Re: Martadinata Haryono, Critical Resistance

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Carol Leigh (CarolLeigh@bayswan.org)
Wed, 21 Oct 1998 11:24:59 -0800


>Martadinata Haryono, an 18 year old rape counselor volunteer for Women
>raped during Indonesia's riots in May, was found murdered with stab
>wounds and a slashed neck. See story at CNN's World page for
>Oct.10,1998 at
>http://cnn.com/WORLD/asiapcf/9810/10/indonesia.rape/index.html
>
>I recently gave a talk at a California Conference concerning the
>conditions in prisons and jails, called Critical Resistance.
>I remember that as I spoke of how the struggle against rape is, in fact,
>War, there was an attractive young Woman who kept sarcastically rolling
>her eyes at my words.
>
>I send Martadinata Haryono, my prayers, my tribute, my respect and I
>must vehemently repeat,.... This is War.
>
>Niaua <hukoho@pacbell.net>
>Head of the Womens' Project
>for Stop Prisoner Rape, Inc.
>U.S.A.

I am pleased to meet you as I was a friend of Donny from STOP PRISONER
RAPE, and also Alex who I guess works with you now? Margo St. James of
COYOTE, the prostitutes' rights organization, was on their original board I
think.

I was also at the Critical Resistance workshop, presenting 3 workshops on
Saturday with COYOTE and Exotic Dancers' Alliance and my recent video,
Blind Eye To Justice: HIV+ Women Incacerated in California
(http://www.bayswan.org/blindeye.html) was shown there.

I found it interesting that pros rights activists were not up to speed on
the issue of finding alternatives to criminal justice solutions, or prison
abolitionism. We emphasized police/criminal justice for those who abused
prostitutes (strip club owners who they called pimps much to my
frustration).

I heard that the issues about rape were also divisive in some workshops and
I would like to know more about that.

>there was an attractive young Woman who kept sarcastically rolling
>>her eyes at my words.
>>

Definitely? So what were people looking for? In the anti-trafficking
movment, the international activists like Marjan and Lin Chew told me they
were looking towards not using criminal laws, but only civil laws. This is
a little beyond my understanding at this point, although it seems to be in
the direction I am thinking. Anyway, how do you link your work against
criminal justice solutions with trafficking issues?

Carol Leigh
Prostitutes' Education Network
http://www.bayswan.org/penet.html

Carol Leigh
Prostitutes' Education Network
http://www.bayswan.org/penet.html


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