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This is one father-daughter dance I can get behind

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Purity Balls ain’t got nothing on this father-daughter dance.

At TEDxWomen this year, Courtney and I had the pleasure of working with an extraordinary group of women whom we coached for a session we also curated, “The Mirror.” And one of these extraordinary women was Angela Patton, whose work with young girls at her organization in Richmond, VA  is one of the most inspiring — and simply impressive — examples of youth-empowerment and leadership I’ve ever seen. She created Camp Diva after Diva Mistadi Smith-Roane, the 5-year-old daughter of Angela’s friend, lost her life from a firearm accident in 2004, dedicating her life to connecting with and empowering girls since. And out of Camp ...

See version with transcript here.

Purity Balls ain’t got nothing on this father-daughter dance.

At TEDxWomen this year, Courtney and I had the pleasure of working with an extraordinary group of women whom we coached for a ...

Quick Hit: The Dream Defenders call on candidates to address the war on youth

Sarah Jaffe has a good piece at Truthout about the Dream Defenders, a coalition of young activists that formed in Florida after the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Tonight, at the final presidential debate in Boca Raton, they’ll be demanding real answers from both candidates on issues–from the privatization of prisons to the inequalities in the education system–that affect youth but which are too often left out of the political debate altogether. Here’s who they are:

We are the sons and daughters of slaves and farm-workers. We are Dreamers and the products of a generation that had a Dream. We are ‘We Shall Overcome’ and ‘Si se puede!’ We are Phoenix and Selma, the Freedom Rides & the Trail of Dreams, ...

Sarah Jaffe has a good piece at Truthout about the Dream Defenders, a coalition of young activists that formed in Florida after the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Tonight, at the final presidential debate in Boca Raton, ...

MA lawyer plans shackled childbirth in protest of practice in prisons

In my latest article for Colorlines, I write about a Massachusetts lawyer, Rebecca Brodie, who is planning on giving birth to her third child in December, in shackles.

Rebecca Brodie sits in her suburban Massachusetts home, talking on the phone with me while her family member sits nearby, filming the interview. The oldest female correctional facility in the United States, MCI-Framingham, is just a short eight-minute drive away. “When I conceived my third child earlier this year, it really hit home for me because everywhere I go I pass the prison,” Brodie explained. “I have all these choices and opportunities: who do I want in the room with me, do I want a ...

In my latest article for Colorlines, I write about a Massachusetts lawyer, Rebecca Brodie, who is planning on giving birth to her third child in December, in shackles.

Rebecca Brodie sits in her suburban Massachusetts home, talking ...

Appeals court says transgender inmates have right to medical care

On Friday, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a decision striking down a Wisconsin law that banned transgender inmates from accessing necessary medical care while in prison.

Wisconsin is the only state with a law expressly banning medical care for trans inmates. However, according to Injustice at Every Turn, the national trans discrimination survey, 12% of trans inmates in the US have been denied routine health care and 17% have been denied hormones. Dr. Jill Weiss runs through some other cases over at The Bilerico Project.

The 7th Circuit rightly called cutting off an inmate’s hormone treatment “cruel and unusual punishment,” recognizing the severe side effects, including mental health side effects and “muscle wasting, high blood pressure, ...

On Friday, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a decision striking down a Wisconsin law that banned transgender inmates from accessing necessary medical care while in prison.

Wisconsin is the only state with a law ...

What We Missed

Ugh: After more released photos, Rep. Anthony Weiner has admitted to sending the sexified pics of himself to women he’d met mostly on Facebook.

The GOP fight to illegally defund Planned Parenthood in Indiana could cost the state $4.3 billion.

Rather than sticking to its contention that its racist ad was just a “light-hearted” ad, Cadbury decided to publicly apologize to Naomi Campbell.

A new report was released documenting the experiences of transgender people living in Pennsylvania’s prison system.

British actress Shobna Gulati says she was forced to leave Twitter because of the barrage of racist tweets aimed at her.

The New York Times revisits the riot grrl ...

Ugh: After more released photos, Rep. Anthony Weiner has admitted to sending the sexified pics of himself to women he’d met mostly on Facebook.

The GOP fight to illegally defund Planned Parenthood in Indiana ...

How private prisons are profiting off of the anti-immigrant movement

Transcript after the jump.

This video and the new campaign that accompanies it highlights what we already discovered last year during the SB1070 debates: private corporations that run detention centers (funded by tax payer dollars) are lobbying for bills that mean more people are detained in their centers. This of course, means more profit for them, to the tune of about 5 billion dollars per year.

The way immigration has been handled in this country has always been about profit. We need undocumented immigrants in this country so that companies can hire workers who will work for way less than minimum wage, not unionize, work in unsafe conditions, all without the ability to fight back (they can simply threaten ...

Transcript after the jump.

This video and the new campaign that accompanies it highlights what we already discovered last year during the SB1070 debates: private corporations that run detention centers (funded by tax payer dollars) are ...

How private prisons are profiting off of the anti-immigrant movement

Transcript after the jump.

This video and the new campaign that accompanies it highlights what we already discovered last year during the SB1070 debates: private corporations that run detention centers (funded by tax payer dollars) are lobbying for bills that mean more people are detained in their centers. This of course, means more profit for them, to the tune of about 5 billion dollars per year.

The way immigration has been handled in this country has always been about profit. We need undocumented immigrants in this country so that companies can hire workers who will work for way less than minimum wage, not unionize, work in unsafe conditions, all without the ability to fight back (they can simply threaten ...

Transcript after the jump.

This video and the new campaign that accompanies it highlights what we already discovered last year during the SB1070 debates: private corporations that run detention centers (funded by tax payer dollars) are ...

Australia’s Indigenous incarceration crisis

An indigenous Australian is 15 times more likely than a non-Aboriginal Australian. Indigenous Australians constitute 2% of the country’s population, and 25% of its prison population. And of the 2056 inmates to die in custody in Australia between 1982 and 2008, 379 of them – that’s 18% – were Aboriginal.

Those numbers represent a crisis of which all Australians should be thoroughly ashamed.

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the release of the findings in a royal commission investigation of Aboriginal deaths in custody. That commission was launched in response to the violent death of a 16-year-old boy, John Pat, in police custody in 1983.

That commission issued over 300 recommendations. And while those recommendations were well-received, critics believe that their ...

An indigenous Australian is 15 times more likely than a non-Aboriginal Australian. Indigenous Australians constitute 2% of the country’s population, and 25% of its prison population. And of the 2056 inmates to die in custody in Australia ...

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