Aping her McDonald shot into the ceiling to scare off her abusive x Both women were convicted and both have won release through activism demanding justice On one hand the power of organizing is demonstrated by their release On the other hand half a century separate their casesand the same biases prevailI remember when I was #in college a local woman whose abusive husband kept her shackled to a ropeline to keep her from leaving #college a local woman whose abusive husband kept her shackled to a ropeline to keep her from leaving farm was convicted when she killed him It was such an unspeakable injustice and All #Our Trials is rife with injustices and the women and organizations # Trials is rife with injustices and the women and organizations the struggle to right those wrongsBecause prison and the criminal justice system is the purveyor of so much injustice feminist anti rape and domestic violence organizers are reluctant to look to the criminal justice system for help Incarcerating people in a system of violence is not the answer to violence This has been a nexus of coalition building and opportunity as well as division as many white feminists did not see the connectionAll Our Trials successfully connects contemporary anti violence and anti carceral organizing to the struggles of the Seventies There is a through line that connects generations of organizing That is both mpowering and discouraging as our nation has mbraced locking people up as a solution for very social problem including mental illness and student disruption The carceral state remains a force of oppression Rape and domestic violence also seem unimpeded with an abuser in the White House Nonetheless no one has given up and the work continues work that will be well informed by this bookI received an galley of All Our Trials from the publisher through NetGalleyAll Our Trials at University of Illinois PressEmily L Thuma faculty pagehttpstonstantweaderreviewswordpre All Our Trials Prisons Policing and the Feminist Fight to End Violence by Emily L Thuma This books was so GOOOOOD omg It is so well researched and organized in such a concise way It dives into the ffectiveness of defense campaigns specially for Black women and other WOC convicted of fighting back against sexual violence It also outlines the abolitionist aspect of grassroots printing projects and work that happens on the streets The most compelling part for me was the in depth analysis of lesbian feminist organizing that was centered in Boston and Worcester and the connection between the prison and the psychiatric institution 55 I d like to thank Netgalley and the University of Illinois Press for giving me an ARC of All Our Trials For starters there are some trigger warnings in this book including but not limited to sexual assault and brutality domestic and police All Our Trials is A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, essentially a history of modern feminist anti violence and anticarceral movements within the United States This book covers a lot of ground but it is incredibly important material Emily Thuma details the incredible importance of intersectional feminism and through this book shows the triumphs that women can accomplish when we choose to stand together fighting for and with those whom colonial systems have tried to strip voices from I wouldncourage anyone to read this book Emily Thuma s All Our Trials Prisons Policing and the Feminist Fight to End Violence documents is an important and fascinating history of anticarceral feminist organizing and its intersections with anti rape and anti police activism Of the organizations and publications discussed the majority are little known by scholars and organizers today and Dr Thuma xcavates their histories in a way which will be very valuable for folks doing this work in the present One better known organization the Combahee River Collective makes an appearance in the last chapter but I would argue that for all its importance Combahee is itself understudied and Thuma places it in valuable context describing its role broader organizing in Boston and across the country I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of anti carceral movements andor the history of feminist organizin. Rson narratives Thuma weaves together the stories of mass defense campaigns prisoner uprisings broad based local coalitions national gatherings and radical print cultures that cut through prison walls In the process she illuminates a crucial chapter in an unfinished struggle––one that continues in today’s movements against mass incarceration and in support of transformative justi. ,
All Our Trials Prisons Policing and the Feminist Fight to End Violence by Emily L Thuma is a widely researched and meticulously organized catalogue of an important history Many people who write about feminist movements of the 1970 s and 80 s focus on the big names in white second wave feminist discourse This book was a breath of fresh air in that it focused on and described in beautiful detail the feminist movements against violence that centered Black Brown and other POC women working class and poor women lesbian trans and ueer women Jewish women and women abused in psychiatric settings whether or not they dealt with mental illness It is obvious that Thuma put xtensive time into researching material "for the book It is full of amazing fliers photos newsletter "the book It is full of amazing fliers photos newsletter and other graphics from various grassroots movements in defense of women There were definitely some well known names highlighted like those of the Combahee River Collective but there was a ton I learned from this book I read a lot of feminist literature and activist history and it was really Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies exciting to learn in detail about so many people and organizations I had not previously heard of Thuma packed a ton of information into a relatively small space making the book anfficient readThuma s focus was on movements surrounding the oppression and anguish caused by the prison industrial complex These included the criminalization of women defending themselves from male violence in many forms including intimate partner Abuse Stranger Assaults Women stranger assaults women by the psychiatric system in prisons and other institutions pathologizing and abuse of masculine and gender nonconforming women abuse and discrimination of transgender women both in prisons and some feminist circles the struggles between white dominant feminist groups and Black and other people of color feminist movements the struggles with some lesbian separatist movements xpressions of white supremacy and much The focus is on the is mainly on movements in and around the 70 s and 80 s give or take but she uses some sections as well as the pilogue to tie in these struggles to recent The Power Of A Choice events such as CeCe s McDonald s imprisonment for self defense against homophobic and transmisogynistic violence I could not help thinking of the saying that I have heard worded many ways and am not sure who it should be attributed to that Oppression doesn t go away it just changes shape Many of the things these movements were fighting back then we are still fighting against today That is not to say there was not progress The immensely difficult and involved work these women did was life changing for countless prisoners and marginalized peopleThuma takes the reader into the intimate details and individual struggles that went on inside these movements We learn about what people did pre internet to disseminate materials to prisoners that prisons did not want them to have We learn how women on the outside gave support and anxternal voice to women on the inside We learn about the discussions of race and racism and the need for ducating white women about race and intersectional approaches to women s liberation We learn that trans women have been struggling with the hatred from TERFs since at least the 70 s despite being a regular fixture in feminist movements from the start We learn about the dangers of all white juries judging Black and Brown women who are fighting for their lives We learn about Daddy tanks where butch women and other gender nonconforming AFAB people were abused and isolated We learn about how a mere hug or supportive touch on the shoulder between women in prison can be criminalized as homosexual activity This is something I can attest is still true in today s prisons as I had a penpal who #Told Me About The Same Restriction In #me about the same restriction in prison Even worse they put women on sex offender registries for homosexual activity We learn that presenting oneself to a parole board using or imitating white cis femininity is the only way to be seen as xhibiting good behavior We learn how intersectional. During the 1970s grassroots women activists in and outside of prisons forged a radical politics against gender violence and incarceration Emily L Thuma traces the making of this anticarceral feminism at the intersections of struggles for racial and conomic justice prisoners’ and psychiatric patients’ rights and gender and sexual liberation All Our Trials xplores the organizing. .
Feminist movements navigated the inclusion of men oppressed by the racist prison system while also fighting against heinous male violence against women We learn about the many differences between carceral feminism which seeks to fight oppression with increased imprisonment and policing and intersectional feminism which sought community alternatives to ineffective and abusive prison systems We learn about the criminalization of survival itself and the The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right endless fights that womenndured to keep their sisters alive and safe in the cruelest of institutions What I truly appreciated about this book is that its approach was intersectional from start to finish Thuma truly centered the voices that are often the least heard but most affected by these oppressive systems She shows how lesbian Black Brown ueer Trans Disabled and other marginalized women have been leading the fight against policing of women s survival and of imprisonment of Black and Brown bodies in general The book is well organized well dited and a fast and very informative read I recommend this not only to people interested in activist histories but to anyone who considers themself a feminist or who is fighting for any kind of liberation today We can learn so much from these women who paved the way ahead for all of us This review was also posted to my blog I loved this This is at #the very least a part of the history I ve been looking for to contextualize the #very least a part of the history I ve been looking for to contextualize the politics of carceral feminism rape crisis centers and their relationship to other activist issues which are far related than we usually recognize I m really impressed by the archive digging reuired to put together this book and I recommend veryone read carefully and pick out unclear phrases and references to go read up on related history thanks to one sentence in this book I found like three topics I need to read about and asily found the resources to do so So I just feel like this is a really good jumping off point
To Get Deeply Auainted Withget deeply auainted with to fight carceral feminism Thuma s book won t cover verything an Must read for anyone interested in the criminalization of survival or the arly anti violence movement So sorry I didn t have this when I was working on my book Like Emily Hobson s book Lavender and Red Thuma s book lays down some necessary fundamentals for beginning to understand the depth nuance and meaning of wide spread popular Left subculture of the 1970 s 90 s and specially its anti racist and ueer and lesbian of color and white lements The this work is done the people today will be able to comprehend what concrete organizing regarding the state in terms of prison police and male violence actually looked like what coalitions looked like and a glimpse of what what grass roots media and initiatives including defense committees were like The contrasts with our contemporary moment are sobering and crucial So so so much needs to be done ach of these campaigns organizations and vents could and should be its own book but this volume is a good place to start I learned that Joann Little s Defense campaign infrastructure was based in Angela Davis s Defense Committee which xplains why people from the Communist Party were involved She touches on Joan Gibbs work with DARE Dykes Against Racism Everywhere but not that she was Joann Little s cousin And what became of Little Yvonne Wanrow Dessie Woods Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. etc My one place of uibble and I felt the same about Hobson s similarlynjoyable book is that the authors are too swayed by the range of organizations and don t realize that some were front groups for others glorified cults or tiny and ineffectual More All Our Trials is a history of how the women s anti violence anti racism feminism and prison abolition came together in recognition of how these struggles are interdependent Examples abound of women who have been sentenced to prison for defending themselves from rape and domestic violence The story of two African American women Joan Little and Cece McDonald bracket the book Joan Little killed a prison guard who was Ideas and influence of those who placed criminalized and marginalized women at the heart of their antiviolence mobilizations This activism confronted a tough on crime political agenda and clashed with the mainstream women’s movement’s strategy of resorting to the criminal legal system as a solution to sexual and domestic violence Drawing on xtensive archival research and first pe.