The Long-Term: Book Release Party and Discussion
Wed, March 27, 2019, 6:30 to 8 pm
Housing Works Bookstore & Cafe, 126 Crosby Street, NYC 10012
I’m thrilled to join Mariame Kaba and other contributors of The Long-Term: Resisting Life Sentences & Working Towards Freedom in the NYC launch party. Come join us!
Long Term Offenders, or LTOs, is the state’s term for those it condemns to effective death by imprisonment. Often serving sentences of sixty to eighty years, LTOs bear the brunt of the bipartisan embrace of mass incarceration heralded by the “tough on crime” agenda of the 1990s and 2000s. Like the rest of the United States’ prison population the world’s highest per capita they are disproportionately poor and non-white. The Long Term brings these often silenced voices to light, offering a powerful indictment of the prison-industrial complex from activists, scholars, and those directly surviving and resisting these sentences. In showing the devastation caused by a draconian prison system, the essays also highlight the humanity and courage of the people most affected. This striking collection of essays gives voice to people both inside and outside prison struggling for liberation, dismantles claims that the “tough on crime” agenda and long term sentencing keep us safe, and reveals the white supremacism and patriarchy upon which the prison system rests. In its place, the contributors propose a range of far-reaching reforms and raise the even more radical demand of abolition, drawing on the experience of campaigns in the United States and beyond.
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: