Tag Archives: Prisons

California prisons have been sterilizing women for years

TweetYesterday the Sacramento Bee published a devastating (if unsurprising) article from the Center for Investigative Reporting revealing that, between 2006 and 2010, 148 female prisoners were illegally sterilized by force. Corey G. Johnson writes: At least 148 women received tubal ligations in violation of prison rules during those five years – and there are perhaps [...]
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It’s Juneteenth 2013. More Black people are in prison than were slaves and Paula Deen wants to bring slavery back

TweetToday is June 19, or Juneteenth. While the Emancipation Proclamation was signed on January 1, 1863, slaves in Texas didn’t find out slavery was over until June 19, 1865, hence commemorating this date as the end of legal slavery in the US. As Phillipe Copeland points out, the prison system was quickly positioned to take [...]
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Video: Watch the trailer for “Gideon’s Army”

TweetMarch 18th or this year marked the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, the Supreme Court decision that insisted all defendants have the right to representation by an attorney, regardless of their ability to pay. Half a century later, we’re still far from fulfilling Gideon’s promise. The failure of our criminal justice system is impossible [...]
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Weekly Feminist Reader

Tweet Bey is on the cover of Ms., giving the feminist blogosphere another month to police her feminism and then yell at itself for this policing. Read Kiera Wilmot’s story in her own words. Advertisers can’t ignore the #FBrape campaign. Prosecuting Ariel Castro for murdering a fetus will endanger pregnant women. Kanye raps against mass [...]
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Weekly Feminist Reader

TweetThree teens have been arrested for raping Audrie Potts, who killed herself in September. Check back in for more on Potts tomorrow from Maya. Janet Mock is the Racialicious Crush of the Week! “Girls — and later women — decide not to run for office because they don’t want to be unlikeable, not because they [...]
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