“It’s One Struggle At Base”

Across this country, there has been a tremendous outpouring of solidarity and love for imprisoned persons. We are thankful. As an organizer, I often talk about the need for connections across the walls. Our success is relative to the strength of relationships. In this time of crisis, the deepening and forging of relationships between imprisoned … Continue reading “It’s One Struggle At Base”

Centering the Most Vulnerable Means Challenging the “Movement-for-Prisoners’-Human-Rights” with Queer Analysis and Action

A few years ago, the Lifers' Association at Smithfield sponsored a forum with CADBI (Coalition Against Death By Incarceration). It was to be an info session, an introduction to the group's work and how we could become involved. This was the first time something like this took place at Smithfield. As expected, lots of prisoners … Continue reading Centering the Most Vulnerable Means Challenging the “Movement-for-Prisoners’-Human-Rights” with Queer Analysis and Action

Stevie’s Reflections on bell hooks’ Feminism is for Everybody

bell hooks writes, in the introduction of "Feminism is for Everybody,": "More than ever before, I work to share the liberating joy feminist struggle brings to our lives as females and males who continue to work for change, who continue to hope for an end to sexism, to sexist exploitation and oppression." As I read … Continue reading Stevie’s Reflections on bell hooks’ Feminism is for Everybody

Solidarity with all Mississippi Prisoners

Sending strength and love to all Mississippi prisoners. I stand with you. The metalanguage of prison is violence so the only way to eliminate the violence is to eliminate the prison. In every prison and jail in the country, correctional officers are the major instigators and perpetrators of violence. Every order is punctuated with the … Continue reading Solidarity with all Mississippi Prisoners

Incapacitated

abolishing solitary confinement. Remember when it was a cause célèbre? And not just within the American prison movement. The mainstream media, including the New York Times and The New Yorker, was on the bandwagon. Articles, essays, and books exposing the widespread and deleterious practice were everywhere. Even the United Nations had something to say, condemning … Continue reading Incapacitated

Update from Stevie, post-repression

"The trouble is that once you see it, you can't unsee it. And once you've seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out. There's no innocence. Either way, you're accountable.". -Arundhati Roy Solidarity behind the walls often requires that one be more than an ally. One must be willing … Continue reading Update from Stevie, post-repression