Contributed to Teen Vogue's What Defunding Police Means for Mental Health Care (Tyra Bosnic, July 21, 2020)
"It’s no secret that mental health resources have been gutted nationwide by federal and local governments, but what’s less obvious is how psychiatric treatment can operate like the prison system in disguise."
Parsons, A., Rembis, M. and Ben-Moshe, L. (2018) Reviving the Asylum Is Not the Answer to Gun Violence. TruthOut.
Published March 23.
“.... Trump’s call for more asylums is inextricably intertwined with the devaluation of disabled and psychiatrized people and the fear-based, law-and-order politics that has been on the rise for decades. Among disability activists and scholars, this oppression is known as ableism. Within the mad people’s movement, it is commonly referred to as sanism. It is this oppression of psychiatrized people that undergirds the current call for their incarceration in asylums.”
Graziani, C., Ben-Moshe, L. and Cole, E. (2017) Beyond Alternatives to Incarceration and Confinement: A Critical Report. Grassroots Leadership Publication.
“ This paper serves as part of the discussion about how advocacy and organizing strategies can often unintentionally reinforce systems of incarceration and control. At the same time, we hope that the paper contributes to thinking about how campaigns to end mass incarceration can strategically make inroads towards both reducing incarcerated populations in what we think of as traditional prisons while, at the same time, not expanding the net of those under the control of other carceral locations”
Ben-Moshe, L. and Meiners, E. (Fall 2014) Beyond Prisons, Mental Health Clinics: When Austerity Opens Cages, Where Do the Services Go? Public Eye (special topic: neoliberalism).
"While these neoliberal policies may inspire some to celebrate the closure of institutions such as prisons and SODCs (State Operated Developmental Centers), this jubilation is tempered. Prison closure means more resources are needed in public community services. These include: mental health clinics; personal assistance services (for people with disabilities); affordable and accessible housing and meaningful public education as alternative ways of dealing with difference and harm; and increasing the life chances and opportunities of many, particularly the poor, disabled, and/or communities of color. Yet such services are shrinking instead of growing during these times of closure.”
Rising Up with Sonali 7/9/20 interview on abolition, disability race-ability, deinstitutionalization and COVID (Pacifica radio KPFA and KPFK and Free Speech TV)
Transcript available here
Radio interview on incarceration, decarceration, ableism and anarchism (2014) Total Liberation Radio.
Radio interview on capitalism, incarceration and disability (2014) Against the Grain.
Interview transcript with Joe Reddington about the book “Disability Incarcerated"