I was lucky to have been a part of two historic panels featuring the brilliance of CeCe McDonald, Reina Gossett, Janetta Johnson, and Miss Major. The audio link for the “Futures of Abolition” panel at the ONE Archive in LA is here, the video for the event at UCSD is here.
In other news, Kameelah Janan Rasheed recently interviewed me for a piece called The Carceral State which appeared in the California issue of The New Inquiry. Here we talk about prison abolition, Prop 47 and how prisons produce the fiction of binary genders.
Chris Vargas and I will be in Chicago at UIC on Thursday October 17th for a screening of Criminal Queers. The event is at 6pm Gallery 400 Lecture Room 400 S. Peoria Street Chicago, IL. As always, the event is free and open to everyone.
On Tuesday November 4th I’ll be in conversation with CeCe McDonald, Reina Gossett, Janetta Johnson, for the event “We Cannot Live Without Our Lives: A conversation on Anti-blackness, Trans Resistance and Prison Abolition” The event is from 7-9pm at UC San Diego Student Services Center Multipurpose Room.
On Wendsday November 5th I’ll be part of “Futures of Abolition: Trans and Queer Resistance Against the Prison Industrial Complex”also with the amazing CeCe McDonald, Reina Gossett, Janetta Johnson. The evnt is free and open to the public and is at the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives 909 West Adams Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90007
I’m looking forward to being part of the keynote panel along with Patrick Anderson and Dylan Rodríguez for the Foucault and Madness conference Sept 26th, 2014 at California State University San Marcos.
Here if their writeup about the panel:
“Our Prison Industry has a Complex: the Irresistible Police State”
We are proud to present a keynote panel that is diverse in its knowledge about police, surveillance, and incarceration. Given their research into racist state violence, hunger strikes, and the treatment of incarcerated trans and queer bodies, these seasoned scholars will be tackling the central prison-industry-complex issues of our day, including: the elimination of spaces for protest, police tactics and norms, and the “best practices” of privatizing police.
My hilarious and brilliant friend Reina Gossett (who is also a contributor to Captive Genders) along with Sasha Wortzel are working on a new film called “Happy Birthday Marsha”. If you can, please help support this project!
The inaugural issues of the journal TSQ:Transgender Studies Quarterly was just launched in which I have a short keyword for “Gender Self-determination.” My piece is available to download as a pdf here. I was also recently a part of a roundtable for Public Books on the show Orange is the New Black. My contribution “Abolition and Trans Resistance” thinks about the political possibilities of our moment while still wanting more than only representational change. Finally, Toshio Meronek and I wrote “Unintended and Anti-Social Consequences of Social Media Use” for truthout about social media and the catastrophic consequences for the Bay Area.
The lovely Chris Vargas and I are headed to Arizona for three days and three screenings.
April 3, 2014 Prescott College, Prescott, AZ
April 4, 2014 5pm Marston Exploration Theater 781 East Terrace Road, Tempe, Arizona 85287
April 5, 2014 6pm Gender & Women’s Studies Department at University of Arizona, room #100
National trans* prison activists, advocates, and researchers will share their perspective on the social and structural challenges that the law, police, and prisons pose on the lives of transgender, gender variant, and gender non-conforming people in the U.S.
Moderated by Dean Spade, Seattle University Professor of Law, Founder of Sylvia Rivera Law Project
RSVP at: http://transliberationpanel.brownpapertickets.com/
Carolyn Henry, Transgender Activist, Los Angeles
Janetta Johnson, Trans Gender Variant Intersex Justice Project, San Francisco
Eric Stanley, editor of Captive Genders
Alisha Williams, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, New York City
Sponsored by: Pride Foundation, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Justice in a Diverse Society Learning Community, SGSU, GenderGalaxy, Triangle Club, Wismer Center for Gender and Diversity, Department of Criminal Justice and Center for the Study of Crime and Justice, College of Arts and Sciences.
Exciting gathering of amazing people. I’ll be moderating the panel, “Abolishing the NPIC.” How about we do that, and think of new ways to ensure all our needs are met!
The schedule for the conference is no up here.
Wu Tsang, Chris Vargas and I had a conversation about Homotopia, Criminal Queers, Wildness and our affective, political and filmic relationship to the epic Born in Flames for a special dossier in the journal Women and Performance guest edited by Craig Willse and Dean Spade. You can read “Queer Love Economies: Making trans/feminist Film in Precarious Times” here and look out for all the other great pieces in the issue.
Chris Vargas and I will be screening Criminal Queers at Outfest in LA on July 13, 2013. The screening is at at 7:15pm at REDCAT. More info can be found here. Also, I am a part of a fundraising effort to help Patreese (one of the NJ4) transition out of prison and back home. If you can donate please do so, and if not help us spread the word far and wide. Here is the link to the online campaign.