A panel on trans/queer folks, mass incarceration and the politics of abolition.
Tuesday, October 25 · 7:00pm – 9:00pm
NYU Kimmel Center, Rosenthal 10th Floor
60 Washington Square South
Free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.
Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex (AK Press)
Pathologized, terrorized, and confined, trans/gender non-conforming and queer folks have always struggled against the enormity of the prison industrial complex. The first collection of its kind, Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith bring together current and former prisoners, activists, and academics to offer new ways for understanding how race, gender, ability, and sexuality are lived under the crushing weight of captivity. Through a politic of gender self-determination, this collection argues that trans/queer liberation and prison abolition must be grown together. From rioting against police violence and critiquing hate crimes legislation to prisoners demanding access to HIV medications, and far beyond, Captive Genders is a challenge for us all to join the struggle.
Eric A. Stanley works at the intersections of radical trans/queer politics, theories of state violence, and visual culture. Eric co-edited Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex (AK Press, 2011) and along with Chris Vargas, directed the films Homotopia (2006) and Criminal Queers (2011).
Ralowe T. Ampu is the seductive fragrance wafting through milieus of unbridled danger and intrigue. Yes, whether it be outing gay Castro realtors as AIDS profiteers with ACT UP and GAY SHAME or trying to free the New Jersey 4, or prevent the non-profit management company in her SRO from killing her neighbors, Ralowe is there.
Reina Gossett lives in Brooklyn & works at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project supporting SRLP’s membership and community organizing work. She believes creativity & imagination are crucial for growing strong communities and practicing self-determination.
Nadia Guidotto is a Contract Faculty at York University in Department of Political Science. Her current research analyzes intersex and how authoritative discourses like medicine and law support each another in maintaining a hierarchy of bodies.
Toshio Meronek is on the editorial collective for The Abolitionist, Critical Resistance’s newspaper and runs whereslulu.com, a website on disability and popular culture.
Michelle Potts is a PhD student in the department of Rhetoric at UC Berkeley. Her work looks at the intersections of labour, race and health. She lives in Oakland, CA.
Kimma Walker lives in East Orange, NJ and is the PROUD MOTHER of Terrain Dandridge who is one of the New Jersey 4. http://freenj4.wordpress.com/
Event cosponsored by Counterpublic NYC.