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Apparently ladies are not allowed to craft in the big house. After zipping through Orange is the New Black this shouldn't be a shock, but we were still bemused when this letter sauntered into our mailbox today. Our June/July 2013 issue (that’s the 20th anniversary special) was banned in the State of Missouri Department of Corrections for the article "Return of the Mac(ramé )." Is it because the administration is trying to keep a strong DIY ethic down? No, it’s because we demonstrated “how to tie knots.” Oops. Read More
  “Women in prison? That’s so retro,” said Papa Garis after I explained my latest work assignment. It was Sunday afternoon, and I had emerged from my room after five hours of chain-smoking and watching the new Netflix series, Orange is the New Black. Yes, for work. I am living the American dream.  He’s right, though. The concept is hardly original. In fact women-in-prison movies are practically their own genre. So in honor of the new/old trend, I've done a little research (take that at face value) and dug up some of the "gems. Read More
Piper Chapman, three months shy of her incarceration in federal prison, lounges on the beach with her fiancé Larry, gabbing casually about her jailtime to-do list. “I’m going to read everything on my Amazon wishlist. And maybe even learn a craft, you know? I could be crafty.” Oh, girl. You know that the protagonist of Netflix's new original series, Orange is the New Black, is about to have a rude awakening.  And don’t worry. In this dark dramedy - based on the real life experiences of Piper Kerman and created by Jenji Kohan - shit gets real real quick. Read More
  There is some serious sketchiness up in the prison system. Shocking, I know. At least 148 women were sterilized from 2006 to 2010, with a probable 100 more cases dating back to the 90s in the California Institution for Women and Valley State Prison for Women. And in many cases, these procedures were done without full consent, explanation, or extreme coercion. Here’s the short story: several inmates who were pregnant at the time of incarceration – and signed up for a C-section were pressured by doctors before the surgery to get tubal ligation. Read More
Hey there fellow NYCers-- are you a community member, a community organizer, or an activist? Do you dislike all kinds of oppression, enjoy food, and appreciate art? If so, let me draw your attention to a place you should be visiting on the regular: Bluestockings, a radical bookstore, fair trade café, and activist center on the Lower East Side. Want an empowering book? You’ll find it here. Been meaning to brush up on your gender studies or expand your knowledge of black liberation? Look no further. Read More