So, this month the attendees made an executive decision and chose a book for April- but seeing as it's one that's been on the short list for several months now, that seems only fair. We'll be reading Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex, an anthology edited by Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith. From their website:
Pathologized, terrorized, and confined, trans/gender non-conforming and queer folks have always struggled against the enormity of the prison industrial complex. The first collection of its kind, Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith bring together current and former prisoners, activists, and academics to offer new ways for understanding how race, gender, ability, and sexuality are lived under the crushing weight of captivity. Through a politic of gender self-determination, this collection argues that trans/queer liberation and prison abolition must be grown together. From rioting against police violence and critiquing hate crimes legislation to prisoners demanding access to HIV medications, and far beyond, Captive Genders is a challenge for us all to join the struggle.