Prison Abolition Combo Pack
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This combo pack includes:
Maroon the Implacable: The Collected Writings of Russell Maroon Shoatz by Russell Maroon Shoatz, edited by Fred Ho and Quincy Saul
The Real Cost of Prisons Comix edited by Lois Ahrens
Lucasville: The Untold Story of a Prison Uprising, 2nd ed by Staughton Lynd
Visions of Abolition: From Critical Resistance to A New Way of Life by Setsu Shigematsu
Maroon the Implacable: The Collected Writings of Russell Maroon Shoatz is a compilation of Russell Maroon Shoatz's writings, a political prisoner who has been held unjustly for over thirty years, including two decades in solitary confinement. He was active as a leader in the Black Liberation Movement in Philadelphia, both above and underground. His successful escapes from maximum-security prisons earned him the title “Maroon.” This is the first published collection of his accumulated written works, and also includes new essays written expressly for this volume.
Despite the torture and deprivation that has been everyday life for Maroon over the last several decades, he has remained at the cutting edge of history through his writings. His work is innovative and revolutionary on multiple levels:
• His self-critical and fresh retelling of the Black liberation struggle in the U.S. includes many practical and theoretical insights;
• His analysis of the prison system, particularly in relation to capitalism, imperialism, and the drug war, takes us far beyond the recently-popular analysis of the Prison Industrial Complex, contained in books such as The New Jim Crow; and more.
See and hear author interviews, book reviews, and other news on Russel Maroon Shoatz's page HERE and editor interviews, book reviews, and other news on Fred Ho's page HERE, and Quincy Saul's page HERE
The Real Cost Of Prisons Comix was the winner of the 2008 PASS Award (Prevention for a Safer Society) from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.
Prison Town: Paying the Price tells the story of how the financing and site locations of prisons affects the people of rural communities in which prison are built. It also tells the story of how mass incarceration affects people of urban communities where the majority of incarcerated people come from.
Prisoners of the War on Drugs includes the history of the war on drugs, mandatory minimums, how racism creates harsher sentences for people of color, stories on how the war on drugs works against women, three strikes laws, obstacles to coming home after incarceration, and how mass incarceration destabilizes neighborhoods.
Prisoners of a Hard Life: Women and Their Children includes stories about women trapped by mandatory sentencing and the "costs" of incarceration for women and their families. Also included are alternatives to the present system, a glossary and footnotes.
See reviews and other news on Lois Ahrens's page HERE
Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles Of Incarcerated Women, 2nd Edition was the winner of the 2009 PASS Award (Prevention for a Safer Society) from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.
Resistance Behind Bars examines daily struggles against appalling prison conditions and injustices, Resistance documents both collective organizing and individual resistance among women incarcerated in the U.S. Emphasizing women's agency in resisting the conditions of their confinement through forming peer education groups, clandestinely arranging ways for children to visit mothers in distant prisons and raising public awareness about their lives, Resistance seeks to spark further discussion and research into the lives of incarcerated women and galvanize much-needed outside support for their struggles.
See reviews and other news on the Victoria Law's page HERE
Lucasville: The Untold Story of a Prison Uprising, 2nd ed. tells the story of one of the longest prison uprisings in U.S. history. At the maximum-security Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio, prisoners seized a major area of the prison on Easter Sunday, 1993. More than 400 prisoners held L block for eleven days. Nine prisoners alleged to have been informants, or "snitches," and one hostage correctional officer, were murdered. There was a negotiated surrender. Thereafter, almost wholly on the basis of testimony by prisoner informants who received deals in exchange, five spokespersons or leaders were tried and sentenced to death, and more than a dozen others received long sentences.
Lucasville examines the causes of the disturbance, what happened during the eleven days, and the fairness of the trials. Particular emphasis is placed on the interracial character of the action, as evidenced in the slogans that were found painted on walls after the surrender: "Black and White Together," "Convict Unity," and "Convict Race."
See reviews and other news on Staughton Lynd's page HERE
Visions of Abolition: From Critical Resistance to A New Way of Life is a new feature length documentary about the prison industrial complex and the prison abolition movement.
Part I, “Breaking down the Prison Industrial Complex” weaves together the voices of women caught in the criminal justice system and leading scholars of prison abolition, examining the racial and gendered violence of the prison system. Our film features the work of Susan Burton, a formerly incarcerated mother who established A New Way of Life, a group of transition homes for women coming home from prison in South Los Angeles (39 mins).
Part II, “Abolition: Past, Present, and Future” documents the recent history of the prison abolition movement through the organizing efforts of Critical Resistance and explores the meaning of abolitionist politics. By focusing on the collaboration between Critical Resistance and A New Way of Life, (known as the L.E.A.D. Project) the second half of the film unfolds a vision of abolition in practice (48 mins). Interviews in the video include: Melissa Burch, Susan Burton, Angela Davis, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Dylan Rodríguez, and Andrea Smith
See reviews and other news on Setsu Shingematsu's page HERE
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