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03 April 2008 @ 10:32 am
I just updated the syllabus for my Law and Social Movements class to reflect changes that I made over the course of the semester. The final version is below in the Feb 1 entry for anyone interested.
01 February 2008 @ 12:57 pm
Here it is so far, although it will no doubt change and be further developed over the course of the semester. I'll post the finalized version at the end of the semester in case it interests anyone.

Law and Social Movements
Harvard Law School
Spring 2008

Course Description
This course will critically examine the relationship between law and social movements, specifically engaging texts and materials that suggest a relationship that includes criminalization and cooptation. Often in the legal profession and in legal academia, as well as in popular culture, we hear of the relationship between law and social movements primarily in terms of the use of legal strategies such as litigation and policy reform to secure rights and freedoms for oppressed and excluded groups. Many people come to law school specifically with the aim of utilizing legal skills to support and bolster the equality claims of marginalized communities. The materials used in this course will problematize the assumption that the primary role of law with regard to social movements is to support emancipatory progress. We will instead take the opportunity to look broadly at the meanings of key concepts such as discrimination, freedom, liberation, power, governance and violence as they relate to the stories that lawyers, movement activists, governments, and the media tell about the role of law in movements for social change. Our examination will engage “law” beyond strictly jurisprudence and look at the construction of legality and illegality with regard to dissent. Our inquiry will aim to cultivate deeper understandings of the current parameters and possibilities within social movements given the incentives and disincentives provided by various technologies of legal intervention over the past half century.

Course Materials
All materials will be provided as pdf files on the course website except materials from two books, The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non Profit Industrial Complex, Ed. Incite!, and How NonViolence Protects the State by Peter Gelderloos, which can be purchased at the Coop.

Schedule (subject to change)
Intro: Framing Social Movement Claims

Week 1
(January 30, 31)

Wendy Brown, States of Injury: Power and Freedom in Late Modernity, 96-134
Chela Sandoval, Methodologies of the Oppressed, pp. 41-67
Lisa Duggan, Twilight of Equality Introduction and Chapter 3
Miami Workers Center, “Four Pillars of Social Justice Infrastructure” (Handout in Class)

Part I. Criminalization of Social Movements

Films on reserve (or soon to be):
The Weather Underground
Legacy of Torture
Forest for the Trees
Guerrilla, the taking of Patty Hearst
Camden 28
Born in Flames
Battle of Algiers
Malcolm X
Running on Empty

Week 2
(February 6, 7)
Assata, Ch 1, 5
William, Evelyn, Inadmissible Evidence: The Story of the African-American Trial
Lawyer who Defended the Black Liberation Army. USA: iUniverse.com Inc. 2000. Chapter 8, pg. 77-89, Chapter 11, pg. 107-120, Chapter 13, pg. 131-135, Chapter 14, pg. 136-147.
Balagoon, Kuwasi. A Soldier’s Story: Writings by a Revolutionary New Afrikan
Anarchist. Kersplebedeb Publishing 2003. Opening Statement, pg. 27-56, Closing Statement, pg. 57-67.
Gilbert, David. No Surrender: Writings from an Anti-Imperialist Political Prisoner. Toronto, Ontario: Arm the Spirit, 2004, First Court Statement, pg. 26 -27, Opening Trial Statement, pg. 27-30.
Ward Churchill and Jim Vander Wall, COINTELPRO Papers (sections on Black Liberation Movement, New Left and Conclusion)
Arthur Kinoy, Rights On Trial, 1-38

Week 3
(February 13, 14)
Cathy Wilkerson, “Flying Close to the Sun.” 1-4, 379-393
Jacobs, Harold ed., Weatherman. Ramparts Press, Inc. 1970. Thomas, Tom. “The Second Battle of Chicago,” pg.196-226, Ono, Shinya. “A Weatherman: You Do Need A Weatherman To Know Which Way the Wind Blows,” pg. 227-274.
Matsimela, Muntu et al. eds., Black Prison Movements USA New Jersey: Africa
World Press, Inc. 1995. Bandele, Safiya and ibn Kenyatta. “On Refusing Parole,” pg. 86-105, Elijah, Jill Soffiyah. “Special International Tribunal in Human Rights Violations of Political/POW Prisoners in the United States,” pg. 137-148.
Committee to End the Marion Lockdown. Can’t Jail the Spirit: Political Prisoners in
the U.S. 2002.
Lopez-Rivera, Oscar. “Puerto Rican Prisoner of War,” pg. 171-174.
SF8 Case materials (please review the website, http://www.freethesf8.org)

Week 4
(February 20, 21)
Guest Speaker Feb. 20, Susan Tipograph.
Churchill, Ward and J.J. Vander Wall, eds., Cages of Steel: The Politics of Imprisonment in the United States. Washington, DC: Maisonneuve Press, c1992. Korn, Richard. Excerpts from – “Report on the Effects of Confinement in the Lexington High Security Unit,” pg. 123-127, Rosenberg, Susan. “Reflections on Being Buried Alive,” pg. 128-130, Shakur, Mutulu et al. “Prisoners of War: The Legal Standing of Members of the National Liberation Movements,” pg. 152-173,Whitehorn, Laura. “Preventive Detention: A Prevention of Human Rights?” pg. 365-277, “Excerpts from - The Verdict of the International Tribunal on Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War in the United States,” pg. 403-413.
Georgakas, Dan and Marvin Surkin. Detroit: I do Mind Dying: A Study in Urban
Revolution. Cambridge, Massachusetts: South End Press, 1998. “James Johnson: A Prologue,” pg. 9-11, Chapter 8: “Stop the Robberies, Enjoy Safe Streets: STRESS,” pg. 151-173, Chapter 9: “Mr. Justin Ravitz, Marxist Judge of Recorder’s Court,” pg. 175-187.

Part II. Violence, Discrimination, Cooptation and Law

Week 5
(February27, 28)
Coronado, Rod. Flaming Arrows: A Compilation of Works by Rod Coronado. North Carolina: IEF Press, 2006. Rosenfeld, Ben. “The ‘Case’ Against Rod Coronado: A legal Memo on the Green Scale.” Coronado, Rod. “The High Price of Pacifism”
Peter Gelderloos, How Nonviolence Protects the State Chapters 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7.
Color of Violence excerpts including:
Lisa Sudbury, Chapter 1: Rethinking Antiviolence Strategies: Lessons from the Black Women’s Movement in Britain
Dorothy Robert, Chapter 4: Feminism, Race, and Adoption Policy
Andrea J. Ritchie, Chapter 17: Law Enforcement Violence Against Women of Color
Patricia Allard, Chapter 18: Crime, Punishment, and Economic Violence

Week 6
(Marcy 5, 6)
Alan Freeman, “Legitimizing Racial Discrimination Through Anti-Discrimination Law: A Critical Review of Supreme Court Doctrine” in Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings That Formed the Movement, (ed. Crenshaw et. al)
Lisa A. Crooms, “Everywhere There's War”: A Racial Realist's Reconsideration of Hate Crimes Statutes, Inaugural Issue Geo. J. Gender & Law 41, 44 (1999)
More Color of Violence Excerpts including:
Chapter 2: Disability in the New World Order, by Nirmala Erevelles
Chapter 10: The War to Be Human/ Becoming Human in a Time of War, by Neferti Tadiar
Chapter 11: The Forgotten “-ism”: An Arab American Women’s Perspective on Zionism, Racism, and Sexism, by Nadine Naber, Eman Desouky, and Lina Baroudi
Chapter 14: “National Security” and the Violation of Women: Militarized Border Rape at the US- Mexico Border, by Sylvanna Falcon
Chapter 15: The Complexities of “Feminicide” on the Border, by Rosa Linda Fregoso
Chapter 16: INS Raids and How Immigrant Women are Fighting Back, by Renee Saucedo
Chapter 23: Sistas Makin’ Moves: Collective Leadership for Personal Transformation
and Social Justice
Chapter 24: Disloyal to Feminism: Abuse of Survivors within the Domestic Violence Shelter System, by Emi Koyama
Chapter 25: Gender Violence and the Prison-Industrial Complex: Statement by Critical Resistance and Incite! Women of Color Against Violence
Chapter 26: Trans Day of Action for Social and Economic Justice: Statement by TransJustice, a project of Audre Lorde Project, a community organizing center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, and Transgender People of Color in the New York city Area
Chapter 29: Taking Risks: Implementing Grassroots Community Accountability Strategies: Written by a collective of women of color from Communities Against Rape and Abuse (CARA): Alisa Bierra, Onion Carrillo, Eboni Colbert, Xandra Ibarra, Theryn Kigvamasud’Vashti, and Shale Maulana
Angela Davis, Are Prisons Obsolete?, pp 9-83

Week 7
(March 13, 14)
The Revolution Will Not Be Funded Excerpts including:
Chapter 1: The Political Logic of the Non-Profit Industrial Complex, by Dylan Rodríguez
Chapter 2: In The Shadow of the Shadow State, by Ruth Wilson Gilmore
Chapter 4: Democratizing American Philanthropy, by Christine E. Ahn
Chapter 10: Social Service or Social Change?, by Paul Kivel
Chapter 15: Non-Profits and the Autonomous Grassroots, by Eric Tang

Part III. Biopolitics and Governmentality

Week 8
(Marcy 19, 20)
Catch Up

Week 9 (April 2, 3)
Michel Foucault, “Governmentality”
Michel Foucault, “Society Must Be Defended”
Mitchell Dean, Governmentality, Chapters 1, 5

Part IV. Trans and Queer Politics and Legal Strategy in the Context of Criminalization and Cooptation

Films on Reserve (or soon to be):
Market This
NGLTF’s Marriage Documentary
Screaming Queens

Week 10
(April 10, 11)
Angela Harris, “From Stonewall to the suburbs?: Toward a political economy of sexuality,” 14 William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal, 1539 (2006).
Anna Agathangelou, Morgan Bassichis, Tamara Spira, “Intimate Investments: Homonormativity, Global Lockdown, and the Seductions of Empire,” Radical History Review 2007.
Please review the materials found here: HYPERLINK "http://www.hrc.org/issues/hate_crimes/5895.htm" http://www.hrc.org/issues/hate_crimes/5895.htm INCLUDEPICTURE "http://i.ixnp.com/images/v3.13/t.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET
Alex Lee, “Gendered Crime & Punishment: Strategies to Protect Transgender, Gender Variant & Intersex People in America’s Prisons”

Sarah Lamble, Retelling Racialized Violence, Remaking White Innocence: The Politics of Interlocking Oppressions in Transgender Day of Remembrance (forthcoming in Sexuality Research and Social Policy: Journal of NSRC)
Christina Hanhardt, “Butterflies, Whistles and Fists: Gay Safe Street Patrols and the New Gay Ghetto 1976-1981,” Radical History Review 2007.
Farmer v. Brennan, 511 U.S. 825 (1994)
Lucrecia v. Samples, 1995 WL 630016 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 16, 1995)
Powell v. Schriver, 175 F.3d 107, 115 (2d Cir. 1999)

Week 11
(April 16, 17)
Jasbir Puar, Terrorist Assemblages, Chapter 3, Intimate Control, Infinite Detention: Rereading the Lawrence case (pp. 114-165)
Kenyon Farrow, “Is Gay Marriage Anti-Black?”
Marlon Bailey, Priya Kandaswamy, Mattie Udora Richardson, “Is Gay Marriage Racist?” In That’s Revolting: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation, Ed. Sycamore (2005).
Lisa Duggan, Twilight of Equality (review Ch. 3, “Equality, Inc.”)
“The Impact of the War on Terror on LGBTST Communities” at http://srlp.org/index.php?sec=03M&page=wotnotes

Part V. Surveillance, Social Movements, and the War on Terror

Week 12
(April 23, 24)
Look around at HYPERLINK "http://www.realnightmare.org" www.realnightmare.org
FBI Biometrics Database article (Dec. 22, 2007) (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/21/AR2007122102544.html?nav=rss_print/asection)
Materials on Drivers License battles
Dean Spade, “Documenting Gender,” forthcoming in the Hastings Law Journal.
24 January 2008 @ 01:29 pm
The final Real ID regs are out. Its so depressing and enraging. Here is a press release about some events going on in NYC upcoming and also provides some analysis. I also recommend realnighmare.org.

New York Civil Liberties Union
125 Broad Street, New York, NY 10004


Jennifer Carnig, 212.607.3363 / jcarnig@nyclu.org

NYCLU Analysis: Real ID Regulations Jeopardize Rights, Liberties and State Budget

Long Island and Manhattan Forums to Show What Real ID Means for New York


January 15, 2008 -- Final federal regulations for implementing the Real ID Act only intensify concerns that the law would gravely threaten privacy rights by establishing a national identification system, according to an analysis by the New York Civil Liberties Union.

The NYCLU calls on New York to join the 17 other states nationwide that have rejected the Real ID Act. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security released the final regulations Friday following more than a year of delays.

"The regulations are nothing more than window-dressing for a fundamentally flawed law," said Donna Lieberman, NYCLU executive director. "They do not address the grave harm Real ID would do to New Yorkers' privacy and liberty. They do not change the fact that we don't know the price tag for this dubious venture - except that it will be exorbitant and that it will divert resources from far more deserving social service and public safety initiatives."

On Oct. 27, 2007, Gov. Spitzer announced that New York would implement the Real ID Act just before he abandoned his plan to offer secure driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants. The NYCLU calls on him to abandon the Real ID Act.

The NYCLU is hosting a series of public forums to inform people of the threats that the Real ID Act poses to democratic values. A Long Island forum will take place at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 15 at Huntington Town Hall, 100 Main St. in Huntington. Another community forum is scheduled in New York City for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan 24. at the New York Society for Ethical Culture at 2 W. 64th St. Forums have previously been held in Rochester and Rheinbeck.

The Real ID Act goes well beyond setting federal standards for state driver's license or identification cards. The gravest risk, according to the NYCLU, is what the regulations do not say. They include no limits or constraints upon the authority of the government to dictate when a Real ID may be required. In fact, the regulations strongly suggest that in the future a Real ID driver's license could be required for routine transactions and activities, such as voting or applying for federal benefits. The Department of Homeland Security claims authority to expand the list at any time without congressional approval.

What's more, the federal regulations do not prohibit private sector businesses and organizations from requiring Real ID driver's licenses for commercial and financial activities, such as renting a DVD or buying car insurance. In short, people could not manage their lives without a Real ID card; it would become a necessity - a de facto national ID card.

The NYCLU's critique of the Real ID law includes the following observations:

* If implemented, the Real ID Act could establish an enormous electronic infrastructure that government and law enforcement officials - or whoever else hacks in - could use to track Americans' activities and movements.

* The final regulations do not set rules for the security of Americans' personal information. The Real ID statute requires that each state provide an unspecified array of government officials in all other states and territories access to personal information stored in DMV databases - such as Social Security numbers, photos and copies of birth certificates. The Department of Homeland Security essentially leaves it up to the states to determine how to protect privacy and security. This means sensitive, personal information would only be as safe as the DMV or state office with the weakest security system.

* The law also mandates that all driver's licenses and ID cards have a "machine-readable zone" that would facilitate tracking by the government and private sector. Real IDs would leave a digital fingerprint whenever swiped, scanned or read, which would allow the federal government, or anyone with a reader, to collect an enormous amount of information about people's activities and interests. Encrypting the information on Real ID-compliant driver's licenses would reduce some of the privacy threats, but the Department of Homeland Security has refused to require encryption, fearing that it would prevent easy access to the information contained in the barcodes.

* The final regulations place no limits on what types of information could be stored in the Real ID's machine-readable zone. Nor do the regulations prohibit third-party access to such information - meaning any business equipped with a reader could capture personal information and use it to develop customer "lifestyle profiles" or simply sell the information to other businesses or to the federal government.

"Essentially, the Real ID Act puts our personal information up for sale," Lieberman said. "It is the equivalent of an EZ-Pass for identity thieves. Under this law, the federal government conceivably could learn what books people read, what sorts of contraception they use or what medications they are prescribed."

* The Real ID Act imposes an enormous unfunded mandate upon the states. Despite a nearly $10 billion cost estimate, the federal government has set aside only $40 million to help states pay for implementing the law. The Department of Homeland Security has made it clear that it expects individuals and state governments to pay for the costs of Real ID. At a time when New York is facing a $4 billion budget deficit, the Spitzer administration has estimated that implementation of the Real ID Act would cost New York tens of millions of dollars annually and require 10 new DMV offices.

The Real ID Act was originally supposed to take effect on May 11, 2008, but these regulations clearly leave the issue with the next administration. The final regulations grant states an extension, until Dec. 31, 2009, to agree to comply with the law. An additional extension, until May 10, 2011, would be provided to states that submit a material compliance checklist. (According to the final regulations, individuals younger than 50 have until Dec. 1, 2014 to obtain a Real ID-compliant driver's license. Individuals 50 and older have until Dec. 1, 2017.)
23 January 2008 @ 05:44 pm
i just got an email from the northstar fund about this workshop. i don't know anything about it but thought it might interest people just to see the description.

An Opportunity for Intensive Dialogue About a Taboo Topic
A Class Action workshop

Saturday, March 1st 10 AM – 6 PM & Sunday, March 2nd 10 AM – 1 PM

What class did you grow up in? What strengths and limitations came from your class background? How has your class background affected your relationships with people of the same and different classes?
What are key elements in your class culture? How do different class cultures look? What would you like to ask people who grew up in completely different class backgrounds?
How does race intersect with class? How do you see things that are about classism being named racism?
What are the larger economic and political factors affecting class now?
How do class dynamics show up in your life? Your work? Your home? Your community?
What are steps you can take to overcome class barriers in your life personally and institutionally?
How do you decide how much to pay, how do you value different choices you make?
Join a diverse group to explore these questions and more.

Cost: To determine the amount you will pay for attending the workshop we use a radical process called Cost Sharing, which is designed to make you and us comfortable with your contribution. Past participants have paid between $0 - $1,500. Its your choice. All participants of our workshops benefit greatly when all class backgrounds are represented, so please, dont count yourself out. Many past participants have said that the Cost Sharing process was the best part of the workshop for them.

Feel free to contact us with any transportation or childcare needs, concerns, or fears you might have.

Registration is required. For more info please contact Class Action:

(413)585-9709 or email, info@classism.org or register on line at www.classism.org. Please register early, space is limited!

Workshop Facilitators: Rhonda Soto and Felice Yeskel
Rhonda Soto, Class Actions Race/Class Intersections Program Coordinator, was born and raised in Harlem, New York. As a single parent on welfare, she moved to a culturally all white suburban area. She continued her education and worked her way towards earning a bachelors degree from Mount Holyoke College. Upon completing her bachelors, Rhonda worked with teens in a transitional shelter, then with GED students preparing for college. Most recently she taught middle school where she also chaired their diversity committee.

Felice Yeskel, Executive Director of Class Action and Co-Founder of United for a Fair Economy comes from a working class Jewish family from New York City's lower-east side. She is an educator and activist and the co-author of Economic Apartheid in America, second edition was published by The New Press in the fall of 2005.

This workshop is co-sponsored by North Star Fund and Resource Generation
16 January 2008 @ 03:29 pm
i can't stop eating this cabbage salad: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/240584 even though it is freezing cold here and totally wrong to be eating cold crispy things. there's been no heat in my house for two days! extreme new england welcome.
speaking of which, i just got to boston a few days ago and i have many visitors coming this weekend. if you know of delicious foods to eat here or good things to do that can be done in the snow and with a 2.75 year old, please tell me. especially delicious foods near cambridge. i'll probably just be eating cabbage salad but they might want something else.
12 January 2008 @ 04:37 pm
hi friends,

i'm working on my syllabus for law and social movements. in general, i'm interested in teaching it from a perspective that helps the students critically engage the assumption that some people have that the way to think about "law and social movements" is that legal reform is primarily a beneficial element in social movements. instead, i want us to see how law often criminalizes and coopts social movements, and then think through strategic questions about how that works, how some lawyers and activists try to avoid that while still engaging in law reform, how the focus on legal reform has shaped demands of social movements, etc.

an initial part of the syllabus is about the criminalization of social movements, and i'm having a hard time picking readings. if you have favorite texts (or even films) about the criminalization of social movements, and specifically the role of lawyers (either defending or prosecuting) in those battles, let me know. autobiographies that include discussion of legal strategy or dilemmas faced by lawyers or criminalized activists, critical articles or books, interesting histories all welcome. so far some of my thoughts are:
the part in Assata where she refuses to participate in her trial
some of the autobiographical stuff from the Weather Underground (do you have a favorite book or passage?)
some of the stuff by or about Angela Davis' prosecution
discussion of the SF8 case
other good discussions of criminalization of contemporary social movements?

if you can think of specific things within what i have listed, or other things, that might be a good way to think about the criminalization of social movements, especially for future lawyers interested in social movements, that is great. some students, i imagine, will be familiar with some of this history and others totally new to it.

i'll post the syllabus when i get it in better shape. thanks for the help!
30 December 2007 @ 12:53 pm
so, my long job search has ended. after a torturous decision i accepted a job at seattle u. which i am so excited about. feel free to let me know about important northwest things/people/events/mountains i should know. i'll be there probably in july sometime.
I thought other people might be interested in the syllabus I just finished teaching. I always like to see other people's. Also, I want to HIGHLY recommend a new book: Jasbir Puar's Terrorist Assemblages.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies 187

Race, Class, Ability and Transgender Rights
Fall 2007
Wednesday 12-2:50pm
Public Affairs 2325

Dean Spade

The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex, ed. Incite! Women of Color Against Violence (South End Press, 2007) (hereinafter “RWNBF”).
The Transgender Studies Reader, eds. Whittle and Stryker (Routledge, 2006) (hereinafter “TSR”).

All other readings will be provided as PDF files on the course webpage or as handouts in class.


October 3
First Class, no reading but we will meet for the full class period.

October 10
Janice Raymond, “Sappho by Surgery: The Transsexually Constructed Lesbian Feminist,” TSR p. 131
Sandy Stone, “The Empire Strikes Back: A Posttranssexual Manifesto,” TSR 221
Emi Koyama, “Whose Feminism Is It Anyway: The Unspoken Racism of the Trans Inclusion Debate,” TSR p. 699

October 17
Chela Sandoval, “Methodologies of the Oppressed” excerpt (PDF on Course Website)
Kimberly Crenshaw, Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color, in Critical Race Theory: Key Writings That Formed the Movement (1995) (PDF on Course Website)
Roderick A. Ferguson, Aberrations in Black: Toward a Queer of Color Critique, Pages 1-29 (PDF on Course Website)

October 24
Films: Cruel and Unusual, Toilet Training, Boy I Am, and No Dumb Questions

October 31
Class held in Royce 314
Guest Speakers, Filmmakers Chris Vargas and Eric Stanley
Readings: “Anti-Colonial Responses to Gender Violence” from Conquest by Andrea Smith

November 7
Eli Clare, Exile and Pride excerpt (PDF on Course Website)
Doe v. Bell (PDF on Course Website)
Dwight B. Billings and Thomas Urban, The Socio-Medical Construction of Transsexualism: An Interpretation and Critique, 29 SOCIAL PROBLEMS 266, 276 (1982) (PDF on Course Website)
Nick Gorton, Toward a Resolution of GID, the Model of Disease, and the Transgender Community, available at http://www.makezine.org/giddisease.htm
Optional Reading:
Adrienne L. Hiegel, “Sexual Exclusions: The Americans with Disabilities Act as a Moral Code,” 94 Colum. L. Rev. 1451 (1994) (PDF on Course Website)

November 14
Angela Harris, “From Stonewall to the Suburbs?” (PDF on Course Website)
Alex Lee, Nowhere to Go But Out: The Collision between Transgender and Gender-Variant Prisoners and the Gender Binary in America’s Prisons available at http://spr.org/pdf/NowhereToGoButOut.pdf
Testimony from the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission Hearings 2005 (PDF on Course Website)
Sample prison policies regarding transgender inmates (Handout)

November 21
Sarah Lamble, Retelling Racialized Violence, Remaking White Innocence: The Politics of Interlocking Oppressions in Transgender Day of Remembrance (forthcoming in Sexuality Research and Social Policy: Journal of NSRC) (PDF on Course Website)
Instead of Prisons: A Handbook for Abolitionists (excerpts) (PDF on Course Website)
Please review the materials found here: http://www.hrc.org/issues/hate_crimes/5895.htm
Bassichis, Aganthangelou and Spira, Intimate Investment: Homonormativity, Global Lockdown and the Seductions of Empire (forthcoming in Radical History Review) (PDF on Course Website)
Optional Reading:
Farmer v. Brennan, 511 U.S. 825 (1994) (PDF on Course Website)
Lucrecia v. Samples, 1995 WL 630016 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 16, 1995) (PDF on Course Website)
Powell v. Schriver, 175 F.3d 107, 115 (2d Cir. 1999) (PDF on Course Website)

November 28
Miami Workers’ Center, Four Pillars of Social Justice Infrastructure (PDF on Course Website)
Andrea Smith, Introduction: The Revolution Will Not Be Funded in RWNBF
Dylan Rodriguez, The Political Logic of the Non-Profit Industrial Complex in RWNBF
Ruth Wilson Gilmore, In the Shadow of the Shadow State in RWNBF

December 5
Rickke Mananzala and Dean Spade, The Nonprofit Industrial Complex and Trans Resistance, Sexuality Research and Social Policy: Journal of NSRC (PDF on Course Website)
Paul Kivel, Social Service or Social Change? In RWNBF
Erik Tang, Non-Profits and the Autonomous Grassroots, in RWNBF
Nicole Burrowes, Morgan Cousins, Paula X Rojas, and Ije Ude, On Our Own Terms: Ten Years of Radical Community Building with Sista II Sista, in RWNBF
09 November 2007 @ 07:53 am
First, Colby and I wrote an article about cell phones for the Movement Vision Blog. Have a look at http://www.movementvisionlab.org/blog/can-you-hear-me-now-the-trouble-with-cell-phones

Second, I'm in the middle of interviewing for all these law professor jobs, which is tiring but interesting. The only city I'm interviewing in that I know almost nothing about is Pittsburgh. If you know about zillions of cool trans people or brilliant radicals living and doing work in Pittsburgh, write and tell me, okay?
27 September 2007 @ 04:57 pm
At the Sylvia Rivera Law Project's after-party following its fifth
anniversary celebration last night, two members of the community were
violently arrested and others were pepper sprayed by police without
warning or cause. The two folks who were arrested remain in police
custody and should be arraigned tomorrow. (More details of the incident
can be found below in the press release.)

We ask that people show up tomorrow, Thursday, starting at 9:30am and
continuing throughout the day to call for the immediate release of and
the dropping of charges against the people who were arrested. The
arraignment court rooms are at 100 Centre St (Directions: No. 4 or 5
train to Brooklyn Bridge Station; No. 6 train, N, R or C train to Canal
Street; No. 1 train to Franklin Street; M1, M6 and M15 bus lines are
nearby. 100 Centre Street is one block north of Worth Street, three
blocks south of Canal Street.) Ask for directions to the arraignment
rooms at the info desk when you enter.

For more information or to receive updates via email or text message,
contact Jack at jack@srlp.org, who should be at court and have email
access throughout the day.

Jack Aponte (jack@srlp.org, 347-247-1526) Naomi Clark (naomi@srlp.org,

Police Brutality Strikes Fifth Anniversary of Sylvia Rivera Law Project

NEW YORK - On the night of Wednesday, September 26, officers from the
9th Precinct of the New York Police Department attacked without
provocation members of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project and of its
community. Two of our community members were violently arrested, and
others were pepper sprayed in the face without warning or cause.

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (www.srlp.org) is an organization that
works on behalf of low-income people of color who are transgender,
gender non-conforming, or intersex, providing free legal services and
advocacy among many other initiatives. On Wednesday night, the Sylvia
Rivera Law Project was celebrating its fifth anniversary with a
celebration and fundraising event at a bar in the East Village.

A group of our community members, consisting largely of queer and
transgender people of color, witnessed two officers attempting to detain
a young Black man outside of the bar. Several of our community members
asked the officers why they were making the arrest and using excessive
force. Despite the fact that our community was on the sidewalk, gathered
peacefully and not obstructing foot traffic, the NYPD chose to
forcefully grab two people and arrested them. Without warning, an
officer then sprayed pepper spray across the group in a wide arc,
temporarily blinding many and causing vomiting and intense pain.

"This is the sort of all-too-common police violence and overreaction
towards people of color that happens all the time," said Dean Spade,
founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. "It's ironic that we were
celebrating the work of an organization that specifically opposes state
violence against marginalized communities, and we experienced a police
attack at our celebration."

"We are outraged, and demand that our community members be released and
the police be held accountable for unnecessary use of excessive force
and falsely arresting people," Spade continued.

Damaris Reyes is executive director of GOLES, an organization working to
preserve the Lower East Side. She commented, "I'm extremely concerned
and disappointed by the 9th Precinct's response to the situation and how
it escalated into violence. This kind of aggressive behavior doesn't do
them any good in community-police relations."

Supporters are gathered at 100 Center Street, where the
two community members are being held awaiting arraignment. The community calls for
charges to be dropped and to demand the immediate release of those
Current Mood: angryangry