Inside-Outside Alliance is a group of people trying to support the struggles of those inside (or formerly inside) Durham County jail, and their families and friends. We recognize that any of us can be outside one day, inside the next–the revolving door of incarceration. We also participate in struggles against police harassment and brutality. Since November 2012, Inside-Outside Alliance has maintained this website, called Amplify Voices Inside that publishes the words of Durham jail prisoners and former prisoners talking about conditions inside and outside and how they see the world. The name Amplify Voices comes from something a brave and rebellious prisoner wrote in the fall of 2012.
Inside-Outside Alliance is documenting stories of current and former Durham jail prisoners and their families and friends. Do you have a story to tell? Do you know someone inside who has a story to tell? If so, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Added October 2013:
A little more than a year after movement on the inside brought us together as a group, we offer this statement that clarifies our ideas and what we do.
Inside-Outside Alliance supports prisoners’ struggles on the inside and participates in struggles on the outside against our system of injustice that includes police, prisons, courts and immigration laws — the revolving door of incarceration.
Who are we?
We are a Durham-based, multi-generational group that welcomes children of all ages and their caregivers. We are not a branch of any party, business, or non-profit organization. We do not have directors or paid staff. We are not law enforcement, security, or corrections officers, and we do not work with them. We are not snitches.
We recognize the diversity of our experiences with the system and the different ways it has impacted each of us because of our race, gender, and other factors. We are all different. We acknowledge our individual differences but we struggle, fight, and make decisions collectively.
What do we believe?
Our current system is cruel and does not care about anyone. It cannot provide justice and we do not expect it to.
People are always in struggle against this unjust, white supremacist system. Although these struggles are not always visible, they are the building blocks for collective power.
A world without cops, cages, and borders is possible.
What do we do?
Our work is primarily focused on supporting prisoners in the Durham County jail and on fighting police terrorism throughout the city.
We communicate with prisoners and former prisoners of the Durham County Jail and publish their writing and art at amplifyvoices.com. In various ways, including the print publication Feedback, we try to strengthen and deepen collective resistance to conditions inside.
We do not lobby for legislative reform or endorse political parties or candidates.
We seek bold, strategic ways to disrupt the justice system and challenge the idea that police and prisons exist to keep us safe.
We confront and challenge oppression in all forms, wherever it exists, including within our group.
Our work is shaped by collective reflection and critique.
Hit us up
We meet on a regular basis. If you would like to get involved, please call, email, or write to us for details.
PO Box 1353, Durham, NC 27701