Victoria Law on Politics

Why Do People in Prison Go on Hunger Strike?

Two weeks ago, women incarcerated at Estrella Jail in Phoenix, Arizona staged a hunger strike. Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who runs the jail, told media that the women were striking over the... Read more »

My Challenge for 2014: Read 50 Books by Writers of Color

What do you do when you’ve already read everything by Octavia Butler? (photo from Cultural Front Last year, I decided to read 50 books by writers of color. This idea... Read more »

Three Ways People Are Challenging the Prison System Right Now

“Prisons aren’t safe for anyone,” declared CeCe McDonald during her recent appearance on the Melissa Harris-Perry show. McDonald should know—she is a Black trans... Read more »

Here's Why You Should Know About the Case of CeCe McDonald

CeCe McDonald is scheduled to be released from prison this month. This is a very big deal. Her case is a prime example of how the legal system can (and often does) work against... Read more »

A Personal Look at "Not Your Asian Sidekick"

I first noticed Suey Park last month when I came across her daily infographics depicting the number of days that Marissa Alexanderwas spending in prison even ... Read more »

73-Year-Old Grandma Says She Was Put in Solitary Confinement for Wanting Decent Medical Care

What happens when states contract with private, for-profit companies to both run their prisons and provide prison health care? Carol Lester, a 73-year-old grandmother, found out... Read more »

What Does Justice Mean Besides Police and Prison?

It’s been over a week since 19-year-old Renisha McBride was shot and killed. For those of you who missed the news, Renisha McBride was a recent high school graduate whose car... Read more »

How Does Obamacare Impact Women of Color and People in Prison?

When Mercedes Smith (above) first came home from prison, she was able to sign up for Medicaid. Then she got a part-time job, which pushed her over Medicaid’s low-income guidelines. Unable to afford insurance even after getting a second part-time job, Mercedes has gone without health care for... Read more »

Marissa Alexander Illustrates How the Legal System Can Abuse Domestic Violence Survivors

Portrait of Marissa Alexander by Molly Crabapple Marissa Alexander is a mother of three, a Black woman, and a survivor of abuse. She is currently sitting in a Florida prison for firing a warning shot into the wall of her... Read more »

We Need to Stop Shackling Pregnant Women in Prison—Now.

Imagine a woman who is actively in labor. Now, imagine her handcuffed. Attached to those handcuffs is a chain that links her wrists to a chain wrapped around her belly. That belly chain is the same weight as a bicycle chain. Attached to her belly chain is yet another chain that attaches to... Read more »

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A Look at How Media Writes Women of Color

Nearly every Saturday morning, feminists of color hold Twitter discussions taking a deeper look at issues, such as gender violence. It’s the... Read more »

Will Filming the Police Keep Us Safe?

There’s a cultural idea that having someone looking over our shoulder makes us behave better. From fake security cameras to Elf... Read more »