We hope you all had a lovely and relaxing Spring Break! I’m sorry to say that we are back to the grind of the semester, but never fear! As always, SPEAR will have its weekly working full group meeting this Monday, March 4th at 8 p.m. in Campus Club so you can jump back into the semester in a meaningful way.
Our D.O.V.E.S. team, which hosts social and educational events for young women from a local alternative incarceration facility (and is looking for new members!) will meet at 7:30 p.m. in campus club, and our conference team will meet during the weekly meeting as well.
New to SPEAR? Fill out this onboarding guide to get fully plugged in to all things SPEAR and to schedule coffee with one of our presidents to talk about how you can get more involved!
Please come out the Monday after Spring Break, 3/25, at 4:20 pm in Betts Auditorium (in the architecture building) for the penultimate CPUC meeting of the semester! We need your support to continue pressuring the administration and show them that we have not forgotten about their hostile responses to the Ban the Box campaign. This meeting, engaged faculty will also be asking questions to demonstrate that the campaign is building momentum and has wide support across campus. Previous demonstrations have garnered the attention of national media and provoked discussions among high level administrators, so your presence matters! Contact Michaela (email@example.com) and Gina (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
This Sunday, March 31st at 2pm, SPEAR will be taking a trip to the opening the exhibit Redaction, featuring art from Titus Kaphar and poetry from Reginald Dwayne Betts based on lawsuits filed by the Civil Rights Corps (CRC) on behalf of people incarcerated because of an inability to pay court fines and fees at MoMa. We will be leaving at 12:30 p.m. to drive up to see the exhibit and the opening panel, and likely returning around 5 p.m. -- all travel costs will be covered. If you would like to attend, please fill out this 5-second RSVP form to help us coordinate logistics prior to the event.
We are sure you have already registered for our annual SPEAR Conference: now, we need you all to host the many students coming in from around the country to attend on the weekend of April 12th and 13th! Please fill out this form here.
"Medicare for All" Is Missing a Vital Group: The Incarcerated Ashwin Vasan, The Marshall Project.
“Nearly 60 percent of Americans support some version of “Medicare for All,” an expansion of federally-funded health insurance to cover everybody. But no one is talking about making federal health insurance truly “for all” by extending eligibility to the 2.2 million people incarcerated in this country.”
A Racial Pattern So Obvious, Even the Supreme Court Might See It Garrett Epps, The Atlantic.
“The specific issue the Court will hear is whether, during a murder trial in 2010, a Mississippi prosecutor named Doug Evans deliberately used “peremptory challenges” to remove potential jurors because of race. If the U.S. Supreme Court agrees, then Flowers’s conviction for multiple murders in 1996 will be set aside. Of course, if that happens, Evans can simply try Flowers again on the same charges. And why wouldn’t he? Evans has already prosecuted Flowers for the same crime six times over the past 20 years.”
Pregnant Behind Bars: What We Do And Don't Know About Pregnancy And Incarceration Carolyn Sufrin, NPR.
“Pregnant incarcerated people are one of the most marginalized and forgotten groups in our country, and the way that I think about it is that this is a reflection of the notion that women who don't count don't get counted….They can be shackled during childbirth. They can be placed in solitary confinement. They can have their complaints of contractions, bleeding, labor complaints ignored and deliver babies in their jail cells or prison cells.”
Kiki, Amanda, and Masha