There is a really important new issue of the journal Social Justice out on Community Accountability: Emerging Movements to Transform Violence.” It includes a great review of Captive Genders by Queer (In)Justice co-author Andrea Ritchie, but the whole issue is worth a read. You can read the issue here.

Also, a bit of an interview I did with Yasmin Nair and Ralowe Ampu is now translated into Spanish, you can read that here.

We are planning to do a few more Captive Genders events this fall in Canada and Southern California. Teaching Captive Genders in a class or reading it in a group this upcoming year is a great way to support the book and help build our collective abolitionist analysis.

Free CeCe, Free Ourselves!

Fearing an even worse outcome, CeCe McDonald took a plea deal yesterday, but the fight is far from over. She will need support (letters, money and more) for her time inside and for her reentry. We must also continue to demand her freedom now as part of our abolitionist struggles.  You can read Reina Gossett’s reflection here and you can get CeCe’s address and other updates on her case here.

Original Plumbing magazine just published Bryn Kelly’s really beautiful review of Captive Genders written though the struggle to free CeCe. You can head the review here.

Also, the journal Postmodern Culture published “Entangled Spheres” another insightful and generous review of Captive Genders by Jian Chen. You can read it here.

AK Press has a new website and for the month of May you can get Captive Genders for 25% off if you order through them. We will be starting our online fundraising drive to get Captive Genders to folks inside for free. Look for that soon.


New article on Queering Prison Abolition

Thanks to all the Ships in the Night people that got us off to a grand start with our goal of  offering as many copies as we can of Captive Genders for free to folks locked up. (more info on that soon)

Eric A. Stanley, Dean Spade, and the authors of the book Queer (In)Justice (read it if you have not yet) wrote a short piece called “Queering Prison Abolition, Now?” for the journal American Quarterly. You can download the PDF  here.

There is also a new book review of Captive Genders at Lambda Literary you can read it here.

Portland, Ships in the Night and Stanford events!

Gender and the Prison Industrial Complex :                                                              Towards a Queer, Trans and Feminist Abolition Politic                                                       PSU Smith Center room 333, Portland, OR                                                                 Friday April, 6, 2012 7:30-9:30 pm, FREE
Eric A. Stanley is the co-editor of Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex and is the co-director of the films Homotopia and Criminal Queers.
Ralowe T. Ampu currently lives and organizes in an SRO in San Francisco, CA. Along with Gay Shame, she has worked with ACT UP and in solidarity to free the NJ 4.
Dean Spade is an Assistant Professor at Seattle University School of Law. Among other things, he teaches Law and Social Movements and Critical Perspectives on Transgender Law. He is the founder of the Silvia Rivera Law Project and is a contributor to Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex.
Vikki Law is the author of Women’s Prison Resistance and a long time prison support acitivst; in 1996 she helped start Books Through Bars – New York City; in 2000 she began focusing on focusing specifically on women in prison.

Part of the larger Law and Disorder Conference:

Sponsored by Committee to Connect the Dots:

Ships in the Night will benefit us getting copies of CG to folks inside for free!                     @The Oasis, Oakland, CA
Saturday April 7th, 2012
9pm-2am $5 21+
Djs: Durt, CLR Jamz, Motive & RapidFire!
Performance by Maya Songbird

Chicago and Urbana-Champaign events.

We will be doing a few mid west events while Nat will be holding it down with a panel  at the Anarchist Book Fair in San Francisco. In other exciteing news, the first print run of Captive Genders has almost sold out and it is now in its second run!

Captive Genders reading with Eric A. Stanley and Yasmin Nair                                   Friday March 23, 2012 7:30-9 PM                                                                              Women and Children First 5233 N. Clark St in Andersonville Chicago, IL           Here is the fb event page.

Captive Genders reading with Eric A. Stanley and Erica Meiners (with special guest Chris Vargas)                                                                                              Tuesday March 27, 7-9PM                                                                                        Allen Hall’s Main Lounge UIUC (1005 W. Gregory Drive Urbana, IL 61820 | *Free parking in garage across the street.                                                                           Part of the Gendered Barred Colloquium.  Here is the fb event page.

Captive Genders panel with Nat Smith, Jay Donahue and Ralowe Ampu) Saturday March 31, 2012, 5-6PM                                                                                                  In the Cafe at the  Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair at the SF County Fair Building



Two more Bay Area readings, UK launch, and some press

Thanks to everyone that came out to the events in Berkeley, Davis and Santa Cruz. We have a few more readings planned and would love help getting the word out. Also, Eric and Ralowe will be heading back to Portland, OR April 5-6. Then, on April 7, 2012 Ships in the Night will benefit our drive to offer copies of Captive Genders to folks inside for free, so watch out for that.

Captive Genders at San Francisco State University                                                      with Eric A. Stanley, Nat Smith, Ralowe T. Ampu and Toshio Meronek                             Thursday February 23, 2012 4-6 pm  in the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center                   Here is the fb page for the event.

Captive Genders at Mills College,                                                                                    with Priya Kandaswamy, Queer Studies, Rebekah Edwards, English, Eric Stanley, Nat Smith, Vanessa Huang, Transforming Justice film (5 mins), Julia C. Oparah and Ralowe Ampu Contributor                                                                                                   Thursday March 1, 2012 7:30-9pm, Mills College Student Union, 5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA, FREE and open to the public.                                                                  Here is the fb page for the event.

Captive Genders at Housmans Book Shop in London                                                   Speakers include S.Lamble, one of the contributors to the book and a member of the Bent Bars Organising Collective, and Sophie Barton-Hawkins, another Bent Bars Collective member who has been active in organising around issues faced by LGBTQ prisoners.        Wednesday March 4, 2012 7-10pm                                                                                     Here is the fb page for the event.

Also, Captive Genders has been getting lots of press which is a great way to spread the word about prison abolition!

Breaking Out LGBT Inmates” in the East Bay Express by Toshio Meronek

Hate on Me” in The New Inquiry by Kate Redburn

Captivated” in The Good Times by Elizabeth Limbach

The NY radio show, Romantic Friendship, talked with Dean Spade and Eric Stanley about both Captive Genders and Dean’s new book, Normal Life (read it). The show was also co-hosted by CG contributor and amazing organizer, Reina July.


Bay Area readings

Dean Spade & Eric Stanley: on prison abolition and trans politics

Thursday February 9, 2012, 12-130pm

UC Davis, Davis CA, Meeting Room A in the New Student Community Center

Fb event page.


Captive Genders panel with Eric Stanley, Nat Smith, Julia Oparah ( Sudbury), Alexander Lee, Dean Spade, Michelle Potts, Ralowe Ampu

Thursday February 9, 2012, 5:30-7:30pm

UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA (room information soon)


Dean Spade & Eric Stanley: on prison abolition and trans politics

Friday February 10, 2012, 2-4pm

UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, Oakes Mural Room

Fb event page.


Captive Genders panel

Thursday February 24, 2012, 4-6pm

San Francisco State University (more info soon)


Captive Genders panel

Thursday March 1, 2012, 7:30-9pm

Mills College, Oakland, CA (more info soon)