Beyond Walls and Cages: April 17

April 15, 2013

Learn more about Beyond Walls and Cages, a coalition of journalists, researchers and organizers working “to develop abolitionist, no borders, and decolonial strategies for social justice and liberation.” Representatives of the group will talk about their work between noon and 1 p.m. in Sanchez, Room 284.

From the website:

The crisis of borders and prisons can be seen starkly in statistics. In 2011 some 1,500 migrants died trying to enter Europe, and the United States deported nearly 400,000 and imprisoned some 2.3 million people—more than at any other time in history. International borders are increasingly militarized places embedded within domestic policing and imprisonment and entwined with expanding prison-industrial complexes. Beyond Walls and Cages offers scholarly and activist perspectives on these issues and explores how the international community can move toward a more humane future.

Working at a range of geographic scales and locations, contributors examine concrete and ideological connections among prisons, migration policing and detention, border fortification, and militarization. They challenge the idea that prisons and borders create safety, security, and order, showing that they can be forms of coercive mobility that separate loved ones, disempower communities, and increase shared harms of poverty. Walls and cages can also fortify wealth and power inequalities, racism, and gender and sexual oppression.

Learn more about the book here:




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