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After spending three years behind bars for the death of her fetus, 35-year-old Purvi Patel was released from the Indiana Women’s Prison on Thursday.
In 2015, Patel was convicted of feticide and neglect of a dependent after a jury found her guilty of taking abortion-inducing drugs to end her 25-week pregnancy and then failing to provide medical care to the baby when it was born. After taking the drugs in 2013, Patel experienced severe bleeding and went to a hospital for help. One of the attending physicians called the police, who found the remains of the fetus in a dumpster near Patel’s work. She was arrested and charged about a week later. After a jury trial and two years behind bars, she was sentenced to 20 years for the crimes.
Reproductive justice advocates were concerned that this could be a precedent. “What this conviction means is that anti-abortion laws will be used to punish pregnant women,” Lynn Paltrow, executive director of the National Advocates for Pregnant Women, said at the time.
Patel appealed the decision, and earlier this year the Indiana Court of appeals overturned the feticide conviction, calling the outcome of Patel’s case “absurd.” They ruled the state’s feticide statute should not be applied to pregnant women themselves but instead to only third parties, like a husband or boyfriend, whose violent actions result in the death of a fetus. The court also bumped the neglect charge from a class A felony to a class D and asked a lower court to resentence Patel.
That happened on Wednesday, when the judge sentenced her to 18 months behind bars. Because she’s already served about double that amount, her immediate release was ordered.
“For right now, she needs to recover from what is obviously a traumatic several years,” her lawyer, Lawrence Marshall, told the Associated Press. “She has to take her life and try to make something meaningful out of all the wreckage that got her here.”
Twenty years ago this week, the Rwandan genocide began. It’s estimated 800,000 to a million people were killed over 100 days. Most were Tutsi but tens of thousands were moderate Hutu and others caught in the slaughter.
The country today is commemorating by holding a week of mourning alongside a longer 100-day vigil.
The #Rwanda20yrs hashtag on Twitter is an at times sobering, enlightening and inspiring access point to news, resources and personal accounts of the period.
Slate, Unreconciled Rwanda; can survivors really forgive those that murdered family and loved ones, and what policies has the Rwandan government put in place to foster reconciliation attempts.
Image: Via National Geographic, “A man tries to unlock a cell door at a hospital in Kigali, Rwanda in 1994. As the genocide spread across the country, doctors and staff of the main psychological hospital in Kigali fled or were killed leaving the patients to care for themselves.” Photo by David Guttenfelder. Revisiting the Rwandan Genocide: Origin Stories From The Associated Press. Select to embiggen.
There’s no fucking justice. Zimmerman shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, no jail time. He pulled a gun on someone, who feared for his life because he knew Zimmerman would be willing to use that gun to kill, and stood his ground, and he gets twenty fucking years?
Zimmerman clearly has Killed A Black Immunity, or he’d be in jail for life ten times over by now. He’s assaulted a cop, pulled guns on multiple people, physically abused multiple women, and, oh yeah, fucking murdered someone. But he gets away with every crime he commits, because he killed a black kid, so the state of Florida feels like it owes him.
That quote from Maya Angelou is painfully appropriate when we consider the crisis of police brutality in America. The police are clearly showing us who they are, but not only that, our federal government cares so little about this issue that it really cannot produce even the most basic data on how many people police kill in our country.
More than 20 years ago, Congress ordered the Justice Department to collect national data on excessive force by police. But as demonstrated by the recent survey’s inability to properly measure any use of force, that obligation has been virtually impossible to meet, in large part because of the difficulty of collecting reliable data from the nation’s roughly 18,000 state and local police departments.
I don’t know if you missed that, but Congress ordered reliable data on police brutality when Bill Clinton was president. We’re waiting, still, for this to happen because it’s not a priority - not at all.
Here’s how bad and far off the numbers from the federal government are…
In other words, the FBI, which stands if you may recall for the Federal Bureau of Investigations, has no idea what they are talking about on this matter. If they’ve honestly investigated it, we’re all in trouble.
CONGRATULATIONS UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - ONE STEP CLOSER TOWARDS COMPLETE CONTROL OVER WOMEN AND TO RE-CREATING THE UTTER AND COMPLETE DARKNESS OF THE
Let me just say: NOW would be a good time to STOP whining about the Middle East and muslims…
“Abortion is illegal in the United States. So is having a stillbirth –
not officially, perhaps, but thanks to a case in Indiana, we’re halfway
there. On Monday, Purvi Patel, a 33 year old woman who says that she had
a miscarriage, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for neglect of a
dependent and feticide. She is the first woman in the United States to
ever be sentenced for such a crime…”
For the last 20 years, since 1994, Violent Crime Control & Law Enforcement Act obligates the Department of Justice to collect statistics on the extent of brutality and excessive force used by police officers, and to make those findings available to the public.
20 years down the road no such stats exist, because the Justice Departments of the Clinton, the Bush and the Obama administrations have all simply ignored the law and refuse even to try to gather the information.
Barack Obama and his Justice Department are no more interested in justice than the administrations of ten presidents before him, and uncritical black and brown support has made this president less accountable to black and brown people than any in living memory.
Since the government doesn’t give a shit, here’s some good info. to check out:
Read how Black people are killed by U.S. law enforcement every 28 hours
Read all the names of those killed by police from the banner in the image above
Read about the Stolen Lives Project which documents a national list of people killed by police since 1990
Many African Americans were angry that white vedors were allowed to sell merchandise at the 20 year Reunion of the “Million Man March”, “Justice or Else Rally”
They voiced their discontentment and concerns via social media. The rally was set up to bring about economic change, leadership, uniting the black family and bringing empowerment to the African-American communities by keeping black…
“Reproductive justice, a 20-year-old term coined by women of color, is a vision in which everyone is able to decide if, when, and how to create a family, and that they have the ability to raise their children free from harm and violence.” - Renee Bracey Sherman
The series #BlackFutureMonth is currently being produced by Huffpost and this article beautifully navigates the intersections of black bodies and reproductive justice. Join @PPBlackComm for a special Back History Month Tweetchat by following the hashtag #BlackHealthMatters on Wednesday 2/10 at 6 pm.
Help support eco-prisoners, get yourself some art!
INFO:Never Alone Eco-Prisoner Support Exhibition
online at neveraloneart.org – June11-30, 2014
The second annual Never Alone online art auction launches on June 11, the International Day of Solidarity with Marie Mason, Eric McDavid and all Eco-prisoners. Marie and Eric are two environmental and social justice activistswho are both serving near 20 year sentences for their involvement in environmental struggle in the United States.All artworks will be exhibited and available for online purchase until June 30. Funds raised will be used to support Marie, Eric and other eco-prisoners’ needs.
There are 24 artists involved this year, including a number of prisoners who have contributed artworks from behind prison walls. All of the artworks focus on themes of wilderness, liberation, state captivity and our relationship with the natural world and other animals. Marie Mason, a prolific visual artist and musician, has contributed two paintings from a restrictive unit inside Carswell Federal Prison in Texas. Her paintings depict aspects of the natural world that are shared with her by friends from the outside who are continuing the struggle to defend ecological systems. Another prisoner who has contributed artwork is Jose Heladio Villarreal, a hunger striker and long term resident of Pelican Bay prison’s notorious isolation unit.
A great number of artists on the other side of prison walls, including members of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative and Beehive Design Collective, have contributed a range of stunning prints, paintings and drawings.
The Never Alone exhibition is a beautiful visual representation of people’s dedication for defending the natural world, and the rights of people to stand in defense of it without facing excessive punishment from the State. It’s also a passionate expression of solidarity with those who have fallen prey to the waves of repression we see political activists facing all over the world.
Starting on June 11, the Never Alone exhibition will be able to be viewed online around the world at neveraloneart.org until June 30.
Adam Void, Ali Cat Leeds, Alma Sheppard-Matsuo, Amy Wilson, Christina Mrozik, Eric McDavid*, Elektra KB, Eva Hall, Gedden, Jeff Luers, Jose Heladio Villarreal*, Larry Pendleton*, Marie Mason *, Matt Taylor, Mazatl, Nicole Rodrigues, Pat Perry, Sean Swain*, Shannon Willmott, Tiger Killhour, Todd (Hyung-Rae) Tarselli (TR)*, Vulpes Vulpes, witchmoss, Zack Meade. (*denotes current prisoner)
You can find out more about Marie & Eric’s cases at: supportmariemason.org supporteric.org
Find out more about the June 11 International Day of Solidarity with Marie Mason, Eric McDavid and all Eco-prisoners at: earthfirstjournal.org/june11
The criminal justice system needs to to be on trial for the disparity in the sentencing of African-Americans and those who come from low-income community. Oftentimes, the sentence does not match the crime and for a petty crime someone can spend decades behind bars. (more…)