How do we make this world safe for Black people? The US is inciting a war on poor and working-class communities — through law enforcement — that is deeply racialized and deeply gendered. Policing and mass control maintain the hegemony, while patriarchy plays out in how we respond to harm through violence and punishment. Abolition through a Black feminist lens offers a radical approach to address violence and harm in our communities.
In this episode we listen to Gina Clayton-Johnson, Director of the Essie Justice Group and co-creator of The BREATHE Act. The BREATHE Act is a federal bill that builds a society of community care and safety to replace the current systems of domination and control. Gina speaks about political isolation, sisterhood and community safety in the face of the oppressive systems that fuel mass control and mass incarceration. She insists in centering the experiences of women and gender non conforming people, particularly of color, in the analysis and data around state and police violence. Art by @primo_agitarte (IG) of AgitArte
Following the dream of breaking the cycle of generational wealth, this Black working-class community of first-time homebuyers discovered that the City of New Orleans built the houses over a toxic landfill and never remediated the soil. The residents have contended all kinds of health issues and have the second-highest sustained rates of cancer in the entire state of Louisiana.