women and prisons
April 23, 2009 § 2 Comments
i just found this website through no snow here.
Women and Prison: A Site for Resistance makes visible women’s experiences in the criminal justice system. Documenting these stories is integral to this project of resistance. The stories are supported by a collection of resources, such as organizations, reports, essays, and links to a wide range of information on women and prison. The contents of this website are fluid and constantly changing. We expect to add stories, articles and resources on a regular basis. Your feedback and contributions are welcome.
This site serves as a dedicated space for prisoners, those previously incarcerated, activists, students, academics, and everyone who strives for social justice. Through the use of this website, we hope to promote strategies and actions that challenge the system and the ways that it reproduces all forms of discrimination, violence, and social injustice in the treatment of women and their families.
The invisibility of women’s perspectives in discussions of the growing prison industrial complex constitute a serious gap, given that the numbers of women in this system are rising at an alarming rate. Moreover, by making women more visible, we expand the analysis, vision, and strategies being developed to seriously challenge the prison system. The incarceration of women is linked to a multitude of interconnected issues facing poor women, drug-addicted women, women of color, lesbians, and women in prostitution, including interpersonal and state violence, poverty, racism, reproductive rights, homophobia, harassment, lack of quality healthcare, homelessness, and more. Women and Prison: A Site for Resistance aims to make connections among these issues. By drawing attention to the interconnectedness of issues and strategies, we hope to further develop the grounds for coalition and alliance across organizations and movements.
confession: for nearly the past 8 months i have been talking thinking planning but never actually committing to mail box letters to women political prisoners. why not? i realize now it was because i did not know how many more stories of pain struggle and resistance i could hold. while i was living in the states i was really struggling myself with insomnia. up late at night not so much worrying but not able to let go of all that isolation craziness that i had gathered in a normal day.
do you know what i mean by isolation craziness? it is the way that no one knows each other and yet we know way too much about each other. live on top of each other. and yet dont love each other. create chaos and disorder with each other and yet just let it all go by because we cant be bothered with the clean up when there is so much to deal with.
and so swirling inside my own deal. trying to create a life for me and mine. i kept putting off the letter to the women inside. kept waiting til my life became more still, more stable, more comfortable.
and yet i kept feeling called to write a letter. or two. or three. and send them. and re-send them.
and now after my couple of days in prison. after my taste of freedom. after my life has not become more still stable or comfortable. but i am more willing to own this life that is mine. and love it for being. into being.
i guess i am being called to write a letter.