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10 Things to Know This Week

September 22, 2016

 

10 Things to Know This Week:

 

1. The family of Sandra Bland, the 28 year old Black woman who was found hanged in her Texas jail cell on July 13th 2015, reached a $1.9million settlement in a wrongful death civil suit.  The settlement also includes a change in prison policies of the Waller County jail where Bland was located, however, this part of the settlement is still in contention.  Read more here.

 

2.  The officer who shot and killed Korryn Gains, a 23 year old Black woman, and who shot her five-year old son in August will not be facing charges.  Read more here.

 

3.  Terence Crutcher, a 40 year old Black man whose car was stalled on a Tulsa, OK highway was gunned down by a police officer on September 19th.  His family has raised over $120,000 for his four children.  To provide support to the Crutcher family, click here.

 

4.  Keith Lamont Scott, a disabled black man has died at the hospital after being shot by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., police officer Tuesday afternoon on Old Concord Road in University City, a subdivision of Charlotte.  To learn more read here.

 

5. Video was released of cops pepper spraying a 15 year old black young woman in Maryland after she was hit by a car while riding a bike on Sunday. To read more click here. 

 

6.  BWB’s own Kaitlyn Newman and Naimah Johnson were in Virginia this week, training campus administrators, public safety officials and Title IX coordinators on “Building Cultural Humility and Structural Analysis Using an Intersectional and Trauma-Informed Framework”

 

7. THIS SATURDAY: Support our very own Farah Tanis by seeing The Revival Movie.  Four gifted queer black women hit the road for a seven-date tour as they share their fear, love, loss and vision with audiences across the U.S. Director Sekiya Dorsett lets us be a fly on the wall in this honest and inspirational homage to the socially influential salon gatherings of the Harlem Renaissance.  Click here for more information and here to buy tickets.

 

8.  BWB staff will be attending staff retreat in the Pocono’s next week! 

 

9. Our Upcoming Member Meeting is the first Monday of October. Come break bread with us and pour libations at the start of Domestic Violence Awareness month. Email info@blueprintny.org to RSVP


10.  Our petition to Demand that President Obama Recognize the Sexual Assault and Rape of Black Women and Girls is gaining momentum! Help us keep it up by signing here!

 

Feminist Quote of the Week: “When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid. ” – Audre Lorde

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