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BEYOND WALLS AND CAGES: Prisons, Borders, and Global Crisis
Sunday, April 7, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
How can activists and scholars work from an abolitionist, no borders agenda to foster the understanding that freedom of movement and freedom to inhabit are necessarily connected and important for creating a more just and free world?
Join editors Jenna M. Loyd, Matt Mitchelson, and Andrew Burridge in discussion of BEYOND WALLS AND CAGES: PRISONS, BORDERS, AND GLOBAL CRISIS
SUNDAY, APRIL 7th: 6PM
**this event is in conjunction with the regularly scheduled Occupy U workshop: http://www.occupyu.org
BEYOND WALLS AND CAGES challenges the idea that borders and prisons create safety, security, and order. Instead, walls and cages fortify wealth and power inequalities, racism, gender and sexual oppression. They rely on, and mobilize, fear and the promise of security to naturalize the abandonment of increasing numbers of people who have been criminalized and subject to increased policing of daily life.
MORE about the book:
The crisis of borders and prisons can be seen starkly in statistics. In 2011 some 1,500 migrants died trying to enter Europe, and the United States deported nearly 400,000 and imprisoned some 2.3 million people—more than at any other time in history. International borders are increasingly militarized places embedded within domestic policing and imprisonment and entwined with expanding prison-industrial complexes. Beyond Walls and Cages offers scholarly and activist perspectives on these issues and explores how the international community can move toward a more humane future.
Working at a range of geographic scales and locations, contributors examine concrete and ideological connections among prisons, migration policing and detention, border fortification, and militarization. They challenge the idea that prisons and borders create safety, security, and order, showing that they can be forms of coercive mobility that separate loved ones, disempower communities, and increase shared harms of poverty. Walls and cages can also fortify wealth and power inequalities, racism, and gender and sexual oppression.
As governments increasingly rely on criminalization and violent measures of exclusion and containment, strategies for achieving change are essential. Beyond Walls and Cages develops abolitionist, no borders, and decolonial analyses and methods for social change, showing how seemingly disconnected forms of state violence are interconnected. Creating a more just and free world—whether in the Mexico-U.S. borderlands, the Morocco-Spain region, South Africa, Montana, or Philadelphia—requires that people who are most affected become central to building alternatives to global crosscurrents of criminalization and militarization.
Contributors: Olga Aksyutina, Stokely Baksh, Cynthia Bejarano, Anne Bonds, Borderlands Autonomist, Collective, Andrew Burridge, Irina Contreras, Renee Feltz, Luis A. Fernandez, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Amy Gottlieb, Gael Guevara, Zoe Hammer, Julianne Hing, Subhash Kateel, Jodie M. Lawston, Bob Libal, Jenna M. Loyd, Lauren Martin, Laura McTighe, Matt Mitchelson, Maria Cristina Morales, Alison Mountz, Ruben R. Murillo, Joseph Nevins, Nicole Porter, Joshua M. Price, Said Saddiki, Micol Seigel, Rashad Shabazz, Christopher Stenken, Proma Tagore, Margo Tamez, Elizabeth Vargas, Monica W. Varsanyi, Mariana Viturro, Harsha Walia, Seth Freed Wessler.