#SurvivedAndPunished Twitter Discussion
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Everywhere!Join us on twitter to discuss connections between prisons, policing, immigration enforcement, and gender violence, and organize more support for survivors of domestic and sexual violence who are behind bars or trapped within systems of punishment.
More about the SurvivedAndPunished project: http://www.survivedandpunished.org
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Rasmea Odeh is a 67 year old Palestinian American community leader who was tortured by the Israeli government in 1969. On November 10, 2014 in front of supporters in the courtroom, Rasmea was found guilty of one count of Unlawful Procurement of Naturalization. Her appeals trial begins October 14, 2015 in Cincinnati. Learn how to help here!
Chicagoans & All: everything you need to know about Rasmea’s appeal in Cincinnati
Stand with Rasmea and fill the appeals courthouse in Cincinnati! Buses and carloads attending from Chicago; Ft. Wayne & Indianapolis, IN; Cleveland, Youngstown, Columbus & Cincinnati, OH; Florida; Milwaukee & Madison, WI; Grand Rapids, Flint, Dearborn & Detroit, MI; Minneapolis; and more!
- Still a few spots left if you wanna GET ON THE BUS from Chicago for the appeal!
- We’re only about $1,500 short of raising the money to pay for the two buses we’re taking from Chicago to Cincinnati. Please help us reach the goal here!
- We will be gathering at 10 PM the night before the appeal, Tuesday, October 13th, 2015, but you cannot just show up. You’ve gotta sign up first, and then you’ll be told where the pick up points are.
- Those who are driving their own cars and can take others, or would like to carpool, should contact Joe Iosbaker (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Tuesday morning, October 13th, at the absolute latest.
As her defense attorneys have said since the beginning of this ordeal, “You [Rasmea’s supporters] provide public testimony when you rally outside the courthouse and then file in to fill the courtroom. Public testimony of not only the power of Rasmea’s positive influence on her friends and colleagues, and the people she organizes, but public testimony also of the fact that she did not receive a fair trial and that there are people who are going to hold the system—prosecutors and judges—accountable.”
While in Cincinnati, we will organize a support rally in front of the courthouse at 8 AM EST on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, and then fill the courtroom immediately thereafter, as Rasmea’s defense and the prosecution each present their oral arguments to a three judge panel.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 14, 2015. Rally outside the courthouse at 8 AM EST. Oral argument for the appeal starts at 9 AM EST.
WHERE: U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
540 Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse
100 E. 5th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Mothering has the capacity to be an empowering, challenging, and rewarding experience. However, this article reviews some of the ways that mothering as a survivor of sexual assault or/and having a child who is the result of intimate relationship rape can be all of the above while also traumatizing, triggering, mind-numbing, terrifying, silencing, painful, and heartbreaking. Additionally, co-parenting with someone who has sexually assaulted you is a lifelong trial that requires negotiation between taking care of yourself and taking care of your child(ren).
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All community accountability work is science fiction, because it calls us to create that which has never been created. At least, not yet.
–inspired by Octavia’s Brood
I don’t trust an activist who does not take care of herself.
My mother was raped for the first time when she was a teenager. My mother, a small-town girl from a booming industrial village in central Pennsylvania, was sodomized by a local college boy with her body pressed into saliva-moistened leather seats of a red convertible my grandparents could never have afforded. There was another and more sexual violence during her heavy using years before she got clean, but it was the experience of being a young woman– drunk, aroused, deeply curious, and losing her body for the first time–that she wanted me to know about first. I was 15 or 16 when she first shared this history…
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New Orleans-based black feminist artists & organizers recently curated “Ecohybridity – Love Song for NOLA,” a visual black opera set in various New Orleans neighborhoods. The visual opera marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and looks at issues connected to disaster capitalism, spatial inequities, the prison industrial complex, and privatization from a Black feminist lens.
An article about the opera can be found on ColorLines. Excerpts are below.
Artist and Ecohybridity creator, Kai Barrow:
Opera was originally a people’s form that would go from community to community. It was a way to articulate what was going on through art. But somewhere along the line, it became an elitist form, and poor people of color were locked out of the medium. But our conditioning right now, how we’re managing to exist, is opera in its largest sense. It’s comedy, it’s tragedy, it’s all of these different parts.
S. Mandisa Moore-O’Neal, a New Orleans native and Echohybridity writer and performer:
Right now is such a tender time for so many of us in the Gulf who have roots and history in this place. As a local black feminist, rebuilding and resistance looks like rendering ourselves visible over these last 10 years and well before. [It means] telling the complex stories of black women and girls—trans and not-trans, of course—on our terms, in our voices.
More about EcoHybridity here: http://galleryofthestreets.org/ecohybridity1/