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The Unspoken Impact of Police Brutality
February 11 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Unspoken Impact of Police Brutality against BIWOC, TGNC & Latinx Communities
About this Event
During this incredibly transformative moment, police brutality against Black people, although not a new phenomenon, has recently been exposed on a much wider scale than ever before. While these instances have garnered more public attention and outrage, the national discourse consistently decenters the lives of Black women and girls, disabled sisters, trans and GNC communities, sisters across the border, and women that exist along all other axes of oppression. This type of erasure insists that we use these first 100 days to ensure that the continued fight for BIWOC representation and the issues that affect our lives is centered in the new feminist agenda.
Join us, National NOW Board member and Georgia NOW State President Triana James, and our guest speaker Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Morales, as we discuss how we can create a new frame and make space for a future where all BIWOC, Latinx, TGNC communities are liberated from persistent police violence, domination and discrimination – whether it is on the streets or in our own homes.
Stephanie Morales, Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorney – City of Portsmouth | @AttyStephMorales
On February 10, 2015, Stephanie Morales was the first woman to be elected Commonwealth’s Attorney in Portsmouth, VA. She is a mother of four, a wife, an author and a fighter who has committed her office to seeking restorative justice daily and correcting the wrongs to members of the community by the system. In 2015, Stephanie Morales established the “Ctrl+Alt+Del Program” to foster successful re-entry for the formerly incarcerated community. Additionally, she has mentored over 200 students under her program called the “Future Leaders Initiative,” also established in 2015 and spent time with countless youth through consistent engagement with the public school system.
CA Morales advocates daily for those who can’t fight for themselves and to end and disrupt racism and inequity in the legal system. She fights for legislative reform centered around providing restorative justice to our community members. Beyond being Commonwealth’s Attorney, Stephanie Morales is an author, with a new children’s book called “The Day I Became A Lawyer.” She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Links, Inc., Regional Director for the Young Elected Officials Network, a Board Member of the Legal Aid Society of South Eastern Virginia and is a national board member of the Local Progress Organization.
M. Adams , Co-Executive Director, Freedom, Inc | @MA_Land
M. Adams is a community organizer and co-executive director of Freedom Inc. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Adams has been in Madison since 2003. Adams’s dad has been incarcerated most of her life and she comes from a community that has been the extreme targets of police violence—and in March 2016 Adams’s mother transitioned after fighting cancer and many forms of violence. Adams is also a Dad and sees her family as a primary motivator for her work. As a queer Black person, Adams has developed and advocated for a strong intersectional approach in numerous important venues.
M. Adams is a leading figure in the Movement 4 Black Lives and Take Back the Land Movement. She has presented before the United Nations for the Convention on Eliminating Racial Discrimination and is a co-author of Forward from Ferguson, and a paper on Black community control over the police. She authored the intersectionality theory in Why Killing Unarmed Black folks is a Queer issue.
Adams can be regularly be seen in person, on TV or in the newspapers giving presentations, testifying at city council meetings, and energizing crowds at protests.
Triana Arnold James , Georgia NOW State President and National NOW Board member & Co-Facilitator | @Triana4Georgia