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EUGENE, OR: Social Justice is Real Justice conference, Feb 16th

I'm going to be facilitating a discussion about Resistance & Organizing in Women's Prisons at the Social Justice, Real Justice (SJRJ) Conference in Eugene, Oregon, in February.

If you are in the area, come join in the conversation!

Location: UO EMU Walnut Room
When: Saturday Feb 16 at 3:30pm

Recent(ish) review of Resistance Behind Bars

While going through old e-mails trying to make sense of my constantly overgrown inbox, I came across a summary/review of the second edition of [book:Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women|13592684] written by APOCLove earlier this month.

You can read it here:

And many apologies to Anthony Rayson and the South Chicago ABC Zine Distro for not catching the error in the resource listing.

Dede's story

While on the neverending book tour in Seattle this past November, I met Dede Adnahom. Dede is a mom of three amazing young children. She is also a dedicated activist: she is a founding member of No New Juvie, a grassroots group that fought (ultimately unsuccessfully) the building of a new juvenile prison in Seattle.

Despite 2009 anti-shackling law, NYS still fails pregnant women behind bars

The same year that New York State passed its anti-shackling legislation, Onondaga County employees’ negligence caused the death of a jail inmate from a ruptured ectopic pregnancy. Chuniece Patterson, 21, died Nov. 12, 2009, at the Onondaga County Justice Center jail, 14 hours after she started complaining in her cell about abdominal pain.

Tenacious #26 now available for free download as a pdf

I am all out of copies of Tenacious #26 and don't have plans to have any more printed. If you want a paper copy, you can download and print your own here:
(The pagination is meant for printing, not for reading on-screen)

I plan to post other issues of Tenacious as I run out of paper copies, so stay tuned.

a tale of music in 2 women's prisons--Alaska & New Jersey

Earlier this month, the Washington Post published an article on the orchestra program in the women's prison in Alaska.

According to the article:

For the prisoners, the hour-long Saturday orchestra practice gives them a break in their highly structured prison routine.

In Virginia, Pregnant Prisoners Will No Longer Be Shackled During Childbirth

by Ashley Portero | November 21 2012

Originally published in The International Business Times

Good news for pregnant prison inmates in Virginia: You will no longer be shackled during labor and childbirth.

Virginia’s Board of Corrections this month announced the adoption of new regulatory language to restrict the use of restraints on incarcerated pregnant women, a decision met with praise by a coalition of women’s rights advocates, prison r

NYC: Hidden 1970s event, Tues, 11/27, 7:30 pm, Hunter College

The New York Metro American Studies Association (NYMASA) is delighted to announce a Salon Talk

Tuesday November 27 at 7:30pm (note change of time from original schedule)

Editor Dan Berger (University of Washington, Bothell)

PDX Panel on Prison Resistance, Tues, Nov 13th, 5 to 7 pm

Tuesday, November 13, 5-7 pm
Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 333

Join Students for Unity for a discussion about resistance to the prison-industrial complex, with author Vikki Law and Portland Central American Solidarity Committee (PCASC). PCASC will be discussing private prisons and immigrant detention centers and the prison divestment campaign.

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