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Job opportunity with Free Battered Women [Sep. 18th, 2007|04:26 pm]
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Everyone who's looking for a job, or a better job, on my list might as well give this a chance. There's a mention of job sharing being possible, and even if you don't think you have the right experience you might end up working on a team with people who do, and you can learn a lot. This is a very progressive organization and I know the people there, and I'm sure they will find a way to work with those who need to take mass transit to get there or those with disabilities or who are atypical.

I personally know the leader of this group, and will put in a good word for anyone I know who applies.

Job Announcement : Free Battered Women Coordinator

Please post widely
Please post September 10, 2007
Responses due by October 8, 2007

* Are you passionate about ending domestic violence?
* Would you like to work in coalition with incarcerated survivors of domestic violence and former prisoners?
* Are you interested in helping to shape the future of Free Battered Women, a small grassroots, racial justice organization?

...then Free Battered Women has a job for you!

Free Battered Women is a statewide coalition that seeks to end the re-victimization of incarcerated survivors of domestic violence as part of the movement for racial justice and the struggle to resist all forms of intimate partner violence against women and transgender people. We achieve this through community organizing, parole advocacy, public education, media campaigns, and policy work. Since 2000, Free Battered Women and our allies have helped win 27 incarcerated domestic violence survivors’ release from prison!

We are looking for a Coordinator who can work with Free Battered Women’s 15-member activist Steering Committee to ensure our financial sustainability and growth. We hope to find a unique, creative person (or people) who combines a commitment to fundraising with a strong dedication to the freedom of incarcerated domestic violence survivors.

* Grant writing and grassroots fundraising in collaboration with the Steering Committee.
* Parole advocacy and participation in the California Habeas Project to win survivors’ release.
* Public education and media work about the need for incarcerated survivors’ freedom.

* Familiarity with domestic violence issues.
* Commitment to working with prisoners and former prisoners using a racial justice framework.
* Dedication to fundraising; previous fundraising experience preferred.
* Passion, imagination, and high energy.

This is a full-time equivalent position, with a possibility of job sharing. Full-time equivalent salary is $36,000 per year, plus benefits. The position will remain open until filled.

To apply:
Send your resume and a letter explaining why you are interested in the position and describing your relevant experience to jobs@freebatteredwomen.org or mail it to Free Battered Women, 1540 Market St. Suite 490, San Francisco, CA 94102, ATTN: Coordinator position. No calls, please.

Domestic violence survivors, formerly incarcerated people, loved ones of people in prison, people of color, queer, transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex people strongly encouraged to apply!
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Golden Gulag [Jan. 25th, 2007|03:57 pm]
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Oh and I see someone mentioned Craig Gilmore a few posts back. Just wanted to mention that Ruthie's new book has just been released....

Golden Gulag

Prisons, Surplus, Crisis and Opposition in Globalizing California

By Ruth Wilson Gilmore


California may lag behind many other states in high school graduation rates, welfare benefits and investment in public health, but when it comes to punishment, we rank at or near the top. We've crammed 173,000 convicts into the nation's largest prison system, designed to house at least one-third less. Our prison suicide and recidivism rates approach twice the national average. And we have one of the most extravagant penal systems in the country, costing taxpayers about the same as the state spends on higher education. Read the rest of the article here.
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Which Way The Wind is Blowing [Jan. 25th, 2007|03:55 pm]
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This should be cause for alarm.
I'm now actively working on getting out of this country.

Report: Prisoners Live Longer Than People Outside
By Associated Press
January 22, 2007

WASHINGTON — State prison inmates, particularly blacks, are living longer on average than people on the outside, the government said yesterday.

Inmates in state prisons are dying at an average yearly rate of 250 out of every 100,000, according to the latest figures reported to the Justice Department by state prison officials. By comparison, the overall population of people between age 15 and 64 is dying at a rate of 308 a year.

For black inmates, the rate was 57% lower than among the overall black population — 206 versus 484. But white and Hispanic prisoners both had death rates slightly below their counterparts in the overall population.

The rest of the deaths — 89% — were due to medical reasons. Of those, two-thirds of inmates died of the medical problem that they had before they were admitted to prison.

Medical problems that were most common among both men and women in state prisons were heart disease, lung and liver cancer, liver diseases, and AIDS-related causes.

But the death rate among men was 72% higher than among women. Nearly one-quarter of the women who died had breast, ovarian, cervical, or uterine cancer.

Four percent of the men who died had prostate or testicular cancer.

More than half the inmates 65 or older who died in state prisons were at least 55 when they were admitted to prison.

State prison officials reported that 94% of their inmates who died from an illness had been evaluated by a medical professional for that illness, and 93% got medication for it.

Eighty-nine percent of these inmates had gotten X-rays, MRI exams, blood tests, and other diagnostic work, state prison officials told the bureau.
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Punishment and Death [Jan. 11th, 2007|09:22 am]
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Hi, I thought people here might be interested in the fact that the new issue of Radical History Review is on "Punishment and Death."

some articles include:
Educating Felons: Reflections on Higher Education in Prison
Heather Jane McCarty

Joining Forces: Prisons and Environmental Justice in Recent California Organizing
Rose Braz and Craig Gilmore

The Role of Mass Incarceration in Counterinsurgency: A Reflection on Caroline Elkins's Imperial Reckoning in Light of Recent Events
Helena Cobban

You can find it through university databases. Not sure where else, aside from directly ordering an issue.
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Guantanamo Protest [Jan. 6th, 2007|12:28 am]
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January 11th marks the fifth anniversary of the first detainees having been sent into Guantanamo Bay. There are going to be protests and vigils all over the country, is anyone heading out? I'm trying the gauge how many people will go out, especially for the vigil in NYC, being that it so close to DC I am hoping there will still be a good turn out in Manhatten.
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Life sentence for smoking a joint [Dec. 30th, 2006|04:43 pm]
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TYRONE BROWN Texas Prisoner #554317
Life in Prison for Smoking Marijuana: Tyrone's story
was featured on ABC TV's 20/20 show Nov 30/06.

He went in at age 20 ~ now 16 years later he's up for
parole ~ he could use your letters of support !

Please to view the 20/20 Webcast ~ click the link at:

Transcript: www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v06/n1516/a01.html

See: www.SaveMrBrown.com
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Palestinian families profiled, jailed with their young children [Dec. 29th, 2006|05:21 pm]
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This deception non-natives carry and,of course, patriots and mindslave citizens have that Amerikkka is a sympathetic country is one of the many recurring delusions that will continue to protect the brutalization America and its' collaborators reap.

And people such as Marc Jeffery Moore--instead of going after the terrorists and the criminals--he is going after some children and mothers, not caring about the image of our great America.Collapse )
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Very interesting prison issues survey you may want to fill out and mail in. [Dec. 14th, 2006|11:18 pm]
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California Prison State of Emergency [Oct. 5th, 2006|12:03 pm]
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State Prison Crowding Emergency Declared
Schwarzenegger's move could allow forcible transfers of inmates to out-of-state lockups.

By Jenifer Warren, Times Staff Writer
October 5, 2006

SACRAMENTO — With California's jam-packed prisons nearly out of room for more felons, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday proclaimed a state of emergency, an unusual move that could allow the transfer of inmates as soon as next month to other states without their consent.

The governor said he was taking the extraordinary step because teeming conditions have created a health risk and "extreme peril" for officers and inmates at 29 of the state's 33 prisons.

(click above to read the rest of the LA Times article)
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Book 'Em, a Books-to-Prisoners Program [Aug. 21st, 2006|12:34 pm]
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[mood |hopefulhopeful]

It was suggested I cross-post this information to this community--

If any of you lovely LJ people are the type of folks that like to send money to non-profits and take it off your taxes and such, please consider donating a little money to Book 'Em-- that's that volunteer collective I work with that sends educational books to people in prison, free of cost. In many cases, books-to-prisoners programs like Book 'Em are a prisoner's only resource for reading material, as prison libraries are shutting down all over the country, and in any case, often have little to offer.

It costs approx. $700-800 a month to operate the program, and the group has no real source of income. We used to have a small grant, but it ran out quite a while ago and a new source of grant money has yet to be found. We have been having fundraisers and benefit concerts with mixed success (lately, not very much success at all-- the benefits have been flopping) but we're seeming to constantly be at $0 level-- our volunteers are paying for the postage out of their own pocket, much of the time.

The average package we send costs 2 or 3 bucks, Media Mail. That means YOU can provide an educational, rehabilitative experience to 10 prisoners with few (if any) other educational resources in their life, for 20 to 30 dollars. This service also gives them a sense that there is still hope, and that they are still worthy of some human compassion. I don't know about you, but I see literacy and education as fundamental to any effort at rehabilitation for folks in prison.

You can send a book of stamps to:
Book 'Em
P.O. Box 71357
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(be sure to specify if you would like a donation receipt)

or to donate money, see our new webpage (still being built-- it will look better later) at:

If you prefer to send a check, send it to the P.O. Box mentioned above, payable to the Thomas Merton Center (they handle our finances) and put "Book 'Em" in the check memo.

If you would like any questions about the program answered, feel free to email me or ask me on LJ.

Please consider helping, either now or some time in the future. Thanks in advance!
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