Mothers, Mass Incarceration and Movement Work: A Special Webinar with Tonja Honsey

Friday, June 26, 2-3 p.m. EDT

Mothers, Mass Incarceration and Movement Work: A Special Webinar with Tonja Honsey
Tonja Honsey

Join special guest Tonja Honsey - mother, incarceration survivor, and leader of the Minnesota Prison Doula Project - for an interactive session of learning for United Methodist Women members and friends. We'll explore key questions:

• How does incarceration impact pregnant women and mothers?

•  What leads to women's incarceration? What is the abuse-to-prison pipeline? How does systemic racism and settler colonialism contribute to the disproportionate incarceration of Native American women?

• What has worked to create change? How can women of faith join the movement to help heal trauma, resist criminalization and build communities that truly support women and children?

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About Tonja Honsey

Tonja Honsey is a revolutionary mother, a truth teller, a survivor of incarceration and a community healer. She is on a mission to raise the voices, experiences, and value of women and mothers in the movement and in our communities. She has worked as a grassroots organizer since 2003. She uses her lived experience to advocate for the change that is needed to restore our communities from the trauma of mass incarceration.

Tonja is head of the Minnesota Prison Doula Project Leadership Circle. Tonja was also recently appointed to the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines by Gov. Time Walz.  She is the founder of We Rise Leadership Collective – formerly incarcerated women creating & shaping systems & policy with a transformative, restorative, and healing justice lens. She is a founding member of the Sprouting Birth Folks Collective, where she organized and secured funding for Minnesota’s first IBPOC & formerly incarcerated focused doula training. Most recently she has also partnered with the American Indian Prison Project Working Group and the Minnesota Freedom Fund. She is a 2019 Soros Justice Fellow and a 2019 Reimagining Communities Fellow with the National Council of Incarcerated & Formerly Incarcerated Women & Girls. Tonja was named one of the 2018 Community Equity Pipeline Fellows through The Wilder Foundation, a policy & advocacy focused fellowship for people of color. She has facilitated trainings and been a guest speaker on a national level.

Posted or updated: 6/25/2020 12:00:00 AM