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: http://www.acadweb.wwu.edu/eesp/tangledwebs/registration.shtml. Interested in going? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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! http://www.breakingbars.ca If you’re near Ontario, think about checking it out!