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Bend the Bars Conference August 23 in Lansing!

You’re invited to Bend the Bars 2019, a day-and-a-half long conference about strategies and tactics for supporting the prisoner movement and the struggle for a world without prisons. Where: Cristo Rey Church, 201 W Miller Rd, Lansing, MI 48911 When: August 23-24th, 2019 RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScWK3qtogXunstLcZYFgtVLT3yxh2DsQyUO1MtWC7WDRBfZ9g/viewform Read more as well as stay up-to-date on conference happenings on … Continue reading Bend the Bars Conference August 23 in Lansing!

Pack the Court: Support MI Prisoner Curtis Jones

When: May 31, 2019, 8:45am Where: Federal Courthouse, 410 W Michigan Ave # 107, Kalamazoo, MI 49007 Please come to Kalamazoo, MI to support Curtis Jones (#221006) in his civil action case against Michigan Department of Corrections. In 2015, he was placed in administrative segregation with a broken window in the middle of winter (February … Continue reading Pack the Court: Support MI Prisoner Curtis Jones

The Opening Statement – Spring 2019

OPENING STATEMENT – SPRING 2019 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 name … Continue reading The Opening Statement – Spring 2019

Beyond the Walls: Strategies of Solidarity Against the Carceral State

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.

Beyond The Walls: Prisoner Newsletter Release + Film Screening

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

The Opening Statement – Winter 2019

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

Support MDOC Whistleblower Todd Wentworth

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

The Opening Statement – Fall 2018

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