Prison, Police, & state violence
This section focuses on violences against and within marginalized communities, specifically related to police brutality, the prison industrial complex, violence in Indian Country, and resistance. Please email email@example.com if you have any suggestions on resources to add.
PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX & police brutality
Several places already have excellent reading lists related to the prison industrial complex in the US, including the Prison Abolition Syllabus by the African American Intellectual History Society (which includes topics like "Anti-Lynching and Prisoner Defense Campaigns" and includes first person sources), this list from the Prison Culture website/blog and this reading list from Melanie Newport's blog "Exploring the History of the Jail Crisis". Below are more resources and readings.
“In the turmoil over race and policing, children pay a steep emotional price” by Yamiche Alcindor
For Peshawar, a poem by Fatimah Asghar
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. The New Press (January 16, 2012) Pdf of introduction available here.
Field Trip to the Museum of Natural History, a poem by Franny Choi
Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Y. Davis (full book)
“The Grief That White Americans Can’t Share” by Nikole Hannah-Jones
The House I Live In, a film by Eugene Jarecki (a documentary about the “War on Drugs” and the people most impacted by it). The link is to the film’s website, not the film itself.
Moving Towards Home, a poem by June Jordan
“A Brief History of Slavery and the Origin of American Policing” by Victor E. Kappeler
Excerpt from “The Prison-Industrial Complex: An Investment in Failure,”by Michael J. Love, May 1998.
When the Officer Caught Me, a poem by Nate Marshall
Queer (In)justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States by Joey L. Mogul, Andrea J. Ritchie, and Kay Whitlock. Beacon Press (January 24, 2012)
“The American Indian in the White Man’s Prison: A Story of Genocide, 1989” by Little Rock (Timothy) Reed
Citizens Police Data Project is an online, Chicago based platform to inform citizens on law enforcement misconduct and increase police accountability
Ferguson Response Network website
#GetFreeWrites: Writing Prompts on Police Brutality and Racial Violence by the Dark Noise Collective
“Hands Up Don’t Shoot” Issue of Winter Tangerine Review
How Writers Can Join the Fight Against Police Violence by the Dark Noise Collective
Killed by Police, online database
A Visual Guide to the Police Misconduct Complaint Process (Chicago specific) by Jean Cochrane
Poems About Police Violence by Project NIA
Police Union Contract Project focuses on police union accountability across the nation.
Prison Abolition Syllabus, African American Intellectual History Society
Stop the School to Prison Pipeline (Volume 26, Issue 2, Winter 2010/2011), a journal by Rethinking Education. There are several free articles, or you can purchase the whole journal edition for $4.95 on the Rethinking Education website.
Resistance and Mobilization
Ferguson: In Defense of Rioting by Darlene Cunha
Abolition Democracy: Beyond Empires, Prison, and Torture, Interviews with Angela Davis (full book)
“Letter from Birmingham Jail,” by Martin Luther King, Jr. April 16, 1963
Arrest records of Rosa Parks, National Archives
The Suyama Project, Digital Archive of Japanese American Resistance to Incarceration
“Lynch Law in America,” by Ida B. Wells (1900)
“This Awful Slaughter,”by Ida B. Wells (1909)
A Protest is Not A Riot, Popaganda podcast episode
disability justice & state violence
- Police violence frequently targets disabled black people - and we hardly ever talk about it by Rachel Anspach
- Punished Twice: Prisons basically ignore the Americans with Disabilities Act, leaving a third of inmates facing abuse and neglect by Erika Eichelberger
- Locked Down: On Disability and Incarceration by Cheryl Green
- Mother/Activist, Kerima Çevik, Tells Why Police Crisis/Disability Training Is Not The Answer by Leroy Moore
- Making Hard Time Harder: Programmatic Accommodations for Inmates with Disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act by Rachael Seevers
- Having the Option: Alissa Afonina/Sasha Mizaree On Her Case and Being a Disabled Sex Worker by Caty Simon
- How Misunderstanding Disability leads to Police Violence by David M. Perry and Lawrence Carter-Long
- Locked Down: The Link Between Disability and Incarceration episode by Popaganda Podcast
Violence in Indian Country
The Native Lives Matter Syllabus which we created has a plethora of resources related to violence against Native Americans (police violence, incarceration, violence against women, historical framework)
“Policing the Crisis of Indigenous Lives: An Interview with the Red Nation” by Christina Heatherton