Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women

Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women


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ISBN-13: 9781620972120
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 05/09/2017
Pages: 228
Sales rank: 296,288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Susan Burton is a formerly incarcerated woman who after nearly two decades in the criminal justice system was unable to find work, housing, or adequate addiction-recovery treatment. She gained freedom and sobriety in 1997 and made it her life’s work to help other women walking in her shoes. In 2010 she was nominated as a CNN Top 10 Hero and received the Citizen Activist Award from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She has been a Soros Justice Fellow and a Women’s Policy Institute Fellow at the California Wellness Foundation. She lives in Los Angeles.

Cari Lynn is a journalist and the author of four books of nonfiction, including The Whistleblower: Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors, and One Woman’s Fight for Justice with Kathryn Bolkovac, and Leg the Spread: A Woman’s Adventures Inside the Trillion-Dollar Boy’s Club of Commodities Trading. Cari has written for O, The Oprah Magazine, Health, the Chicago Tribune, and Deadline Hollywood. She lives in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Foreword Michelle Alexander xi

Prologue xix

Part I Sue

1 Now What? 3

2 Land of Opportunity 8

3 Daddy's Girl 14

4 Hit the Road 19

5 The Sacrifice 26

6 Things You Don't Talk About 34

7 The Life 46

8 From the Skillet to the Frying Pan 54

9 No Justice, No Peace 62

10 A New Drug 69

11 Incarceration Nation 75

12 Collateral Damage

13 The Revolving Door 94

14 The Vicious Cycle 99

15 Hurt People 107

16 A Tale of Two Systems 115

17 A Way Out 127

18 Finding Purpose 134

Part II Ms. Burton

19 A New Way of Life 143

20 The Wall of No 153

21 Who's Profiting from Our Pain? 159

22 Women and Prison 170

23 A Kindred Spirit 177

24 Taking Food off the Table 181

25 Broke Leg House 185

26 From Trash, to Treasure 193

27 All of Us or None 200

28 Treating the Symptoms and the Disease 206

29 The Meaning of Life 216

30 The Women from Orange County 222

31 Being Beholden 226

32 Living an Impossible Life 233

33 The House That Discrimination Built 241

34 Women Organizing for Justice and Opportunity 245

35 What Would Ms. Sybil Brand Think? 255

36 Without Representation 260

37 Prop 47 264

38 The Movement 273

39 The Arc Bends Toward Justice 276

Acknowledgments 283

Further Reading 287

Suggested Resources 289

Notes 291

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deborah2016 More than 1 year ago
This book is incredibly well written. Very moving. And it's also keeping me up. I want to DO something towards the cause, but not sure what. Reading how much Ms. Burton has accomplished in the last 20 years or so is incredible. I want to have that kind of passion and energy. I have about 30 pages left in the book and I can barely keep track on how many initiatives and projects she's been a part of (this is because she's is so incredibly active in multiple arenas. Not due to poor writing. the writing is excellent) I also really appreciate reading how various political leaders interweave in her story. I'm already a fan of my House Representative, Maxine Waters - finding her within the pages of this book, makes me like/appreciate her even more. Many other political leaders make an appearance. It is also really surprising to discover the many ways that political leaders failed, at least, leaders that I thought should have done better. While we all know that politicians strategize everything, because it's all about appearances, it's really bizarre to read how those "superficial strategies/messages/values" play out in people's lives. That Democrats such as Gray Davis and Bill Clinton made political decisions that may have been good for appearances, but certainly didn't do the Black community any favors. Makes me even more wary of my already shaky Democratic connection (we need a viable 3rd party!) This book is personal, political, motivating, and so many more things rolled into one well written package. There is so much more that I want to say, but I am still processing this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read. If you are not involved this book will wake you up.
AvidReader2708 More than 1 year ago
Wow, what a great read! This book is...... Inspirational and insightful Extremely well written Powerful story of a relevant topic You must add this to your list of reads. Was delighted to hear this being discussed on Fresh Air today too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a gripping narrative and so well written, I couldn't put it down! A remarkable story of a woman overcoming so many obstacles to finally achieve success and then go on to help others as only someone who has been there can do. A MUST READ for anyone who cares about promoting social justice, giving second chances and learning the story behind a trailblazing woman!