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Feb 5th: Queer & Trans Prison Advocacy 101: A Workshop with Black & Pink

CUNY Grad Center, 365 5 Avenue, NYC

March 5 -- Race and the Criminal Justice System: Political Prisoners, Resistance, and Mass Incarceration

Join me, Dan Berger and Bryan Stevenson (founder and director of Equal Justice Initiative) on Thursday, March 5th, for a conversation on race, the criminal justice system, mass incarceration and resistance as part of the Black Freedom Studies at the NYPL's Schomburg Center.

Thursday, March 5th, 6 to 8 pm
Schomburg Center
515 Malcolm X Blvd
The event is free and open to the public.
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/conversations-in-black-freedom-studies-race-...

My newest on Al-Jazeera America: DV Survivors Incarcerated in New York May Get Some Relief

Just in time for the start of 2015, my newest piece--on domestic violence survivors in prison--is up on Al-Jazeera America. Here's an excerpt:
NEW YORK — Valerie Seeley has been behind bars since 2003. But her troubles started much earlier, in 1995, when she first met Oliver Williams and his 10-year-old daughter while visiting a friend in Brooklyn.

end-of-the-year writing roundup: domestic violence survivors in prison and more

I didn't intend my end-of-the-year writing to focus so much on abuse survivors behind bars, but it did.

My latest on Solitary Watch: A Girl Hung Herself Yesterday

My latest on Solitary Watch examines deaths at the California Institution for Women this year.
On July 30, 2014, Margarita Murugia was found hanging in her solitary confinement cell at the California Institution for Women (CIW). “She was there for her own protection, not because she did something,” wrote April Harris, a woman currently incarcerated at CIW. ” Apparently her mom was dying of cancer and they refused to let her see her mom. She tried to kill herself with every denied request.

New issue of Tenacious: Art & Writings by Women in Prison now available

Hot off the copying machine! Issue 33 of Tenacious: Art & Writings by Women in Prison is now available.

Contents include:

  • how a Truth in Sentencing law affects one woman in prison
  • reflections on 26 years in prison
  • higher education in one women's prison
  • pregnancy and parenting in a midwestern women's prison
  • sexual abuse and sex offender labels
  • surviving sexual assault behind bars
  • rising above defeat and depression
  • and more!

A Mother Who Just Wanted to Know When Her Son Would Eat

I'm happy to announce that my latest piece on Waging NonViolence focuses on the organizing of family members of people who have spent years, if not decades, in California's Security Housing Units (aka extreme isolation or solitary confinement).

The temperature in Corona, Calif., can soar above 100 degrees in the summer, sometimes climbing as high as 110.

What do Private Prisons Have to do with the Upcoming Elections?

My latest on Truthout examines private prisons, campaign contributions, personal investments and the upcoming election:
What do private prisons have to do with the upcoming elections?

Let's start with several hundred thousand dollars in campaign contributions.

Idaho, for instance, has recently seen how campaign contributions can ease corporate accountability when scandals and lawsuits hit.

Sun, Oct 26: Building Community to Transform Our Criminal Justice System (Kingston, NY)

The LGBTQ Task Force to Undo Mass Incarceration and Institutional Racism invites you to join us for a panel discussion on

Building Community to Transform Our Criminal Justice System

October 26, 2014
3:00-5:00 pm
LGBTQ Community Center
300 Wall Street
Kingston, NY

KingstonKingston The speakers include:

Victoria Law
Author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women

Imogene Simmons-Kelly

Wed, Nov 12th: Screening, critical commentary and discussion of Orange is the New Black at Hostos Community College

Orange is the New BlackOrange is the New BlackWed, November 12th, 3 - 4:45 pm

Hostos Community College
500 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451

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