I am putting together a compilation of narratives about getting arrested by the police. I was recently arrested for the first time, and the experience would have been much more traumatic and frightening if I hadn’t known what to expect from hearing many of my friends’ arrest stories. “Know your rights” trainings are (in my experience) inadequate in preparing people for what actually happens in an arrest scenario. Your “rights” are one thing, what the police actually do can be entirely different.
The purpose of this project is not to minimize the traumatic nature of arrest, but rather to demystify the process. It is often easier to face a terrible event knowing what to expect rather than guessing. Fear of arrest is often a dissuading factor from acting on one’s desires, and I wish to foster a climate where anarchists, nihilists, communists, and other rabble-rousers can be more comfortable acting on our desires after having adequately prepared for what is an inevitable consequence of resisting Power.
Feel free to write about any of the following:
What were you doing when you were arrested?
How were you detained?
What sort of things did the police say/do to you as they arrested you?
Were you transported somewhere else?
How were you transported?
Were you arrested with other people?
How long were you in custody?
Did the police treat you differently because of various aspects of your identity?
How was your treatment different from what you’d heard about how the police legally “should” treat you?
Did you go to jail/prison?
What was your experience in jail/prison?
Did you plea guilty or innocent? Were you convicted?
What was/is your sentence?
Anything else you think is relevant!
I am particularly interested in compiling stories from people with a broad range of identities - police interact very differently with rich white men than with poor women of color (for example), and part of preparing for arrest means understanding how police interact with people in one’s own social position. It is beyond the scope of this project to provide an analysis of the racialized and classed nature of policing, but if the compilation only represents voices from those least affected by police violence then it will have failed in its mission.
The ultimate goal of this project is to publish the compiled stories in print and online, likely in a zine format. With that in mind, please do not include any information that could complicate/worsen anyone’s legal situation. You are welcome to submit anonymously, and I will double check with all submitters about what name (if any) they want to be published under.
Submission deadline is March 31st, 2012. Please send all submissions and questions to arreststoriesproject (at) riseup (dot) net.
Uh so… I work as a conference producer for the public sector, and I just spent my lunch break catching up on zine orders (stapling them together, writing address labels, packaging stuff up etc etc). One of my senior colleagues / kind of bosses came into the office and asked to read one. He was really impressed with it and said I should ask if I can put them in the delegate packages at a big mental health conference we’re putting on next month. This is kind of a huge deal, I think. The conference will be full of high powered UK mental health professionals, and I think it’s really important that they hear what people have to say. The question is, do I put out a call for submissions for a ‘Things I wish I could tell my doctor / therapist / psychiatrist’ issue?
Just floating this idea, chaps: who would be interested in submitting to an emergency issue? Please like / reply to this post so I can get an idea of uptake. Thanks!
The mission of Stigma Zine is not as much to stigmas we gotta deal with, but learning to embrace them and give a great, big fuck you to the society that says your own qualities are unacceptable, strange or “scary”.
The first issue was based around body mods and tattoos, and I want the second issue to be focused around bodies in a broader spectrum.
And I need yr words and experiences. I encourage people of all shapes and genders to contribute- it can be anything related to the body you are in, and why yr “stigmatized” qualities about yr encasing makes you amazing, powerful, and fuckin kickass.
I’m not looking for lengthy submissions- Stigma is a fairly small zine, so if you decide to submit something, a short paragraph or a few sentences would be great.
I’m not too sure about the deadline just yet, but I do want to finish it before the zine fest on the 25th.
If you have something to contribute you can drop them in my ask box or email me at email@example.com.
I look foward to hearing yr story, and if you can, reblog this post to spread the worrrrd <3
Katy and I have been talking for a while about collaborating on a zine project about the ways that we’ve been silenced by dude feminist allies in radical spaces. 2012 has been a bad year for male allies, right? (jk, all years are bad years for male allies)
Anyway, I found out I’ll be for sure going to Chicago Zine Fest this year, so I wanted to throw this thing together and bring it with me. It’ll be fairly haphazard, but it’ll be out there.
We’re calling it I SEE WHAT YOU’RE SAYING BUT I QUOTED BELL HOOKS IN A ZINE ONCE, and it is about the ways that women get pushed out of feminist and radical spaces. I’m writing specifically about male anti-rape activists abusing their privilege and being abusive, Katy & I are both writing about our experiences with bad male allies in punk scenes. There will inevitably also be a piece on Hugo Schwyzer in there.
I especially want to talk about the mechanisms by which men gain privilege within feminist spaces and then use that privilege to abuse and silence women. I have way too much experience with this, unfortunately.
I would imagine you guys also have lots of experience with this! So if you have any stories you’d like to share or anything related you wanna write about, let me know. Like I said, it’s not going to be super polished—I want to be able to start copying & stapling by the first few days of March. So if you want to send me something by the end of February, that would be awesome. It can even be something you’ve written for another blog or zine, as long as you have permission to redistribute it.
I especially wanna hear stories from people who were involved in occupy movements and saw silencing/abuse happening to women/queer people/people of color/etc. Or SlutWalk stuff. It doesn’t just have to be about feminist spaces, I think Emily is also gonna throw in a piece about bein’ a lady in comedy scenes. And I’d be open to a million more takes on Schwyzer.
You don’t have to be woman-identified, either, just plz no white cisdudes. And you don’t just have to talk about the actions of men, I would love to include some stories about white feminist silencing tactics.
And please submit if you are willing to talk ALL THE SHIT about bad feminist dudes who are semi-famous punks. We can leave you unnamed, if you want.
- Who are you and what do you do? - Where are you based? - What kind of zines would you have at your table? - What’s your price range? Would you be up for swaps? - If you have a web page, please share it with us.
There will be a communal stall for people with one-off zines to distribute. Unfortunately because of limited space we might not be able to fit all the stalls in, these questions will help us make a selection.
Workshops: Tooting Zine Fest is going to have a small selection of workshops exploring the space where zines and radical politics meet, plus at least one practical zine-based workshop. If you’d like to run a workshop, walk or other activity, please email : - Who are you, what do you do and where are you based? - What is the title and general content of your workshop? - What would your workshop involve participants doing? - Would you be able to cover the budget of your workshop? - Do you have any special requirements, or anything else you’d like to add? - If you have a web page, please share it with us.