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Perryville Voices: Women's Work at Martori Farms (Arizona prisons)

Peg Plews reports on incarcerated women being forced to work at Martori Farms in Arizona:
Note that refusal to accept these jobs is grounds for transfer to a higher security yard or detention unit- is that what we want to be spending our corrections money on, instead of programs and health care for these women?...
an excerpt from a letter from one woman:
I work on a work crew for Martori Farms. We work 6 days a week for 8 hrs. It’s a mandatory overtime job.

"What Will Happen to Me?" a book on supporting children with incarcerated parents

I recently reviewed "What Will Happen to Me?" for Truthout. The review has just been posted. You can read it here:

Bay Area! 5/5: An Evening of Discussion about Resistance & Solidarity with Activists in Women's Prisons

An Evening of Discussion about Resistance & Solidarity with Activists in Women's Prisons

with

Vanessa Huang, poet, writer, community activist, contributor to The Revolution Starts at Home
Sin Soracco, author of Low Bite and Edge City, ex-con
Victoria Law, author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women

on a grimmer note, yet another wrongful death in custody (Susan Lopez in Arizona)

Peggy Plews reports yet another preventable death in the Arizona prison system: http://www.prisonabolitionist.org/2011/04/wrongful-deaths-in-custody-sus... from her post:
Susan was a mother of four children, and was apparently a Certified Nurses' Aide. By the number of people landing on my site Googling her this week, I'd say she was probably well-loved by people in her community, even though she was ignored by her caretakers in prison, where she was sent for non-violent crimes.

panel of law enforcement and social justice leaders on CA Attorney General's transition team decry women's incarceration

from the San Francisco Chronicle:

If we want to fix California's broken criminal justice system, let's start by changing our approach to incarcerating and rehabilitating women. That is one of the key proposals offered in March by a panel of law enforcement and social justice leaders on California Attorney General Kamala Harris' transition team.

Resistance Behind Bars reviewed in Women's Review of Books

Women's Review of Books reviewed Resistance Behind Bars along with Safiya Bukhari's The War Before, the anthology Interrupted Life: Experiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States (which features several contributors to Tenacious as well as a few of the women who shared their experiences for RBB, and Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow.

You can read the review on-line at: http://www.wcwonline.org/Women-s-Review-of-Books-Jan/Feb-2011/the-monste...

event at Oberlin College! Wed, 4/13, 7 pm

Ohio folks! I'll be doing an event at Oberlin College on Wed, April 13th, starting at 7 pm. The event is free and open to the public!

Wilder, room 101
135 W. Lorain Street

urge Governor Brown to free Karen Narita

Ms. Karen Narita has been in prison for more than 26 years for a murder committed by her abusive husband. She takes full responsibility for participation in the crime and feels tremendous remorse about the victim’s tragic death. Ms. Narita is now a 48-year-old mother and grandmother who poses no risk of future harm if she is released.

Ms. Narita has been found eligible for parole by the California Board of Parole Hearings.

Grand Rapids, MI! Lethal Injustice: Standing Up Against Prison Build-up, Wed, 3/30

Michigan folks! I will be part of an event on mass incarceration and the death penalty on Wed, March 30th! The event is free! Come on out!

Lethal Injustice: Standing Up Against Prison Build-Up & the Death Penalty Discussion

Wed, March 30th
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 9:00 PM
GVSU - Loosemore Auditorium

Martina Olea, survivor of trafficking and abuse, to be released from prison!!

from Deirdre Wilson at California Coalition for Women Prisoners:

Martina Olea will finally be released from prison after 23 years of incarceration. She was found suitable for parole 6 times but previous governors reversed that decision 5 times.

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