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Victoria Law, author of "Prisons Make Us Safer": And 20 Other Myths About Mass Incarceration, and Sarah Mirk, author of Guantanamo Voices: True Accounts from the World’s Most Infamous Prison

Event date: 
Sunday, May 9, 2021 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Charis welcomes Victoria Law in conversation with Sarah Mirk for a unique perspective on the issue of mass incarceration, one that considers those who are often invisible or forgotten in our discussions of mass incarceration. "Prisons Make Us Safer": And 20 Other Myths About Mass Incarceration is an accessible guide for activists, educators, and all who are interested in understanding how the prison system oppresses communities and harms individuals. Guantanamo Voices: True Accounts from the World’s Most Infamous Prison is an anthology of illustrated narratives about the prison and the lives it changed forever. This event takes place on crowdcast, Charis' virtual event platform. Register here.

Victoria Law has been researching and writing about incarceration, gender, and resistance since 2000. She is the author of Resistance Behind Bars and the coauthor of Prison By Any Other Name. Law has written about prisons and other forms of confinement for outlets including the New York TimesThe NationWired, and Bloomberg Businessweek. She is a co-founder of Books Through Bars–NYC and the longtime editor of the zine Tenacious: Art and Writings by Women in Prison. Connect with her at victorialaw.net or on Twitter @LVikkiml.

Journalist Victoria Law explains how racism and social control were the catalysts for mass incarceration and have continued to be its driving force: from the post-Civil War laws that states passed to imprison former slaves, to the laws passed under the “War Against Drugs” campaign that disproportionately imprisons Black people. She breaks down these complicated issues into four main parts: 

   1. The rise and cause of mass incarceration 
   2. Myths about prison 
   3. Misconceptions about incarcerated people 
   4. How to end mass incarceration 

Prisons Make Us Safer is a necessary guide for all who are interested in learning about the cause and rise of mass incarceration and how we can dismantle it.

Sarah Mirk is a graphic journalist, editor, and teacher. She is the author of Guantanamo Voices (Abrams, 2020), an illustrated oral history of Guantanamo Bay prison, which Kirkus called “extraordinary… an eye-opening, damning indictment of one of America’s worst trespasses.” She is also a zine-maker and illustrator whose comics have been featured in The Nib, The New Yorker, Bitch, and NPR.

In January 2002, the United States sent a group of Muslim men they suspected of terrorism to a prison in Guantánamo Bay. They were the first of roughly 780 prisoners who would be held there—and 40 inmates still remain. Eighteen years later, very few of them have been ever charged with a crime. In Guantánamo Voices, journalist Sarah Mirk and her team of diverse, talented graphic novel artists tell the stories of ten people whose lives have been shaped and affected by the prison, including former prisoners, lawyers, social workers, and service members. This collection of illustrated interviews explores the history of Guantánamo and the world post-9/11, presenting this complicated partisan issue through a new lens.

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“Prisons Make Us Safer”: And 20 Other Myths about Mass Incarceration (Myths Made in America) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780807029527
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Beacon Press - April 6th, 2021

An accessible guide for activists, educators, and all who are interested in understanding how the prison system oppresses communities and harms individuals.


Prison by Any Other Name: The Harmful Consequences of Popular Reforms Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781620973103
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: New Press - July 21st, 2020

A crucial indictment of widely embraced alternatives to incarceration that exposes how many of these new approaches actually widen the net of punishment and surveillance

But what does it mean--really--to celebrate reforms that convert your home into your prison?
--Michelle Alexander, from the foreword


Guantanamo Voices: True Accounts from the World’s Most Infamous Prison Cover Image
By Sarah Mirk, Various (Illustrator), Omar El Akkad (Introduction by)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781419746901
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Abrams ComicArts - September 8th, 2020

An anthology of illustrated narratives about the prison and the lives it changed forever
 
In January 2002, the United States sent a group of Muslim men they suspected of terrorism to a prison in Guantánamo Bay. They were the first of roughly 780 prisoners who would be held there—and 40 inmates still remain.


Event Summary: 
Charis welcomes Victoria Law in conversation with Sarah Mirk for a unique perspective on the issue of mass incarceration, one that considers those who are often invisible or forgotten in our discussions of mass incarceration.