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Palestinian women in HaSharon prison are continuing their protest against the imposition of surveillance cameras on Sept. 5 in the prison yard. The placement of surveillance cameras also covers the collective kitchens, washing machine areas and prayer areas. Since that time, for 56 days, the women have refused to go out for recreation or enter the areas under surveillance until the cameras are removed. The imposition of the surveillance cameras was one of the latest repressive actions initiated by Israeli minister Gilad Erdan’s committee, charged with rolling back the accomplishments the Palestinian prisoners won through years of struggle.
The community of people with disabilities has a different experience of brutality than the ablebodied community. There are of course many similarities. But disability adds another level of difficulty to it all. And being poor, homeless or Black or Brown with a disability makes many of us vulnerable from many additional angles. Disability is glazed over or not recorded in the official police reports.
On Nov. 4, California voters passed criminal justice reform measure Proposition 47. Proposition 47 changes the lowest level drug possession and petty theft crimes from felonies to simple misdemeanors for some people. Although re-sentencing is not guaranteed, up to 10,000 people in California’s prisons and jails will be eligible for resentencing, and newly sentenced individuals who meet the requirements will be under county jurisdiction.