Policing: What’s Gender Got to Do With It?

Stories about police violence have understandably centered around the deaths of Black men and boys. But Black women, transgender, and gender non-conforming people are also victims of abusive policing practices.

The names and violent deaths of Tyisha Miller, Rekia Boyd, and Tanisha Anderson are too often made invisible by the mass media. Meanwhile the movement for Black liberation, along with the decades-long fight to end discriminatory policing in New York City, is and has been led by women.

Knowing that the movement will not progress if the voices of women and LGBTQ people remain silenced, the Let Us Breathe Forum will incorporate a bold gender lens throughout the convening, including discussions on the cultural and economic impact of police violence on women and queer people and the leadership these groups are taking to create a safer New York City.

Featured speakers include representatives from North Star Fund grantee organizations: Sasha Alexander of Sylvia Rivera Law Project and Black Trans Media, Cara Page of Audre Lorde Project, and Opal Tometi of Black Alliance for Just Immigration and one of the three women who originated Black Lives Matter.

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