Thanks so much for visiting my website! If you are here after seeing SPITFIRE GRILL at Oregon Cabaret Theatre, I wanted to take the opportunity to share some resources with you about a theme in the show that I think is incredibly important and relevant, and hopefully foster some thought and conversation around it. Percy’s story is not uncommon; the majority of incarcerated women have been victims of domestic violence. If you’d like to learn more about the various forms of injustice (be it racial, sexist, ableist, homophobic, transphobic...etc.) within our current system of punishment, as well as alternatives to incarceration, these are some links that I’ve learned a lot from and found helpful. Full disclosure, I am no expert in this topic, and this is by no means a comprehensive list, but I hope this can be a jumping off point for anyone who is moved to learn more and get involved!
- A wonderful organization! Please consider donating! https://www.nationalbailout.org/
- More info on bailfunds: what they do and why they are important! https://www.newyorker.com/news/annals-of-activism/where-bail-funds-go-from-here
- An article about police abolition and alternatives to police that is accessible and educational (written by my brother's professor!) A great starting point. https://therivernewsroom.com/opinion-why-abolish-the-police-because-we-can-replace-them/
- Another great article about police that you should read. https://www.redpepper.org.uk/the-police-are-not-here-to-protect-you/
- Here is another collection of links and recourses curated by people who know more about this than I do!! https://abolitionistfutures.com/full-reading-list
Another collection with even more things to learn and read!! https://www.radicalhistoryreview.org/abusablepast/reading-towards-abolition-a-reading-list-on-policing-rebellion-and-the-criminalization-of-blackness/
Great video to start with!
“Prison has become the place to warehouse people with mental illnesses, people experiencing homelessness and people with addictions that the system is not designed to help. Instead of solving these problems, we use prison to “disappear” the people who have these problems. ”