Posts by vikki

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.

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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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What About the Sisters? Mass Incarceration, Gender and Resistance in the South (U of MS)

In Mississippi in April? I'll be delivering the closing speech at the Rethinking Mass Incarceration in the South conference. The conference is free, but you need to register if you want to be fed lunch and dinner.

Tuesday, April 15th, 4:30 pm
Robert C. Khayat Law Center, Auditorium 1078
University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS

For the schedule of the entire conference see: What About the Sisters?: U of MS talkWhat About the Sisters?: U of MS talk

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After years of organizing, Massachusetts Senate Votes for Childbirth Without Chains

On Thursday, March 20, the Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed S2012, a bill that limits the shackling of pregnant prisoners during labor and delivery. The bill also requires minimum standards of medical care for pregnant women in jail and prison. "There is absolutely no reason to shackle pregnant women," Senator Karen Spilka, the bill's sponsor, told Truthout hours before the Senate vote. "It's unsafe, inhumane and barbaric."

Spilka was not the only Massachusetts lawmaker who thought so.

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How Can We Combine Direct Support Work with Political Analysis? (a review)

One December day in 2007, two thousand people showed up at Vancouver’s International Airport. Unlike other days, these particular people had not come to catch a flight; they were there to stop a person from boarding one. Laibar Singh, a paralyzed refugee from India, was facing deportation. On the day he was to leave, those two thousand people, mostly Punjabi elders and aunties, shut down the international terminal, causing the cancellation of dozens of flights.

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Waiting for Season 2 of Orange is the New Black? 5 Books to Read in the Meantime

So you binge-watched Orange is the New Black when the first season was released, and maybe you even read Piper Kerman's memoir that inspired the series. Season two’s June 6 launch date gives you plenty of time to read more about women's prison experiences, but where to begin? Here are five books that offer good starting points:

Read my entire list (with summaries and pictures!) on The Airship Daily . Add your reading recommendations in the comments section.

my latest on Truthout: Will Massachusetts Build a New Jail or Explore Alternatives to Bail?

Norma Wassel recalled a woman who was arrested for stealing a winter coat. Not only did she not have a winter coat, she also lacked $50 to post bail. Without that $50, she would have remained behind bars until her case was heard.

Stories such as this are fairly frequent in Massachusetts and across the country. Women often are incarcerated pretrial not because they are a risk to themselves or their communities but because they cannot afford to post bail. Those arrested in several counties are sent to the Awaiting Trial Unit (ATU) at MCI-Framingham, the state's women's prison.

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Sat, March 8: REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH RIGHTS IN PRISON at Beyond the Bars conference, NYC

Join me, Savanna Stokely of Birthing Behind Bars, and Tamar Kraft-Stolar of the Women in Prison Project for a discussion of the issues around women’s reproductive health and reproductive rights inside prisons, and the reproductive rights issues that feed into the prison industrial complex.

The panelists will share personal stories and discuss their work experience, focusing on current local and national campaigns.

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Massachusetts Governor to Sign Executive Order Ending Shackling of Pregnant Incarcerated Women


Marianne Bullock

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Tenacious at the NYC Feminist Zinefest, Sat, March 1st, 1 to 6 pm

I'll be tabling issues of Tenacious: Art & Writings by Women in Prison at the NYC Feminist Zinefest. Come by and say hello! If you haven't picked up your copy of Tenacious yet, you can get one here.

Saturday, March 1st, 1 to 6 pm

NYC Feminist Zinefest
Barnard College
3009 Broadway
James Room
(4th floor, Barnard Hall)

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