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#MeToo Behind Bars: When the Sexual Assaulter Holds the Keys to Your Cell


In January, Strawberry Hampton, a trans woman incarcerated in Illinois, settled a lawsuit about repeated sexual and physical abuse she'd experienced by prison staff in the state's men's prisons. What she endured isn't limited to Illinois prisons, or to men's prisons.
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Efforts to Decrease Prison Populations Are Leaving Women Behind


By Vikki Law
Originally published on Truthout
February 07, 2018

Anastazia Schmid has spent the past 17 years behind bars in Indiana. During that time, she's seen firsthand the impacts of changes and trends within the state's prison system -- and the ways in which criminal legal reform efforts continue to leave women behind bars.
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After Wakanda- 5 Black Sci-Fi Writers You Should Know


Originally posted on Bitch
February 26th, 2018

This story was originally published on October 30, 2014.

It’s time to stock up your bedside table with titles by Black women authors who you can spend the next 11 months reading. Here’s my short list of great authors to introduce you to Black speculative-fiction.

 


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How a Former Black Panther Could Change the Rules of Solitary Confinement


 The case of Russell Maroon Shoatz, who spent nearly 30 years in solitary confinement, could set a precedent for others held in prolonged isolation.
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As Activists, We Build the World We Want—Which Is Still Very Far Off



On Monday, over 1,700 people tuned into the livestream of Ferguson is the Future, a day-long symposium at Princeton University. Unlike most science fiction/fantasy conferences, this one centered Blackness and social justice.
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The Deaths of Sandra Bland & Kindra Chapman Reflect How the Justice System Sees Black Women


Originally published on Bitch Magazine.

"The justice system is not something we can view in isolation. It is an extension and reflection of some broader decisions we're making as a society." That was what President Barack Obama said as he addressed the NAACP at its annual convention last Tuesday.
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Taking Down the Flag Doesn't Signal the End of White Supremacy


Posted July 10th on Bitch Magazine:
Today, the Confederate flag finally comes down from outside the South Carolina capitol building. Two weeks ago, activist Bree Newsome scaled the flagpole and took it down herself, but now it's coming down for good after legislators and the governor agreed to remove the stinging symbol of American racism.
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Despite advances, the trans struggle for justice behind bars is just beginning on Waging NonViolence


"For the past three years, Ashley Diamond has been denied health care as well as protection from recurring violence from the men around her. But she has been fighting back — and her fight has been making headlines and wresting small changes from the Georgia Department of Corrections..."
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Tens of Thousands of California Prisoners Launch Mass Hunger Strike


The strikers are calling for an end to long-term solitary confinement and better prison conditions.


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Strike Zone: Hungering for Justice in the Crime-and-Punishment System


"This is what democracy looks like!" These days, when you hear those words at a protest, whether officially permitted or not, you know that the police are seconds away from pulling out their plastic handcuffs and pepperspray and getting ready to pack their paddywagons.

On October 5th, near the intersection of Wall Street and Broadway, I heard that chant as the police closed in on a group of protesters attempting to breach the barricades blocking Wall Street. Knowing that arrests and violence were soon to follow, my daughter and I turned and left. We circled around to Zuccotti Park where we stayed for an hour and a half until police arrived on horseback and motor scooters and began closing the protesters in with metal barricades.


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