Prison Poems by Sam Greenlee We asked about a special issue of Nommo which would feature poetry from prison and I wondered about that since anybody black writing poetry in the USA is writing poetry in prison.
By Andrea Smith For a much longer and detailed version, see my essay in the book Geographies of Privilege In my experience working with a multitude of anti-racist organizing projects over the years, I frequently found myself participating in...
Lena Palacios's insight:
A must read!
" To give one smaller example, when Incite! Women of Color Against Violence, organized, we questioned the assumption that “women of color” space is a safe space. In fact, participants began to articulate that women of color space may in fact be a very dangerous space. We realized that we could not assume alliances with each other, but we would actually have to create these alliances. One strategy that was helpful was rather than presume that we were acting “non-oppressively,” we built a structure that would presume that we were complicit in the structures of white supremacy/settler colonialism/heteropatriarchy etc. We then structured this presumption into our organizing by creating spaces where we would educate ourselves on issues in which our politics and praxis were particularly problematic."
“The PIC Is…” is a ‘zine created by the Chicago Prison Industrial Complex (PIC) Teaching Collective and illustrated by Billy Dee. This website, brought to you by Project NIA and the Chicago PIC Teaching Collective, makes “The PIC Is…” available and also provides a catalogue of the rest of our resources designed to help educate and mobilize the public about mass incarceration, policing, and alternative forms of justice.
“The Perfect Victim” features the work of the Missouri Battered Women’s Clemency Coalition which took on the cases of 11 domestic violence survivors who were convicted of murdering their partners & given very long sentences.
Indigenous women in Canada are creating their own database of missing and murdered aboriginal family members.
Lena Palacios's insight:
" Two grassroots organizations in Canada, No More Silence and Families of Sisters in Spirit, have teamed up to compile the database, which was launched on September 12. The database will record the date of disappearances and deaths of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. It will hold details such as date of birth, nation, childhood and family background, education and work history, level of permission for use of data, and primary contact information.