Women Against the Prison Industrial Complex : Book Presentation

Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 7 PM – 9 PM

Seven Shores Community Cafe

10 Regina St. N Unit 4, Waterloo, Ontario N2J 2Z8

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Join the Waterloo Public Interest Research Group for a free event with Ann Hansen, author of "Taking the Rap: Women Doing Time for Society's Crimes". Ann will be discussing her book which tells the story of her and her fellow women prisoners inside Canada's prison industrial complex. Ann will be joined by Sara Falconer, member of the Certain Days collective, a political prisoner support organization. 

About "Taking the Rap": 

When Ann Hansen was arrested in 1983 along with the four other members of the anarchist group known as the Squamish Five, her long-time commitment to prison abolition suddenly became much more personal. Now, she could see firsthand the brutal effects of imprisonment on real women’s lives.

During more than thirty years in prison and on parole, the bonds and experiences Hansen shared with other imprisoned women only strengthened her resolve to fight the prison industrial complex. In Taking the Rap, she shares gripping stories of women caught in a system that treats them as disposable-poor women, racialized women, and Indigenous women, whose stories are both heartbreaking and enraging. Often serving time for minor offences due to mental health issues, abuse, and poverty, women prisoners are offered up as scapegoats by a society keen to find someone to punish for the problems we all have created.

About the speakers:

Ann Hansen has spent many years in prison and on parole as a consequence of her participation in a radical anarchist group that carried out a series of bombings against Canadian government and corporate targets in the early 1980s. When Ann was arrested along with the four other members of what would be known as the Vancouver 5, her long-time commitment to prison abolition suddenly became much more personal. The bonds and experiences that she would share with other imprisoned women in the years to come only strengthened her resolve.

Sara Falconer is a member of the the Certain Days collective. The calendar is a joint fundraising and educational project between outside organizers in Montreal, Hamilton, New York and Baltimore, with political prisoners being held in maximum-security prisons. 

Books will be available to purchase at the event on a sliding scale for $20-$30. They can also be purchased online at Between The Lines: https://btlbooks.com/book/taking-the-rap. The 2019 Certain Days Freedom for Political Prisoners calendar will be available at the event.