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These Students Were Put In Solitary Confinement For Owning Too Many Books
An ACLU report found that children in Nebraska are being forced into solitary confinement for offenses like not following directions, or owning too many books.

It’s not unusual for students to be reprimanded for talking back to authorities or passing notes (nowadays more likely to be texts). But the state of Nebraska seems to be taking those punishments to an extreme. A recent report from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) found that children in juvenile detention centers are being forced into solitary confinement for offenses as minor as refusing to follow directions, passing notes or, heaven forbid, owning too many books. (How is that an offense?)

I am not making this up.

The ACLU report, entitled “Growing Up Locked Down,” found that the state used solitary confinement as a punishment for young people extensively across multiple juvenile detention centers. This in spite of the fact that solitary confinement is considered a form of torture by the U.N., and in recent years, has been outlawed and scaled back in the United States.

In Nebraska, however, children are being forced into isolation for the most minor offenses, including: “talking back to staff members, having too many books, or refusing to follow directions.”

I find it really strange that older feminists are trying to shame young women for supporting Sanders because that implies that Hillary Clinton is a better presidential candidate simply by virtue of being female. And while I understand that even having a woman running for president is a big deal for feminists, I also don’t think that Hillary should win because she’s a woman. So for these women to demand that all feminists vote for Hillary solely because she’s a woman is ignoring the fact that Sanders is also a feminist, and while it would be a huge milestone in feminism to elect a female president, doing so also should not necessitate that we, as voters, ignore all other aspects of the candidates political history and beliefs. I’m sure that all of the candidates have worked very hard to get to where they are, and I’m sure that Hillary and Carly Fiorina have faced professional difficulties that their male associates have not due to the fact that they are women in a male-dominated field. However, that does not make them any more or less qualified to be president, nor does it mean that voters should vote for them just because they’re women.

TL;DR: No one deserves to be elected to a political position due to an aspect of their cultural/biological background that they have no control over whatsoever.

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Texas Transgender Prisoners Can Start Hormone Therapy Behind Bars
Transgender prisoners who started hormone therapy before going to prison can now go through a process to start hormone therapy.

Trangender prisoners in Texas who didn’t start hormone therapy before being locked up can now undergo a process that will allow them to start the medically necessary treatment. Previously, only prisoners who were already taking hormones when they were incarcerated were given access to that medication.

“Offenders are prescribed hormone therapy only after going through a rigorous process that includes being reviewed by a gender dysphoria specialist, an endocrinologist, and having an affirmative diagnosis,” Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark told the Associated Press. “Only then would it be considered medically necessary and require the minimum level of treatment which is hormone therapy.”

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Both Dunbar-Ortiz and Estes emphasize the need to recognize the uniqueness of the colonial relationship between the US government and Native peoples. While arguing for such recognition and urging the discarding of the “Black-white binary” in philosophizing racial justice, they also highlight the centrality of the historical legacy of slavery in mass incarceration. Dunbar-Ortiz asserts that “it is in everyone’s interest to break the back of this anti-Black police violence.” She argues that this involves acknowledging that “different strands of policing and incarceration” are applied to different communities but that individuals and organizations must escape their “different silos of US oppression” and come together.

In the final analysis, Native American experiences with mass incarceration underscore two important points for those attempting to halt the growing carceral state. First, using a settler colonial framework shows the historical and systemic nature of mass incarceration. The current hyper-incarceration of Native peoples represents a continuum of Native history rather than a fundamental change. In a sense, this perspective parallels Michelle Alexander’s depiction of Black incarceration as a perpetuation of the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow segregation.

Estes’ historical account refers to reservations as “open-air prisons,” spaces that in the early days were patrolled by white vigilantes to prevent Native people from “escaping.” Boarding schools were yet another form of carceral institutions, designed to deepen the process of “control and containment,” which Estes argues was fundamental to the colonial project. Furthermore, just as police violence sparked the formation of the Black Panther Party, abuse in the prison system precipitated the formation of the American Indian Movement (AIM), the premier organization of Native resistance in the 1960s and 1970s.

AIM cofounders Dennis Banks and Clyde Bellecourt grew their organization in response to the treatment they received during their time in Minnesota prisons. From that narrow focus, AIM grew to become a respected member of a global anti-colonial movement, which drew attention to the particulars of US colonialism within its own borders. In this vein, the settler colonial framework helps fit mass incarceration into a broader narrative of the power structures of global capitalism.

Second, focusing on the historical aspects of the Native American encounter with the criminal legal system points toward genuine alternatives. Native American anti-colonial efforts have often been directed at fighting to empower tribal courts. These courts have embodied a restorative justice that focuses on healing and community building rather than punishment. Even today, many tribal courts sit in peacekeeping circles rather than vesting all authority in one judge seated on high. While politicians seek answers to mass incarceration in metadata and cutting-edge risk assessment tools, they might find a more genuine alternative by listening to Native philosophers.

Robert Yazzie, chief justice emeritus of the Navajo Nation, argues that true justice “rejects the process of convicting a person and throwing the keys away in favor of methods that use solidarity to restore good relationships among people. Most importantly, it restores good relations with self.” Yazzie’s ideas about promoting solidarity and good relationships sound more like a genuinely alternative vision than the repackaged versions of incarceration currently being served up by much of the mainstream prison reform movement.

I like to think of the work I do in Slaves of the State as a kind of “history of the present.” And by that I mean, I wanted to follow the work of people like Angela Davis, who early in her anti-prison scholarship spoke of the fact that pre-1865 slavery was itself a form of incarceration. From that starting point, I wanted to offer a critical genealogy of today’s system of legalized human warehousing, unfree labor and legal kidnapping—what is usually called “the prison system”—by way of tracing its origin points in former systems like the chain gang, the convict-lease system and peonage.

What I found is that when we speak of “the” prison industrial complex that now encages well over 2.3 million people, we must also take into account earlier complexes of racial, capitalist, misogynist imprisonment that represent the conditions of possibility for today’s PIC. In other words, the complex of private and public re-enslavement found on convict-lease camps, peon camps and prison plantations in the early 1900s was also a prison industrial complex, one that in its white supremacist structure was born of America’s original “prisons”: the slave ships, slave pens and plantations within which Africans were imprisoned before 1865. In short, the book shows how the story of what commonly is called modern “mass incarceration” has actually been centuries in the making.

—  Dennis Childs in an interview with Mark Karlin, Capitalism, Slavery, Racism and Imprisonment of People of Color Cannot Be Separated (x)
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Campaigners urge that trans woman be moved from men’s prison
A protest is set to take place in London tomorrow, after allegations that a trans woman was sent to a men's prison facility, and refused her HRT drugs.

The unnamed trans woman of colour is the subject of a change.org petition. Organisers of the campaign say the woman was arrested on Thursday 4 February, and processed at Shoreditch Police Station, where she was denied access to her hormone replacement therapy (HRT) drugs.

The Metropolitan police, however, deny that the woman was declined her medication. Campaigners say, after her hearing, the woman was detained in HMP Thameside, a private men’s prison facility.

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Why do I hate people so? Dr. Boring wants to know.

Dr. Boring isn’t his real name. He’s not descended from miners or anything.

And I tell him I don’t hate people, I just can’t relate to them. I can’t talk to them unless I’m writing.

You know those people who can’t talk, for whatever reason, and they scribble out notes and hand them to people? Yeah, that seems perfect to me.

Dr. Boring says I’m anti-social.

Why? Because I can’t relate to people and prefer to be alone? What a crock.

Haha, but maybe he’s right. But maybe that’s ok. I have never really had great experiences with real live people. I have had my women and money stolen by real live people on several occasions. If you allow yourself to become vulnerable, you automatically get hurt. Every time.

I mentioned in an earlier post how science was repeatable.

People at a distance. Especially female ones. I am the reason prostitution was invented. I want sexual contact, but not a woman around all the time to steal my heart and then break it..

Dr. Boring shakes his head sadly and ups my prescription.

Hey, at least I’m gettin’ fucked up….

anonymous asked:

I'm so glad your blog exists right now. Everyone else I follow is hating RWBY and RT so much right now for what they did to Adam, saying that they took the character that was supposed to be the voice of the minorities and made him into an abuser. But, like, the White Fang was always a TERRORIST group to me. They were protesters once, but no more. Blake even hinted at Adam's true nature when talking to Yang after Merc's fight. I felt like this was a fitting personality for a terrorist leader.

I’m not saying that Adam was always terrible, I just like that as things crumble around him, he becomes darker and lashes out, his view becoming narrower and his actions becoming more ruthless. I think there is a ton of char. development that can be done here, there’s a lot to explore with this whole situation. But everyone else takes his change from the Black trailer negatively and calls it bad writing. I think it’s a great twist with lots of potential.

Heh, no problem. I’m a villain lover & a dark-ship lover, so as I’ve mentioned before–been there, done that as far as the unnecessary hate goes.

Personally, I agree. Adam’s not the head of the entire White Fang, so I can’t speak for the whole group, but his particular cell was definitely heading toward a more and more violent path less focused on gaining rights & equality, and more on eliminating their opponents via murder.

Which is why Blake left.

As far as Adam’s change in character, well. He doesn’t seem all that different to me? Adam’s still overdramatic. His fighting style is still very calm and controlled. The biggest difference right now is: He’s angry.

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Jep and Jessica Robertson say their newly adopted son, Jules Augustus, is being “spoiled with love” by their family and the extended “Duck Dynasty” clan.

“If you can spoil a child, we are definitely doing that,” Jep Robertson said today on “Good Morning America”.

“I’m telling you, there’s not an hour that goes by that he’s not kissed or told that he’s loved,” Jessica added.

The Robertsons introduced viewers to the newest member of their family – their fifth child, whom they have nicknamed Gus – last night on the series debut of their new spin-off reality TV show, “Jep & Jessica: Growing the Dynasty.”

The couple, who appeared on “GMA” with Jules and his four siblings - Lily, Merritt, Priscilla and River, - said it was a long process to adopt Gus, who joined the family seven years after the birth of their youngest child, River.

“It really was on my heart for many, many years and probably when River was about three or four I was like, ‘Oh I just feel like this is something we need to do,‘” Jessica said. “The more opportunities that were presented as far as helping the less fortunate or around in our neighborhoods or, you know, going overseas … the urge got heavier and heavier.”

The TV star said it was at the suggestion of her husband a little more than one year ago that the couple got serious about adopting.

“Jep came in one day and said, ‘I feel like God put this on your heart for a reason. He didn’t plant those seeds for nothing and this is definitely a God thing,’” Jessica recalled. “We waited a little bit longer and then we went and talked to the adoption agency and so we started that whole process.”

“It was a long journey but he finally came into our lives,” she said.

Jep joked that he “wanted a full basketball team” when it came to having five children, but got serious when asked how his father, “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson, reacted to his new grandchild.

In 2013, Phil Robertson, 67, was suspended from the family’s hit “Duck Dynasty” TV show after he gave an interview with GQ Magazine in which he made anti-gay comments and said he didn’t see black people suffering inequality before the civil rights movement.

“He’s always said – I guess this never got quoted – he says, ‘We’re all part of one race, the human race,’” Jep said of his dad. “He says that quite often so he loves [Gus].”

“Jep & Jessica: Growing the Dynasty” debuted Wednesday night on A&E with two back-to-back half-hour episode and will have an eight-episode run, according to a press release from the network.

“It’s tough, but awesome,” Jep said of the couple’s journey raising five children that is documented on the show. - http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/duck-dynasty-stars-introduce-world-adopted-son-jules/story?id=36411536

I suppose we are not supposed to talk about how they are using this child.  They got another TV show out of it.  They get congratulated.  They get told they are such good Christians.  They get to prove just how not racist they and their family are.  They get to show how they help the less fortunate.  FML.

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