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All Our TrialsPrisons, Policing, and the Feminist Fight to End Violence$
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Emily L. Thuma

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042331

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042331.001.0001

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The Transformative Power of Women’s Prison Newsletters

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All Our Trials

Emily L. Thuma

University of Illinois Press

Chapter 3 analyzes women’s prison newsletters as a feminist counterpublic that enabled incarcerated women to communicate with one another and with anticarceral feminist activists in the “free world.” Two newsletters, Through the Looking Glass and No More Cages, which were produced by lesbian feminist collectives from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, document prisoners’ resistance and collective action against gendered and racialized violence. Addressing the chasm between a prisoners’ rights movement focused on men’s institutions and a feminist antiviolence movement increasingly enmeshed with the carceral state, these newsletters created solidarity between criminalized women and those outside the walls.

Keywords:   alternative print media, feminist counterpublic, women’s prisons, carceral violence, prisoners’ resistance, solidarity, lesbian feminism

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