No New Prisons
The Real Cost of Prisons Project has comic books
available for distribution:
Prison Town: This comic tells
the tale of how financing and siting of prisons and jails affects
the people of rural communities in which prisons are built. It
also tells the story of the how mass incarceration affects the
people of urban communities, where the majority of people who
are incarcerated come from. Included in the comic book are alternatives
to the current system.
Prisoners of the War on
Drugs: The comic book includes:
the history of the war on drugs, mandatory minimums and how racism
creates harsher sentences for people of color; stories on how
the war on drugs works against women, three strikes, obstacles
to coming home after incarceration, how mass incarceration destabilizes
neighborhoods, and alternatives to the present system.
Prisoners of a Hard Life:
Women and Their Children: This
comic book includes stories about women trapped by mandatory
sentencing and the War on Drugs and the "costs" of
incarceration for women and their families. A two-page story
details the trial and sentencing of Regina McKnight. Also included
are "Change is Possible" alternatives to the present
system, a glossary and footnotes.
Click for full-size Incarceration
for more graphs
Hosting a Film Series
An excellent and inexpensive way to introduce
a group of potential activists to the topics of prison and drug
policy reform is to present a video series. A series of video
presentations can be informal, entertaining and packed with information.
Here are some suggestions to get you started:
Table at events with our new 'Family
Drug War - It's Prisons, Poisons and Environmental
Set Up To Fail is a dramatic
presentation created and performed by Justice Works!, a Seattle,
WA based prisoner advocacy group. The performance takes about
20 minutes, leaving ample time for open discussion with performers
and audience. Two people can educate hundreds! For
more about the organization who began to perform this moving
play in the northwest, visit Justice Works! online.
Watch a performance of Set Up To Fail
You can adapt Set Up
To Fail for your own community with the tools provided here.
With only a small investment in materials, you can build
your own Set Up To Fail Jail Cell
Adapt this script, (.pdf), to your own local
prison and prisoner issues.
To help publicize your performance, create
Up To Fail Event Poster (.pdf). Download and customize
this Set Up to Fail poster, or make an original of your own.
To learn how to organize an event, visit
these chapters of November Coalition's Bottom's Up: Guide
To Grassroots Activism: