Newsletter #92: Before Roe v. Wade, there was Jane Collective

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A gender-neutral voice assistant, finally. The voice assistant, Q, is currently just a creative project, but it hopefully heralds a better, less gendered, future for digital voices.
(Lila MacLellan for qz)

Chelsea Manning is out of jail, for maybe a week. Chelsea manning served 62 days in jail without having been accused of any crime, because refusing to testify in front of a grand jury is not a crime. She’s been served another subpoena though for next week and the whole process is likely to start again.
(Sparrow Media)

Before Roe v. Wade, the Jane Collective provided illegal, safe abortion in Chicago. Its members learned numerous abortion procedures, performed them skillfully, and gave more than 10,000 women their bodily autonomy at a time it was denied by the state. Bravery like this might be needed again.


Pro Rata: A conversation with an Uber driver on strike
One striking Uber driver talks about mistreatment from the company and why she is on strike.

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It’s Down! Simulating Incidents in Production

Kelsey Pedersen at RubyConf Australia 2019 talks about how to practice incident response.


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This newsletter compiled by Margaret Killjoy (@magpiekilljoy). Margaret is an author, activist, and musician based in Appalachia. Her most recent book series is the Danielle Cain novella series, which starts with The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion.

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