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Thursday, April 1,2010

Giving birth in chains

By Pamela White
I first learned about the shackling of inmates in labor back in 1999 after Amnesty International did its study of the issue and made its findings public. What I read in that report, titled "Not Part of My Sentence: Violations of the Human Rights of Women in Custody," was deeply disturbing. Here are some highlights:
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Monday, March 15,2010

The dogma of bigotry

By Pamela White
In1610, Italian astronomer and inventor Galileo Galilei used a telescope to observe the heavens and concluded that the earth revolved around the sun. His assertion contradicted the established dogma of the Catholic Church, leading to no end of difficulty for the brilliant scientist. He found himself accused of heresy and was eventually hauled before the Inquisition, which offered to resolve the dispute through torture if necessary. Imagine the gut-deep frustration Galileo must have felt knowing he was right but having to “confess” before a tribunal of stuffy old ignoramuses that the church was right and he was wrong. It wasn’t until 1992 that the Catholic Church formally cleared Galileo of wrongdoing and acknowledged that he’d been mistreated by the church.
Wednesday, February 24,2010

Author Christy Reece walked away from her day job to launch a writing career

By Pamela White
After 18 years of working the same job, most of us might consign ourselves to our workaday fate. Not Christy Reece. When she realized she didn’t enjoy her job, she decided to do something about it. She sat down and wrote a novel and then another and another. Now she’s a successful author with four titles to her name, an up-and-coming star in the world of romantic suspense, a hybrid genre that combines romantic fiction with elements of a thriller. Boulder Weekly tracked Reece down at her home in Alabama and talked to her about her books and the courage it takes to walk away from your job and start a new career.
Thursday, February 18,2010

Pregnant in prison

Women receive prenatal care, but give birth in shackles

By Pamela White
Tammy White lies back on the examination table and lifts her green smock and gold T-shirt to reveal a bulging belly. She is expecting her fifth child. The mother of three boys and one girl ranging in age from 9 to 19, she’ll give birth to this baby — a girl — sometime around May 23. “I just hope I’m out before I deliver,” she says. “I pray to God every night.” White is pregnant, but she’s also in prison.
Thursday, February 4,2010

Howard Zinn, the people's historian

By Pamela White
On Jan. 27, America lost Howard Zinn. A World War II bombardier, a historian, an author and professor, Zinn challenged the way Americans look at their nation and themselves with the publication of his 1980 book A People’s History of the United States.
Wednesday, February 3,2010

Let nipples roam free

By Pamela White
Boulder City Council members Macon Cowles and Lisa Morzel deserve praise for speaking out against the provision in a proposed public nudity ordinance that would have criminalized toplessness for women but not for men.
Monday, February 1,2010

Anti-abortion activists like Roeder akin to Christian terrorists

By Pamela White
It’s a good thing that a Witchita, Kan., jury found Scott Roeder guilty of murder in the slaying of Dr. George Tiller, an abortion provider. If they had instead found Roeder guilty of a lesser charge, the verdict would have accelerated what is already a slow slide into anti-abortion terrorism.
Tuesday, January 26,2010

Farmer, neighbors tussle over 'demonstration' designation

By Pamela White
Zia Parker is asking the county to designate her property as a “demonstration farm.” She wants permission to teach classes that would meet two Sundays each month from June through October. But four of her neighbors, including one who had initially agreed to teach the chicken component of the course, oppose the designation of “demonstration farm.”
Thursday, January 21,2010

There's no easy fix for homelessness

By Pamela White
Back in 1929, Boulder’s respectable folks called it “The Jungle.” Historical photographs from Boulder’s Carnegie Library show men and women standing in the mud among the shanties, shacks and tents they called home. Back in the day, local newspapers referred to these unfortunates as “tramps,” “squatters” and “undesirable people.” Today we call them “vagrants,” “transients” or “the homeless.”
Thursday, December 31,2009

A look back at the Aughts

By Pamela White
This week, Boulder Weekly staff looks back at events that shaped the past decade. More than a time to reminisce, the new year and new decade give all of us a chance to reconsider what we’re doing and to resolve to do better from now on, both as individuals and as a nation. Here’s hoping that the Teens will see a nationwide shift away from fear, and the anger that inevitably comes with it, to compassion and compassionate action.