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Taking the Rap

Women Doing Time for Society’s Crimes

By Ann Hansen  

Taking the Rap

$29.95 – Available for purchase on May 15th, 2018

When Ann Hansen was arrested in 1983 along with the four other members of the radical anarchist group known as the Squamish Five, her long-time commitment to prison abolition suddenly became much more personal. Now, she could see firsthand the brutal effects of imprisonment on real women’s lives.

During more than thirty years in prison and on parole, the bonds and experiences Hansen shared with other imprisoned women only strengthened her resolve to fight the prison industrial complex. In Taking the Rap, she shares gripping stories of women caught in a system that treats them as disposable-poor women, racialized women, and Indigenous women, whose stories are both heartbreaking and enraging. Often serving time for minor offences due to mental health issues, abuse, and poverty, women prisoners are offered up as scapegoats by a society keen to find someone to punish for the problems we all have created.

  • Paperback / softback, 448 pages
  • ISBN 9781771133555
  • Coming May 2018


Praise for Direct Action:

Hansen spins a beautiful tale of bright-eyed youth fighting for justice, offering as well a clear-headed analysis of our social system’s failings. In Direct Action, she develops from a happy child to a woman willing to die or languish in jail for life in order to bring important issues to the media’s attention.

NOW Magazine

Table of Contents

Part I Through the Looking Glass, 1983
Part II The Lucifer Effect, 1984
Part III 1990–2006
Part IV Take the Long Way Home, 2006
Part V 2006–2012
Part VI GVI, 2012

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