Check out the first in a series of video interviews between CeCe McDonald, Dean Spade and myself leading up to our in person conversation April 21st the New School!
On February 7th at 4PM EST please join me for an online discussion based on these a series of videos I made with Dean about prisons, Trans & gnc communities, the moral panic around psychiatric disabilities and where to go from here!
Register today and join us for this exciting experiment in creating online learning spaces that contribute to activist conversations.
Save The Date! I’ll be joining my Captive Genders editor Eric A Stanley & Ryan Conrad at Wesleyan on Friday April 26th to imagine queer and trans resistance to the prison industrial complex! If you are in town please join us, its free!
Not that the Mayor or Department of Corrections has ever cared about the lives of people living in NYC jails & detention centers -or communities facing disproportionate policing for that matter- but Bloomberg has again refused to evacuate anyone on Rikers Island, which is incredibly vulnerable to Hurricane Sandy given that its a water-locked landfill!
To read more about the story, Salon posted this article about Bloomberg’s decision.
Mother Jones covered the story during Hurricane Irene here
TAKE ACTION! Call 212-NEW-YORK and urge them to evacuate detainees!
“I have the money; I got it from Black people — they’ve made me financially able to have it —and I want to use it in ways that will help our people.” —Aretha Franklin on offering to bail out Angela Davis. For all the people who thought Harry Belafonte had no right to question Jay & Bey on Black entertainer’s lack of commitment to Black struggle (different from charity, Beyonce. Love you, boo) - Kenyon Farrow
Sylvia Rivera Law Project Prison Penpal Postcards have arrived! Designed by Sylvia Rivera Law Project Prisoner Advisory Committee member Giovanni Germanotti.
Please come out on Thursday, August 16th to learn about Sylvia Rivera Law Projects’s detention work & join in on the postcard project party!
6:30-8:30pm at SRLP. Light refreshments & metrocards provided. All are welcome! 147 W 24th St., 5th Floor. Building has elevator.
(photo by Gabriel Foster)
this is a beautiful article by Toshio Meronek, editor of Critical Resistance newspaper The Abolitionist, about the relationship between queer & trans people, the prison industrial complex and the histories of prison abolitionist organizing.
must read article by Captive Genders co-editor Eric A Stanley & Normal Life author Dean Spade!
hey NYC area friends!
i’m doing another event at the New Museum this coming Thursday and I would love for you to be there! it will feature two amazing artists, Chris Vargas & Eric A Stanley, who will screen their prison break film, CRIMINAL QUEERS!
Jeannine Tang & I will moderate the conversation, it should be great.
did i mention its free? it is *free!*
here’s the full description, i hope to see you there!
Thursday June 7, 2012, 7:30 pm
New Museum Theater
As transgender issues, artists, and theory have received greater recognition in contemporary art discourses and institutions since the 2000s, activist Reina Gossett, art historian Jeannine Tang will discuss the role of art and artists in recent movement building, and how contemporary art figures in critical trans politics today.
This will feature a screening of the film “Criminal Queers,” followed by a conversation with filmmakers Eric A. Stanley and Chris Vargas. ”Criminal Queers” visualizes a radical trans/queer struggle against the prison industrial complex and toward a world without walls.
Remembering that prison breaks are both a theoretical and material practice of freedom, this film imagines what spaces might be opened up if crowbars, wigs, and metal files become tools for transformation.
By expropriating the “prison break” genre the question of form and content collapse into a rhythm of affective histories as images of possibility materializes even after possibility itself is foreclosed.
Follow Yoshi, Joy, Susan and Lucy as they fiercely read everything from the Human Rights Campaign and hate crimes legislation to the non-profitization of social movements. Criminal Queers grows our collective liberation by working to abolish the multiple ways our hearts, genders, and desires are confined.
This event is supported by the New Museum, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, and the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. A parallel conversation on recent organizing and movement building will be hosted by Sylvia Rivera Law Project on Friday, June 8 at 6pm. ** Reina Gossett is a trans activist working at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project as Director of Membership and was formerly director of the Welfare Organizing Project at Queers for Economic Justice as well as a Soros Justice Fellow on staff at Critical Resistance.
Eric A. Stanley works at the intersections of radical trans/queer aesthetics, theories of state violence, and visual culture. While completing a PhD in the History of Consciousness department at UCSC, Eric along with Chris Vargas, directed the films Homotopia (2006) and Criminal Queers (2012) which have been screened at Palais de Tokyo, LACE, Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow and SF Cameraworks among numerous other venues. Eric is also the editor of Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex (AK Press, 2011) which was recenlty selected as a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award.
Jeannine Tang is an art historian teaching as Academic Advisor at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, while completing her doctoral work at the Courtauld Institute of Art.
Chris E. Vargas is a film and video maker based in Oakland, CA, whose thematic interests include queer radicalism, transgender hirstory, and imperfect role models. He earned his MFA in Art Practice from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2011. Since 2008, he has been making, in collaboration with Greg Youmans, the web-based trans/cisgender sitcom Falling In Love…with Chris and Greg. Episodes of the series have screened at numerous film festivals and art venues, including MIX NYC, SF Camerawork, and the Tate Modern. With Eric Stanley, Vargas co-directed the movie Homotopia (2006) and its feature-length sequel Criminal Queers (2012). His solo video projects include Extraordinary Pregnancies (2010), Liberaceón (2011), and ONE for all… (2012).
** During the run of the exhibition “Museum as Hub: Carlos Motta: We Who Feel Differently,” Motta invites local queer artists, activists, and academics to hold public events on select Thursday evenings in the Museum as Hub. Events include a conversation about transgender issues in contemporary art, a lecture on queer and feminist theologies, a workshop on HIV/AIDS activism today, a “cruising” walk, a presentation of a book about queer responses to gay inclusion in the military, and a collective reading of queer texts, all of which address critical issues of contemporary queer culture in the United States.