Arrested at Hospital for Demanding Medical Care, Woman Dies in Jail Cell

by Cara March 29, 2012

Trigger Warning for medical neglect and abuse, police abuse, and discussions of the child welfare system The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports: Anna Brown wasn’t leaving the emergency room quietly. She yelled from a wheelchair at St. Mary’s Health Center security personnel and Richmond Heights police officers that her legs hurt so badly she couldn’t stand. [...]

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Help Kelley Williams-Bolar, Mother Jailed For Sending Children to “Wrong” School

by Cara January 26, 2011

Yesterday, I wrote about the horrific case of Kelley Williams-Bolar (pictured left), a woman who has been jailed for ten days and slapped with a felony record — which will prevent her from obtaining her teacher’s license — for sending her children to a school district other than the one they lived in. My analysis [...]

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Mother Jailed For Sending Her Children to the “Wrong” School

by Cara January 25, 2011

Last week, a woman was sent to jail for ten days, placed on two years probation, and ordered to complete 80 hours of community service for a felony conviction. Her crime was fudging documents so that she could send her two daughters to the “wrong” school district, in the richer Akron, Ohio suburb where her [...]

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Book Review: Promises I Can Keep

by Cara February 15, 2010

I’m the kind of person who hoards books, and finds difficulty getting the the time to read them all within what most people would consider to be an even remotely reasonable timeframe. While that’s something I’m working on getting under control, the consequence is that I’m also the kind of person, who, if she ever [...]

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Court Ignores Man’s Domestic Violence Prior to Murder-Suicide

by Cara February 4, 2010

Via SAFER comes a really awful story about a man named Stephen Garcia who murdered his 9-month-old son Wyatt before taking his own life. Obviously any kind of violence like this is always horrible, but what makes it even more appalling is that the man’s actions were easily predicted by his previous threats and behavior, [...]

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Mother’s Disability Featured in Custody Dispute

by Cara December 23, 2009

Kaney O’Neill is a 31-year-old mother with a 5-month-old son. Her ex-boyfriend, and her son’s father, is now waging an ugly custody battle against her. So far, it’s an experience that countless parents have endured. What makes O’Neill’s story newsworthy, if not rare, is the fact that she has a disability — and her ex [...]

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The Today Show Uses Fear-Mongering to Demonize Midwives and Home Births

by Cara September 30, 2009

Visit for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy The embedded video above is a fairly recent segment from The Today Show on the rise in midwife-assisted home births. It’s called “The Perils of Midwifery,” and it’s a segment which, it should be noted, uses almost entirely men as reporters and experts. And [...]

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Pro-Choice Event in NYC

by Cara April 30, 2009

I got an email about an event in NYC, apparently a part of a series being run by NARAL Pro-Choice New York, called “Choices.”  Check out the info below: Choices: Parenting Thursday, May 7th 6:15-8:15 pm Sistas on the Rise 835 Dawson Street Bronx, NY 10459 NARAL Pro-Choice New York presents “Choices”, a six-part series [...]

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SD Anti-Choicers are Sad that Women Still Have Rights

by Cara November 24, 2008

*Sniffles* I was at Planned Parenthood seven different times. I also was at the Campaign for Healthy Families’ place three times, where a young lady from Black Sheep Coffee shop brought me a cup of its great coffee on a cool day. She was a real sweetheart. But all our efforts failed. The good people [...]

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Nixzmary Brown’s Mother Sentenced to Longer Term than Girl’s Actual Killer

by Cara November 21, 2008

I have previously written about the horrific crime that was Nixzmary Brown’s murder.  Her killer and stepfather Cesar Rodriguez got the maximum sentence of 26 1/3 to 29 years in prison for the crime of which he was accused, manslaughter of the seven-year-old girl. Now Nixzmary’s mother Nixzaliz Santiago has also been sentenced in the [...]

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