How to Help, Pt. 1

26 May

Just found this from the War Resisters League: “Six Ways for People on the Outside to Support Women’s Resistance on the Inside.”

  • Make contact with women in prison. “Visits, phone calls, and letter writing are essential. Only with a firm foundation, a strong foundation, can we together be able to build a greater movement,” says a woman incarcerated in Florida.
  • Speak out about these issues, especially when they intersect with issues that are considered “non-prison” issues.
  • Send literature and news from the outside.
  • Write articles about women prisoners’ issues, experiences, and actions, or publish their articles.
  • Peer education groups need up-to-date information on health issues and treatments! They need outside people who are willing to provide services not available (but much needed) within the prison.
  • If you are connected to a university or other educational institution, look into setting up a women’s studies course or other program within a women’s prison that helps articulate and challenge the dominant ways of thinking and the power structure.

If you’re thinking about doing Item Six, we just might be able to suggest a decent textbook … 🙂

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