"Peggy can't keep doing this," she told me as I visited with her in Plews' apartment. "What really worries me is that she's going into so much debt."

Plews says she believes Seawright's condition is deteriorating. She worries her friend soon will have to be hospitalized for her ailments.

Arizona is a hateful place. I can already imagine the abusive comments this story will draw. I hesitated to write about it for this reason.

Though it's unimportant, Seawright is upfront about her past, admitting she once did time in Arizona's prisons for larceny.

I investigated Seawright's criminal past, which wasn't much of one. In 1999, she and her boyfriend were arrested for stealing seven containers of infant formula from a Basha's, then reselling it to another store.

Total loss to Basha's: $125 and change. For this, Seawright ended up doing a little over three years in the pen.

What makes Seawright special is that when she was released, she stayed away from drugs and got to work. Until her son was killed, she was doing okay.

Her son's demise is a story all its own, one I lack the space to detail here. Seawright's lawsuit alleges that corrections officers were absent on purpose as Dana was assaulted, then were slow to get him medical attention. By the time he reached a hospital, he was a vegetable.

The callous among you will sneer. But Dana was incarcerated on drug violations. He did not deserve a death sentence, which the West Side Crips imposed, according to one version, because of Dana's interactions with a Mexican inmate.

See, the prisons are segregated by race and controlled by race-based gangs. The Arizona Department of Corrections tolerates this, as do many prison authorities in America and beyond.

Still, watching the tears roll down Seawright's face as she bemoans her son's fate might make even a Tea Partier weep.

I urge those with compassion to assist Seawright by visiting Plews' blog (http://arizonaprisonwatch.blogspot.com) and donating.

Seawright is but one person. There are thousands of stories of pain and need, all created by our current political leadership.

I would like to see a karmic vengeance for that leadership. Non-violent, of course.

But I may have to wait a while, 'til those who sit in high places expire of old age or natural causes.

For then, as Elvis Costello once crooned in a song about former Prime Minister of England Margaret Thatcher, I'll stand on their graves and tramp the dirt down.

A piker's revenge, perhaps, but I'll take it.

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CJOK555
CJOK555

This woman needs to take responsibility for herself. She is making choices, to be a taker and not a giver. Her health is issue she needs to address herself. I do not want to pay for her drugs. If her child was in prision then what did he do? He could have been at work helping her instead of getting in trouble. If she wants to play I am so sick route then she is not eligible for unemployment because she is not really looking for work. Get up get to work, exercise, get healthy and get yourself ready to work. I do not want to pay benefits for someone else, take care of your own ship.

Steegan
Steegan

"Arizona is a hateful place. I can already imagine the abusive comments this story will draw. I hesitated to write about it for this reason."

What kind of comment is this? How ignorant can you get? Just because someone has a different viewpoint from you doesn't make them a hater. Personally, I worked at AHCCCS for two years and saw tons of abuse and adults perfectly capable of working paying $1 copays to see the doctor while the rest of us deal with the rising cost of health care.

I'm sure this is one of those "hateful" comments but if this woman wants to control her diabetes, she needs to lose some weight. There are plenty of things you can do without prescription medication to improve your health. Taxpayers are sick of paying health care costs for people addicted to cheetos. We are all struggling right now. I grew up in Arizona and I'm proud to call it home, even for people with different opinions than my own.

Jason
Jason

What surprises me the most is that Alcoa either did not or would not offer Ms. Seawright some type of long-term medical disability package due to her medical conditions.

Also, I am surprised that Alcoa would not offer Ms. Seawright time off to grieve the loss of her son. His beating death was cold, callous, and so unnecessary.

While I am of limited means, I will see what I have available to donate. I think I can come up with $10 or $20. I just need an address where to send the money.

Solarhiker1
Solarhiker1

Things are tough all over. In nature, the strong survive. In a democratic society the strong survive to take care of the weak until they have nothing left to give. Oboingo's failled presidency has made it harder for the strong to take care of the weak.

Elvis Costello also said, 'One more widow, one less white nigger'.

Kpegjer94
Kpegjer94

Brewer and her stubby little lap dog Pierce will one day get theirs know that is little consolation BUT is there is really a God in heaven THOSE TWO WILL BE SHOVELING COAL IN HELL FOR ETERNITY

restitutiontouscitizensfirst!
restitutiontouscitizensfirst!

Totally agree with you on this one here. AHCCCS IS KAFKA-eque for sure. Local & national governments for that matter although my reading tells me it's pretty much nationwide these days. Hope she gets her SSDI. It is still not enough and of course disqualifies you for help with your Rx because even though SSDI is not enough for a rental anywhere you are suddenly considered so wealthy that you are automatically disqualified for other help in my experience. Also, something nobody wants to touch, would prefer to scoff with disbelief, any type of old age disability social security recipient is targeted for rip-off scams by the TBTF bankster cartels - constantly unrelentingly hoping that you run out of resources to fight them - which often entails multiple physical visits weekly, which for those that are housebound or too ill to take public transit - that in itself becomes insurmountable so the crooks get away with targeting the most vulnerable. Whatever, plenty of working folk often take their paycheck to Walmart and exchange it for a 3$ debit card - lots cheaper than the unexpected things banks do to you these days. But Social Security checks are not eligible for that Walmart program. It is open season on Social Security recipients.

AZ Dem
AZ Dem

Has she filed for SSDI? (Social Security Disability Insurance) That could be the answer. It is also possible for SSDI recipients to do an end run around AHCCCS and get on the Medicare rolls. The process is long and complicated, but it is possible.

StephenLemons
StephenLemons

Kini did apply and was initially turned down. But she is now in the appeals process. Our fingers are crossed. In the meantime she and Peggy need all of our help.

Amy
Amy

The real criminals are in the state house. They poison this beautiful place with their hideous, cruel, immoral laws. A truly great society would protect and support its people in need.

Anon
Anon

Amy, Well said.

Mistalee
Mistalee

"Compassionate conservatism" strikes again.

Consider the fact that what is befalling Seawright would not happen in any other developed nation. The increasingly dire plights of the elderly, the disabled, and children in this nation are a clear indicator that the USA's status as a first-world country is rapidly deteriorating.

JesusHChrist
JesusHChrist

Arizona's about as politically and socially advanced as Guatemala in the Fifties. It's leaders are criminals who belong in jail.

JesusHChrist
JesusHChrist

Sorry, "Its," not "It's." This place is starting to rub off on me.

Coz
Coz

Arizona SUCKS !

Solarhiker1
Solarhiker1

Then change things for the better or leave. Preferably the latter.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

There are no words to describe the evil that controls the state of Arizona. A pure living Hell. One day these elected officials playing God with peoples' lives will get their day.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

There are no words to describe the evil that controls the state of Arizona. A pure living Hell. One day these elected officials playing God with people's lives will get their day.

 

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