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Film documents tragic price some women pay for being young and naïve

Movie Review

By Dwight Hobbes

Contributing Writer 

 

Debbie Peagler will never be nearly as well known as Angela Davis (see MSR’s review last week of the documentary film Free Angela). Still, she is no less a sister whose saga warrants close attention and even calls for outcry. After all, Angela did escape the noose and will never be forgotten as long as history is recorded. Crime After Crime (Own Documentary Club) painstakingly documents the tortured life and tragic death of Deborah Denise “Debbie” Peagler. A misstep by this domestic violence victim, desperately at wits’ end trying to get out from under a soulless abuser, unwittingly sent her from bad to worse. Continue Reading →

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Sterilization: U.S. controls birth of ‘undesirables’

When you hear something like sterilization, you think of Nazi Germany concentration camps, or the infamous Tuskegee experiments. And you are stunned that it can go on in the U.S., that bastion of forward-thinking, wonderfully humane civilization. You don’t want to believe it, but, sure enough it is documented that female inmates have been sterilized in California without required legal sanctioning, often by pressuring these women into undergoing the procedure. Despite that California State lawmakers banned such practices in 1979. The Center for Investigative Reporting, in July, related that ”doctors under contract with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation sterilized nearly 150 female inmates from 2006 to 2010 without required state approvals.” They received, against prison regulations, tubal ligations. Continue Reading →

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