Everyday Abolition is a website that is currently collecting interviews, writing, artwork, and more from prison abolitionists in an effort to document the ways that people live the politics of prison abolition, every day. This interview from everydayabolition.com with Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is profound and beautiful and inspiring! Check it out here: http://everydayabolition.com/2013/06/06/interview-with/
The amazing Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois–a group dedicated to prison abolition, gender self-determination, and transformative justice–has just released Hidden Expressions, a compilation of poems, stories, and artwork by transgender and gender non-conforming people who have been or are currently incarcerated.
Check it out here! http://www.tjlp.org/HiddenExpressionsFINAL1.30.12_Reduce.pdf. UO Prison Justice is also adding it to our Resources page where it will be available for download.
Okay, so maybe it’s not Friday, but isn’t every day a good day to learn about successful, non-punitive alternatives to the prison-industrial complex? Today UO Prison Justice wants to highlight the work of the Community Conferencing Center in Baltimore, described on their website as “a conflict transformation and community justice organization that provides ways for people to safely, collectively and effectively prevent and resolve conflicts and crime.” The community conferences that the CCC organizes in Baltimore are unique in that the CCC is the only conferencing program in the US serving a large inner-city population that provides most of its services at absolutely no cost to participants.
Check out this inspiring video with some real examples of conferences organized by the Center here: http://vimeo.com/user9342943. But I’m warning you, this video might just change your life and the entire way you think about justice, retribution, and resolution for harm! Thanks to Walidah Imarisha for sharing this video during a workshop on alternatives to the prison system in Eugene in March 2013.
Leave your reactions to the video in the comments!
Yesterday the Oakland Local posted an amazing interview with Mia Mingus, a queer disabled woman of color activist who’s been involved in generationFIVE, a group working to end child sexual abuse in five generations, and SPARK Reproductive Justice Now, a movement for reproductive justice based in Atlanta, GA. In the interview, Mia discusses ableism, healing, and community-centered methods for responding to multiple kinds of violence. This interview is really powerful! Check it out here: http://oaklandlocal.com/2013/05/an-interview-with-mia-mingus-oakland-champion-of-change-on-transformative-justice/
Happy Alternatives to Incarceration Friday! Starting this week, UO Prison Justice will be posting every Friday to highlight a story or example of an alternative to incarceration that is currently being experimented with across the country. UO Prison Justice loves Fridays, and we hate prisons, so it feels to us like a natural combination!
This week, check out a story from the New York Daily News about a district attorney in Brooklyn who believes that mothers convicted of nonviolent felonies will be more successfully rehabilitated if they’re allowed to stay home with their children, rather than being stolen from their communities and families and locked up: Brooklyn DA to launch program allowing female felons to serve sentences at home.
Leave your thoughts in the comments, and have a great Alternatives to Incarceration Friday!
UO Prison Justice is positively thrilled to spread the news about a civil disobedience action committed by the Trans and Women’s Action Camp in Florida today, at the corporate office of the GEO Group, one of the US’s largest private prison corporations.
Check out this incredible news story from Earth First! http://earthfirstnews.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/twac-storms-prison-industry-giant-geo-group-hq-in-boca-raton/
The Trans and Women’s Action Camp is an action camp for all people who identify as women, transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, and gender-variant. TWAC is a vital space for cultivating the voices and leadership of people who are often marginalized in radical movements, and for forging connections between all the struggles that we face for gender, environmental, and social justice. For more information on TWAC, check out twac.wordpress.com. TWAC Cascadia is coming up this summer and promises to be just as thrilling as this great news out of TWAC Florida!
Join us February 28th and March 1st at the University of Oregon for two nights of double features about mass incarceration, the prison-industrial complex, and alternatives to putting humans in cages. The event is free, open to the public and we will be serving free vegan food (we don’t want animals in cages either)!
Thursday, Feb. 28th: Lawrence, 177
The House I Live In, 7pm
Broken On All Sides, 8:30pm
Friday, March 1st: Lawrence 115
Shakespeare Behind Bars, 7pm
In Prison My Whole Life, 8:30pm