Join us Monday, April 15th at 6pm as we celebrate and distribute the newest issue of the journal, hear firsthand accounts about state repression and prisoner resistance in Michigan and discuss how you can get involved with MAPS’ efforts to support prisoner struggles. We hope you leave this event with practical methods of connecting with prisoner-writers as well as the broader movement, led by prisoners, against the carceral state.
Come celebrate the Winter 2019 issue of The Opening Statement with MAPS and friends! Join us March 2nd at 6:00pm Riverside Arts Center - 76 N. Huron St. Ypsilanti, MI featuring a screening of The Prison in Twelve Landscapes by Brett Story The Opening Statement is a quarterly newsletter written for and primarily by incarcerated … Continue reading Beyond The Walls: Prisoner Newsletter Release + Film Screening
Opening Statement - Winter 2019 (PDF) Click the link to download PDF The Opening Statement is a free quarterly newsletter that features articles written by those currently imprisoned by the state of Michigan. We publish poetry, political writing and opinion pieces, as well as other relevant pieces by non-incarcerate authors. We include author names (legal … Continue reading The Opening Statement – Winter 2019
Last summer at Alger County Correctional Facility a queer black prisoner named Rodriguez Montez Burks was being harassed and threatened by a homophobic cellmate. Burks repeatedly asked to be moved to a different cell but the guards refused Burks’ request for safety. Burks’ cellmate finally snapped and killed Burks explicitly because of Burks’ sexuality. We … Continue reading Support MDOC Whistleblower Todd Wentworth
Opening Statement - Fall 2018 (PDF) Click the link to download PDF The Opening Statement is a free quarterly newsletter that features articles written by those currently imprisoned by the state of Michigan. We publish poetry, political writing and opinion pieces, as well as other relevant pieces by non-incarcerate authors. We include author names (legal … Continue reading The Opening Statement – Fall 2018
This video coverage of a MAPS protests shows describes how “a group of community members made up of anti-prison activists and people who've spent time behind bars themselves marched through downtown Lansing this afternoon to raise awareness about a nationwide prisoner strike.” It features an interview with a MAPS organizer.
This Michigan Radio interview features Dennis Boatwright, a man formerly incarcerated in the Michigan prison system, describing the importance of supporting prisoner protests and of paying attention to the demands issued during the national prisoner strike.
This article from the San Francisco Bay View describes the protest march organized by MAPS to draw attention to the national prison strike.
This Teen Vogue article, written by two MAPS organizers, describes some of the reasons that prisoners around the country were launching a nation-wide prisoner strike.
How to get involved with flyering: Get in touch with us Send us an email so we can coordinate dropping off flyers and info to you. Flyering process: Pick a spot We have a list of suggestions, but we also trust your judgement. Places where you are going to interface with many people quickly are ideal … Continue reading Flyer for us!