Far too often, compassion for black lives doesn’t extend beyond the womb or to the black women carrying that womb. Too few tears are shed for the people killed by police violence. Reproductive justice is about the resolve to raise our families on our own terms, safely.
Police violence and interaction could be seen as particularly extreme forms of maternal stress.
Politicians are depending on our vote, but if they want it, they must be prepared to be held accountable once they take office.
I grew up with the privilege of never seeing the police as a threatening institution. But within the last five years that security has all but vanished.
If quality-of-life offenses were no longer criminalized, there would be a drastic decrease in the number of people in jail, which could ultimately shut down the jail itself.
When the decision to have children occurs in a Black family, thoughts of loss and death at the hands of the state often pervade their reality.
As a frequent traveler and black American who’s painfully aware of the many police-involved deaths of black drivers, I now have “The Talk” with my white and non-black minority friends before getting into their cars.
Milwaukee has multiple problems: poverty, a school system that throws out Black children at high rates. But there’s another challenge.
To be clear, Black-only space is itself acceptable, and there’s a difference between Black people choosing to come together and white people systematically excluding others from their institutions and definitions of humanity.
A law originally created to protect Black people from vigilantes is now being used to criminalize and intimidate activists, by locking up a freedom fighter who made it her life’s work to oppose police violence and killings of Black people.