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Against Carceral Feminism

Victoria Law Jacobin
Relying on state violence to curb domestic violence only ends up harming the most marginalized women.

U.N. Reveals ‘Alarmingly High’ Levels of Violence Against Women

Somini Sengupta New York Times
Violence against women — including rape, murder and sexual harassment — remains stubbornly high in countries rich and poor, at war and at peace. One recent study found that domestic violence against women and children alone costs the global economy $4 trillion.

Marissa Alexander Released From Prison, But Still Not Free

Nadia Prupis Common Dreams
Initially facing 20 years in prison under Florida's "10-20-life" rule, Marissa Alexander's case focused national attention on the treatment of domestic abuse survivors by the justice system, particularly women of color, as well as Florida's mandatory minimum sentencing laws.

Friday Nite Videos -- September 12, 2014

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Abdullah Ibrahim: Cape Town Flowers. James Foley on War. Neil deGrasse Tyson on Finding Krypton. Keith Olbermann on the Ray Rice Situation. Demand A Plan to End Gun Violence.
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