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In the news: Bresha Meadows, Poverty, and FGM

Bresha Meadows, teen who killed allegedly abusive dad, given second chance  via @blackvoices

Bresha Meadows, a 15-year-old who fatally shot her father in his sleep last summer, pleaded true to a charge of involuntary manslaughter on Monday, ending a legal ordeal that began over nine months earlier.

“This is a good child,” her attorney, Ian Friedman, said in Ohio’s Trumbull County Family Court. “She grew up in an environment where every adult failed her. … This did not have to happen.”

As part of a plea agreement, Bresha was sentenced to a year and a day in juvenile detention, as well as six additional months at a residential mental health facility and two years of probation. She’ll get credit for time served, so she can move to the mental health facility in about two months. Her record will be sealed and expunged when she reaches adulthood.

Her family will likely be responsible for shouldering the cost of the mental health facility. They are raising money for her on GoFundMe. ...

ACLU Opposes Maine Bill Criminalizing Female Genital Mutilation  via @dailycaller

The American Civil Liberties Union launched a vocal opposition this week against a Maine bill criminalizing female genital mutilation (FGM), Mainely Media reports.

Republican Rep. Heather Sirocki is sponsoring the bill, saying that it would classify performing FGM as a Class B crime in the state, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. The bill would also punish the parent or guardian of the victim.

However, the Maine ACLU staunchly opposes the protection. ACLU spokesman Oamshri Amarasingham said that the risk of mutilation isn’t worth expanding Maine’s criminal code. The Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault also supported the ACLU, arguing that FGM is not happening in Maine. ....

Report reveals scale of food bank use in the UK, by Patrick Butler

There are at least 2,000 food banks operating in the UK, giving out emergency food parcels on a weekly basis to people in hardship, according to research that shines fresh light on the rapid growth of charity food provision in austerity Britain.

The research complements established information on UK food bank use compiled by the Trussell Trust, Britain’s biggest food bank network, which collects extensive data from its members and recently reported that it gave out a record 1.2m food parcels to families and individuals in need in 2016-17, the ninth successive year in which demand had risen.

Emerging results from the mapping project undertaken by the Independent Food Aid Network (Ifan), confirm that the Trussell figures represent only a partial picture of the scale of organised food bank provision, and suggest that the level of food bank use is far greater than headline figures indicate.


Are we really willing to leave women too poor for a period? by Dionne Newman  via @TheCommonSpace

IN this day and age feminine hygiene products are not hard to come by. They line the shelves of every supermarket, corner store and pharmacy around the world.

They come in an array of brands, sizes and uses so that women everywhere can find something suitable to the lifestyle they lead. There are tampons, sanitary towels, menstrual cups and even reusable underwear so that women can carry on throughout their period without disrupting usual day-to-day activities.

These products are not only used for hygiene purposes but are available so that no woman has to lose her dignity due to something that only nature can control. Sadly not all women have the luxury of accessing these. Thousands of woman are forced to struggle silently every month when it comes to their period, hoping that somehow they can find a way to keep a little dignity. This is not because these products are not available to them, it is because they cannot afford to buy them.

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