On running a community-based murder investigation, resisting violence against Indigenous women, atomic bombs and burnout: An interview with Indigenous feminist Audrey Huntley
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In this sense, there is typically an important formal distinction to be drawn between a feminism that agitates for the expansion of women’s rights by engaging in a politics of demand versus one that seeks to leverage the repressive apparatuses of the state in order to alter or eliminate the kind of behavior that disproportionately harms the interests of women (whether these happen to be men or women themselves). Thus, the former aims primarily to increase and enhance positive liberties for women while the latter acts to secure the sanctity of a certain set of negative liberties that are regarded as foundational to the sovereignty of the individual.
Full article:
http://www.cpsa-acsp.ca/papers-2012/Sandbeck.pdf
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A Letter From Ray Jasper, Who Is About to Be Executed

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*trigger warning* Thoughts on transformative justice and prison abolition

brownwerkk:

My last reblog was so timely.

I went to a transformative justice panel last night and I got Dr. Beth Richie to sign my book! She also gave me a hug!

That’s not the point of this post [even though I’d rock her world if she gave me a chance….]

One of the questions posed to the audience was, “What…

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Baldwin & Lorde on the American Dream in Essence (1984)

  • James Baldwin: Du Bois believed in the American dream. So did Martin. So did Malcolm. So do I. So do you. That's why we're sitting here.
  • Audre Lorde: I don't, honey. I'm sorry, I just can't let that go past. Deep, deep, deep down I know that dream was never mine. And I wept and I cried and I fought and I stormed, but I just knew it. I was Black. I was female. And I was out—out—by any construct wherever the power lay. So if I had to claw myself insane, if I lived I was going to have to do it alone. Nobody was dreaming about me. Nobody was even studying me except as something to wipe out.
  • Baldwin, James, and Audre Lorde. "A Conversation Between James Baldwin and Audre Lorde." Essence Dec. 1984. Print. 72-73.
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Community Accountability & Transformative Justice resources

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The Critical Resistance Organizing Toolkit: Common Sense, Frequently Asked Questions, Tools for Framing Abolitionist Arguments in Terms of What We Want

iheartabolitiondemocracy:

This document helped me to best make the distinction between “prison reform” vs. “prison abolition.” It states: "At the core, the difference between the two positions is the difference between trying to make the PIC better [prison reform] and trying to tear the PIC down [prison abolition].”

Remember, prison reform = bigger, better, more technologically advanced prisons. Whereas prison abolition = dismantling the prison industrial complex through addressing the structural inequalities that lead individuals to prison in the first place. The prison abolition movement works toward creating new institutions that would, in Angela Davis’ words, “render prisons obsolete.”

In addition, I often refer to this document when I am asked, “What about murderers?” or about alternatives to incarceration (see FAQ section)!

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Protest prison expansion!  Visit Critical Resistance L.A.: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Critical-Resistance-Los-Angeles/126568597425886?fref=ts

Protest prison expansion!  Visit Critical Resistance L.A.: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Critical-Resistance-Los-Angeles/126568597425886?fref=ts

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Help us raise funds: Our comrade needs community, NOT cops!

america-wakiewakie:

To our brothers and sisters in struggle,

A comrade of ours is being required by their bank to file a police report in order to be able to recover funds that were fraudulently withdrawn from their account. They have been and are currently involved in gender, education, anti-police brutality and racial justice struggles in the Bay Area and have experienced trauma caused by police use of force. As a community based alternative, we are helping them fundraise the amount rather than turning to the prison industrial complex for so-called “justice”.

Because of financial urgency, we have a limited time to raise the necessary funds. We hope to have at least half of the funds ($450) by January 3, 2014.

Thank you for sharing and contributing in whatever capacity you can!

Click here to give.

Let me start by saying the criminal justice system works. It works to punish certain people, lock them up, deport them, and generally uphold white supremacy and capitalism. This fundraiser is to try to work around the current system in order to survive being a victim of fraud.

On December 3, 2013 someone had taken my rent check from the mail, written over the “payable to,” and deposited it. My property manager recognized the name as his roommate’s, someone who is an undocumented person of color. I went to the bank and filed a claim to get my money back after being assured a police report wasn’t necessary. However, after reimbursing the funds (and me paying my late rent), the bank called to say that they would take the money back if I didn’t file a police report.

While most police reports sit on someone’s desk and don’t get investigated or prosecuted, this one worries me. This one would have a name and an address attached to it. This one would have an undocumented person as a suspect. This one could result in detention and deportation, in further charges being filed, or in incarceration. None of these things is justice or accountability.

I realize this isn’t either. I will also be writing to this person to tell them about my decision and to ask for accountability, but I’m not holding my breath. The money raised will be used to compensate me for the money I lost. You can help by donating what you can and sharing my link with your loved ones. Thank you for your help!

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