The US is locking up pregnant immigrants despite policy against it

According to official Immigration and Customs Enforcement guidelines, pregnant immigrants aren’t supposed to be detained except if they pose a public safety threat. ICE officials have claimed this is such a rare occurrence it’s not even worth asking about.  Read More »

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New Favorite Tumblr: Confused Cats Against Feminism

Depressed, disturbed, almost-but-not-quite-amused by the “Women Against Feminism” phenomenon and Tumblr? There’s an antidote for that: Confused Cats against Feminism.

Like many of the women featured on the Women Against Feminism Tumblr, these cats don’t seem to really get what feminism is. Here are some great ones. Upload your own images. I would. But I don’t have a cat. Plus I’m allergic.  Read More »

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Feministing Readz: Insel

Insel coverYou could probably count on one hand the number of novels that have taken up great platonic male-female friendships as their theme. The republication of Mina Loy’s Insel, by Melville House Publishing’s Neversink Library this past May, is a refreshing, challenging, and brilliant addition to this intimate pantheon.

Loy’s only novel, Insel is the portrait of a starving German surrealist, as told by his patron and friend, Mrs. Jones. Mrs. Jones is the quasi-fictional avatar of Loy herself; Insel, a loose construction drawn from Loy’s strange and euphoric friendship with the German painter Richard Oelze.

A luminary of transatlantic modernisms, Mina Loy worked across as many media as she did cities. Her itinerant artistic career occupied the capitals of the turn of the century’s avant-gardes: from Futurist Florence to Dada New York to Surrealist Paris — with cameos in Weimar Berlin and Freud’s Vienna, among many other places, in between.  Read More »

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Watch: Video mocks the old boys’ club of the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court’s recent decisions have been depressing and disturbing, to say the least, especially when it comes to reproductive rights. But why not laugh instead of after you cry? In this Funny or Die exclusive “Supreme Court: No Girls Allowed” video, we get a behind-the-scenes look at the old boys’ club of the court, as the male justices try to keep the ladies our of their blanket fort. The amazing Martha Plimpton (of Feministing Five fame) stars as Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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The Feministing Five: Justice for Jane

Justice for Jane Organizers

Justice for Jane Organizers

As Feministing has covered and continues to cover, the State of Connecticut is currently holding a 16-year-old trans Latina girl in prison under the ridiculous claim that there is no better place for her. She has been in prison for nearly 100 days, yet she has not been convicted of any crime. 16 year old “Jane” has been writing letters to the governor on her behalf, lawyers have mobilized a massive effort to get her adequate care that she needs, and supporters have been launching actions across the country, onlien an off. 

Last week, as Katherine wrote for Feministing, Justice for Jane faced yet another major set back when it was announced that Jane was returning back to solidarity confinement at a male facility. There will be an action on Jane’s behalf this Wednesday in front of Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families if you’re in the area to support. If you can’t make it in person, Justice for Jane campaigners urge supporters to continue putting pressure on Governor Malloy and DCF as well as writing letters to Jane herself. 

As the organizers stress, while Jane’s case is one noteworthy instance, the movement seeks to bring justice to any and all children who suffer from similar oppression like Jane — from racism, transphobia, and the prison industrial complex. As they say, “Anyone who seeks to join Justice for Jane should be prepared to join in for the long haul.” This week we spoke to Justice for Jane campaigners IV and Al Ricco to learn more about Jane’s case.

Now without further ado, IV and Al Ricco from Justice for Jane!

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