Emily Thuma - "All Our Trials" - Bill Ayers & Tara Betts

Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Emily Thuma

"All Our Trials offers us a robust history of late twentieth-century radical feminist antiviolence organizing. Thuma reminds us that the activism of the present is built upon an important legacy of work that traversed movements and prison walls. If we are to build an abolitionist feminist future, we would be wise to pay attention to the antiracist queer feminist politics of these activists. We owe a debt of gratitude to them for paving the way, and to Thuma for chronicling their struggles." —Angela Y. Davis, University of California, Santa Cruz

Emily Thuma discusses All Our Trials: Prisons, Policing, and the Feminist Fight to End Violence. She will be joined in conversation by Bill Ayers and Tara Betts. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

At 57th Street Books

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About the book: During the 1970s, grassroots women activists in and outside of prison forged a radical politics against gender violence and incarceration. All Our Trials explores the work of these activists who placed criminalized women, and the multiple violences they confronted, at the heart of their organizing. Drawing on extensive archival research, Emily Thuma traces the making of this anticarceral feminism at the intersections of movements for racial and economic justice, prisoners’ and psychiatric patients’ rights, and gender and sexual liberation. In the process, she illuminates a crucial chapter in a struggle that continues in today's movements against mass incarceration and for transformative justice.

About the author: Emily Thuma is an assistant professor in the Division of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs at the University of Washington, Tacoma.

About the interlocutor: Bill Ayers is a social justice activist, teacher, former Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and author, whose works include the memoirs Fugitive Days and Public Enemy.

About the interlocutor: Tara Betts is the author of Break the Habit and Arc & Hue as well as the chapbooks 7 x 7: kwansabas and THE GREATEST!: An Homage to Muhammad Ali. Tara holds a Ph.D. from Binghamton University and a MFA from New England College. She is part of the MFA faculty at Chicago State University and Stonecoast-University of Southern Maine.

Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637