Jasmine is an activist and leader in the Reproductive Justice movement. She led successful advocacy campaigns through SisterSong NYC, the New York Coalition for Reproductive Justice, and was a founding member of Trust Black Women Partnership. Her work as an consultant supports social justice organizations in strategic planning, and she also is a life coach. Jasmine is a writer for Echoing Ida, a program of Forward Together that supports the leadership and amplifies the voices of Black women. Her writing area of focus examines anti-Black racism, the untold stories of Black women and girls, and the discussion of the Black community as a varied, diverse, and non-monolithic community.
It's great that star Whoopi Goldberg and a "canna businesswoman" are making marijuana products to help people who experience menstrual cramps. But their products won't yet make their way to most American consumers—and neither will the profits of the cannabis growing industry, which is leaving Black would-be businesspeople behind.
Black women do not expect much from those whose inhumane social, political, and economic interests challenge our human rights, but we do expect respect, support, and trust from our progressive allies, who supposedly are on our side.
Recent efforts by reproductive justice organizations in Cleveland, including New Voices Cleveland, show that women will not stand idly by and watch their rights be taken away or have others—be it mainstream media outlets, anti-choice organizations, or anti-woman politicians—dictate their health and safety needs through racist billboard campaigns.
The All* Above All Be Bold Road Trip stopped in Philadelphia on September 9 at Love Park, a symbol of great pride to the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection. However, as low-income families and women in the city have experienced, the motto certainly isn’t a reflection of the city's stewardship to communities in need.
Rarely, if ever, are Black women interviewed in the neighborhoods where they live and asked about a policy’s impact on their lives. As such, I felt it was high time for me to ask Black women in my community about their lived experiences with, and connection to, the laws that secured their right to vote.
When the media neglects to cover Black missing person stories, it is omitting the fact that people care about missing Black women and girls, and permitting the conditions for this toxic environment of invisibility and violent actions with no recourse to thrive.
As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, let’s hope that we also pay homage to the whole of Rosa Park's life by doing everything we can, during the next 50 years, to end sexual assault and domestic violence.
It is my hope that at least, every Black woman who sees these “Mammy” earrings is going to say they are racist without a second thought or question in their mind. Let’s stop being surprised by the ignorance of this country and challenge ourselves to be proactive about our images. The exploitation will continue if we don’t provide an alternative.
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