Alisha Walker: Survived and Punished

Alisha Walker is in prison for defending her life. #FreeAlisha

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Alisha Walker, criminalization, sex work, Survived and Punished

Bresha Meadows: Survived and Punished

Bresha Measows is a young Black girl incarcerated for defending her life against domestic violence. She is one of tens of thousands of girls and young women locked up behind bars across the United States facing violence at the hands of the criminal punishment system. #FreeBresha, free them all!

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#FreeBresha, Bresha Meadows, criminalization, incarceration, prison abolition, Survived and Punished

Barnard Center for Research on Women

#FreeBresha, Free Them All

Dec 5, 2017

Bresha Meadows learned to fear her father and fear for her life. Throughout her young life, she endured years of his relentless physical and verbal abuse. On countless occasions he threatened to kill her and her family. Years of faded bruises, police reports, orders of protection, stories from neighbors, and allegations of sexual violence attest […]

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#FreeBresha, Bresha Meadows, criminalization, prison abolition, state violence, Survived and Punished

New Feminist Solutions: Volume 9
September 19, 2017

The Crisis of Criminalization: A Call for a Comprehensive Philanthropic Response

Andrea Ritchie and Beth Richie

This report is an urgent call for a comprehensive philanthropic response to the growing crisis of criminalization. Over the past decade mass incarceration - the reality that over 2.2 million people are locked up in the nation’s prisons and jails, and 60% are people of color – has emerged as a central social justice issue of our time. This groundbreaking report calls for immediate, concerted, comprehensive, sustained, cross-sector, collaborative philanthropic response to the growing crisis of criminalization, and outlines strategies to more effectively tackle criminalization and mass incarceration, to stop the spread of surveillance and punishment, and to meet the challenges of the current political climate.

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Paris Knox: Survived and Punished

Paris Knox is a 38-year-old Black mother sentenced to 40 years in prison for defending her life against an abusive ex-partner.

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criminalization, Paris Knox, prison abolition, Survived and Punished

Ableism is the Bane of My Motherfuckin’ Existence

Activists Patty Berne and Stacey Milbern expand on the disability justice framework and the need for a politicized understanding of ableism within a context of racism, classism, colonialism, and heteropatriarchy.

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ableism, capitalism, classism, criminalization, disability, disability justice, heteropatriarchy, incarceration, institutionalization, medical industrial complex, misogyny, prison industrial complex, racism, white supremacy

Queer Survival Economies: Invisible Lives, Targeted Bodies

Panel discussion featuring Kate D’Adamo, Hamid Khan, and Ola Osaze, moderated by Amber Hollibaugh at The Scholar & Feminist 41: Sustainabilities.

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criminalization, economic justice, immigration, labor, LGBTQ, queer