We Are Not Slaves: Book Release and Q&A with the Author

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This is an in-person event at Red Salmon Arts, Casa de Resistencia Books at 2000 Thrasher Lane.

7:00 PM, Friday, 12 November 2021.

Join us for an evening with Dr. Robert Chase, author of “We Are Not Slaves: State Violence, Coerced Labor, and Prisoners’ Rights in Postwar America” (2020). Dr. Chase is an associate professor in the Department of History at Stony Brook University. This most recent publication has won the Hank Lacayo Best Labor Themed Book award from the International Latino Book Awards, the Best Book Award from the Division of Critical Criminology and Social Justice (American Society of Criminology), and an Honorable Mention from the 2021 Betty and Alfred McClung Lee Book Award (Association for Humanist Sociology). Chase writes:

[We Are Not Slaves] examines the southern prisoners’ rights movement of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s and the subsequent construction of what many historians now call the era of mass incarceration and the “New Jim Crow.”…To confront the carceral regime, a prisoner coalition of Chicano Movement and Black Power organizations publicized their deplorable conditions as “slaves of the state” and initiated a prison-made civil rights revolution and labor protest movement.”


We will be joined by special guest Jorge Renaud, longtime prison advocate and Regional Director of Policy and Advocacy for the Southwest of LatinoJustice PRLDEF. Read more about Renaud here.

Red Salmon Arts is a 501(c)3 grassroots cultural arts organization, with a thirty-year history of working with the indigenous neighborhoods of Austin. RSA is dedicated to the development of emerging writers and the promotion of Chicana/o/x/Latina/o/x/Native American literature, providing outlets and mechanisms for cultural exchange, and sharing in the retrieval of a people’s cultural heritage with a commitment to social justice.

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.