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Women Behind Bars

By Jon Sievert

The United States imprisons more of its population than any other country in the world, including Russia and China, and the fastest growing population of US prisoners is women, with more than one million in the criminal justice system. Sandy Brooks discusses the lives and features the poetry of women behind bars at this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service.

UU Service
“Women Behind Bars”
By Sandy Brooks
Sun, Mar 15, 10:30am
La Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

Ms. Brooks will focus on the poetry of incarcerated women featured in Lynette Seator’s Behind the Wall Poems, published in 1999, that grew out of 50 workshop sessions. The poetry, which will be read by several members of the congregation, shows that even behind the wall, the human spirit breaks free.

A long-time regular winter resident of San Miguel, she has been an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of New York for more than 20 years, where she facilitates a poetry circle and is an active member of the Action for Justice Committee. Her first career was as a children’s librarian and high school English teacher. She has also volunteered as an ESL teacher at the International Center in NYC for two decades.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15 and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Visitors are invited to attend the service and then join the UUs for coffee and snacks afterwards. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at


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