Marissa Alexander was sentenced to prison after firing a warning shot to protect herself from her abusive husband. Photo courtesy Free Marissa.
Last week, domestic violence was front-page news in America as the video of Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice beating his partner circulated online. Sunday morning news shows interviewed domestic violence survivors, social workers at domestic violence agencies, and even police chiefs about their departments' policies around domestic violence calls.
But in all this discussion about the realities of domestic violence, one perspective was clearly left out: the people who are imprisoned for defending themselves against abusers.
On a bright, windy Saturday afternoon on a football field in White River, South Dakota a team of volunteers lay out 250 quilt squares, each containing a of sexual violence.
In the movie "Compliance," a woman is detained for suspicious reasons and secretly filmed being strip searched.
"Privacy is a privilege," Roxane Gay reminded us in her recent essay about the leak of naked photos of several young, famous women.
We're outraged by the killing of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot six times by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.
A child takes a break during an anti-police brutality protest this week in Milwaukee. Photo by Light Brigading.
The short answer: Mostly white people.
Activist group Stop Patriarchy has drawn criticism for comparing abortion restrictions to slavery. Photos by David Thomas.
Inside the federal courthouse in Austin, Texas, Whole Woman’s Health and the Center for Reproductive Rights spent Monday morning fighting to preserve access to safe, legal abortion. Outside the courthouse, a group of people called Stop Patriarchy marched around, proclaiming, “Forced motherhood is enslavement!”
An anti-deportation rally in Washington, DC this week. Photo by Mar is Sea Y, via Creative Commons.
Since October, more than 57,000 children have crossed the United States border without a parent or guardian.
This Monday morning, July 14, moms who had received welfare and their allies gathered outside the White House singing about the need to recognize mothering as work, to the tune of "Walking in a Winter Wonderland."
Lucy Flores, who headlines alternately describe as "a reformed gang member" and "Nevada's most interesting candidate."
I grew up the daughter of a single mom who was also an elected official. My mother, Anna de Leon, was the first Latina elected to the Board of Education in Berkeley, CA.
While a FIFA fan fest raged in Rio de Janeiro’s ritzy Copacabana neighborhood last week, a few blocks away Brazilian sex workers were having their own party.
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