A panel on Black women and police violence featuring Andrea J. Ritchie, Robyn Maynard, Simone John, and Monica James.
In Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color, Andrea J. Ritchie, a Black lesbian immigrant and police-misconduct attorney with more than two decades of experience advocating against police violence and criminalization of women and LGBTQ people of color,seeks to undo this erasure by bringing women’s experiences front and center, calling for a paradigm shift in how we understand police violence and struggles for racial justice. In this groundbreaking work, Ritchie draws on individual stories and existing research to identify broader patterns of policing driving police violence against Black women and women of color, all while identifying commonalities and differences with respect to the experiences of Black men and men of color. The stories Ritchie documents include those of Rosann Miller, a seven months pregnant Black mother placed in a chokehold by New York City police; Alesia Thomas, repeatedly kicked and beaten by a Los Angeles police officer while handcuffed in the back of a cruiser who later died in police custody; and Mya Hall Black trans woman who was shot dead by police after making a wrong turn onto National Security Agency property outside of Baltimore; and of course, Sandra Bland, “who came to stand for every Black woman who has ever changed lanes without using a turn signal or expressed frustration at getting a traffic ticket.” Ultimately, Ritchie writes, Invisible No More “is the story of the evolution of my own understanding of policing and criminalization of Black women, Indigenous women, and women of color over the past twenty years, as well as the evolution of a movement.”
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: John D. O’ Bryant African American Institute 40 Leon Street
More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/424501651332385/
SPONSORED BY NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY: JOHN D. O’BRYANT AFRICAN AMERICAN INSTITUTE,
WOMEN’S, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY STUDIES PROGRAM
DEPARTMENT OF CULTURES, SOCIETIES, AND GLOBAL STUDIES