Month: December 2015

12 New Year’s Resolutions for Prison Abolitionists

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Painted discarded book page that was part of a larger art project that I did in 2014.

I compiled the following list after thinking about questions that I get from people that want to know and do more to support the work of prison abolition. The items are not ranked and so the reader should not assume that one thing is more important than the others because they are all important. They all matter!

  1. Find and support abolitionist organizations with your time or money.
  2. Educate others about the PIC.
  3. Donate money, books, or time to organizations that provide in-prison and reentry services.
  4. Find local community resources that offer reentry support and share their information on your social media.
  5. Connect with prison abolitionists in your community and online.
  6. Find out where your local officials stand on issues related to the PIC, and engage them through coordinated action with organizations in your area.
  7. Read books, studies, reports, etc. on issues connected with the PIC including, homelessness, health-care, mental-health, immigration, domestic violence, policing, school-to-prison-pipeline, LGBTQIA, Education, etc. You will find that there are plenty of free materials on these topics and many are available online.
  8. Write to someone in prison. There are a number of organizations that you can connect with that will provide you with information on how to do this.
  9. Listen. There are millions of people that have been to prison, are in prison or are otherwise directly impacted by the PIC. They are best able to tell you what they need, desire, and want. Listen to them.
  10. Learn about intersectionality and apply an intersectional lens to your understanding of the PIC.
  11. Use your talent in ways that reflect your commitment to prison abolition. Share your what you create with others.
  12. Practice self-care.

Choose hope while you work collectively for change.

Happy New Year!

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Bill Cosby

Here is my series of tweets in response to the news that Bill Cosby has been charged with sexual assault. Last year I shared dozens of articles on Twitter and on my Pinterest board about the Bill Cosby allegations because it seemed to me that many people were either unaware of Cosby’s history or chose to ignore it. Not that a bunch of articles would persuade anyone of anything, but good gawd it’s breathtaking to see how many people are in complete denial about their hero–a hero who was never about or for the people who are defending him now.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in her own words

Over the years of my academic teaching career I enjoyed introducing students to the work of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Her TedTalks and interviews are wonderful entry points to a complex set of ideas that she makes accessible to wide audiences, even when she’s talking about difficult topics.

Below I share three of the videos that I’ve used or that have informed how I introduce and present the author to students. Enjoy!