Twin Cities here I come!
I’ll be in Minneapolis in mid-October to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Women’s Prison Book Project, which sends free books to incarcerated women. I’m also speaking at a few places while I’m in town:
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
University of Minnesota (402 Walter Library)
117 Pleasant St. SE, Mpls. 55455
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 6 to 9 p.m.
Hamline University (Location TBA)
Engendering Justice class in conjunction with members of the Prison Doula Initiative. Location: TBA
Thursday, Oct. 10, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Hamline University (Center for Justice & Law)
A talk on current mass incarceration hot spots: immigration detention, giving birth in prisons and jails, health care in detention. Free and open to the public.
Friday, Oct. 11, 1 p.m.
KFAI —Fresh Air Radio 90.3 FM, interview on air with Lydia Howell
Friday, Oct. 11, 6:30 p.m.
Every Prison Sentence Starts with a Cop
Panel discussion with Victoria Law, Minneapolis Communities United Against Police Brutality, and others, exploring the nexus between policing and prison with an eye toward impacting the system further upstream to reduce the prison population.
Peace and Justice Building
4200 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls. 55407
Saturday, Oct.12, 1:30 to 3 p.m.
2002 23rd Ave. S., Mpls. 55404
Talk on community building and book signing,
Saturday, Oct. 12, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Celebrating 25 years of the Women’s Prison Book Project
Bryant Lake Bowl
810 W. Lake St., Mpls. 55408
(Food, but not drinks, provided)
Sunday, October 13, noon to 3 p.m.
2002 23rd Ave. S., Mpls. 55404
Come help out at the Women’s Prison Book Project weekly mailing!
Audio and video clips from previous events:
Righting Carceral Feminism’s Wrongs in a #MeToo Era (NYC)
Tuesday, March 6, 2019 at Open Societies Foundation
More than two decades later, it has left many women in less affluent and marginalized communities even more vulnerable to violence. Since many communities of color are already overpoliced, victims are often reluctant to call the police for fear of being met with trauma and criminalization.
· asha bandele is a senior director at the Drug Policy Alliance and an award-winning journalist and author of five books, including The Prisoner’s Wife and When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, about and written collaboratively with Black Lives Matter cofounder Patrisse Khan Cullors.
· Victoria Law is a freelance journalist focusing on women’s criminalization and incarceration, and the author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women.
· Mariame Kaba is the founder and director of Project NIA, and a cofounder of numerous organizations including the Chicago Freedom School, Love and Protect, and most recently Survived & Punished.
· Erin Cloud is a supervising attorney and team leader at the Bronx Defenders.
· Denise Tomasini-Joshi (moderator) is acting co-director of Open Society Women’s Rights Program, and division director of the Open Society Public Health Program.
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
Why Are Women in Prison? The Politics of Risk
Stories Untold: Race, Representation and Politics in YA Fiction
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
Community and Resistance tour in Durham, NC, with Manju Rajendran, Jordan Flaherty, Justin Flores, Kosta Harlan, Monserrat Alvarez, and Ray Eurquhart:
Community and Resistance tour at the Hive, Greensboro, NC:
The Hidden 1970s talk at Freebird Books, Brooklyn: