Despite Laws, Inmates Are Still Shackled While Giving Birth

” In addition to the extensive use of shackling in violation of the 2009 law, it also found a lack of oversight of reproductive health care, poor conditions of confinement for pregnant women, unfair rejections of women from the prison’s nursery program, inadequate access to gynecological care, substandard medical treatment, insufficient supplies of feminine hygiene products and toilet paper, severely limited access to contraception, and poor access to gynecological care, including privacy violations for women placed in solitary confinement.”

Whole piece from The Guardian, including interviews with inmates about their own personal experiences HERE

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Canadian Supreme Court Strikes Down Assisted Suicide Ban

This is excellent news!

“In a unanimous 9-0 ruling Friday, the Supreme Court of Canada declared the Criminal Code’s absolute ban goes too far in its attempt to protect the lives of “vulnerable people” by preventing competent, consenting adults suffering “grievous and irremediable medical conditions” from making core decisions about how they live and die.
The judges said the law is therefore an unconstitutional breach of three of the most basic rights: to life, liberty and security of the person, all enshrined in section 7 of the Charter, and cannot be justified in a free democratic society”

Full article HERE

Stephen Anderson, Ex NYPD Cop: We Planted Evidence, Framed Innocent People To Reach Quotas

Another of many examples of officers coming forward to expose systemic flaws that are being actively upheld by high ranking members of police forces.

“Hundreds of hours of tape reveal how bosses threatened street cops if they don’t make enough stop-and-frisk arrests, “but also tell them not to take certain robbery reports in order to manipulate crime statistics,” according to the Voice. “The tapes also refer to command officers calling crime victims directly to intimidate them about their complaints.”

Full story HERE

‘Heartbeat’ Bill Advanced in Ohio (infringing on your rights)

Damn Ohio..
“H.B. 248, the so-called “Heartbeat bill,” advanced out of the House Health and Aging Committee by a party-line vote of 11 to 6. If it passes the Republican-controlled House and Senate, doctors who perform abortions after the imposed limit would face a fifth-degree felony. Opponents warn the bill would ban abortions before some women even realize they’re pregnant.”

Student Suspended for Speaking Native Language at School

What damn year is this?!?
Maybe if the public were educated as to the horrors of the Nationally imposed residential schooling system it would be clear just how incredibly HORRIFIC this particular micro-aggression is.
Children were routinely beaten and punished in other ways for speaking their own language in these schools (also referred to sometimes as boarding schools). The desired result was almost achieved, in stripping our people of their beautiful and varied mother tongues. The disconnect around language is still incredibly real and felt in Native communities across turtle island.
So in 2014 for this to be going on and for the response from the general public not to be IMMEDIATE OUTRAGE is maddening!!! The government should be obligated to provide instruction to rebuild our native language speakers to work towards repairing the damage they have intentionally inflicted on Native communities.

“When Miranda was teaching a classmate to say “posoh” and “ketapanen” on January 19, her teacher scolded her.
Native News Network reported her saying “You are not to speak like that! How do I know you’re not saying something bad? How would you like it if I spoke in Polish and you didn’t understand?”
The words Miranda was chastised for translate to “hello” and “I love you” in Menominee.”

Read the full story HERE, and feel free to contact this school and let them know what’s up.

Study On Reproductive Rights And Domestic Violence

The interviews cover topics from physical and mental health to employment and relationships. On Monday, findings from the study on intimate partner violence, pregnancy, parenthood and abortion were published by BMC Medicine, and those findings were striking.
Incidents of intimate partner violence by the man involved in the pregnancy went down among women who were able to have an abortion, but remained consistent for women who carried their pregnancies to term. The reason, according to Foster, was that “being unable to have the abortion tethered women to violent men, while women who have the abortion were more able to escape abusive relationships”

Read more about the study HERE