Monthly Archives: December 2012


Are you looking for concrete examples of transformative justice, community accountability, and the emerging movements to challenge the prison-industrial complex and develop new responses to harm that center reconciliation and offender transformation?

The new issue of Social Justice journal is subtitled “Community Accountability: Emerging Movements to Transform Violence” and it delivers on its title and more, offering moving, thought-provoking, beautifully written essays on community-based responses to violence.

In particular, this reader recommends “In Our Hands: Community Accountability as a Pedagogical Strategy” by Ana Clarissa Rojas Durazo and “Philly Stands Up: Inside the Politics and Poetics of Transformative Justice and Community Accountability in Sexual Assault Situations” by Esteban Lance Kelly. And don’t miss the book review of Dean Spade’s incredible Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and The Limits of Law. Don’t wait! Read the issue in its entirety here!


Prison Justice collective cannot hide its collective excitement about this article from In These Times, entitled Trans Prisoners Fight Abuse

As a teaser, here’s a line from the article:

“While marriage and military enlistment have monopolized the mainstream gay rights agenda, a trans/queer prisoner justice movement has been quietly gaining momentum.”

Get inspired! Take action!

Call for submissions to TJLP’s Trans Prisoner Zine


Dear TJLP allies and lovers of liberation,

In February of 2012, we published the first volume of Hidden Expressions, a ‘zine compiling artwork, essays, poetry, and how-to-guides created by and for incarcerated transgender people (please download and distribute the online version here!). Now, we are excited to announce that we are officially collecting contributions for the second volume! The goal of this project is to showcase fabulous creative work from transgender and gender nonconforming people who are currently or have been incarcerated, and who would like to share their talents and wisdom with other trans folks looking for community and support. Once it’s published, it will primarily be distributed to folks who are incarcerated, as well as their communities on the outside. We must receive all submissions before February 14, 2013 in order for them to be considered.

Please see the attached documents for a flier describing the project and how to contribute, as well as a two-page consent form that contributors must be complete and return to TJLP along with their submissions. Please distribute these to everyone you think may be interested!

We are relying on small personal donations to partially cover the cost of postage and printing for this volume, so please consider sending checks, cash, and/or stamps to the Transformative Justice Law Project at 4707 N. Broadway, Suite 307 / Chicago, IL 60640. Please write directly to TJLP at the above address, or email with any questions, feedback, or submissions. The love, inspiration, and support that we have received from our communities is what will feed the long and beautiful life of this ‘zine, and we can’t wait to see what the next volume brings!

In Solidarity and With Excitement,

Shaylanna, Kierra, Monica, and Lark
TJLP ‘Zine Crew

As an organization devoted to Prison Abolition, Gender Self-Determination, and Transformative Justice, TJLP seeks to promote dialogue and community building over state-run responses to violence. We believe that the legal system disproportionately causes harm to gender nonconforming people — particularly those who are low-income, undocumented, living with disabilities, and of color — in the form of things like police profiling and gender-segregated prisons. This ‘zine is a tangible expression of our organization’s mission of connecting people on the inside to their families, communities, and the larger Prison Abolition movement. It is not only a response to the violence and isolation that the legal system forces onto transgender people every day, but also a celebration of the beauty, agency, and fierce creativity of incarcerated trans people. TJLP provides the resources (paper, printing, postage, etc.) and the people-power to put it together, but the content of the ‘zine is created entirely by and for transgender and gender nonconforming folks who are formerly or currently incarcerated in facilities across the United States. We hope this ‘zine can be an expression of what is really happening with trans people on the inside, including their dreams, struggles, artistic visions, and strategies for survival. We are deeply inspired by these artists, writers, and revolutionaries, and want to celebrate their resilience and resistance!

We are a volunteer collective of radical lawyers, activists, social workers, and community organizers based in Chicago, IL who provide free, zealous, life-affirming, and gender-affirming holistic criminal legal services to low-income and street-based transgender and gender non-conforming people. Central to our work are the values of gender self-determination, a long-term goal of prison abolition, and transformative justice models as necessary alternatives to U.S. systems of mass incarceration. Visit for more information.

Zine Call for Contributions v.2 (1)

Upcoming anti-PIC conferences

UO Prison Justice would like to bring to our readers’ attention two conferences focusing on prison resistance in 2013!

The first is Tangled Webs: Race, Immigration, Poverty, and Prisons; Mass Incarceration and Alternative Futures at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. The conference will take place January 17-18 and features a keynote lecture by Michelle Alexander, author of the excellent The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Registration is $45, although no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Check out the website for the conference here: Interested in going? Contact if you’re in Eugene and it may be possible to work out carpool arrangements to the conference!

A second conference of interest is Breaking Bars Building Bridges: Challenging the Prison System and Fostering Communities of Support at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario. The dates for this one are February 10-12. The schedule for this conference looks awesome! There will be a performance of the anti-solitary confinement theater piece, In the Belly, by RedBird Prison Abolition, friends of UO Prison Justice. The schedule also includes slam poetry, a session on a queer prison gang , workshops on activist prisoner support and noise demos, and more! If you’re near Ontario, think about checking it out!

New Year’s Eve noise demonstration outside Lane County Jail

Hey all,

We’ll be gathering outside the Lane County Jail on New Year’s Eve to make some racket in solidarity with those confined there.  Gather your pots, pans, and voices!

Learn more about New Year’s Eve International Anti-Prison Demos & Actions:

Certain Days calendar

Looking for a gift for a particularly rad loved one in this upcoming holiday season? Look no further than the Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners calendar!

The calendar is a joint fundraising and educational project between outside organizers in Montreal and Toronto, and three political prisoners being held in maximum-security prisons in New York State: David Gilbert, Robert Seth Hayes and Herman Bell.

The history of liberation struggles in the US and elsewhere needs to be remembered! In 2013, let this calendar be a reminder to you of all the people we’ve lost and all the places we still need to go.