HBGC/B&P Summit Notes

Notes from The Summit 4.27.13

The Prison Industrial complex encompasses:

Civil commitments

mental illness

transphobia

homophobia

strength

abuse

broken families

white supremacy

pain

erotophobia

intentional

invisible wounds

hunger

racism

abuse

police

political suppression

barbed wire

board games

AIDS

ignorance

authority

dehumanization

suppression

barriers to access

patriotism

coercion

rural jobs

rape

contracts

fear

pain

disorder

concrete

pan optics

money

poverty

punishment

nationalism

bodies

violence

excessive charges

chattel

women

school-to-prison pipeline

It’s a game

criminal archetypes

drugs

isolation

censorship

fees

religious suppression

sensory deprivation

babies

branded

tattoos

colonialism

spades

degrees

mandatory minimums

recidivism

classification systems

business

Islamophobia

capitalism

hyper masculinity

probation

judges

lawyers

mandatory service

inter racial violence

inside jobs

labor

atomization

slavery

ideology

felon disenfranchisement

self harm

self hatred

uniforms

internment

death

suicide

homelessness

xenophobia

heteropatriarchy

 

Our resistance includes:

Protest

correspondence

mental support

surviving

newspapers

story telling

parental guidance

religion

family

holding hands

sex

policy change as reform

vandalism

cop watch

pregnant trans fathers

playing cards

commissary

challenging heteronormativity

Angela Davis

entrepreneurship

power

running away

butching it up

code switching

court support

library

Attica

imagination

queerness

food

respect

education

hunger strikes

separating own moral code from the law

organizing

youth

interracial love

undocumented youth organizing inside prisons

visits

destroying school-to-prison pipeline

not showing Identification

The Summit

Streetwise and Safe

HBGC

Black and Pink

legal support

creating things for us by us

knowing your rights

challenging patriarchy

divestment

prison breaks

sex work

closing prisons

restorative/transformative justice

white folks breaking from white supremacy

bodies

chubby Latino bodies

sending books

bail funds

international movement building

touching bodies

right to gender affirming surgery

naming the prison industrial complex and our resistance!

 

Who We are:

Visionary

Marginalized

Silenced

Black

Fabulous

Empowered

People of Color

white

Immigrant

LGBTQ

Brown

Organized

Complex

Powerful

Have histories of resistance

formerly incarcerated

sex workers

involved in criminalized survival economies

honest

Surviving

Religious

mentally ill

Resistors

Homeless

relevant

youth

Elders

Conscious

poor

working

home free (runaways)

healers

laughing

criminalized

love

lovers

loving

queer

united

women

So gay!

Funny

smart

prisoners

tired of the bullshit!

Meaningful

trans

proud

students

parents

not going away

determined

dedicated

feminists

talented

eager

 

Demands to Policy Makers:

Moratorium on all prison/jail expansion or building

End the War on Drugs

Respect our stories

Fund programs created by formerly incarcerated/court-involved/policed LGBTQ people that will serve the needs of our communities

End racial profiling

End profiling of transgender women

Allow physical contact between prisoners and visitors

Accessible and safe housing available to all who desire it

Health care for all people

End Secure Communities ICE initiative

Compassion

Presumptive Parole

An end to all incarceration for drug possession

An end to quality of life laws

Full funding for HIV programs

End to all policing in our communities

Safer space for public gathering

Decriminalization of public sex

decriminalization of sex work

Trust

To be acknowledged

End to police brutality

Consequences for sexual, verbal, physical harassment by cops

freedom from judgment

better schools

Reproductive rights

Judges to be held accountable

Consequences for wrongful convictions

Smaller caseloads for public defenders

Restorative Justice Opportunities

More community resources: such as parks, basket ball, outdoor things

After School programs

Increase of minimum wage

higher taxes for the wealthy

More recreation time in prison

Better food in prison

respect for gender pronouns and identity in prison

voting rights

Elimination of policies in school that lead to imprisonment

an end to arresting and handcuffing youth

union rights for sex workers

better sex education outside of school settings

Queer/trans inclusive health care in jails/prisons

windows that can open in jails/prisons (we need our fresh air)

support groups for LGBTQ folks inside

Eliminate CORI

Increased public transit in poor communities/communities of color

No drug testing tied to welfare

Decriminalization of drugs

 

Demands to Queer Orgs:

Sex and Drug positivity

Anti-racist

Anti-classist

anti-oppressive

Challenge homonormativity

Fund programming for LGBTQ individuals targeted by police, courts, and prisons

Join campaigns to end solitary confinement in Massachusetts prisons

Create classes and curriculum to be used to create programs for prisoners incarcerated in county and state jails/prisons

Intentionally hire formerly incarcerated and convicted people to positions within organizations

Join efforts to end stigma of incarceration and policing

Support efforts to decriminalize sex work

Join efforts to place a moratorium on all prison/jail expansion

Strengthen campaigns to end the War on Drugs by bringing in LGBTQ experiences

Support Private B. Manning

Include more voices, staff positions, board members, and decision making power by fiormerly incarcerated people

focus on homeless queer youth over gay marriage

send books to prisoners

Advocate for condoms in jails/prisons

join in pen pal projects with prisoners

 

Demands to Prison Justice Organizations:

Include the needs of LGBTQ people in the campaigns you are organizing around

Support access to condoms by prisoners in county and state prisons

Support access to gender affirming health care for transgender prisoners

Educate yourselves on the unique needs of LGBTQ people targeted by police, courts, and prisons

Support access to clean needles/needle exchange inside jails and prisons

Increase voices of LGBTQ people

Explicitly focus on the segregation of LGBTQ prisoners in campaign to end solitary confinement

LGBTQ inclusive jobs fairs for formerly incarcerated people

 

We Dream of:

A world free from ignorance

A world with no prisons

Transformative Justice

Playing

A world without Disney

an end to criminalization

affirming, desired, consensual sex

No cages

No borders

World run on honesty

Freedom

Homes for all

Life

no cops

no court system

no more deportations

living in a place where you can wear what you want and not be harassed

not have to work to survive

sex-positive

sex education

basic needs guaranteed without a struggle

no more projects

no war

no draft

end of homophobia

end pressure to label sexuality

gender liberation

free from violence

free from oppression

an end to HIV/AIDS

Free food

free funeral services

structures for communities to hold people accountable who commit violence

 

What we Learned:

exercise my right to remain silent

to ask: “Am I being detained?”

Inside of the court system specifics

How the legal system works

group dynamics

What you can say to cops can hurt you

Difference between a search and a frisk

from peoples’ different experiences

it’s important to create spaces like this

Taking minor cases to trial can be a form of collective resistance

The 4th Amendment to the US Constitution came from MA

All police departments need a major shift

Internal affairs report making can be a good tool

we have different definitions of the prison industrial complex and good to have a shared understanding

Miranda rights are not always read

Academic things have real life relevance

 

We Felt:

Good about the summit

Appreciated workshop leaders from Streetwise and Safe

Good to speak one’s mind and hear other opinions

Seen lots of things talked about today in my own life

glad

good to be in community with folks with different experiences of the prison industrial complex

anxious in the early part of the day

humbled by peoples’ vulnerability

felt seen

we achieved stuff

grateful for the space

grateful to be in a Black church

excited

engaged

nervous

possessed by soul of Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth

Eager to learn more

Gift to be connected to Black communities

Interested

Grateful for people who came to share

Inspired

funky

 

Things to change:

Reinforce “I” statement agreement

more outreach

heat

give people knowledge of federal and state prison systems

better planning with consistent planners

Less people going in and out through the day

more attendees

talking piece

not in a basement on a pretty day

make this space more often regular

Hard to attend all day

More preparation by workshop facilitator

More (Black) women

More workshops

more LGBTQ representation

More diversity among presenters and facilitators