Tag Archives: RISE

Anti-Police Brutality March

Sophie Massey ’15 is not tryna waste words right now (or time this Saturday):


Police brutality has been a growing problem in Middletown that people are dealing with every day. Come to express your support of a peaceful Middletown and hold police accountable. Meet at Union Park near Church and Main St.

Sponsored by RISE (Students of Color Resist Imprisonment for a Safer Existence).

Date: Saturday, May 11
Time: 1 p.m.
Place: Union Park, near Church and Main St.
Facebook: Event

Trans + Gender Nonconforming People and the Prison Industrial Complex

Join RISE and Trans/Gender Group for a student-led discussion this Friday, in honor of Trans Day of Remembrance. Trans and gender nonconforming people are disproportionately imprisoned and policed. How do prisons and policing affect trans people? What are the forces and cycles that draw trans people into the prison industrial complex? How does trans liberation intersect with prison abolition?

All are welcome!

Date: Fri 11.20
Time: 3pm
Place: 190 High Street

Panel Discussion: Education in Spaces of Incarceration

Franni Paley ’10 writes:

Attend the Education in Spaces of Incarceration panel discussion! This will be a discussion on the role of arts and education programs within the prison system with a pizza dinner to follow.

This panel will be an opportunity to learn about the kinds of education- and arts-based work people are doing in the prison system, locally and nationally. The panelists will speak about the work they do and consider questions like: what kind of partnerships between people in prison and those on the outside can form through this work? What are current trends around education in spaces of imprisonment? What are the possibilities and limitations of prison education as a means to structural change within the prison system?

sponsored by RISE (Resisting Imprisonment for a Safer Existence), Wesleyan Center for Prison Education, and the Center for African American Studies

WHAT: Panel discussion and pizza dinner
WHEN: Thursday, October 29, 2009 from 8:00pm – 10:00pm
WHERE: Center for African American Studies (343 High Street)

Facebook event here


Franni Paley ’10 writes:

Up the Ridge is a one-hour documentary produced by Appalshop’s Amelia Kirby and Nick Szuberla.

In 1999, Kirby and Szuberla were volunteer DJ’s for the Appalachian region’s only hip-hop radio program in Whitesburg, KY when they received hundreds of letters from inmates transferred into nearby Wallens Ridge State Prison, the newest prison built to prop up the region’s sagging coal economy. The letters described human rights violations, racial tension, and cultural conflict between staff and inmates.

Filming began that year and, through the lens of Wallens Ridge, the film offers viewers an in-depth look at the United States prison industry and the social impact of moving hundreds of thousands of inner-city minority offenders to distant rural outposts.

Up the Ridge explores competing political agendas that align government policy with human rights violations, and political expediencies that bring communities into racial and cultural conflict with tragic consequences.

Presented by RISE (Resisting Imprisonment for a Safer Existence – formerly WesPREP)

Contact: Sylvia Ryerson ’09 (sryerson@wes) or the RISE listserve (wesleyanrise(at)googlegroups(dot)com)

Facebook event here.

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2009
Time: 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: PAC 002