Here's all the feminist news on our radar this morning.
• In the past few years, numerous states have instituted laws banning abortion after 20 weeks. A court ruled Arizona's version of the abortion ban unconstitutional—today the Supreme Court passed on hearing that case, so the ban will have to be changed or struck down. [New York Times]
• The idea of "food gentrification" was getting a lot of discussion Friday on Twitter. Read through the insightful and funny comments on the #foodgentrification feed, but here's one from Bitch contributor Soleil Ho, "#foodgentrification is using white faces to sell products picked and grown and invented by POC." [Twitter]
• The Obama administration finally agrees that zero-tolerance policies in schools have lead to an absurd number of arrests and expulsions of minority students for nonviolent offenses. At long last, law enforcement should be a "last resort" for discipline in schools, the administration's new guidelines say. [New York Times]
• Syria is the most deadly place in the world for journalists. A new book recounts the work and death of legendary war correspondent Marie Colvin, who died while on assignment in Syria last winter. [Mother Jones]
This weekend, news broke that longtime feminist musician Ani DiFranco was planning to hold a songwriting retreat at Nottoway Plantation, a ritzy plantation-turned-hotel in Louisiana. It’s clearly a bad idea to hold a “Righteous Retreat” on a former plantation and many writers online have taken the opportunity to discuss how the incident brings up big issues of race, privilege, and activism.
The drawback of a dynamic online conversation is that it can be difficult to follow a discussion as it takes place across Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. So here in one place are five takes on the plantation retreat.