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.
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.
Many people living with HIV are often denied the autonomy to freely make decisions about their bodies, relationships, and children—fundamental rights sought by the reproductive justice movement.
With the recent campaign battle in mind, along with the countless other experiences I’ve had during my years of movement building work as a queer Latina activist, I’ve created a fusion of lessons learned from the past and advice for the fights of the future.
“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.”
Unfortunately, very few issues that women of color prioritize will probably intersect with a GOP agenda in the near future.