Sent from Federal Medical Center (prison) Carswell, Fort Worth, Texas
This is a cry from deep in my soul on behalf of my sisters–abused, forgotten, made marginal. We are always aware of our place on the rungs of the ladder of oppression based on race and class and sex.
Since this needs be brief I want to first talk about sisters Indian–Asian and Native American. It is the most difficult concept to conceive of the evil predatory communities these women on different sides of the world live in. Rape is VIOLENCE not sex. It has been routine for men to absolutely do as they will without any fear of retribution legally. There have been no courts to Prosecute, to PUNISH. My first rejoinder is always to urge self-defense–that will always get a woman to Court. But she may be the victim again. Right now, the Congress has passed a “law” that we hope will protect Native Indian women here. But there have been many “Laws”. There is greater hope in India where there has been a righteous female uprising that cannot, will not be ignored.
Briefly I just want to mention –women who are not in the cruel world but suffer behind bars –cages, if you will. Some of us are political –here because the Government has criminalized our actions or framed us –I call out to you to Remember and Cherish Marie Mason, a “green warrior”, Afiia Siddique ” a heroine in her own Pakistan for her brave resistance”, and also Me–Still fighting, Still Struggling. Still loving you all.
As you can see, they include friends in Amsterdam, doing a solidarity action for which I did nothing but bury my head that day. Anyway, they’re awesome, and we could use some help building this site – contact the PRCC or IPW if you’d like to become a contributor / imprisoned women’s rights watcher. ———-
Today March 8th 2010 is International Women´s Day. A good day to start this new blog for and with all women who are in prisons everywhere in the world.
This blog is connected to the International Prison Watch Weblogs, which is a growing network of sites where information about prisons, prisoner rights, abuse of prisoners and more is gathered and documented, with the goal to expose human rights abuses and from there to push for reform.
Here are a few photos of Amsterdammers showing solidarity with imprisoned women:
At the little square dedicated to thoughts for Peace we showed our solidarity…
And here at the Monument in remembrance of Slavery, Oosterpark, Amsterdam, we showed our solidarity with women who are imprisoned.