Victoria Law visits Twin Cities to celebrate 25 years of the Women’s Prison Book Project 

Victoria Law

The Women’s Prison Book Project (WPBP) is celebrating its 25th year in operation on Oct. 12, 2019. The project has sent requested books to women in prison and, for the past several years, to transgender prisoners locked up nationwide within America’s criminal justice system of mass incarceration.
For our commemoration, WPBP is bringing well-known journalist, activist and author Victoria Law to the Twin Cities for five days of events at various locations, Oct. 9 – 13.
Her first book, “Resistance behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women,” appeared in 2009 and was re-edited in 2012. Her articles appear regularly on Truthout, and in Bitchmedia, The Nation, and Solitary Watch, as well as recently on the editorial page of The New York Times.
With co-author China Martens, she wrote “Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways to Support Families in Social Justice Movements and Communities,” and she has an upcoming book, co-written with Maya Schenwar, editor-in-chief of Truthout, entitled, “Your Home Is Your Prison.”
Ms. Law has been working in prisoner support organizations since 1996 when she helped begin New York City’s Books Through Bars, which sends free books to prisoners in the United States.
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
University of Minnesota (402 Walter Library)
117 Pleasant St. SE, Mpls. 55455
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 6 to 9 p.m.
Hamline University (Location TBA)
Engendering Justice class in conjunction with members of the Prison Doula Initiative. Room will be provided for observers. Location: TBA
Thursday, Oct. 10, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Hamline University (Center for Justice & Law)
A talk on current mass incarceration hot spots: immigration detention, giving birth in prisons and jails, health care in detention. Free and open to the public.
Friday, Oct. 11, 1 p.m.
KFAI —Fresh Air Radio 90.3 FM, interview on air with Lydia
Friday, Oct. 11, 6:30 p.m.
Peace and Justice Building
4200 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls. 55407
Minneapolis Communities United Against Police Brutality, Every Prison Sentence Starts with a Cop.
Panel discussion with Victoria Law and others, exploring the nexus between policing and prison with an eye toward impacting the system further upstream to reduce the prison population.
Saturday, Oct.12, 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Boneshaker Books
2002 23rd Ave. S., Mpls. 55404
Talk on community building and book signing,
Saturday, Oct. 12, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Bryant Lake Bowl
810 W. Lake St., Mpls. 55408
Celebrating 25 years of the Women’s Prison Book Project Food provided, but not drinks, for attendees.
Sunday, October 13, noon to 3 p.m.
Boneshaker Books
2002 23rd Ave. S., Mpls. 55404
WPBP Mailing

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