The first time I can remember the concept of prison abolition appearing on my radar was my junior year of college — a friend was involved with an organization, Justice Now, that works with women prisoners and toward a world without prisons. Their website, although it never technically mentions the term “abolition,” was the first real exposure I had to the idea of prison abolition — the idea of getting rid of prisons in favor of a “world without prisons.” Continue reading
Posted in Prison Abolition/PIC, Society
Tagged Angela Davis, Are Prisons Obsolete?, beliefs, college, community, Justice Now, postaday2011, prison abolition, prison industrial complex, TJLP
I find Wordle fascinating. Wordle is, for those who don’t know, a website that allows one to make word clouds of websites or chunks of text, based on the most commonly used words. In lieu of my usual style of blog post, I decided to post a Wordle word cloud created from about a dozen of my favorite blog posts. Continue reading
As I think about the time I’ve spent involved with the Transformative Justice Law Project (TJLP), the song “For Good” from Wicked comes to mind. Absolutely, the incredible people I’ve met through TJLP have truly impacted who I am and informed how I think. TJLP — as a community, as a law project, and simply as a space in which I’ve been has definitely allowed me to grow and learn and flourish.
I’ve heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return Continue reading
Posted in Chicago, Life, Trans/Queer
Tagged Chicago, community, friends, gender, gender self-determination, passion, preferred pronouns, prison abolition, TJLP, trans, transformation, transformative justice, transgender
What would your profession be if you didn’t need money?
I’m aware that this is probably an unusual answer, but if I didn’t need money, I think I’d choose to be an attorney, in terms of a profession. Not just any old attorney, though — I would want to be an attorney for the Transformative Justice Law Project, TJLP (although I suppose a law project/organization with similar values and politics would be okay if I couldn’t be with TJLP). Definitely, in an immediate sense, I’d continue on as an intern with TJLP. Needing money is, after all, the biggest reason why I’m not staying in Chicago. If I were independently wealthy or won the lottery or something similar, I would definitely not be leaving. Continue reading
I’ve been told that I should be a lawyer basically my entire life (not “should” as in “must be,” should as in “would be good at”). My grandfather is a criminal defense attorney (well, he was — he recently retired after fifty-odd years of practicing law), and I’m the only one of numerous children and grandchildren who has ever shown any kind of law school leanings. None of that, of courses, is a reason to go to law school (and/or become an attorney), but it speaks to the fact that the the possibility of becoming a lawyer has been somewhere in my mind for as long as I can remember.
I recognize that I’ve led a fairly privileged life, and I haven’t really had to make many truly difficult decisions before. I acknowledge that, in the grand scheme of things, the decisions with which I’m faced are fairly small. Still, they feel difficult to me, and deciding whether to move back to Minnesota has felt like the hardest decision I’ve had to make. Continue reading
It’s my birthday! I am now 23.
Birthdays always make me feel a bit reflective; it makes me think about how my life has changed in the past year — about what’s important to me, what I want to do with my life, what’s going on in my life. Continue reading