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The Woman Who Spent 3 Years in Prison for the Death of Her Fetus Just Got Out
Purvi Patel was sentenced to 20 years behind bars.

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.”

Most Dietary Supplements Are Useless, But Here Are The Ones You Should Take

by Erin Broadwin for Business Insider

So you want to feel healthier. It seems simple enough: Eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep and exercise, and maybe take a few supplements to speed the process along.

Or not.

Recent research has found that not only do these supplements most likely not help you slim down, bulk up, or be more energized — but they’re also harmful.

A large study from the federal government linked supplements — sold under brand names like Hydroxycut and Xenadrine — with 20,000 ER visits each year. Last year, the Department of Justice filed criminal and civil enforcement actions against 117 makers of these products.

So here are the supplements you should take — and the ones you should avoid:

(excerpt - click the link for the complete article)

Rwanda, 20 Years Later

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.

Here’s some of what we’ve been reading through:

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.

Man who shot at George Zimmerman sentenced to 20 years
Matthew Apperson, 37, had testified that he shot in self-defense after Zimmerman flashed a gun at him during a road rage incident last year.

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.

I hope he loses everything he loves.

The official government data on killings by police is so bad that it's all but useless.
"When people show you who they are, believe them." -

“When people show you who they are, believe them.”

-Maya Angelou to Oprah Winfrey

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…

The last official estimate from the FBI was that about 400 people per year were killed by police.

We actually crossed 400 people killed by policeon May 3rd with seven whole months of the year to go.

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.

Since the federal government has bungled this, an average citizen is monitoring the cases now here by simply scanning all media sources with Google alerts.

The Guardian is now doing a tremendous job tracking it.

The Washington Post is doing a tremendous job and is focusing just on people shot and killed by police and not killed by other means.

It isn’t justice for Purvi Patel to serve 20 years in prison for an abortion


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…”

(via Inanna Eanna)

Justice Dept Refuses For 20 Years To Comply With Federal Law Requiring It To Gather National Police Brutality Stats

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
African-Americans Angry That White Vendors Were Allowed To Sell Merchandise At The Justice Or Else Rally

African-Americans Angry That White Vendors Were Allowed To Sell Merchandise At The Justice Or Else Rally

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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…

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Liberating Black Lives Through Reproductive Justice
For Black families, the decision to become a parent is deeply personal and life changing.

“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.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Chooses Working Out Over Dinner with the President
In MSNBC national reporter Irin Carmon and Notorious RBG founder Shana Knizhnik’s upcoming book, Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which will be released on October 27, 2015, the justice’s personal trainer for almost 20 years, Bryant Johnson, explains just how determined she was

“In MSNBC national reporter Irin Carmon and Notorious RBG founder Shana Knizhnik’s upcoming book, Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which will be released on October 27, 2015, the justice’s personal trainer for almost 20 years, Bryant Johnson, explains just how determined she was to return back to top physical health.”


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:

Find out more about the June 11 International Day of Solidarity with Marie Mason, Eric McDavid and all Eco-prisoners at: earthfirstjournal.org/june11

Contact: neveraloneexhibit@gmail.com


Donald Trump made a joke about himself being Batman and Kevin Conroy made a Tweet calling him out!!

Kevin has been the voice of Batman for 20+ years.
ex. Batman the Animated series, Justice League, Arkham games, etc.

Georgia Man Sentenced To 20 Years For Stealing A iPod

Georgia Man Sentenced To 20 Years For Stealing A iPod

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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…)

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