Written by shane on October 1, 2009 – 8:29 pm -
On Thursday the 10th of September 09, the Imprisoned People and Social Justice Forum was held at the Koori Heritage Trust down on King Street.
The forum was organised by the Decarceration Working Group, with support and collaboration from Flat Out, Sisters Inside, the Centre for the Human Rights of Imprisoned People and the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention Legal Service.
The day aimed to facilitate discussions on systemic issues in imprisonment, strategies for decarceration and social justice for imprisoned men and women in Victoria, with input from national and international speakers including formerly imprisoned people.
This is a special Done by Law podcast series, where you can download and listen to some of the highlights recorded on the day.
To see the rest of the Audio from the day and a ISJF program flyer, click on the Podcasts Tab at the top of the page and see ‘Imprisoned People and Social Justice Forum # 2′
Morning Session. Angela Davis: A graduate student of political philosopher Herbert Marcuse at Brandeis University, Davis became a member of the Communist Party and a controversial activist. In 1971, she was charged with the Soledad Brothers murders in Marin County. The trial sparked an international campaign in support of her innocence and she was acquitted. A distinguished teacher and writer, author of recently released book "Are Prisons Obsolete": Play Now
Morning Session. Kim Pate: Kim is the executive Director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS). The CAEFS is a federation of autonomous societies which works with, and on behalf of, women involved with the justice system, particularly women in conflict with the law. Kim is a mother (Michael is 18 and Madison is 10), she teaches a course in Defending Battered Women on Trial, and has also taught Prison Law at the law school at the University of Ottawa, in addition to her work with CAEFS. : Play Now
Panel 1. Rachel Herzing: Organising Againt the Prison Industrial Complex USA. Rachel is the Director of Research and Organising at Creative Interventions, a community resource centre developing community-based interventions to intimate and interpersonal violence without relying on state responses such as policing and imprisonment. Rachel is also a co-founder and member of Critical Resistance, a US-based organisation dedicated to dismantling the prison industrial complex. : Play Now
Panel 1. David Denborough: The author of Beyond the Prison: Gathering Dreams of Freedom and one of the founders of the Preventing Prisoner Rape Project. He works at Dulwich Centre in Adelaide: www.dulwichcentre.com.au. He can be contacted c/o email@example.com: Play Now
Panel 2. Cassandra Shaylor: Cassandra is an attorney and activist based in Oakland, CA. She is the co-founder of Justice Now, an abolitionist organistion and training centre focused on people in US women’s prisons. Her academic work focuses on issues of women in prison, abolition, and the intersection of race, sexuality and gender in the prison industrial complex. Prior to co-founding Justice Now, Cassandra was a staff attorney at Legal Service for Prisoners with Children. Over the years she has been active with numerous anti-prison organistions, including co-founding Critical Resistance and organising with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners. She received her BA from Smith College, a JD from Washington College of Law and a PhD from the Department of History of Consciousness at UC Santa Cruz. She recently completed an apprenticeship with a metal smith in hopes of becoming a jewelry-maker.: Play Now
Tags: Angela Davis
, Cassandra Shaylor
, David Denborough
, Kim Pate
, Rachel Herzig
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