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Incarcerated Women: profits, conditions, resistance, and media: TONIGHT NYC

stalvis Icon Posted by Silja J.A. Talvi

September 17th, 2008

Apologies for the late notice in posting, but I’d love to see you at our event tonight at Bluestockings, on the Lower East Side in NYC. I’ll particularly be emphasizing the rapid rise in the number of female drug war prisoners, supermax confinement, and media coverage of women’s imprisonment.

Here’s more about the event and presenters, including directions:

The number of women in prison has nearly tripled within the past 2 decades. Join investigative journalist and author of Women Behind Bars Silja J.A. Talvi; founding editor of Prison Legal News (and co-editor of Prison Profiteers) Paul Wright; former drug war prisoner Yraida Guanipa; and Books Through Bars co-founder (and author of the forthcoming Resistance Behind Bars) Victoria Law for a discussion on who profits from this increase, conditions inside and resistance both inside and out. This event is sponsored by the Drug Policy Alliance.

Silja J.A. Talvi is an investigative journalist, essayist, and author of Women Behind Bars: The Crisis of Women in the U.S. Prison System. Her work has appeared in nearly a dozen book anthologies, including Prison Profiteers, and in over 75 publications nationwide. Silja is the recipient of 12 regional awards for excellence in journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists (in the Pacific Northwest); five awards for excellence in criminal justice reporting from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency; and a national award for immigration reporting from the New American Media Foundation.

Paul Wright is the editor and co-founder of Prison Legal News , the longest publishing independent prisoner rights magazine in US history. He co-edited The Celling of America: An Inside Look at the US Prison Industry; Prison Nation: The Warehousing of America’s Poor, and Prison Profiteers: Who Makes Money from Mass Imprisonment. Both during and since his 17-year incarceration, he has successfully litigated a wide variety of censorship and public records issues against prison systems around the country both pro se, as a plaintiff, on behalf of other prisoners and on behalf of Prison Legal News.

Yraida L. Guanipa was sentenced to nearly 11 years as a first-time non-violent offender under the federal sentencing guidelines. While incarcerated, she fought for programs to maintain family bonds and abolish the prison/slave labor system. She was released in 2006. She continues fighting for more just systems and is working to reestablish the bonds with her now-teenage sons. Her story appears in Talvi’s book.

Victoria Law (facilitator) has been involved with prisoner issues for the past 15 years and has focused specifically on incarcerated women’s issues since 2000. She is the co-founder of Books Through Bars—NYC and the editor of the zine “Tenacious: Art and Writings from Women in Prison.” She is the author of the forthcoming Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women.

Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen Street (between Stanton and Rivington Streets), LES


$5 to $10 sliding scale. No one turned away for lack of funds

F or V train to 2nd avenue. Exit on the 1st Avenue side.

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