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.
I'm happy to announce that my latest piece on Waging NonViolence focuses on the organizing of family members of people who have spent years, if not decades, in California's Security Housing Units (aka extreme isolation or solitary confinement).
The temperature in Corona, Calif., can soar above 100 degrees in the summer, sometimes climbing as high as 110.
My latest on Truthout examines private prisons, campaign contributions, personal investments and the upcoming election:
What do private prisons have to do with the upcoming elections?
Let's start with several hundred thousand dollars in campaign contributions.
Idaho, for instance, has recently seen how campaign contributions can ease corporate accountability when scandals and lawsuits hit.
The LGBTQ Task Force to Undo Mass Incarceration and Institutional Racism invites you to join us for a panel discussion on
Building Community to Transform Our Criminal Justice System
October 26, 2014
LGBTQ Community Center
300 Wall Street
The speakers include:
Author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women
Wed, November 12th, 3 - 4:45 pm
Hostos Community College
500 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451
Thursday, October 9, 6:30-8:30 pm
As part of the Interference Archive exhibition Self-Determination Inside & Out, I'm going to be part of a curated video program and discussion (off-site).
The videos and discussion examine criminalized self defense, negligent healthcare, and "protective" isolation in order to explore organizing against prisons as organizing against gender violence. With Sara Kruzan (remotely), Victoria Law, and Cecily McMillan.
NOTE: The program is NOT at the Interference Archive.
Join me, Mary Johnson from the Coming Home program of St. Luke's Hospital, and Vivian Nixon of the College and Community Fellowship for a panel discussion about the changing attitudes towards women's imprisonment. From the reformatory idealism of the Progressive Era to the current mass incarceration crisis and the War on Drugs, how does the criminal justice system continue to perpetuate sexual and racial injustice?
I've started writing a weekly column for Waging NonViolence
, mostly focusing on incarceration, gender and resistance. My latest is now up.
What Orange is the New Black Got Wrong About Compassionate Release
In the hit TV show, the character known as Jimmy obviously suffers from dementia. She wanders the wards in search of her missing husband, and even manages to walk out of the understaffed prison.