Women in Prison in the Time of COVID and Black Lives Matter

Instructor: Judy Clark
Date: Saturday, September 12, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm  |  Saturday, September 19, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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The prisons have been a center of the COVID pandemic revealing the underlying issues of over-incarceration, long sentences, and the role of the prison system for maintaining white supremacy. This class is being held on the anniversary of the Attica Rebellion of 1971 and the subsequent massacre. Currently, there are calls for reform measures to change sentencing and parole policies and eliminate bail. The struggles against the prison system lie at the heart of the call of Black Lives Matter. The course instructor, who spent 38 years in prison, draws from her personal experience, along with utilizing readings, videos and discussion. This course aims to challenge the invisibility of women in prison, to examine the dehumanization and daily traumas of imprisonment, and the creative ways that women build community, and programs that address day to day needs and transformative aspirations. We will look at current struggles to challenge the prison system in New York State and how we can participate. Notes: Pass/fail. Cannot be taken for reading credit. Auditors are expected to attend all class meetings.