Beyond Inside/Outside: Imagining Safety During Covid-19

“The ongoing feminicides throughout Latin America are but one example reminding us that to stay home isn’t necessarily to stay safe… It is my hope that sharing my own experience with abuse might offer insight into the interdependency between mutual aid, transformative justice, and abolitionist feminism.”

“If they come for her child in the morning…”: Detained/Incarcerated Children in the time of COVID-19

Photo Credit: Dignidad Rebelde BY MICHELLE RASCON-CANALES             Institutions detaining unaccompanied refugee minors amount to a million-dollar business model each year and a billion-dollar federal budget. These institutions follow a penal model, are locked away on monitored entry and exit, and have controlled movement …

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When the U.S. Don’t Love You Back: Surviving A Pandemic in A Racist & Xenophobic Society

Photo Credit: Jallicia Jolly & Sadiyah Malcolm By JALLICIA JOLLY To be a person of color and an immigrant in this country is to know its cyclical violence intimately. It is to feel precarity written across your flesh as you embody inequalities. It is …

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Prison Justice Activists in Ontario Shed Light on What Authorities Refuse to Disclose

Decarceration with no reentry plans; lockdowns as social distance; and rapidly spreading infection without protection Photo Credit: Wikipedia BY DANIELLE HURD and HEATHER McKEOWN As concerns surrounding COVID-19 continue, there have been heightened calls for action within Canadian jails, prisons, correctional institutions, and immigration …

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Care not Cages! #COVID19DecarcerateSyllabus

Curated by the California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP)

This political education resource was first circulated online on March 20, 2020. It was last updated on April 19, 2020.

CCWP is a grassroots social justice organization, with members inside and outside prison, that challenges the institutional violence imposed on women, transgender people, and communities of color by the prison industrial complex (PIC). We see the struggle for racial and gender justice as central to dismantling the PIC and we prioritize the leadership of the people, families, and communities most impacted in building this movement.

Founded in 1995, CCWP grew out of the fight for the health of incarcerated people in California’s women’s prisons. A documentary about CCWP co-founder, Charisse Shumate, is available to watch free online. Charisse was a life term prisoner incarcerated for 16 years at the Central California Women’s Facility. She became a lead plaintiff and spokesperson in a class action lawsuit challenging the medical neglect and abuse of women prisoners (Shumate v. Wilson). She died of complications from sickle cell anemia, cancer, and hepatitis C.

All of the following recommended readings are available online and free to access. In addition, you can find more than twenty years of writing across prison walls on issues of medical neglect, abuse, and violence in the online archive of CCWP’s inside/outside newsletter, The Fire Inside.

From the U.S. to Palestine, Prison is the Pandemic! #PalestinianPrisonersDay #FreeThemAll!

BY DIANA BLOCK – CCWP/FIRESTORM April 17th was Palestinian Prisoners’ Day.  This year in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, abolitionists in Palestine and the U.S. came together to make clear the connections between the carceral regimes in the U.S. and Israel and demand the freedom …

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