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
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
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?
Why Are Women In Prison?: The Politics of Risk
Saturday, May 31, 12 to 2 pm, Room 1.76
In discussions about prison reform and decarceration, how does the concept of "risk" influence who goes to prison and for how long?
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?
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 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.
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?