Pregnant Behind Bars--my investigative piece for In These Times

The number of women who cycle through U.S. jails is increasing by approximately 1.6 percent each year, to 109,100 in 2014, while the number of women in prisons has risen nearly tenfold in the past 40 years, to 111,300 in 2013. Though the United States accounts for only 5 percent of the world’s women, it has 33 percent of the world’s women prisoners.

There is no current data on how many of those women are pregnant.

Wed, Oct 14: Artist as Ally (NYC)

Join me, Barrie Cline, Dennise Redmoon Darkeem and Kameelah Janan Rasheed in the second of two panel discussions at ABC No Rio featuring artists that that engage the arts in ways that address social issues, providing them an opportunity to articulate their practice and pursuits with other artists and the community at large.

Part of Making Room: Cultural Production in Occupied Spaces. Funded in part by the NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs. Wed, October 14th, 7pm

Mon, 10/12: Feminist Utopia at the Red Room (NYC)

Come celebrate the launch of Feminist Utopia.

Monday, October 12th, 7:00 pm
The Red Room

Tues, 9/22: Women & Mass Incarceration at UC Irvine Law School (and livestreamed!)

I'll be speaking at the “Women and Mass Incarceration: The U.S. Crisis of Women and Girls Behind Bars” on Tues, 9/22.

Other summit speakers include UCI Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, Hon. Pamela Alexander, UCI Law Professor Michele Goodwin, Sue Ellen Allen, Detective Jack Cole, Dr. George Woods Jr.

What You Should Know About Pregnancy & Parenting While Watching Orange is the New Black

I've written a short listicle and two more in-depth articles on pregnancy and parenting in women's prisons to coincide with the release of Orange is the New Black.

If you want the in-a-nutshell version, check out my listicle on Bitchmedia:

June 20th: Women Action Media! conference in NYC

Come catch me at the Women Action Media! conference in NYC. I'll be on two panels, so you have two opportunities to see me.

WAMWAM Navigating Gender in Prison Reporting

Print Renaissance--Sat, May 9th, 11:30 am

Print Renaissance

How has the printed book found a home in the digital world? Do handmade books become more precious because much of our writing and reading is now done online? A panel of writers and publishers discusses the recent and unexpected print renaissance. Part of the PEN World Voices Festival

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 11:30am
Crosby Street Hotel Screening Room

Sat, April 25: Artist as Ally: a panel discussion

From Käthe Kollwitz’s artwork addressing the tragedy of war in the early 20th century to the Art Worker’s Coalition pressuring NYC museums to implement economic and political reform in 1969, there has always been a space in the art world where artists have been a force in social change both among their peers and the world at large.

Court Orders Settlement for Jail Videotaping Women's Strip Searches--and Statement by Debra Baggett

On April 9, 2015, a federal judge granted preliminary approval of the settlement of a class action regarding the videotaping of strip searches at the Western Massachusetts Regional Women’s Correctional Center, in Chicopee (the “WCC”). The plaintiffs’ lawyers will send notice of the settlement and a claim form to class members. The Court has scheduled a final hearing on the fairness of the settlement, to take place on September 10, 2015.

Sat, April 11: Pioneer Valley Zinefest & evening panel

Sat, April 11th: Pioneer Valley Zinefest & evening panel

In Western Massachusetts on Saturday, April 11th? I'll be at the Pioneer Valley ZineFest tabling copies of Tenacious: Art & Writings by Women in Prison as well as copies of the ABC No Rio history zines I co-wrote back in the 1990s and early 2000s. I'll have brand-new, hot-off-the-press copies of the Spring/Mother's Day 2015 issue of Tenacious for sale.

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