By Nat Smith, Eric A. Stanley
Pathologized, terrorized, and limited, trans/gender non-conforming and queer fogeys have constantly struggled opposed to the enormity of the legal business complicated. the 1st selection of its sort, Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith collect present and previous prisoners, activists, and lecturers to provide new methods for realizing how race, gender, skill, and sexuality are lived below the crushing weight of captivity. via a politic of gender self-determination, this assortment argues that trans/queer liberation and legal abolition has to be grown jointly. From rioting opposed to police violence and critiquing hate crimes laws to prisoners tough entry to HIV drugs, and much past, Captive Genders is a problem for us all to affix the struggle.
"An intriguing assemblage of writings--analyses, manifestos, tales, interviews--that traverse the advanced entanglements of surveillance, policing, imprisonment, and the creation of gender normativity.... [T]he members to this quantity create new frameworks and new vocabularies that absolutely may have a transformative impression at the theories and practices of twenty-first century abolition."--Angela Y. Davis, professor emerita, college of California, Santa Cruz
"The objective of legal abolition is to find and advertise the numerous methods freedom and distinction are at the same time established. The members to Captive Genders brilliantly shatter the idea that the antidote to risk is human sacrifice."--Ruth Wilson Gilmore, writer of Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, problem, and competition in Globalizing California
"Captive Genders is without delay a scathing and precious research of the legal business advanced and a heritage of queer resistance to country tyranny. through queering a felony abolition research, Captive Genders strikes us to visualize the very unlikely dream of liberation."--Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, writer of So many ways to Sleep Badly
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Extra resources for Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex
For a deeper examination of the FBI’s attack on radical movements, see Ward Churchill and Jim Vander Wall’s The COINTELPRO Papers: Documents from the FBI’s Secret War Against Domestic Dissent, published by South End Press in 1990. Also see the Freedom Archive’s 2006 documentary Legacy of Torture: The War Against the Black Liberation Movement about the important case of the San Francisco 8. html. 19. See Justice Now co-founder Cassandra Shaylor’s essay “Neither Kind Nor Gentle: The Perils of ‘Gender Responsive Justice’” in The Violence of Incarceration, edited by Phil Scraton and Jude McCulloch, published by Routledge in 2008.
22 Building an Abolitionist Trans and Queer Movement EXAMPLE: In the 1980s, the US government declared a “War on Drugs” and drastically increased mandatory sentences for violating drug prohibition laws. It also created new prohibitions for accessing public housing, public benefits, and higher education for people convicted of drug crimes. The result was the imprisonment of over one million people a year, the permanent marginalization and disenfranchisement for people convicted, and a new set of military and foreign policy intervention justifications for the United States to take brutal action in Latin America.
This powerful organizing posed a significant threat to the legitimacy of US power and capitalist empire more broadly, and therefore needed to be contained. These movements were undermined by two main strategies: First, the radical movements of the 1960s and ’70s were criminalized, with the US government using tactics of imprisonment, torture, sabotage, and assassination to target and destroy groups like the Black Panthers, American Indian Movement, and Young Lords, among others. 17 These developments left significant sections of the radical left traumatized and decimated, wiping out a generation of revolutionaries and shifting the terms of resistance from revolution and transformation to inclusion and reform, prioritizing state- and foundation-sanctioned legal reforms and social services over mass organizing and direct action.