Undocumented individuals who suffer from sexual assault, domestic violence and exploitation in the work force face unique challenges due to the added vulnerability created by their immigration status in the United States. It’s time to stand up for and protect immigrant survivors.
Policing is part of America’s origin story and its history of enslavement, kidnapping and trafficking of Black people.
This article is the second installment in a three-part series examining police violence as symptomatic of broader social and cultural injustice, racism and anti-Blackness—including in one of America’s most liberal communities.
“Black women’s bodies are a site for state-sponsored violence.”
A growth in Black women’s representation in statehouses and other levels of government in recent years has increased their political power. Black women elected officials often are the ones who challenge policies over issues like police killings, racist monuments and voting restrictions.
It has also led to increasingly visible resistance, with several Black women being arrested or facing criminal charges in the midst of their work in statehouses or in their communities.
Last week in Louisville, an armed police officer joined an anti-abortion protest outside of one of only two remaining abortion clinics in Kentucky.
The Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection spurred several investigations into how police cooperated with rioters. It seems on the local level, too, we are in need of such investigations.
When the thin blue line of the police becomes aligned against upholding the law, injustice prevails.
Discussions about policing rarely center women or members of the LGBTQ community.
Monday’s “Race, Sex and Policing” panel and documentary “Women in Blue” grapple with the challenges involving women, policing and incarceration.
With the national conversation around police reform still resonating loudly around the country, documentary film “Women in Blue” shines a spotlight on the women within the Minneapolis Police Department working to reform it from the inside by fighting for gender equity.
Join Ms. for an exclusive screening of “Women in Blue” on Thursday, February 4 at 4:00 p.m PT / 7:00 p.m. ET. Then, stick around after the film for a live Q&A discussion.
A new billboard in Times Square demands that the New York Police Department (NYPD) be held accountable for instances of brutality, and for $300 million worth of lawsuits paid by taxpayers over the past five years. The sign is positioned across from the NYPD station, where officers can see the video directly.
You’ve probably seen the images on TV or social media or in the newspaper. Portland is in chaos. Portland is being destroyed nightly by rioters and looters. According to right wing media, Portland needs federal intervention because local officials have lost control of the city.
But what’s actually happening on the ground in Portland?
Since their arrival in Portland, the federal officers deployed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have sparked national attention and outrage. The officers, along with the Trump administration, have entirely disregarded the desires of local officials, and have threatened the safety of numerous Portland protesters.
“We don’t have a secret police in this country. This is not a dictatorship” said Gov. Kate Brown (D-Ore.). “And Trump needs to get his officers off the streets.”
Black and brown people are too often killed with impunity by police. Now may be a tipping point and we should not squander this opportunity to make fundamental changes in policing.
The fact is that women in law enforcement respond differently. We are not talking about a few token women—but when gender parity is realized, policing fundamentally changes.