Weekend reading

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TV’s 10 best abortion moments of 2016

13 women who should think about running for president in 2020

My journey through grief and abortion: why women need all the choice they can get”

There is nothing progressive or winning about a “big tent” on abortion

All Illinois hairdressers will be trained to spot domestic abuse 

9 of the biggest feminist wins of 2016, from Hillary Clinton to Lemonade

Lawyers offer free representation to media facing Trump threats

Watch: first harrowing trailer for Kalief Browder docuseries

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Kalief Browder, Timothy Tyrone Foster and the failures of the criminal justice system

Kalief Browder, 1993-2015
Kalief Browder, 1993-2015

This week, Kalief Browder’s all too brief life came to an end when he committed suicide. If I had greater faith in this country’s position as a moral bastion, I wouldn’t be able to believe his tragic story. Kalief, just 22 when he died, was held in jail for three years without trial starting at the age of 16 for stealing a backpack, a charge he vigorously denied. He suffered in jail all that time partly because his family could not afford bail, and after all that his case was dismissed. He spent about two of those years in solitary confinement, a practice that most reasonable people recognize as torture. The conditions he faced were reprehensible:  Continue reading “Kalief Browder, Timothy Tyrone Foster and the failures of the criminal justice system”