All Our Trials: Prisons, Policing, and the Feminist Fight to End Violence (Revised and Updated Edition) (Paperback)

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All Our Trials: Prisons, Policing, and the Feminist Fight to End Violence (Revised and Updated Edition) By Emily L. Thuma, Sarah Haley (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Emily L. Thuma, Sarah Haley (Foreword by)
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A vital history of organizing within and beyond the walls of women's prisons in the 1970s, illuminating a crucial chapter in today's abolition feminist struggles.
This new edition of an award-winning book features a foreword from acclaimed scholar-activist Sarah Haley and an afterword by Thuma.
During the 1970s, grassroots women activists in and outside of prisons forged a radical politics against gender violence and incarceration. Scholar-activist Emily L. Thuma traces the making of this anticarceral feminism at the intersections of struggles for racial and economic justice, imprisoned and institutionalized people's rights, and gender and sexual liberation.
All Our Trials chronicles the organizing, ideas, and influence of those who placed criminalized and marginalized women at the heart of their antiviolence mobilizations. This activism confronted a "tough on crime" political agenda and clashed with the mainstream women's movement's strategy of resorting to the criminal legal system as a solution to sexual and domestic violence.
Drawing on extensive archival research and first-person narratives, Thuma weaves together the stories of mass defense campaigns, prisoner uprisings, coalition organizing, and radical print cultures that cut through prison walls. In the process, All Our Trials reveals a vibrant culture of opposition to interpersonal and state violence that both transforms our understanding of 1970s social movements and illuminates the history of present struggles for transformative justice.

About the Author

Emily L. Thuma is an associate professor of politics and law and the Haley Professor of Humanities at the University of Washington Tacoma. She is an interdisciplinary scholar of social movements and the carceral state and a longtime feminist antiviolence advocate and organizer.
Product Details
ISBN: 9798888902639
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Publication Date: November 12th, 2024
Pages: 256
Language: English