Images & Snippets about the Prison Industrial Complex...
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markstrandquist:

Some of the amazing postcards we’ve been receiving through our Windows From Prison collaboration with Prison Health News and Philadelphia FIGHT.  5000 blank postcards went out to prisoners across the country asking

"If you could create a window in the prison walls, what would you want the world to see?"

More info, images, and exhibits to come!!

http://www.nomovement.com/Prison-Health-News

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freemarissanow:

noselves2defend:

Yvonne Wanrow by Ariel Springfield (2014) - No Selves to Defend Project

Don’t forget to check out the beautiful art-based anthology entitled No Selves to Defend: A Legacy of Criminalizing Women of Color for Self-Defense, edited by Mariame Kaba of Project Nia and the Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander. 
Purchase now at the Free Marissa shop!!  All proceeds from the book sales go to the Marissa Alexander Legal Defense Fund.

freemarissanow:

noselves2defend:

Yvonne Wanrow by Ariel Springfield (2014) - No Selves to Defend Project

Don’t forget to check out the beautiful art-based anthology entitled No Selves to Defend: A Legacy of Criminalizing Women of Color for Self-Defenseedited by Mariame Kaba of Project Nia and the Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander.

Purchase now at the Free Marissa shop!!  All proceeds from the book sales go to the Marissa Alexander Legal Defense Fund.

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save-wiyabi-project:

No Selves To Defend Anthology: A Legacy of Criminalizing Women of Color for Self Defense

"I was motivated to create the ‘No Selves to Defend Anthology‘ as a fundraising tool and also as an educational and consciousness-raising one. The anthology locates Marissa’s [Alexander] case within a historical context that criminalizes and punishes women (particularly of color) for self-defense.” - Mariame Kaba

http://www.usprisonculture.com/blog/2014/06/10/no-selves-to-defend-anthology-now-available-for-purchase/

No Selves To Defend also features Yvonne Wanrow (Colville) with the contribution by Andrea Smith.

The publication is available today for $50 from the Free Marissa Alexander online store: http://www.zibbet.com/FreeMarissaAlexander/artwork?artworkId=2318730

You can also continue to support Marissa Alexander’s defense fund directly here: http://gogetfunding.com/project/marissa-alexander-freedom-fundraiser

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freemarissanow:

noselves2defend:

Joan Little by Micah Bazant (2014) - No Selves to Defend Project

Announcing a new beautiful art-based anthology entitled No Selves to Defend: A Legacy of Criminalizing Women of Color for Self-Defense, edited by Mariame Kaba of Project Nia and the Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander. 
Purchase now at the Free Marissa shop!!  All proceeds from the book sales go to the Marissa Alexander Legal Defense Fund. 
More about the historic 1975 case of Joan Little, rendered above, and the movement for her freedom can be found here and here.

freemarissanow:

noselves2defend:

Joan Little by Micah Bazant (2014) - No Selves to Defend Project

Announcing a new beautiful art-based anthology entitled No Selves to Defend: A Legacy of Criminalizing Women of Color for Self-Defenseedited by Mariame Kaba of Project Nia and the Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander.

Purchase now at the Free Marissa shop!!  All proceeds from the book sales go to the Marissa Alexander Legal Defense Fund

More about the historic 1975 case of Joan Little, rendered above, and the movement for her freedom can be found here and here.

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freemarissanow:

If you haven’t heard, Marissa Alexander’s trial has been postponed until Dec 8th, and we’ll know if she gets a new Stand Your Ground Hearing on Aug 1st. 

Marissa is under house arrest, same as in-home detention, as part of the conditions for her bond since November 2013. That means she can’t leave her home for anything not allowed under the bond. She can only leave her home for medical reasons, hearings, legal matters that have to do with her trial…that’s it period. In essence, she is serving time in her home with an ankle monitor on her that cost $105 per week since November, on top of the cost of the bond. (Help her cover that cost here.)

This has been a long battle with justice. This needs to end. Florida needs to drop the case today. Black lives matter.

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glaad:

Jane Doe, a 16-year-old transgender girl of color, has been in prison without charges against her for 65 days, but her image and name have been kept anonymous by the Department of Children and Families. Today, the first image of Jane associated with her case, created by artist Molly Crabapple, has been shared with an essay demanding #JusticeForJane by activists Reina Gossett and Chase Strangio. Read the full essay.

glaad:

Jane Doe, a 16-year-old transgender girl of color, has been in prison without charges against her for 65 days, but her image and name have been kept anonymous by the Department of Children and Families. Today, the first image of Jane associated with her case, created by artist Molly Crabapple, has been shared with an essay demanding #JusticeForJane by activists Reina Gossett and Chase Strangio. Read the full essay.

Historically, Americans have always been putting people behind walls. First there were the American Indians who were put on reservations, Africans in slavery, their lives on plantations, Chicanos doing migratory work, and the kinds of camps they lived in, and even too, the Chinese when they worked in the railroad camps where they were almost isolated, dispossessed people — disempowered. And I feel those are the things we should fight against so they won’t happen again. It wasn’t so long ago — in 1979 — that the feeling against the Iranians was so strong because of the takeover of the U.S. embassy in Iran, where they wanted to deport Iranian students. And that is when a group called Concerned Japanese Americans organized, and that was the first issue we took up, and then we connected it with what the Japanese had gone through. This whole period of what the Japanese went through is important. If we can see the connections of how this happens in history, we can stem the tide of these things happening again by speaking out against them. By "Then Came the War" by Yuri Kochiyama in Japanese-American Experience on the Homefront. p. 18: http://www.lsrhs.net/departments/history/ShenM/Site/20th_classwork,_handouts_files/Then%20Came%20the%20War%20-%20JA%20account.pdf

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Prison itself enacts reproductive violence. Last year, we learned that people in California women’s prisons were being coerced into being sterilized. In thirty-three states, it’s shockingly legal to shackle incarcerated women while they are in labor. Prisons have a profoundly violent impact on the experience of mothering and giving birth, and reproductive health in general. For Marissa [Alexander], as a result of being incarcerated and targeted by state prosecutors, her abusive estranged husband currently has custody over her youngest child. To really support mothers, we must urgently address the ways that the prison crisis and domestic violence shape their lives. By

A Mother’s Day ‘Week of Action’ to #FreeMarissa”
(via The Nation)

Mother’s Day Week of Action: May 9-18!
Support Marissa Alexander, Mothers in Prison, & Mothers Everywhere!

Send Marissa love by donating to the Marissa Alexander Legal Defense Fund.  Your donation will help her win her trial, reuniting her with her children, family, and community for good.

(via freemarissanow)

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mollycrabapple:

On Monday, May 5, Occupy Wall Street activist and friend of Dissent Cecily McMillan was unjustly convicted of assaulting a police officer at a demonstration celebrating the six-month anniversary of OWS. She is being held at Rikers Island until sentencing on Monday, May 19, and faces a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.
In response to this egregious verdict, members of the Justice for Cecily team have collaborated with fellow activists, writers, and editors—including Dissent contributing editor Sarah Leonard and members of the Dissent staff—to produce the Free Cecily! gazette. Prior to next week’s sentencing, the gazette aims to highlight Cecily’s case and the wider issues it raises about police brutality and repression of civil liberties, including the right to protest.Free Cecily! features contributions from Maurice Isserman, Sarah Jaffe, Molly Knefel, Natasha Lennard, Chase Madar, and Mychal Denzel Smith; illustrations by Molly Crabapple; Cecily’s statement from Rikers; and more.
Click here to download the PDF. Please read and share widely!
To send a letter to Judge Zweibel asking for leniency in sentencing and learn about other ways you can support Cecily, visit justiceforcecily.com.

mollycrabapple:

On Monday, May 5, Occupy Wall Street activist and friend of Dissent Cecily McMillan was unjustly convicted of assaulting a police officer at a demonstration celebrating the six-month anniversary of OWS. She is being held at Rikers Island until sentencing on Monday, May 19, and faces a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.

In response to this egregious verdict, members of the Justice for Cecily team have collaborated with fellow activists, writers, and editors—including Dissent contributing editor Sarah Leonard and members of the Dissent staff—to produce the Free Cecily! gazette. Prior to next week’s sentencing, the gazette aims to highlight Cecily’s case and the wider issues it raises about police brutality and repression of civil liberties, including the right to protest.Free Cecily! features contributions from Maurice Isserman, Sarah Jaffe, Molly Knefel, Natasha Lennard, Chase Madar, and Mychal Denzel Smith; illustrations by Molly Crabapple; Cecily’s statement from Rikers; and more.

Click here to download the PDF. Please read and share widely!

To send a letter to Judge Zweibel asking for leniency in sentencing and learn about other ways you can support Cecily, visit justiceforcecily.com.

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photographyprison:

It is Mumia Abu Jamal’s 60th birthday today. Having spent over 30 years on death row for a contested murder conviction, Mumia is one of America’s most vital voices of social justice, bringing light to the invisible recesses and shrouded politics of the U.S. prison industrial complex. Jailhouse lawyer, journalist and activist. So many works. If he’s done so much from behind bars, think how much he could do for a healthy society as a free man. #insteadofprisons

photographyprison:

It is Mumia Abu Jamal’s 60th birthday today. Having spent over 30 years on death row for a contested murder conviction, Mumia is one of America’s most vital voices of social justice, bringing light to the invisible recesses and shrouded politics of the U.S. prison industrial complex. Jailhouse lawyer, journalist and activist. So many works. If he’s done so much from behind bars, think how much he could do for a healthy society as a free man. #insteadofprisons