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Introduction

This toolkit was designed to support community organizers and activists in engaging in dialogue on the Prison Industrial Complex.
This curriculum was informed and inspired greatly by the Chicago PIC Teaching Collective, Critical Resistance and The Real Cost of Prisons Project. We aim to add to these excellent resources tools that will bring more rural voices into this work. This toolkit focuses specifically on the Prison Industrial Complex in Central Appalachia in order to examine the particular nuances of prison growth in this region, including how it intersects with trends and practices in the coalmining industry. We aim for this work to support deeper dialogue and solidarity between the rural and urban communities most impacted by the Prison Industrial Complex.

Questions participants will engage with in this toolkit include:

  • What is the significance of where prisons are built in the United States?
  • What are the connections between coal mining in Appalachia and prison growth?
  • How are people incarcerated and their families affected by prison growth in Appalachia?
  • How have rural “prison-host” communities in Appalachia been impacted by prison growth?

Julia Taylor wrote this curriculum, in partnership with Elizabeth Sanders and Sylvia Ryerson of Appalshop/WMMT radio and members of CAPSN, the Central Appalachian Prisoner Support Network. We encourage the open use and distribution of this toolkit, welcome feedback and would love to know how it’s being used. Write us at [email protected].

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Session Plans

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  • Welcome and introductory GTKEO activity – 10 minutes
    • Welcome – Introduce facilitators/organization, participants introduce selves
    • Pair share
  • Context Mingle – Building contextual knowledge – 15 minutes
    • Stats mingle
    • Debrief discussion
  • Listening to audio and discussion – 45 minutes
    • Show flyover footage and map of region
    • Listen to each piece (~3 piece total)
    • Small group discussions following each piece
    • Large group discussion – making connections
  • Creative action – 10 minutes
    • Group audio collage/group poem
  • Close – 10 minutes
    • Final questions/reflections
    • Evaluation
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  • Welcome and introductory GTKEO (Getting To Know Each Other) activities – 15 minutes
    • Welcome – Introduce facilitators/organization, participants introduce selves
    • Cross the Room
  • Mind map – Defining the PIC – 25 minutes
    • Create map
    • Develop a working definition
    • Add Critical Resistances definition
  • Context Mingle – Building contextual knowledge – 15 minutes
    • Stats mingle
    • Debrief discussion
  • Listening to audio and discussion – 45 minutes
    • Show flyover footage and map of region
    • Listen to each audio piece (~3 pieces total)
    • Small group discussions following each piece (5 min following each piece)
    • Large group discussion – making connections
  • Creative action – 10 minutes
    • Group audio collage/group poem
  • Close – 10 minutes
    • Final questions/reflections
    • Evaluations
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  • Welcome and introductory GTKEO activities – 20 minutes
    • Welcome – Introduce facilitators/organization, participants introduce selves
    • Pair shares
    • Cross the room
  • Mind map – Defining the PIC – 30 minutes
    • Create map
    • Develop a working definition
    • Add Critical Resistance’s definition
  • Gallery walk – Building knowledge – 20 minutes
    • View/read images/info
    • Discussion
  • Listening to audio and discussion – 45 minutes
    • Listen to each piece (~3 piece total)
    • Small group discussions following each piece
    • Large group discussion – making connections
  • Creative action – 30 minutes
    • Brainstorm content for letter writing
    • Letter writing
  • Close – 10 minutes
    • Final questions/reflections
    • Evaluations
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