Reproductive Justice and Mass Incarceration in Tennessee
Saturday, October 27, Healthy and Free TN conference
Shackling during childbirth, removal of parental rights due to separation caused by the unjust cash bail system, access to reproductive healthcare in jails and prisons, criminalization of pregnancy, coercive sterilization in jails and prisons…these are just some of the myriad issues affecting people who are incarcerated. This session will discuss what work needs to be done in Tennessee and help give us a framework for thinking about reproductive coercion by the state.
- Speakers: Aniya Wiley, formerly incarcerated mother of two and steering committee member of Free Hearts; Erica Perry of Black Lives Matter Memphis and organizer of Black Mamas Bailout; Alex Chambers, steering committee member of Healthy and Free TN. Moderated by Dawn Harrington of the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Free Hearts; Victoria Law, freelance writer and editor.
Audio and video clips from previous events:
Keynote Panel: Women, Incarceration and Carceral Feminism
Missed the amazing panel about women, incarceration and carceral feminism? You can watch here.
While the vast majority of incarcerated people in the US are men, the rate of growth for women’s imprisonment has outpaced men by more than 50 percent between 1980 and 2014 and trans women have one of the highest rates of incarceration of any group. As a result, there are 8 times as many women–many of whom are mothers–incarcerated in state and federal prisons and local jails as there were in 1980.
Moreover, women of color, especially black women, are disproportionately incarcerated–at even greater disproportion than among men. Women, and in particular trans women and all women of color, continue to be subjected to high rates of violence, whether intimate partner violence, sexual violence, or transphobic violence, which can also lead to their incarceration.
This panel of local and national activists and scholars will discuss what this increasing rate of incarceration means for women, children, and families, including how to address violence against women in the age of mass incarceration.
Undocumented Architecture: Prisons, Migrant Justice & Counter-Narratives of Resistance
Undocumented: The Architecture of Migrant Detention explores the growing industry of immigration detention and questions the role of architectural design in such spaces. Using the conventional architectural tools of representation, Undocumented situates, spatializes, and confronts the voices of those who are detained and the anonymous individuals who design spaces of confinement. An architecturally-trained artist based in Toronto, Tings Chaks draws inspiration from anti-colonial, migrant justice, and spatial justice struggles. Undocumented grew out of the collective organizing work led by immigration detainees in the maximum-security Central East Correctional Centre and through the End Immigration Detention Network.
The discussion will be facilitated by a member of AMPLIFY(HER), the first-ever zine (self-published magazine) project by and for undocumented women from the Asian diaspora. AMPLIFY(HER) is a counter-narrative project that aims to empower and encourage women-led storytelling that is crucial to our identities and survival. AMPLIFY(HER) is a collaboration between RAISE and DRUM.
The event is free.
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
Watch me on Democracy Now! talking about historic release of 6,000 federal drug war prisoners–and the impending deportation facing one-third: http://www.democracynow.org/2015/11/4/with_historic_release_of_drug_offenders
If you missed the discussion between Dan Berger (author of Captive Nation), Bryan Stevenson (founder and director of Equal Justice Initiative) and me about race, the criminal justice system, mass incarceration and resistance as part of the Black Freedom Studies at the NYPL’s Schomburg Center, you can see it here: http://t.co/8PGG4WEzJV
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3rd Annual Law & Disorder conference, Portland 2012
Prisoners and Formerly Incarcerated Persons v the USA
Community and Resistance: Katrina, Jena Six and Prisoner Justice Chancellor Day Hall, Montreal 5 October 2010
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The Hidden 1970s talk at Freebird Books, Brooklyn: