Trans and Women’s Action Camp rejects private prisons!

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!

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UO Prison Justice and UO Cultural Forum present Smoke Signals: Perspectives on Mass Incarceration, a mini film festival!

 

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)!

Schedule:

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

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Youth incarceration must end!

One of the groups that UO Prison Justice is very proud to support is the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth. The national campaign works to end the practice of sentencing youth to die in prison–a fate that UO Prison Justice believes is unacceptable for anyone, and particularly immoral when those being locked away for their entire lives are under 18. Click here to learn more about the Campaign: http://www.endjlwop.org . 

This is a statement that UO Prison Justice wrote in support of the Campaign. 

“UO Prison Justice is a collective of students and community members working to combat the United States’ reliance on incarceration to address social problems. We try to prioritize responses to crime that demonstrate compassion and understanding, as well as the belief that all offenders have the ability to be genuinely transformed. We are opposed to permanently locking young people behind bars and banishing them from their  communities, and we are grateful to be able to partner with CFSY in ending this practice.” 

WOW!

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! http://communityaccountability.wordpress.com/social-justice-journal-issue/

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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

**PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY**

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 PrisonerZineProject@TJLP.org 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

ABOUT HIDDEN EXPRESSIONS
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!

ABOUT TJLP
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 http://www.tjlp.org for more information.

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