On Our Radar: Today's Feminist News Roundup

Here’s all the feminist news on my radar today:

The Center for Investigative Reporting found that at least 150 women in California prisons were sterilized without the required permission of the state—some of the women say prison staff heavily pressured them into getting tubal ligations. [Sacramento Bee] 

• Now that DOMA has been declared unconstitutional, marriage equality advocates have to fight for rights state by state. First up: Pennsylvania. Political group Freedom to Marry says their goal is to have the majority of Americans living in states where same-sex marriage is legal by 2016. [Towleroad, The Atlantic] 

• Marriage isn’t the only issue limiting equality—writer Jasmyne Cannick points out how multiple injustices keep her from marrying her girlfriend. [Advocate] 

• The three Cleveland kidnapping victims Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight make their first public statement, via video, since their rescue: “I will not let the situation define who I am. I will define the situation.” [New York Times] 

• Thank you, Republicans! For forcing on women the “opportunity” to have a free, mandatory ultrasound. [This Week in Blackness] 

• I missed this piece in the June/July issue of Mother Jones until now, but read up on how insidious new “ag-gag” laws punish social justice activists who try to document abuses in the agricultural industry. [Mother Jones] 

• Yoko Ono has a new book/art piece/confusing work out: Acorn. A writer at Autostraddle gives it a read. [Autostraddle]  

• Are you a woman of color who’s not religious? An anthology called Women of Color Beyond Faith is looking for submissions. [Humanist Network News]

What did I miss? Add your links to the comments. 

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hunger strikes in California prisons protesting solitary

confinement began yesterday (Monday, July 8th).

Over 30,000 incarcerated people refused meals (that's people in two-thirds of the state's 33 prisons, and at all four out-of-state private prisons) and 2,300 prisoners failed to go to work or attend their prison classes, either refusing or in some cases saying they were sick: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/political/la-me-pc-ff-california-priso...

The combined hunger strike/work stoppage was called for by people incarcerated at the Pelican Bay State Prison's Security Housing Unit (think 23 hours locked in a cell for years, sometimes decades): http://t.co/SY51nanMVW and was taken up by people in other prisons both in solidarity and to protest their own conditions of confinement.

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoners’ Solidarity Network issued a call of solidarity with the US prisoners in Pelican Bay as well: http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/nora/prisoner-solidarity-palestine-p...

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