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Why Aren't We More Outraged When Police Kill Black Women?

I'm pleased to be part of an on-line conversation with fantastic women of color like Veronica Bayetti Flores, Tasasha Henderson, Andrea Ritchie, Harmony Rodriguez and Jamia Wilson (whose cousin was Joan Little!) about police violence and women of color.

My contribution is "Why Aren't We More Outraged When Police Kill Black Women?"

It's short, so I definitely encourage you to read the entire se

Feminist Zine Fest, Sat March 7th, 12 to 6 pm

Feminist Zine Fest

Once again, I’ll be tabling at the Feminist Zine Fest. You can pick up a copy of the latest issues of the zine Tenacious: Art & Writings by Women in Prison as well as copies of my books.

Saturday, March 7th, 12 to 6 pm
Barnard College: 3009 Broadway, NYC
https://feministzinefestnyc.wordpress.com/schedule/

How do prisons impact reproductive justice?

This past Thursday, prison policy and advocacy organization the Correctional Association of New York released Reproductive Injustice: The State of Reproductive Health Care for Women in New York State Prisons. The report is a culmination of its five-year study and, not surprisingly, details horrifying experiences for women trying to access prenatal or other reproductive health care.

my latest 2 pieces about Marissa Alexander

I've been covering Marissa Alexander's case on and off since her sentencing in 2012. Below are my latest two, one just before her final sentencing hearing this past Tuesday and one written in the hours that followed her release.

Two hundred years ago, quilts were an integral part of the Underground Railroad. Abolitionists sewed patterns into the squares of their quilts. They then hung the quilts in their yards, ostensibly to air them out.

Feb 5th: Queer & Trans Prison Advocacy 101: A Workshop with Black & Pink

CUNY Grad Center, 365 5 Avenue, NYC

March 5 -- Race and the Criminal Justice System: Political Prisoners, Resistance, and Mass Incarceration

Join me, Dan Berger and Bryan Stevenson (founder and director of Equal Justice Initiative) on Thursday, March 5th, for a conversation on race, the criminal justice system, mass incarceration and resistance as part of the Black Freedom Studies at the NYPL's Schomburg Center.

Thursday, March 5th, 6 to 8 pm
Schomburg Center
515 Malcolm X Blvd
The event is free and open to the public.
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/conversations-in-black-freedom-studies-race-...

My newest on Al-Jazeera America: DV Survivors Incarcerated in New York May Get Some Relief

Just in time for the start of 2015, my newest piece--on domestic violence survivors in prison--is up on Al-Jazeera America. Here's an excerpt:
NEW YORK — Valerie Seeley has been behind bars since 2003. But her troubles started much earlier, in 1995, when she first met Oliver Williams and his 10-year-old daughter while visiting a friend in Brooklyn.

end-of-the-year writing roundup: domestic violence survivors in prison and more

I didn't intend my end-of-the-year writing to focus so much on abuse survivors behind bars, but it did.

My latest on Solitary Watch: A Girl Hung Herself Yesterday

My latest on Solitary Watch examines deaths at the California Institution for Women this year.
On July 30, 2014, Margarita Murugia was found hanging in her solitary confinement cell at the California Institution for Women (CIW). “She was there for her own protection, not because she did something,” wrote April Harris, a woman currently incarcerated at CIW. ” Apparently her mom was dying of cancer and they refused to let her see her mom. She tried to kill herself with every denied request.

New issue of Tenacious: Art & Writings by Women in Prison now available

Hot off the copying machine! Issue 33 of Tenacious: Art & Writings by Women in Prison is now available.

Contents include:

  • how a Truth in Sentencing law affects one woman in prison
  • reflections on 26 years in prison
  • higher education in one women's prison
  • pregnancy and parenting in a midwestern women's prison
  • sexual abuse and sex offender labels
  • surviving sexual assault behind bars
  • rising above defeat and depression
  • and more!

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