The last week of May was busy! Not only did all three new summer legal interns start at SRLP, we also concluded our Participatory Research Nights as part of our republication of It’s War in Here. For background, in 2007, SRLP published It’s War in Here (IWIH), a report on the conditions that transgender and […]
Archive | SRLP Prisoner Advisory Committee
We believe that storytelling is a revolutionary act…
so, we created this space to share the activities and stories of our Prisoner Advisory Committee (PAC).
What follows is an essay by SRLP PAC member Dana Gibson, aka Gee, reflecting on the memory of her mother. As we marked Mother’s Day and get ready to mark Father’s Day, it is so important we remember all those behind bars who cannot or do not have close family connections due to incarceration, transphobia, […]
Strength and Pride?
Below is an essay written by PAC member Dana Gibson, aka Gee. This essay contemplates what it means to survive while held in the torturous conditions of solitary confinement. To learn more about SRLP is fighting these conditions – and how you can help! – please visit our Ending Isolation campaign website. Strength and Pride? […]
Celebrating the Release of “In Solidarity”!
With much excitement, SRLP presents the digital release of “In Solidarity”! “In Solidarity” is SRLP’s bi-annual newsletter that is created and informed by our Prison Advisory Committee. A collection of artwork, poems, and writings, it is one of the many ways SRLP continues to uplift the voices of TGNC communities and our incarcerated members to […]
“Freedom” by J’asiyah Colon
The following essay was written by one SRLP’s PAC members while she was held in the Transgender Housing Unit (THU) of the NYC jails. This essay was inspired by an article on Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson and their legacy of resistance. – Mik I am a 34 year-old Puerto Rican trans woman named […]
21 Questions Need 21 Answers
Below is an essay from PAC member and It’s War in Here Advisory Committee member Terrianna Witherspoon. Terrianna is a longtime advocate for all trans people and she has contributed enormously to SRLP over the years. We are excited to share her very important essay on issues faced by trans people in prison. – Mik […]
THU April Writings
The following submissions were written by some of our PAC members while they were inside the Transgender Housing Unit of the NYC jails. SRLP teaches classes in this unit twice a month. Sometimes members ask us to share their writings or drawings from the unit. Below are two submissions from recent classes. – Mik […]
Our Member’s Thoughts From Solitary
On March 13th, members of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) joined hundreds of people in Albany to demand the passage of the HALT Solitary Act and the end of torture through solitary confinement in New York State. We were honored to bring with us the names of SRLP Prisoner Advisory Committee (PAC) members who […]
Meet The Artist behind Our Re-Launch of It’s War in Here
I first met Rabi Cepeda in 2015. Over the past three years, Rabi and I have been able to meet, share food, and grow together. Rabi came home in the summer of 2017 and I have been able to meet with him a few times to make sure he stays connected to our work. Rabi’s […]
Meet the Advisory Committee for It’s War in Here!
As part of the relaunch of “It’s War in Here,” we asked some of our incarcerated members to join an Advisory Committee for the project. These members have helped us to generate questions and edit the surveys, and they will help us to review data and edit drafts of the report later on. They are […]