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Resistance behind bars : the struggles of incarcerated women

Author: Vikki Law
Publisher: Oakland, CA : PM Press, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1974, women imprisoned at New York's maximum-security prison at Bedford Hills staged what is known as the August Rebellion. Protesting the brutal beating of a fellow prisoner, the women fought off guards, holding seven of them hostage, and took over sections of the prison. While many have heard of the 1971 Attica prison uprising, the August Rebellion remains relatively unknown even in activist circles. Resistance  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Law, Vikki.
Resistance behind bars.
Oakland, CA : PM Press, ©2009
(OCoLC)318077668
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Vikki Law
ISBN: 9781604861532 1604861533 9781604861556 160486155X 1604860189 9781604860184
OCLC Number: 428978540
Description: 1 online resource (v, 258 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Front Cover; Copyright; Contents; Introduction i; Overview 1; Unlikely Communities 19; Barriers to Basic Care 29; Mothers and Children 43; Sexual Abuse 59; Education 77; Women's Work 97; Grievances, Lawsuits and the Power of the Media 111; Breaking the Silence 127; Resistance Among Women in Immigrant Detention 143; Some Historical Background 159; Glossary 171; Resources 175; Recommended Reading 189; Endnotes 201; Index 241; Acknowledgments 251.
Responsibility: by Victoria Law.

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In 1974, women imprisoned at New York's maximum-security prison at Bedford Hills staged what is known as the August Rebellion. Protesting the brutal beating of a fellow prisoner, the women fought off guards, holding seven of them hostage, and took over sections of the prison. While many have heard of the 1971 Attica prison uprising, the August Rebellion remains relatively unknown even in activist circles. Resistance Behind Bars is determined to challenge and change such oversights. As it examines daily struggles against appalling prison conditions and injustices, Resistance documents both collective organizing and individual resistance among women incarcerated in the U.S. Emphasizing women's agency in resisting the conditions of their confinement through forming peer education groups, clandestinely arranging ways for children to visit mothers in distant prisons and raising public awareness about their lives, Resistance seeks to spark further discussion and research into the lives of incarcerated women and galvanize much-needed outside support for their struggles.

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