In a momentous shift of events, the Department of Justice has finally taken legal action in South Dakota, jumping on board to help create a permanent solution for the Lakota tribes. Please continue to share this story, as we are now one step closer to victory!
In addition to supporting the important procedural legal argument of the ACLU, the Department of Justices’ brief also addresses the substantive issue of the Lakota People’s Law Projects which is that: Active efforts and kinship placement is mandatory.
The amicus brief that was filed on August 14th can be found here: https://turtletalk.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/122-1amicusbriefoftheunitedstates8-14-2014.pdf
The Rapid City Journal covered the story this last Tuesday on August 18th and it can be found here: http://lakota.cc/1uYnYge .
Please check out these progressions and share the story!
An amazing compendium of Textile Design books curated by Elaine Lipson
Via RabbitGlitter, ”I just wrote out my template for this term’s classes informing my professors that the name they see on their roster is not the name I go by. I’m sharing it here in case you need some help wording yours. Just add your own information where the blanks are. Love to you for this upcoming term <3”
This coming term beginning on January 6, I’m signed up to be a part of your class. I wanted to send you this email as a heads up that while my legal name on your roster should read as “___________”, I prefer to be called ‘_______’.
Being a trans* student can be awkward that first week when reading out names and I’m hoping to avoid confusion by informing you of my preferred name ahead of time.
I prefer ________ pronouns (_______ work wonderfully) and will also accept the use of my name (_____) in place of pronouns if you find that easier.
I’m excited to start this term in your class and I can’t wait to start this year!
Thank you in advance,
This is great template! As a teacher I spend a lot of time the first week trying to learn names asap, and I always love to know early when students don’t wish to be called by the name that is on the roster.
VCU students: If it is an option* for you and you feel comfortable doing so, you can also change your name in VCU’s system. Have a look at our guide to update your personal information and the procedures for changing your name on your email account.
*Banner changes might request a legal name change and/or a new Social Security card. Here is information about transgender identity and social security. And here is information about a legal name change in Virginia.
There is a massive amount of material on iTunes U about restorative justice and reentry.
Night falls. Or has fallen. Why is it that night falls, instead of rising, like the dawn? Yet if you look east, at sunset, you can see night rising, not falling; darkness lifting into the sky, up from the horizon, like a black sun behind cloud cover. Like smoke from an unseen fire, a line of fire just below the horizon, brushfire or a burning city. Maybe night falls because it’s heavy, a thick curtain pulled up over the eyes. Wool blanket. I wish I could see in the dark, better than I do.
Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale.
Spec Fic reading group night.
New York: Harcourt Publishing, 1986.
The loss of parole in Virginia is one of a few policies that keeps us a highly incarcerated state with little hope for people unjustly sentenced.
This was forwarded to me by a Virginia inmate, who requested I start to spread the word.
More resources on private prisons:
Sam Dolnick - “As Escapees Stream Out, a Penal Business Thrives”
Paul Krugman - “Prison, Privatization, Patronage“
Bureau of Justice Assistance, US Dept. of Justice - Emerging Issues on Privatized Prisons
National Council on Crime and Delinquency - Prison Bed Profiteers
NPR Staff - “Who Benefits When a Private Prison Comes to Town?”
Richard Oppel - “Private Prisons Found to Offer Little in Savings”
The Sentencing Project - ”International Growth Trends in Prison Privatization"
If you’re not too busy weeping after reading the texts above, you can really get your sad on with John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight.
Graham Moomaw has a write-up in today’s Times-Dispatchon a proposed rental property inspection.
"The city of Richmond is considering the creation an inspection program for rental properties in old areas of the city, a policy that could have a major impact on the 56 percent of city housing occupied by renters.
The rental inspections would apply in special districts created by the city with a high volume of renters and a risk of blight. As envisioned, the program would focus on student-heavy historic neighborhoods such as the Fan District, Oregon Hill, Jackson Ward and Carver, but the exact districts would be drawn later by city officials.”
Pitched as process to fight blight, it is interesting that the proposal sounds like it would not include any of the East End.
If the city extended this to the east end they’d have to face the overwhelming amount of blight they’ve created, much of which is centered in RRHA-sponsored rentals.
Why is so much of our dialog about the east end exclusively focused on the stadium? Where are all the east-end advocates when it comes to rental properties, public transportation, and work force development?
I spent 12 hours yesterday making this dress, and it doesn’t fit.
I finished the night by moping till 5am and watching Hannibal. I will now spend 12 hours dismantling it. Only good thing: I’m getting better at French seams.
Via Mark Strandquist:
Some of the amazing postcards we’ve been receiving through our Windows From Prison collaboration with Prison Health News and Philadelphia FIGHT. 5000 blank postcards went out to prisoners across the country asking
"If you could create a window in the prison walls, what would you want the world to see?"
More info, images, and exhibits to come!!
I’m struggling to find anyone who shares my sense of loss following the theft of my bike.
There is some camaraderie in the comments below this clip on youtube.
This must be a new low.