2 reviews of new documentary Out in the Night plus California's new private prison for women

I've reviewed the new documentary Out in the Night for both Bitchmedia and Truthout:

Do Black Lesbians Have the Right to Self-Defense? Truthout, June 11, 2014.

Reproductive Justice for Incarcerated Women & All Women Impacted by the Prison Industrial Complex

In Philadelphia? Join me for:

Reproductive Justice for Incarcerated Women & All Women Impacted by the Prison Industrial Complex
an interactive discussion hosted by the Working Group on Mass Incarceration of the Germantown Monthly Meeting

Monday, June 30th, 2014
6pm to 8:30pm

Meeting House at Germantown Friends School
47 W. Coulter Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

Accessible by Septa (23 bus on Germantown Avenue or Germantown stop on Chestnut Hill East regional rail-see

Video of Stories Untold: Race, Representation & Politics in YA Fiction

The worlds we create in books, whether historical, contemporary or fantasy, inform our notions of ourselves and our possibilities. Yet fewer than 10% of the books published for children and young adults in recent years featured main characters of color. Fewer still were written by authors of color.

Join us for a panel discussion about race in children’s and young adult books. How are characters of color written about in children’s fiction today? Which books represent communities of color accurately, and which do not?

No Selves to Defend: A Legacy of Criminalizing Women of Color for Self Defense

I'm honored to have participated in the upcoming No Selves to Defend: A Legacy of Criminalizing Women of Color for Self Defense, a zine to both raise awareness about women of color incarcerated for self-defense *and* raise funds for Marissa Alexander's legal defense.

Video of Two Panels at the Left Forum, NYC

Missed seeing my panel about women in prison at the Left Forum? You can now watch it here!

Why Are Women In Prison?: The Politics of Risk

Saturday, May 31, 12 to 2 pm, Room 1.76

Click here for video

In discussions about prison reform and decarceration, how does the concept of "risk" influence who goes to prison and for how long?

Policing Gender: A Dialogue at the Foundry Theatre, Wed May 14th, NYC

Policing Gender: a dialogue at the Foundry Theatre

I have the honor to be speaking alongside Kai Lumumba Barrow and Andrea Ritchie (Streetwise and Safe) on WEDNESDAY, May 14th, as part of the Foundry Dialogues.

What's gender got to do with policing and prison? Did you know that the number of women in prison is increasing at nearly double the rate for men? What does this mean?

New ACLU Report Examines Devastating Impact of Solitary Confinement on Women

Today, the ACLU released Worse than Second Class: Solitary Confinement of Women in the United States. Recognizing that women in solitary are often ignored, the report examines the gendered impact of solitary and issues a series of recommendations.

The untold, real-life story of the prison in ‘Orange is the New Black’

The Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Conn., is the prison made famous by Piper Kerman’s memoir-turned-Netflix-show “Orange is the New Black.” It’s also where the real-life group Families for Justice as Healing got its start.

In the fall of 2010, at a table in Danbury’s prison yard, five women decided that incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women needed to be part of the process of drafting and advocating for legislation that affects their lives and freedom.

Brooklyn Zinefest, Sat 4/26, 11 am to 6 pm

I'll be tabling with the POC Zine Project for ONE DAY only. Swing by and say hello.

We Need to Face America's Dark History of Sterilizing People Behind Bars (my newest on Bitchmedia)

and not just its distant history, but a history from only two years ago:
On Tuesday, April 2nd, California's Sterilization Prohibition bill (SB 1135) goes before the state's Senate Health Committee. The bill limits sterilization surgeries in all California state prisons, county jails, and other detention centers. It bans sterilizations for birth control purposes—surgeries would be restricted to those with life-threatening medical emergencies and for curing physical ailments.

Is such a bill really necessary?

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