Black History Month event at the Owl Bookshop, London
Date: Thursday, 27 October 2011 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Owl Bookshop - 207-209 Kentish Town Road, NW5 2JU
Crossroads Books in association with
Women of Colour in Global Women's Strike invites you to a
Black History Month event
From death row in Pennsylvania, launch of a new book in the UK
PRISONERS DEFENDING PRISONERS v THE USA
By Mumia Abu-Jamal
with Selma James who edited and introduced the UK edition
Thursday 27 October 6-8pm
207-209 Kentish Town Road, NW5 2JU ( Kentish Town Tube)
Level access, wheelchair accessible toilet nearby
Foreword by Angela Y. Davis, Introduction by Selma James
Published by Crossroads Books Price: £11.99 (order here)
Free to Prisoners. Donations welcome to help cover costs
From death row, award-winning journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal introduces us to fellow prisoners who litigate against their jailers, risking punishment or even death, to win justice for themselves and other prisoners. “This is the story,” he writes, “of law learned not in the ivory towers of multi-billion-dollar endowed universities [but] in the hidden, dank dungeons of America – the Prisonhouse of Nations."
Selma James’s Introduction presents the parallel universe of UK jailhouse lawyers who, like their US counterparts, are leading a justice movement inside prisons.
UK prisoners, denied the vote, are campaigning for this fundamental right. A legal challenge brought by a jailhouse lawyer supported by a dedicated legal team won a
European Court ruling in 2004 that a blanket ban on votes for prisoners violates their human rights. Yet the government, in opposing votes for prisoners, acts as if those of us who are prisoners are less human, and deny that prisons and what goes on in them also frame the kind of society we all inhabit.
UK publication of Jailhouse Lawyers is an opportunity for prisoners’ campaigns for the vote and other urgent reforms to be better known and supported.
International support for Mumia, who speaks for many on death row, is strong among those demanding an end to the death penalty which killed Troy Davis .
WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID ABOUT JAILHOUSE LAWYERS
|o Anger with accuracy.outstanding. Ian Macdonald QC
o Deserves to be read by policymakers. Lord David Ramsbotham, former HM Chief Inspector of Prisons
o Illuminates what is possible for jailhouse lawyers in Britain . Ben Gunn, UK jailhouse lawyer
o A champion of law in an institution that is lawless. Benjamin Zephaniah, poet, ex-prisoner
o Gallant prisoners who do battle with the authorities. Clive Stafford Smith, Reprieve
o A brilliant analysis of law and lawyers as instruments of injustice. Lord Anthony Gifford QC, UK barrister and attorney, Jamaica
o A must read for prisoners and prison reform groups. John Hirst, former jailhouse lawyer
|o In the grand tradition of prison writing. Frances Crook, Director, Howard League for Penal Reform
o An international learning tool – of particular importance to the Caribbean . Richard Small, attorney, Jamaica
o The truth about death row and its distinguished inhabitants. Niki Adams, Legal Action for Women
o Make way for inside voices. Everybody should read it. Flo Krause, barrister
o Mumia Abu-Jamal has once more offered us new ways of thinking about law, democracy, and power. Angela Y. Davis, from the Foreword
o They learn the law, the procedures, the jargon, and mount an often formidable legal defence. In the process they carve out a life for themselves. Selma James, from the Introduction
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