Is it not an assault on Black people’s reproductive rights to brutally and systematically deny us the opportunity to raise children who will grow to adulthood, who can experience the world with childlike wonder? Is it not an assault on Black people’s reproductive rights to tell us we give birth to future criminals and not innocent children, to murder one of us every 28 hours and leave a family in mourning?
Those victims are not just statistics; they are people, with bodies and families and future generations who will never see them smile again. They are children, mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, sisters, brothers, and chosen family members. They are integral parts of communities that raise children. As RH Reality Check senior legal analyst Imani Gandytweeted, we cannot ignore the truth that “police violence against black and brown people is a reproductive justice issue.”
Women of color bear a relationship to reproduction that is fraught with trauma and state control, a perpetual tightrope that stretches beyond the simple paradigm of “pro-choice” organizing. Police violence against our children is a continuation of the same culture that lynched pregnant Black women, that forcibly sterilized cisgender women of color well into 2010, that has required mandatory sterilization for trans people, that paints reproductive rights as an issue only affecting cisgender women. The unifying message is simple: Black bodies, trans bodies, disabled bodies are not worthy of defending. We do not need to continue existing, to further our legacies.
3. Le1f (@le1f)
4. B. Steady
7. Mykki Blanco
9. Angel Haze
Let me be clear: Unarmed college hopefuls don’t deserve to be shot. Unarmed kids heading to work or trade school don’t deserve to be shot. Unarmed kids floundering aimlessly through life don’t deserve to be shot. Unarmed kids who have been in trouble—even those who have been nothing but trouble—don’t deserve to be shot.
The act of pinning the tragedy of a dead black teen to his potential future success, to his respectability, to his “good”-ness, is done with all the best intentions. But if you read between the lines, aren’t we really saying that had he not been on his way to college, there’d be less to mourn?
That’s dead wrong."
Unarmed black man, Ezell Ford, killed by LAPD
August 13, 2014
On the heels of the Mike Brown tragedy, another Black man has been shot and killed by the police. The 24-year-old man succumbed to gun injuries after an encounter with police in South LA.
The incident happened Monday evening, shortly after a shooting was reported at the intersection of West 65th Street and South Broadway. The LAPD stopped a man 200 blocks north of the 65th block when things took a dangerous turn. According to a police statement, officers opened fire after “a struggle ensued.”
The man, who was later identified as Ezell Ford, was then transported to the nearest hospital where he underwent surgery but later died. Ford is one of countless victims who have recently died at the hands of police- who are to protect and serve the community.
The mother of the victim, Tritobia Ford, said her son was lying on the ground and obeying the officers’ commands when he was shot. Multiple reports indicate he was unarmed.
Further details on the shooting is underway and will be investigated by LAPD’s Force Investigation Division. The LAPD is currently being sued by Marlene Pinnock, a homeless woman whose vicious beating at the hands of a still unidentified officer was caught on tape. Her lawsuit alleges excessive force, assault, battery.
Rest in power, Ezell. No justice, no peace!
On August 14, 2014, citizens across America will gather in solidarity to hold vigils and observe a moment of silence to honor victims of Police Brutality
Police Brutality in the United States continues to be a pervasive problem that affects communities across the country. In recent years, we have had news of too many people losing their lives as a result of police brutality. We have also heard too many stories of people being sexually and otherwise physically assaulted by police.
We are gathering together to observe a National Moment of Silence to pay respect to the lives lost and/or forever changed by the brutality of the police state.
Too many citizens have suffered. Their families and friends need our positive energy and support in this moment of anger, frustration, fear, and helplessness.
How social media helped facilitate a national moment of silence to honor victims of police brutality, show solidarity with their families, and allow communities to come together in a moment of mourning and support.
More cities are being added, check here for updates and info on starting a vigil in your city.
find your city here
African Americans are being murdered in cold blood by the Ferguson regime. There is a media blackout to prevent evidence aginst the state for committing human rights violations #UnitedNations #OpFerguson #revolution #RBG #Revot #injustice #USA #AMERICA #NRA #WARCRIMES #TERRORISM
national moment of silence 2014 (for victims of police brutality)
share the following:
Ferguson Police Department
Email (taken off the site)
222 S. Florissant Road
Ferguson, MO 63135
i think it’s important that myself and other white ppl remember that we can not even begin to truly understand the pain and trauma of what is happening in ferguson, nor can we grasp the anger and sadness black communities experience due to this situation. all we can do is stand in solidarity, listen, and not derail or take the focus away from the true face of racism and white supremacy.
Write your congress person. The President can’t make laws.
The President cannot make laws.
The President cannot make laws.
Congress makes laws. Your congressional representative has a postal box and an email address. Use those. Hell, copy-paste from the petition your signing, personalize it if you want and send/email that to them. Your congress person. Not the President.
Because the President cannot make laws.
Letters sent to Representative’s offices are to be sorted by an intern and are often never read by a congress person or staff member. If an office receives a high volume of letters addressing the same issue, only then are the staff members made sufficiently aware of the public interest. Then the issue is raised to the Congress person through their staff members. So this is not to say that letters are not of use, as they are still one tool available to the public in order to reach Congress members.
Phone calls to a Congress persons Washington D.C. office are the best way to get the attention of Congress as a whole. If an office receives a high volume of phone calls about one pressing issue, it can become overwhelming and will have to be dealt with. You can even ask to speak to someone other than an intern in order to raise your concerns and make your voice heard more efficiently. Ask to speak to the Legislative Assistant who handles Criminal Justice Issues or Judiciary issues. If they are unavailable, ask for their email (standard house is firstname.lastname@example.org) and the intern you are speaking with will give it to you.
Since your Congress person may be unlikely to write the law themselves, it’s important to urge your Representatives to support laws to ‘Protect Citizens from Police Violence and Misconduct’ if they are ever on the House floor.
Send letters, make phone calls, make your voice heard! Be respectful to get the best response, but stand firm in your beliefs.
As a former Congressional intern, I can answer any questions you have about communicating more efficiently with your Congress person and members of their staff, let me know!
#FERGUSON protestor returns tear gas canister back to sender…
This is Amerikkka 2014