Yesterday, a 30-year-old woman was fatally shot by Seattle police. Her name was Charleena Lyles. The horrific thing is, she had called the police for help.
And they ended up killing her, in…front of her children. Early Sunday morning, Lyles called the police to report an attempted burglary at her Magnuson Park apartment, according to Seattle Times. According to the police officers, she had a knife. Yet the officers didn't have to shoot to kill--and that's a problem that can't be reversed, not for Lyles, not for her daughters,… >> Read More
It's not a secret that if you don't have the right resources, you can easily end up in jail over petty, ridiculous things, like not paying traffic tickets. For many women, especially impoverished…black mothers, this is all too real. Many find themselves incarcerated for "crimes" that aren't really crimes, and are often a result of inability to pay various fees and fines. Is not being able to pay late fees on traffic tickets, and missing court dates because you have an hourly job that you can't afford… >> Read More
Across the country yesterday, Mothers' Day gatherings were both joyful and fraught. But for one group of black mothers—imprisoned but not convicted, languishing in jail without bail…money—deliverance came from a group of activists. A large coalition, including the Movement for Black Lives, organized the "National Mama's Day Bailout," which aimed at getting black mothers (and mother figures) out of jail to reunite with their kids in time for yesterday's holiday. In Atlanta, the scene looked like this: "Folks were so grateful and some… >> Read More
A couple weeks ago, a casual conversation about the 5 borough marathon in New York led my son to ask if there had ever been a protest in all five boroughs. I told him there had not been a…five-borough protest that I was aware of but that there had been a protest a couple years ago that went from Manhattan to Brooklyn and stopped at the Barclay’s Center. I told him it was called the Black Lives Matter protest. He looked confused. “But that couldn’t have ended at the Barclay’s Center. That took… >> Read More