Writings from Chemung County Jail 2014

3º of Injustice

January 8th, 2015

“The outside temperature was three degrees Fahrenheit—with wind chills of minus 10 degrees—when 24 defendants, their families and supporters, members of the interested public and members of the press arrived for arraignments in the Town of Reading courthouse last night.” Steingraber describes the proceedings at the Town of Reading courthouse indoors and out as 30+ civil disobedients, including her husband, are arraigned. Read the article

The Case for Going to Jail and How to Do It: Guide to the Chemung County Jail—for Women

November 30th, 2014

“[F]or those who are able and willing, there is much political and personal value in extending one’s civil disobedience witness into jail. Accepting a jail sentence demonstrates seriousness of intent, shows respect for the law, opens a bigger space in the public conversation for all-important media stories, and prevents one from becoming ensnared in protracted legal battles whose outcome has little connection to our eyes-on-the-prize goal of halting gas storage at Seneca Lake.” Guide to the Chemung County Jail — for Women. Foreward by Sandra Steingraber, Guide by Colleen Boland and Sandra Steingraber Read the full guide

Freed from Jail: Release Statements by Sandra Steingraber and Colleen Boland

November 26th, 2014

“I missed you all. And I missed this beautiful world. I’m glad to be back. And I’m glad to be wearing blue again, instead of orange…. What Colleen and I just did is only a tiny part of the struggle. So, please don’t thank us. Tell us what YOU are going to do.” Statements of Steingraber and her fellow inmate Colleen Boland upon their release from the Chemung County Jail. Read the full text

The Crappy Mom Manifesto: Letter to Fellow Mothers from the Chemung County Jail

November 24th, 2014

“Five days without clouds, sky, stars, leaves, birdsong, wind, sunlight, and fresh food has left me homesick to the point of grief. I now inhabit an ugly, diminished place devoid of life and beauty – and this is exactly the kind of harsh, ravaged world I do not want my children to inhabit.” From Steingraber’s “The Crappy Mom Manifesto,” written at the Chemung County Jail during her 2014 sentence, published by Ecowatch.org. Read the full text

Why I am in Jail

November 21st, 2014

“By our willing separation from our families, by our sacrifice and consent to suffer, by our very absence, we are saying that we object in the strongest terms to the transformation of our beloved Finger Lakes community into a hub for fracking.” From Steingraber’s first writings from Chemung County Jail during her 2014 sentence, published by Ecowatch.org. Read the full text