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Victoria Law on the Struggles of Incarcerated Women

November 5, 2012

From The Final Straw

This week’s show features a conversation with Victoria Law. From her PM Press Author’s page:

“Victoria Law is a writer, photographer, and mother. After a brief stint as a teenage armed robber, she became involved in prisoner support. In 1996, she helped start Books Through Bars-New York City, a group that sends free books to prisoners nationwide. In 2000, she began concentrating on the needs and actions of women in prison, drawing attention to their issues by writing articles and giving public presentations. Since 2002, she has worked with women incarcerated nationwide to produce Tenacious: Art and Writings from Women in Prison and has facilitated having incarcerated women’s writings published in larger publications, such as Clamor magazine, the website “Women and Prison: A Site for Resistance” and the upcoming anthology Interrupted Lives.”

This week we speak to Vikki about the second edition of her book, “Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women.” We discuss patriarchy, criminalization & invisibility that is faced by those held in women’s prisons. We also talk about resistance, organizing, support and engagement of those on the inside and about the organizing that formerly incarcerated people do to help their comrades on the inside.

This show is available at Ashevillefm from 11/5/12 thru11/11/12. A slightly more complete version of the show is downloadable at radio4all.net

http://resistancebehindbars.org/
http://womenontherise-worth.org/

4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 4, 2012 4:23 am

    My name is Heather Heaton, and I am a new Alabama author. Please consider helping me introduce my story, a series of ebooks entitled “Her Letters from Prison”, to your friends. I don’t want other young girls to have to experience what I have had to endure.

    My new ebook series (“Her Letters from Prison”) is an inspirational resource for reading pleasure, review, contemplation, and discussion. My own testimony is: “God changed my life in prison!” http://heatherheaton.posterous.com/my-ebook-series-her-letters-from-prison-women

    “Her Letters from Prison” (Parts 1 & 2) will validate your inquisitive thoughts and doubts about what goes on in women’s prisons (It is what it is!); and it can justify the efforts spent toward women’s prison ministries. These two ebooks can be a motivational (tell-it-like-it-is) resource for drug rehab/prevention and reentry programs, especially when combined with “Her Letters from Prison – Part 4: Recycled – Second Time Around”.

    “Her Letters from Prison” is a non-fiction, inspirational, romance ebook series; with the original letters (with prison art) included as images for authenticity. My story describes how female offenders are perceived and handled (often abused) in the criminal justice system. The story continues (Part 4) to describe my first two years of re-entry back into the real world and how she ended a destructive narcissistic-codependent relationship.

    “Her Letters from Prison: Women-in-Prison” (Part 3) contains two PowerPoint presentations prepared for the University of Alabama/Women’s Studies “Women in Prison” conference. Both presentations are based on Parts 1 & 2 of my story; and they are entitled “Women-in-Prison (Almost Invisible)” and “Women-in-Prison (Facts/Myths)”. Also, my personal testimony is included in the Part 3 publication.

    You can go to http://www.heather-heaton.com, and click on a direct link to my Amazon.com and/or Smashwords “book pages” for “Her Letters from Prison”. Alternatively, you can visit my “author pages”:
    1. http://www.amazon.com/author/heatherheaton
    2. https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/heatherdh

    My ebooks are also available in paperback format. The paperback book (“Her Letters from Prison”) may be obtained by contacting me through my website “contact” form. The paperback book contains Part 1, 2, and 3 ebooks. “Her Letters from Prison – Part 4″ will be published as its own paperback book soon.

    Also, I have a new ebook series entitled “Women-in-Prison Short Stories” available now on Amazon.com and Smashwords. This series is intended to help troubled teens understand the real, true prison environment in terms of the personalities, crimes, and relationships inmates must deal with on a daily basis. The message is, “You don’t want to go to prison!” These true short stories describe the relationships between individual inmates with severe crime(s) and other inmates who must react to and deal with those who committed severe and often violent crimes. The short stories are being published now as individual ebooks; but eventually, they will be grouped together and published as a single composite ebook and perhaps a paperback.

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