Posts Tagged violence

“Do I look suspicious?”

Students at the historically Black college Howard University have put together this beautiful little video about racial profiling and the assumption that any man of colour in  a hoodie is suspicious.

In light of the comments about how Trayvon Martin’s clothing was as much to blame for his death as the man who killed him, many people have been making the point that any man of colour is considered suspicious in America, regardless of what he’s wearing.  As one of my friends said, “It’s not about the clothes. It’s never about the clothes.” As the men of Howard explain so succinctly and beautifully, it’s about racial profiling.

Students at the historically Black college Howard University have put together this beautiful little video about racial profiling and the assumption that any man of colour in  a hoodie is suspicious.

In light of the comments about how ...

#MillionHoodies for Trayvon Martin takes over NYC’s Union Square

Last night I threw on my hoodie and attended the #MillionHoodies march for Trayvon Martin in New York City.  The turnout was strong (although there is a bit of debate over whether that was because of Occupy Wall Street or not) and Trayvon’s parents were there to speak to supporters.  This senseless tragedy has capture the nation’s attention and there have even been comparison’s to the murder of Emmet Till another senseless murder of a black teenage boy.

The parents of Trayvon Martin are calling for the immediate arrest of George Zimmerman the man who shot and killed Trayvon on February 26th.  “Our son is your son,” Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s mother, told the crowd, “My heart is in pain. ...

Last night I threw on my hoodie and attended the #MillionHoodies march for Trayvon Martin in New York City.  The turnout was strong (although there is a bit of debate over whether that was because of ...

TODAY: Wear a hoodie in honor of Trayvon Martin

Yesterday we reported on the horrific case of Trayvon Martin, a black teen who was gunned down while visiting his father in a gated community in Florida,  armed only with skittles and an iced tea. So far, George Zimmerman — a 28-year old unregistered community watch member who followed Martin from his SUV and was armed with an automatic weapon — has been allowed to walk free. Though the FBI & Department of Justice have agreed to look into Trayvon Martin’s death, it’s clear that there’s a lot to be angry about here, and a lot of progress to be made before young men of color can be liberated from the racist violence that has plagued our community for so many years.

It ...

Yesterday we reported on the horrific case of Trayvon Martin, a black teen who was gunned down while visiting his father in a gated community in Florida,  armed only with skittles and an iced tea. So far, George ...

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Yesterday, November 20th, marked the 13th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to commemorate individuals in the transgender community who were killed due to anti-trans violence and hatred. Below is a short round-up of coverage from the day:

Melissa at Shakes names those lost this past year, and highlights an important point by Julia Serano — that it’s action, but also inaction that allows transphobia to kill.

Natacha Kennedy tells us why focusing on the horror of anti-trans violence is so important, despite how difficult it may be.

PFLAG focuses on the experiences of transgender people of color.

SheWired reminds that violence against the LGBT community is rising.

LGBTQ Nation

Yesterday, November 20th, marked the 13th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to commemorate individuals in the transgender community who were killed due to anti-trans violence and hatred. Below is a short round-up ...

What happens when the police don’t keep you safe?

I noticed that the New York City “rape cop” case seemed to cause a shift in the thinking of some feminists, who saw police officers using their position of authority to do violence and basically get away with it. At around the same time, the SlutWalk movement caught on in a big way, inspired by the slut-shaming words of a Toronto police officer. I got the sense a lot of privileged white feminists learned a lesson many people of color, undocumented, poor, and trans folks have known forever: the police are not your friend.

Yes, there are decent people on the police force. But the job of the police is to preserve the status quo. Topeka, Kansas decriminalizing ...

I noticed that the New York City “rape cop” case seemed to cause a shift in the thinking of some feminists, who saw police officers using their position of authority to do violence and basically get ...

Resisting violence and practicing what we preach

As I was leaving “Preventing Violence, Promoting Justice,” the first ever summit organized by Sakhi for South Asian Women (an anti-domestic violence organization based in New York City that focuses on South Asian communities), I witnessed a young couple (both were people of color) arguing in the street. The young man was in the woman’s face aggressively yelling and cussing at her. This was not a mere lover’s quarrel. I remember what that’s like and my body tensed. The day’s discussions about structural oppression, supporting abuse survivors, and detaching from outcomes flashed through my mind as I figured out how to respond.

I stood back and watched the couple’s interaction, and looked around at passersby who would stare but kept walking. Though ...

As I was leaving “Preventing Violence, Promoting Justice,” the first ever summit organized by Sakhi for South Asian Women (an anti-domestic violence organization based in New York City that focuses on South Asian communities), I witnessed a ...

It’s World Peace Day

…and Troy Davis is still scheduled to be executed tonight. He will refuse his last meal.

and 6 out of every 10 women in the world will experience physical or sexual assault in their lifetime.

…and teens with disabilities are nearly twice as likely to experience violence than able-bodied teens

…and civilian deaths in Afghanistan are up by 31%.

…and 1,100 women are raped as a weapon of war every day in Congo.

…and violence against the LGBTQ community in the U.S. is up 13%.

and 70% of anti-LGBT murder victims last year were people of color.

…and 44% of them were trans women.

It’s

…and Troy Davis is still scheduled to be executed tonight. He will refuse his last meal.

and 6 out of every 10 women in the world will experience physical or ...

A trans woman found dead in DC: What is causing this increase in violence?

It has been a violent summer in DC after a series of hate crimes against trans women. This past Saturday a trans woman was found dead and while it is unclear still who she is or if she was murdered–police have said it looks like she suffered trauma to her face. This is scary and infuriating.

Metro Weekly reports,

Jason Terry, an organizer with the DC Trans Coalition, told Metro Weekly that police called him around 6:15 a.m. this morning to tell him that a transgender woman was involved in the incident, which took place in the 2600 block of 11th Street NW, just south of Fairmont Street.

Officer A. Clay, a spokesman for the MPD’s public information ...

It has been a violent summer in DC after a series of hate crimes against trans women. This past Saturday a trans woman was found dead and while it is unclear still who she is or ...

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