There can be no reproductive justice when Black mothers fear for the lives of their sons; when Black families are deprived of caregivers, breadwinners, and parents; and when Black children cannot grow up in a society that values their lives and upholds their human dignity.
More than a hundred congressional staffers, along with a few members of Congress, walked out of their offices on Thursday to show solidarity with the families of Mike Brown and Eric Garner and peaceful protesters across the country.
For those of us who want justice for Eric Garner and Mike Brown specifically, the truth of the matter is that the Department of Justice doesn’t have a lot of options.
The reality is that the grand jury system protects officers from accountability rather than civilians from police brutality.
A New York grand jury failed to indict the officers involved in Eric Garner’s death, while the Roberts Court heard arguments in two big cases for equality advocates.
Members of the New York congressional delegation expressed outrage on Wednesday after the news that a grand jury decided to press no charges in the killing of Eric Garner, an unarmed Black man who died after being placed in a choke hold by a white NYPD officer.
This is an open letter to any police officer who may not understand what I and so many others are fighting for.
Like so many other Black mothers, my Thanksgiving day was marred by shadow over the failure of a grand jury to indict Darren Wilson. My feelings Thursday morning were more than just personal grief as a parent, though; they were also my outrage as a reproductive justice activist.
“For 108 days, we have continuously been admonished that we should ‘let the system work,’ and wait to see what the results are,” protesters and supporters in Ferguson explain in their open letter. “The results are in. And we still don’t have justice.”
Protesters in Ferguson refused to be ignored this weekend. They are the reason that while we might not be able to claim that America is the land of the free, it is most definitely still the home of the brave.