Gender Trouble: Rethinking Feminist Safety in a Prison Nation
A Public Talk by Dr. Erica Meiners (Chicago, USA) presented by the Centre for the Human Rights of Imprisoned People (CHRIP), a project of Flat Out
Places are Limited. Register here:
Thursday 2 October, 2014 6:00pm-8:00pm
Victoria Trades Hall Council (Meeting Room 1)
Cnr. Victoria & Lygon Streets, Carlton South, Victoria
Entry by donation, light refreshments provided
The venue is wheelchair accessible, enter through the laneway off Lygon Street (through the carpark), Meeting Room 1 is on the ground floor and there are no steps to access it from this entrance.
Event Details: 
Decades of mass incarceration policies in the U.S are being rethought across the political spectrum. Prison closure, sentencing reform and decarceration – previously unthinkable for many – are now increasingly popular goals. 
Dr. Erica Meiners, visiting Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Education at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, will bring critical feminist analysis to this unique context. Topics to be addressed include the role of punishment in campaigns to end violence against women, the problems with sex offender registries, the control and regulation of people released from prison, justice for transgendered communities, and building feminist abolition futures. 
Time for Q&A will be included.
Biography: Erica Meiners is the author of several books including Right to be Hostile: Schools, Prisons and the Making of Public Enemies (2009) and articles in Meridians, Social Justice, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Feminist Formations and No More Potlucks. She is Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Education at a public urban open access institution, Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and a member of her labour union. In 1998 she co-founded and still teaches at an alternative high school for men and women exiting prisons and jails, and in 2011 she started to work with others to organise education and art programs at Stateville Prison. Involved with a range of ongoing abolitionist mobilisations – she is a member of Chicago’s anti-PIC Teaching Collective, Critical Resistance and Teachers Against Militarized Education (TAME) – Erica works alongside others to build the world we know we need.

CHRIP Effective Advocacy Training Program

The Centre for the Human Rights of Imprisoned People (CHRIP) is running its 6th annual Effective Advocacy and Activism Training Program in 2014. The program is open to all legal and non-legal advocates and community members, and has a focus on individual and systemic advocacy around prison human rights issues.

The Effective Advocacy and Activism Training program has been designed with legal and non-legal advocates and community members in mind. The sessions have a focus on increasing our capacity to undertake individual and systemic advocacy that upholds the rights of criminalised and incarcerated people.  In particular, they reflect our concern with the nexus between homelessness, drug and alcohol use and criminalisation.

Download the full 2014 Effective Advocacy Training Program calendar here.

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