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Wed Apr 19 2017A Step Forward for the Rights of Transgender Inmates
Wed Apr 19 2017New California State Legislation Honors The Dignity Of Transgender Prisoners
Coral Feigin & Sasha Buchert write: Despite the fact that transgender and gender non-conforming people have recently become more visible in the media and popular culture, the realities for street-based, poor, black and brown and disabled trans women remain the same. Trans people continue to face discrimination from traditional housing, employment and healthcare forcing many trans people into alternative street economies like sex work, drug sales and whatever other work people can find. As a result of being pushed out of these traditional systems, trans people, especially trans women of color, become easy targets for police violence and criminalization.
Across California, and nationally, trans people are funneled into state prisons, detention centers and county jails — often criminalized for our survival in a world that does not want us to exist. While incarceration is violent and unsafe for everyone, trans people face extreme conditions while locked up, including unsafe housing, physical/emotional/sexual assault, lack of access to basic transition health care and a refusal to be recognized by our chosen names and genders.
To address some of these issues and provide relief for our trans and gender non-conforming loved ones inside, a coalition has formed to work on legislation benefiting trans prisoners between the Transgender, Gendervariant, Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP), the St. James Infirmary, the Transgender Law Center (TLC) and the Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP). This year, the coalition is running SB 310: the Name and Dignity Act for Incarcerated Trans People. This bill authored by Sen. Toni Atkins (D San Diego), if passed, would make it possible for trans people in custody to file for a legal name and/or gender marker change on their identification documents and would ensure that they are recognized as such while incarcerated. While this is only one small step in demanding safety and liberation for trans people inside and outside of prison walls, it will offer some respite by forcing the prison system to refer to trans people by their true name and gender.
Rallies in the Bay Area and across the nation to save affordable housing Friday Jul 21st 10:13 PM
The Fix Is In: Brown administration approves environmental documents for Delta Tunnels Friday Jul 21st 7:32 PM
The Fight For Mexican San Quintin Farm Workers & Driscoll's with Al Rojas At San Francisco Sunday Jul 16th 4:03 PM
Farmworker communities from Monterey Bay Area call on California to ban brain-harming pesticide chlorpyrifos Thursday Jul 13th 10:09 AM
California Scheming: Democrats Betray Single-Payer Again Monday Jul 10th 9:06 PM
Jerry Brown Announces Global Climate Action Summit As He Promotes Fracking, Delta Tunnels Saturday Jul 8th 11:56 AM
Projections against Twitter HQ Monday Jul 3rd 7:04 AM
Fishing and Conservation Groups Sue to Block Delta Tunnels Project Friday Jun 30th 2:04 PM
The links between Delta Tunnels and faux "marine protected areas" are deep & alarming Friday Jun 30th 9:47 AM
Legislature Advances Bill To Stop Secret Surveillance In California Thursday Jun 29th 2:41 PMMore Local News...
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Negro on California's Corporate Marijuana Rush Thursday Jul 20th 4:11 PM
Trump Offshore Oil Leasing Plan Threatens Every U.S. Ocean, Coastline Saturday Jul 1st 3:50 PM
Release the Bill! Healthcare for All! Friday Jun 30th 7:14 PM
Fire Ecology - a view into the heart of a forest Thursday Jun 29th 4:43 PM
California EPA Becomes First U.S. Agency to Declare That Roundup Causes Cancer Tuesday Jun 27th 11:47 PM
Trump’s NAFTA Renegotiation & Labor And National City Teacher’s Union Defends Families Thursday Jun 8th 9:27 AM
California’s Attorney General Asks EPA to Ban Brain-Harming Pesticide Wednesday Jun 7th 10:43 AM
Trump Resurrects Controversial Fracking Project Monday May 8th 9:47 PM
San Diego "strike force" still heading to Korea Wednesday Apr 26th 8:01 PM
San Diego warships leading charge against North Korea Saturday Apr 15th 4:26 PMMore Global News...
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SEIU 1021 Nato Green Doing Damage Control For SEIU? Opposes Single Payer In CA Wednesday Jul 12th 4:10 PM
Black Agriculture is helping expand California Apps for Ag to Underserved Communities Saturday May 27th 7:48 AM
African New Year's Day ~ Sacred Summer Solstice Celebration (1 comment) Tuesday May 23rd 2:04 PM
Sen Fenistein Supported by Health Insurers; Opposes Medicare for All Tuesday May 2nd 8:38 PM
California won its first major battle over `sanctuary cities' Wednesday Apr 26th 5:42 PM
California bill to eliminate bail system clears first hurdle (1 comment) Thursday Apr 6th 11:10 AM
Californians Against Fracking Responds to EPA’s Methane Regulation Announcement Friday Mar 17th 6:01 PM
California Announces Revised Proposed Rules on Agricultural Pesticide Use Near Schools Thursday Mar 16th 10:11 AM
2017 Black Minds Matter ~ the question is to whom... and why... (1 comment) Thursday Mar 9th 8:59 PM
Chilao School offers free space for Arts, Culture and Environmental Workshops Wednesday Mar 1st 9:14 AMOpen Newswire...
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