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I'm Jasmine (they/them/theirs) and I'm a PhD Candidate in American Culture/Digital Studies at U of Michigan Ann Arbor. My dissertation is about the digital sector of the prison-industrial complex, neoliberalism + racial capitalism, and the movement to abolish prisons, tracing its emergent antagonisms towards tech, AI, and Silicon Valley broadly.

I post a lot about grad student unions, University of Michigan news (usually the bad stuff), and getting .

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Who's that in your AVI, Jasmine?

That's a screenshot from the film Irma Vep (1996, Olivier Assayas) with Maggie Cheung.

Besides being a fantastic and dizzying/disorienting film, I have a soft spot for it bc I first watched it in a class with Prof. Yiman Wang, who would advise my undergraduate thesis! Here's the essay that she wrote on Maggie Cheung and the film Irma Vep:

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Recording now available! "Between the Carceral University and Police-Free Futures."


Ft. @DavarianBaldwin @hfdavis @davidrhelps @heykmart @GrandmaCheesy77

How do we keep our community safe? Policing is not the answer
by the GEO Abolition Caucus

"How can Ann Arbor play host to a conference aimed at dreaming up new, expanded forms of policing and repression, while Ann Arbor residents, U-M students and workers are organizing to reduce the influence and power of the police? "

currently reading 

Burton, Orisanmi (2021), Captivity, Kinship, and Black Masculine Care Work under Domestic Warfare. American Anthropologist, 123: 621-632.

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rebellious action to make the dining halls free at UC Davis, happening now (X-Post from Birdsite) 

RT @ucftp
the food is free at UCDavis

How Rikers Island Made New York (an interview with Jarrod Shanahan by Alana Mohamed) 

"The Department of Corrections is a paramilitary organization and the rank-and-file guards control a fortified island in the East River... On that island, they have almost complete control. They control not just what happens on a day-to-day basis, but who is even around to observe it. Why on earth would they give that up?"

i know this is a polemic but what *if* we framed DOCs as paramilitary orgs? 👀

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How Rikers Island Made New York (an interview with Jarrod Shanahan by Alana Mohamed) 

"I have met a number of liberal jail reformers. They have struck me as intelligent, conscientious, and well-meaning people. The purpose of this book was not to argue that they secretly wanted to uphold a violent, racist social order. I wanted to show that, quite contrary to their own intentions, that is exactly what they did."

"Insofar as the 'creative class' exists, its major problem right now is not just impaling itself on the absolute reification of everything. Can you have an intellectual life that dares to take a stance vis-a-vis this or that trend or take exception to this or that thing in a way that isn’t simply the photonegative of a compulsory celebration?"

Violent Antagonisms: A conversation with Tobi Haslett
by Tobi Haslett and Jessica Swoboda

settler colonial police violence by the Israeli Occupation Forces, the murder of Shireen Abu-Akleh (X-Post from Birdsite) 

RT @HindHassanNews
One of the most unbelievable things I’ve ever seen! Even in death Shireen Abu Akleh is attacked by Israeli forces. Police attack pallbearers carrying the coffin of a journalist who was shot in the face by Israeli soldiers. Why? Because the coffin is draped in the Palestinian flag

on the murder of Shireen Abu-Akleh (X-Post from Birdsite) 

RT @stevesalaita
I tried to form some recent tweets about why Israel murdered Shireen Abu-Akleh into a short essay. Sending love to all my Palestinian brethren around the world in this devastating moment and grateful to have received your love in return.

Sundiata Acoli is coming home (X-Post from Birdsite) 

RT @BradThomsonNoP
Sundiata is an incredible movement elder with a remarkable history.

He is now 85 years old, having worked for NASA, been a civil rights activist, member of the Black Panther Party, and spent 49 years in prison.

And the court has ordered his release!

What Latin American feminists can teach American women about the abortion fight by Verónica Gago 

"Those who were most harmed by the criminalization of abortion were the women and people with the capacity to gestate with the fewest economic resources, those who could not pay for safe abortions. Therefore, the right to abortion was considered inseparable from the demand that it be guaranteed in the public health care system."

panel on what the labor movement can do for Palestine 5/6/2022 (X-Post from Birdsite) 

RT @z_hu__
Please share! If you are interested in learning about what the labor movement can do for Palestine, CUNY’s union is hosting a Zoom panel TOMORROW with some amazing speakers. We’ll be talking about BDS, Block the Boat, and the connection btw labor and decolonization.

currently reading 

love when my friends get published and then i can brag on their behalf

Alejo Stark; Anomalous Alliances: Spinoza and Abolition. Deleuze and Guattari Studies May 2022; 16(2): 308-330.

here's the version that ISNT behind a paywall!

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labor unions suing to keep a prison open, fuck SEIU for this shit (X-Post from Birdsite) 

as a former seiu member

fuck this
RT @OaklandAboSol
What is "social unionism"? or combative revolutionary labor?

Well, this is its utter OPPOSITE.
Big middle finger to @SEIU1000 suing to keep prison open. smh.

currently reading 

Amira Lundy-Harris; “Necessary Bonding”: On Black Trans Studies, Kinship, and Black Feminist Genealogies. TSQ 1 February 2022; 9 (1): 84–100. doi:

tfw ur friend published an article in trans studies quarterlyyyy aaahhhhhh

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currently reading 

Vora, Kalindi, and Neda Atanasoski. Surrogate Humanity: Race, Robots, and the Politics of Technological Futures. Durham: Duke University Press, 2019.

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learning from reproductive rights struggles outside of the US (hint: militancy works) (X-Post from Birdsite) 

RT @possumkratom69
the history of latin american anticapitalist/anarchist feminism has often been intentionally obscured and erased. abortion rights have been central, along with fights against femicide and sexual assault

on the restrictions of reproductive rights (X-Post from Birdsite) 

RT @possumkratom69
latin american anticapitalist feminists have been tirelessly fighting for the right to abortions for decades. we in the united states have plenty to learn from their history and tactics, now more than ever.

make the supreme court cower in fear, make this a real battle for reproductive rights (X-Post from Birdsite) 

RT @ProtestaBloc
In Mexico 🇲🇽 when abortion rights were up for debate they marched to the presidential palace & attempted to burn it down. The Mexican government quickly decriminalized Abortion nationwide soon after that.

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