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Inside Out

Daniel Burton-Rose

in Guerrilla USA

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780520264281
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520946033 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520264281.003.0012
Inside Out

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Rita Brown, Therese Coupez, and a handful of like-minded people in the women's community publicized the first meeting of the Women Out Now Prison Project primarily by word of mouth. They announced it at the Seattle Liberation Coalition, an umbrella organization of the Seattle Left, and posted flyers in local schools. Some thirty women showed up. They heard a rap about the conditions of women prisoners—psychological as well as physical—and were encouraged to explore conditions for themselves by making direct contact with inmates. In order to secure access to Purdy, the organization played on the rehabilitational pretensions of the Washington Department of Corrections. Brown made a new friend in Janine Bertram, coordinator of the local chapter of Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics, a prostitutes' organization. Bertram felt particularly strongly about feminism.

Keywords: Rita Brown; Therese Coupez; Women Out Now; Seattle; women prisoners; Purdy; feminism; Department of Corrections; Janine Bertram; Old Tired Ethics

Chapter.  4084 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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