WHY I AM INVOLVED WITH SSJ...

``There is a wealth of knowledge, expertise, and experience that remains to be shared among activist scholars, radical organizers, artists, currently and formerly incarcerated activist intellectuals, loved ones of those held captive by the carceral state, and criminalized communities, among others. Our scholarly research, art, focused campaigns and grassroots movements should thrive in the sharing of this body of thought/feeling/action/history, while always remaining focused on the possibilities of liberation and freedom through the abolition of the gendered racist state.``

Dylan Rodríguez is a Professor at the University of California, Riverside in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies.  He served as Chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies from 2009-2016 and was elected Chair of the UC Riverside Academic Senate by his faculty peers in 2016.  Prof. Rodríguez is the author of two books: Forced Passages: Imprisoned Radical Intellectuals and the U.S. Prison Regime (University of Minnesota Press, 2006) and Suspended Apocalypse: White Supremacy, Genocide, and the Filipino Condition (University of Minnesota Press, 2009).  His writing and public intellectual work, which include more than four dozen published articles and book chapters, have appeared in a wide cross-section of scholarly and popular venues.