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Women Prisoners Sterilized To Cut Welfare Cost In California
In California, prison doctors have sterilized at least 148 women, mainly Mexicans, from 2006 to 2010. Why? They don’t want to have to provide welfare funding for any children they may have in the future and to eliminate ‘defectives’ from the gene pool.
The sterilization procedures cost California taxpayers $147,460 between 1997 and 2010. The doctors at the prison argue it is money well-spent.
Dr. James Heinrich, an OB-GYN at Valley State Prison for Women, said, “Over a 10-year period, that isn’t a huge amount of money compared to what you save in welfare paying for these unwanted children – as they procreated more.”
In 1909, California passed the country’s third sterilization law, authorizing reproductive surgeries of patients committed to state institutions for the “feebleminded” and “insane” that were deemed suffering from a “mental disease which may have been inherited and is likely to be transmitted to descendants.” Based on this eugenic logic, 20,000 patients in more than ten institutions were sterilized in California from 1909 to 1979. Worried about charges of “cruel and unusual punishment,” legislators attached significant provisions to sterilization in state prisons. Despite these restrictions, about 600 men received vasectomies at San Quentin in the 1930s when the superintendent flaunted the law.
Moreover, there was a discernible racial bias in the state’s sterilization and eugenics programs. Preliminary research on a subset of 15,000 sterilization orders in institutions (conducted by Stern and Natalie Lira) suggests that Spanish-surnamed patients, predominantly of Mexican origin, were sterilized at rates ranging from 20 to 30 percent from 1922 to 1952, far surpassing their proportion of the general population.
In her recent book, Miroslava Chávez-García shows, through exhaustively researched stories of youth of color who were institutionalized in state reformatories, and sometimes subsequently sterilized, how eugenic racism harmed California’s youngest generation in patterns all too reminiscent of detention and incarceration today. California was the most zealous sterilizer, carrying out one-third of the approximately 60,000 operations performed in the 32 states that passed eugenic sterilization laws from 1907 to 1937.
Although such procedures may seem harsh, they are not illegal. The Supreme Court ruled in 1927 that women can be forcibly sterilized in jail in Buck vs Bell. Writing for the majority, Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. said, “Three generations of imbeciles are enough.”
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anarcho-queer:

Women Prisoners Sterilized To Cut Welfare Cost In California

In California, prison doctors have sterilized at least 148 women, mainly Mexicans, from 2006 to 2010. Why? They don’t want to have to provide welfare funding for any children they may have in the future and to eliminate ‘defectives’ from the gene pool.

The sterilization procedures cost California taxpayers $147,460 between 1997 and 2010. The doctors at the prison argue it is money well-spent.

Dr. James Heinrich, an OB-GYN at Valley State Prison for Women, said, “Over a 10-year period, that isn’t a huge amount of money compared to what you save in welfare paying for these unwanted children – as they procreated more.

In 1909, California passed the country’s third sterilization law, authorizing reproductive surgeries of patients committed to state institutions for the “feebleminded” and “insane” that were deemed suffering from a “mental disease which may have been inherited and is likely to be transmitted to descendants.” Based on this eugenic logic, 20,000 patients in more than ten institutions were sterilized in California from 1909 to 1979. Worried about charges of “cruel and unusual punishment,” legislators attached significant provisions to sterilization in state prisons. Despite these restrictions, about 600 men received vasectomies at San Quentin in the 1930s when the superintendent flaunted the law.

Moreover, there was a discernible racial bias in the state’s sterilization and eugenics programs. Preliminary research on a subset of 15,000 sterilization orders in institutions (conducted by Stern and Natalie Lira) suggests that Spanish-surnamed patients, predominantly of Mexican origin, were sterilized at rates ranging from 20 to 30 percent from 1922 to 1952, far surpassing their proportion of the general population.

In her recent book, Miroslava Chávez-García shows, through exhaustively researched stories of youth of color who were institutionalized in state reformatories, and sometimes subsequently sterilized, how eugenic racism harmed California’s youngest generation in patterns all too reminiscent of detention and incarceration today.

California was the most zealous sterilizer, carrying out one-third of the approximately 60,000 operations performed in the 32 states that passed eugenic sterilization laws from 1907 to 1937.

Although such procedures may seem harsh, they are not illegal. The Supreme Court ruled in 1927 that women can be forcibly sterilized in jail in Buck vs Bell. Writing for the majority, Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. said, “Three generations of imbeciles are enough.

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brutalgeneration:

big sur (by FIILMY)
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mimacondo:

"También de este lado hay sueños" / "Estoy al límite" - Frontera México-Estados Unidos, lado mexicano

"There are also dreams on this side" / "I’m at the limit" - Mexico-United States Border, Mexican side

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"In a major milestone for gay rights, the United States government plans to expand recognition of same-sex marriages in federal legal matters, including bankruptcies, prison visits and survivor benefits."

america, fuck yeah (cnn)
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good things: california christmas edition

  • mole, sound, AND fury home for the holidays. the four of us haven’t been in the same place since we were, like, 21. it’s amazing.
  • just watched BEYONCÉ on my dad’s flatscreen with the sound system hooked up and it was even more amazing than the other eight thousand times i’ve watched it.
  • eight million bean taquitos with guacamole every day.
  • felix is here and my parents and besties love him.
  • today when felix met my sister it was like the most perfect introduction ever because she rolled up totally unannounced as we were leaving for brunch and was like, “where the fuck are YOU going?” and then just like lazily climbed up me like i was a tree and she was a tiny koala when she hugged me hello. 
  • but also felix is not here in my house right now because he went for a walk to have alone time right when i also really wanted alone time. perfect.
  • tonight my sister and my mom are coming over to my dad’s house to decorate the tree with us.
  • my stepmom got apple cider for us to drink.
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sinidentidades:

Texas principal bans Latin@ students from speaking Spanish to ‘prevent disruptions’
Hempstead Independent School District (ISD) in Texas has confirmed that a middle school principal has been placed on leave after Latin@ students said that she forbade the entire school from speaking Spanish.
A group of students told KHOU that Hempstead Middle School Principal Amy Lacey announced over the intercom on Nov. 12 that they were no longer to use their native language in order to “prevent disruptions.”
It was over two weeks later before the superintendent sent a letter home insisting that “neither the district or any campus has any policy prohibiting the speaking of Spanish.”
But the students said that the effect of the ban had been chilling.
“People don’t want to speak it no more, and they don’t want to get caught speaking it because they’re going to get in trouble,” sixth-grade student Kiara Lozano explained to KHOU.
Some students felt that the principal gave teachers permission to discriminate against them.
“She was like no speaking Spanish,” eighth-grader Yedhany Gallegos recalled. “I was like that’s my first language. She said, well you can get out.”
Hempstead ISD spokesperson Laurie Bettis said in a statement that Lacey had been placed on leave while the district investigated the charges.
“The district has received allegations regarding this issue and the district is investigating the matter,” Bettis wrote. “At this time, the administrator is on administrative leave with pay until the investigation is completed and appropriate action is determined. This is all we can say at this time as there is a pending investigation on this matter.”
“The district is committed to efficiently and effectively resolving this matter with as little disruption to our students and their learning environment as possible.”
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sinidentidades:

Texas principal bans Latin@ students from speaking Spanish to ‘prevent disruptions’

Hempstead Independent School District (ISD) in Texas has confirmed that a middle school principal has been placed on leave after Latin@ students said that she forbade the entire school from speaking Spanish.

A group of students told KHOU that Hempstead Middle School Principal Amy Lacey announced over the intercom on Nov. 12 that they were no longer to use their native language in order to “prevent disruptions.”

It was over two weeks later before the superintendent sent a letter home insisting that “neither the district or any campus has any policy prohibiting the speaking of Spanish.”

But the students said that the effect of the ban had been chilling.

“People don’t want to speak it no more, and they don’t want to get caught speaking it because they’re going to get in trouble,” sixth-grade student Kiara Lozano explained to KHOU.

Some students felt that the principal gave teachers permission to discriminate against them.

“She was like no speaking Spanish,” eighth-grader Yedhany Gallegos recalled. “I was like that’s my first language. She said, well you can get out.”

Hempstead ISD spokesperson Laurie Bettis said in a statement that Lacey had been placed on leave while the district investigated the charges.

“The district has received allegations regarding this issue and the district is investigating the matter,” Bettis wrote. “At this time, the administrator is on administrative leave with pay until the investigation is completed and appropriate action is determined. This is all we can say at this time as there is a pending investigation on this matter.”

“The district is committed to efficiently and effectively resolving this matter with as little disruption to our students and their learning environment as possible.”

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"what’s an adventurer to do but rest these feet at home with you"

"what’s an adventurer to do but rest these feet at home with you"

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antisocialblogger:

Doug Perrine captured these stunning photographs in the Maldives. The particular location (Vaadhoo Island) has a concentrated population of bioluminescent phytoplankton. Bioluminescence is a natural chemical reaction which occurs when a micro-organism in the water reacts with oxygen. When washed ashore by the tides, the phytoplankton’s chemical energy is turned into light energy, illuminating the waves.

i think technically you aren’t supposed to swim in this for some reason, but red tide was my favorite time to night-swim growing up. your body leaves sparkly trails in the water, so it’s clearly the best time to pretend you’re a mermaid.

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emailed from my mom today, “sunshine waiting for you and felix”. mommmmmmm <3 <3 <3

emailed from my mom today, “sunshine waiting for you and felix”. mommmmmmm <3 <3 <3

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kirathrace:

I love doing my thing while someone else is in the room doing their thing. Like if you come over and you want to sit by the window and read while I sit on the floor drawing something and listening to a cd that would be very nice.

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princessotto:

xcedarxsmoke:

artofstrengthtraining:

Street Politics 101: A great little video about radical politics, student movements, and street warfare—especially Black Bloc in Montreal. Really interesting watch.

saw this in ruelle on a movie date in the summer ! pretty sweet intro / overview of street tactics and the student & social strike in montreal.

Wow I almost cried so many times during that video omggggg plz watch