Oppose Increase in NM Women's Prison Population!
NEW MEXICO'S WOMEN'S PRISON POPULATION IS INCREASING MORE THAN ANY OTHER STATE! AND PRIVATE CORPORATIONS THAT OWN AND RUN THE PRISONS STAND TO GAIN FROM THE INCREASE.
Please join Bette Fleishman (Exec. Director Women's Justice Project) and the New Mexico Women's Network for a critical audience-particpation and plan of action discussion.
DATE: Thursday, April 17, FREE EVENT, DONATIONS WELCOME
PLACE: The Forum at Santa Fe University of Art & Design, 1600 St Michaels Drive, Santa Fe
Currently there is a request for proposal (RFP) out to increase the women’s prison by over 200 beds. The RFP is due on April 30th – this is an URGENT action! This is occurring while the national prison population is decreasing.
New Mexico’s Women’s prison population is increasing…and projected to continue to increase. We are opposed to such a significant increase in the women’s prison population. The reasons for the increase will be discussed and can all be remedied without building a larger prison. We look forward to sharing information about the current prison population – presenting an action plan to stop this expansion and discussion about strategies to reduce, not increase, the number of women incarcerated in New Mexico.
Please join us and spread the word!
Orange is the New Black Author, Piper Kerman, Visits UNM for New Mexico Women’s Justice Project Fundraiser.
Hosted by Bookworks in Partnership with UNM Women’s Resource Center
DATE: Thursday, May 8
TIME: 7pm (doors open at 6pm)
PLACE: ALBUQUERQUE: Woodward Hall, University of New Mexico (UNM) Campus http://www.unmtickets.com/woodward-hall
Admission is a $5 minimum donation at the door for the New Mexico Women’s Justice Project. $20 priority seating and signing tickets are available in advance. More info: 505-344-8139 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About The New Mexico Women’s Justice Project:
NM Women's Justice Project is a non-profit organization that advocates for female prisoners around the state, including Grants, Santa Fe, Albuquerque and beyond. “We aim to achieve justice and fairness for New Mexico women, children, and their families impacted by the criminal justice delinquency, and abuse and neglect systems,” says Bette Fleishman, executive director of NMJP. “We pursue our mission by working in collaboration with other organizations—as we are with Bookworks and the Women’s Resource Center—to educate the public. Our audience is legislators, policy makers, and administers, and we provide program development, legal initiatives, technical assistance, and our participation in policy task forces, councils, committees, and other related forums. We are so happy to be partnering with these groups and with Ms. Kerman to get the word out about our work.”
About Piper Kerman:
Kerman herself knows first-hand about incarceration. When Piper Kerman was sent to prison for a ten-year-old crime, she barely resembled the reckless young woman she'd been when she committed the misdeeds that would eventually catch up with her. Happily ensconced in a New York City apartment, with a promising career and an attentive boyfriend, she was suddenly forced to reckon with the consequences of her very brief, very careless dalliance in the world of drug trafficking. Kerman spent thirteen months in prison, eleven of them at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, where she met a surprising and varied community of women living under exceptional circumstances. Her story offers a rare look into the lives of women in prison, and the best-selling paperback has become a popular TV series.
Kerman is now the vice president of a Washington, D.C.-based communications firm that works with foundations and nonprofits. A graduate of Smith College, she lives in Brooklyn.
About UNM’s Women’s Resource Center:
The Women’s Resource Center advocates for women on campus and in the community in addressing issues of institutionalized sexism & racism, sexual harassment, and all other forms of discrimination in the classroom, on campus, and beyond.