If our understanding begins not just with the current virus but rather with the decades of what Ruth Wilson Gilmore describes as the state-sanctioned and extralegal production of vulnerability to premature death for Michigan’s racialized and poor populations, then our response should avoid appeals to go back to the way things were before, to “business as usual.” The pandemic, the various responses of the state, and the ensuing rebellions have illuminated the deep link between normalcy and death.
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: Red Cedar Friends Meeting House 1400 Turner Rd, Lansing, MI 48906 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 … Continue reading Bend the Bars Conference August 23 in Lansing!
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
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!
Preface written by MAPS (Michigan Abolition and Prisoner Solidarity). Press release written by Jailhouse Lawyers Speak. To download 8.5x11" color zine, follow this link. To download 8.5x11" black & white zine, follow this link. To print zine: print double-sided and flip on short side. The United States incarcerates the highest number of people in … Continue reading National Prison Strike: Jailhouse Lawyers Speak Press Release
250-plus people were transferred in retaliation for the strike and protest at Kinross Correctional Facility in northern Michigan in September 2016 . A reported 20 to 30 remain in maximum security (level V) despite being approved for transfer to lower levels over seven months ago. The official reason given for the delay is lack of … Continue reading Enough Already! Call In to End the Extreme Retaliation Against Kinross Prisoners
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 5/14/2018: GROUP PROTESTS RESTRICTIVE MAIL POLICY IN MICHIGAN PRISONS East Lansing, MI – A dozen supporters of prisoners visited a quiet, residential East Lansing neighborhood Sunday afternoon to deliver Mother’s Day greeting cards to the home of Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) Director Heidi Washington. The cards – some absurdly large, some … Continue reading GROUP PROTESTS RESTRICTIVE MAIL POLICY IN MICHIGAN PRISONS
Containing the Crisis is a historical analysis of issues relating to mass incarceration in the Midwest. This zine, written by the Rustbelt Abolition Research Collective (a project of MAPS) uses the lens of racial capitalism to connect deindustrialization in the Rustbelt with the rise of mass incarceration and the rebellions in Detroit in 1967 and … Continue reading Containing the Crisis: A History of Mass Incarceration and Rebellion in the Rustbelt