Ain’t I a woman? Ain’t I a human?
Hudson Valley Action | August 18, 2018
Black Women’s March – Continuing the Legacy of Harriet Tubman, April 7, 2018. For photos of the march scroll down.
A few demands provided by Black Women in Westchester, Ulster, Orange, and Rockland Counties:
- Improved services for Black LGBTQ gender non-conforming folks
- The silence and complacency regarding the continued murder and brutalization of trans women, especially black trans women
- Eradicate poverty
- Address environmental racism that occurs in communities like Newburgh’s PFOS water contamination and generational high lead levels
- Improve education, especially in the East Ramapo School District
- Transform and dismantle the police
- Disinvest in police, invest in community
- Eliminating cash bail in New York - we need legitimate Alternative To Incarceration (ATI) programs that are not electronic monitoring, probation and other fucked up governmental programs
- Improve mental health services
- Address drug use impacting Black families, through public health not criminalization
- End the mass incarceration that is tearing Black families apart
- Address disparity in the foster care system
- End sexual violence against Black women. Believe them.
- Job opportunities that include a living wage
- Affordable childcare
- Safe, decent and affordable housing
- Safety in our homes (from state and intimate partner violence)
- Address inadequate or non-existent legal criminal defense
- Stop policing Black Women on their anger
- Stop using us for legitimacy in your predominately-white agencies
- Financial institutions cease charging fees for minor transactions
- Access to bank accounts without being charged fees for not maintaining a certain balance
- Ability for undocumented Black and Brown women to secure Drivers' licenses
- Stop arresting Black and Trans Women for survivor crimes
- Improved transportation infrastructure
- Reduce and eliminate states’ social control and punishment in the judicial system (criminal and family)
- We are not a monolithic people and the One Black Women in the room is no longer acceptable
- NY state enact racial impact laws- provide opportunity for policymakers to consider alternative approaches that do not worsen disparities. (Similar to fiscal and environmental impact statements)
- Access to necessary and needed hormone treatment
- Reproductive justice, having a say over our bodies, choice to have many children or none at all
We are looking for people who identify as black to join us in a celebration of beauty!
Take and donate a picture of your nose and lips to be used for #beautifulisblack. #beautifulisblack is a campaign sponsored by Black Lives Matter Hudson Valley.
In early 2016, MAC Cosmetics posted this close-up of Aamito Lagum’s lips on its Instagram account. Soon after, anonymous internet trolls posted racist, derogatory remarks. See this New York Times article for more information.
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