In January the Prison Agriculture Lab released a storymap, Growing Chains: Prison Agriculture and Racial Capitalism in the United States, to complement its satellite image gallery, and teaching modules. In February, co-founders Joshua Sbicca and Carrie Chennault (Geography) were interviewed for CSU’s podcast, The Audit: CSU’s Prison Agriculture Lab researches the roots, impact of the prison agriculture industry. Since then, Josh and Carrie have been invited to do several talks and media interviews:
- Westword: “CSU’s Prison Agriculture Lab Works to Change the Perception of Penal Labor”
- Sentient Media: “Factory Farms Are Sourcing Their Cheap Labor From Prisons”
- University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee’s C21 (Center for 21st Century): 6.5 Minutes with…Josh Sbicca
- Edge Effects for “Mapping the Unfree Labor of Prison Agriculture: A Conversation with Carrie Chennault and Josh Sbicca
Additionally, the Prison Agriculture Lab is featured in Sociology’s article “Revealing What’s Been Hidden” for this spring’s “perception”-themed CLA e-magazine.
CSU’s Center for Environmental Justice (CEJ) hosted a Java & Justice event in April as part of CSU’s Earth Day festivities and invited Josh and Carrie to present the Lab’s “abolitionist methodologies” and discuss the process of dismantling systems of oppression and building more livable and just worlds. (photo by CEJ)