to prisoners and their families, anyway. People with money always have other options, and I have limited time, so I try to remain available and accessible for free. The only way I can do so is to find something else of value to others in the larger community of radicals and bleeding hearts...which brings me back to my art - at least, I hope.

If you're a supporter of my activism and advocacy, please browse my images and let me know what you'd like in return - this is a DIY thing that runs on donations, so bear with me as I work out the early kinks. I'll soon add things like onesies for Baby Abolitionists and T-shirts for their moms that people can order, so come back again. Right now I just need to raise enough to keep the lights on, or we'll be in the dark come Christmas. Calendars seemed like a good place to start.

Blessings, all, and thanks for your help -

Peggy Plews

December 14, 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012

Prison Abolitionist 2013 Poster Calendars

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 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.




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)