Policing the National Body: Race, Gender and Criminalization

Date Published: July 21, 2006

Edited by Jael Silliman and Anannya Bhattacharjee, South End Press, 378 pages.

CWPE's second anthology has been released by South End Press. The book has received endorsements by Dorothy Roberts, Winona LaDuke and Cynthia Enloe and has an afterword by Angela Y. Davis.

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One of the key concerns among women of color and poor communities today is the difficulty of sustaining families in the face of increasing criminalization. Aggressive law enforcement, welfare reform, and draconian immigration and population policies have made one of the most fundamental reproductive rights-the right to have a child and raise a family-a battleground for women of color and poor women. Policing the National Body places issues of race, class, and gender at the center of the reproductive rights and social justice agenda. This timely collection reveals the unrelenting efforts by conservatives-including misguided environmentalists and religious fundamentalists-to define and regulate reproduction in ways that uphold white privilege. In the wake of September 11, as aggressive law enforcement has escalated, this important collection provides ammunition to combat the erosion of civil liberties.

About the Editors:

Jael Silliman is co-editor of Dangerous Intersections: Feminist Perspectives on Population, Environment and Development and teaches at the University of Iowa. Anannya Bhattacharjee is based in New York City. Most recently, she has published Whose Safety?: Women of Color and Law Enforcement Violence with the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and the Committee on Women, Population and Environment (CWPE). She is currently Program Officer at the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program (a national funder of social justice work in the US). She is the former Executive Director of CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities; founder and former Executive Coordinator of Sakhi for South Asian Women; and co-founder of the SAMAR Collective (a South Asian media resource). She has also been involved in the past in organizing South Asian household workers in the New York metropolitan area. In 1999, she was a Charles H. Revson Fellow on the Future of the City of New York in Columbia University and in 1998, was awarded the Activist-in-Residence fellowship from the Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program and Institute in New York University. She writes and speaks widely on social justice work.

Silliman and Bhattacharjee belong to the Committee on Women, Population and the Environment (CWPE), a multi-racial alliance of feminist activists, health practitioners and scholars committed to promoting the social and economic empowerment of women; and eliminating poverty, inequality, racism, and environmental degradation.


Introduction Policing the National Body: Sex, Race, and Criminalization
by Jael Silliman

Private Fists and Public Force: Race, Gender, and Surveillance
Anannya Bhattacharjee

Killing the Black Community: A Commentary on the United States War on Drugs
Judith A.M. Scully

Speaking Out Against Violence: Activist HIV-Positive Women Prisoners Redefine Social Justice
Cynthia Chandler and Carol Kingery

Abortion in the United States: Barriers to Access
Marlene Gerber Fried

Better Dead Than Pregnant: The Colonization of Native Women's Reproductive Health
Andrea Smith

Just Choices: Women of Color, Reproductive Health, and Human Rights
Loretta J. Ross, Sarah L. Brownlee, Dazon Dixon Diallo, Luz Rodriquez, and SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Project

The Gendered Assault on Immigrants
Syd Lindsley

Put in Harm's Way: The Neglected Health Consequences of Sex Trafficking in the United States
H. Patricia Hynes and Janice G. Raymond

Superpredator Meets Teenage Mom: Exploding the Myth of the Out-of-Control Youth
Anne Hendrixson

The Changing Faces of Population Control
Betsy Hartmann

Greening the Swastika: Nativism and Anti-Semitism in the Population and Environment Debate
Rajani Bhatia

Afterword Reflections on Post-September 11 America: An Interview with Angela Y. Davis
Anannya Bhattacharjee and Jael Silliman