Subject: [fem-women2000 678] "Whose Safety?: Women of Color and the Violence of Law Enforcemen t" - New Publication from the AFSC and the CWPE!
From: Jennifer Hope <JHope@afsc.org>
Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2001 16:25:06 -0400
PUBLICATION ANNOUNCEMENT "Whose Safety? Women of Color and the Violence of Law Enforcement" By Anannya Bhattacharjee Published by the American Friends Service Committee and the Committee on Women, Population, and the Environment, Philadelphia, 2001, xiv + 45 pp. "Whose Safety? Women of Color and the Violence of Law Enforcement," documents how women of color, both immigrant and U.S.-born, are facing a mounting spiral of violence at the hands of law enforcement, including police agencies, prisons, and jails, as well as border guards, other agents of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), and INS detention centers. This comprehensive report, authored by activist and independent researcher Anannya Bhattcharjee, is copublished by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and the Committee on Women, Population, and the Environment. It offers an overview of contemporary anti-violence organizing, with concrete examples and critical reflections drawn from interviews with more than 80 anti-violence activists nationwide, as well as numerous published and unpublished reports. As the scope and power of law enforcement continues to expand, its impact on women, particularly women of color, has grown dramatically, leading to a well-documented upsurge in violations of civil, constitutional, and human rights. Women experience enforcement violence both as direct targets of law-enforcement operations and as caregivers and advocates for their family members and communities. "Whose Safety?" explores the impact of enforcement violence on key areas of women's lives, including reproductive and sexual autonomy, violence in the home, family and caregiving, and paid work. Although there are some notable exceptions, groups calling for greater accountability from police or immigration authorities generally fail to consider women's particular experience of enforcement violence - while many women's anti-violence organizations continue to rely on law enforcement to counter intimate violence. Notes Bhattacharjee, a "gender analysis of enforcement violence requires an exploration that crosses all these divisions," in order to "sustain cohesive, effective, and strategic social movements." "Whose Safety?" is issued as part of AFSC's new Justice Visions series on contemporary strategies for community action against violence and abuse. Another working paper in this series, forthcoming this summer, is "In a Time of Broken Bones: A Call to Dialogue on Hate Violence and the Limitations of Hate Crimes Legislation," by Katherine Whitlock, an in-depth exploration of the nature of hate violence and the likely uninentended consequences of current campaigns for stronger hate crimes legislation. "Whose Safety?" is available online at http://www.afsc.org/JusticeVisions.htm. Printed copies may be ordered for $5.00 per copy plus $3.50 postage and handling; a 10% discount is offered on orders of five or more copies. (Only prepaid orders may be accepted; foreign orders will be billed for actual postage). Order from Literature Resources Unit, AFSC, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102. Credit card orders only may be phoned toll-free to 1-888-588-2372. Separate offprints of the executive summary for "Whose Safety" are available free of charge from AFSC's Community Relations Unit (firstname.lastname@example.org or 215/241-7126). _________________________________________________________________________ fem-Women2000@jca.apc.org for Women 2000, UN Special Session on Beijing+5 Searcheable Archive http://www.jca.apc.org/fem/news/women2000/index.shtml visit fem-net HomePage for other mailing lists http://www.jca.apc.org/fem