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Marilyn Buck Parole…

The UNICOR worker next to me in the prison factory was wearing his radio headphones.  On that fateful morning he exclaimed, “Hey! The news is reporting that an airplane crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City!”

Marilyn Buck 1971

Marilyn Buck 1971

Somewhat later, he shouted, “Hey! Another airplane crashed into the Trade Center!”  Right, I said, airplanes do that all the time, dismissing his nonsense.

Finally, he practically screamed, “Hey!  I’m not kidding, the World Trade Center just collapsed!”  Now I knew it was joke-time.  more…

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Women In Prison…

As we put Memorial Day 2010 behind us, it’s a good occasion to inform ourselves of other “soldiers” in other conflicts–women sacrificed in the ongoing struggle to advance democracy: Suffragists.

Alice Paul

Alice Paul

A 2004 HBO film, Iron Jawed Angels, starring Hilary Swank and Julia Ormond, captures well one of those aspects of the nation’s prisons being used for political purposes.  It was not the first time, and isn’t the last.

As the War to End All Wars (World War I) raged in Europe, and the Russian Revolution was new on the world scene, a group of women picketed the White House advocating for what seems like today the simple right to vote.  They were arrested (“blocking the sidewalk”) and imprisoned. more…

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