We can only look with revulsion on the images from McKinney, Texas, of a white police officer pushing a 14-year old Black girl in a bathing suit face-down on the ground and placing a knee on her back. Today, we are shocked, angered, and deeply worried for the well being of this young woman. Tomorrow, we need answers, and action.
Posts Categorized: Promoting Diversity & Ending Racism
I haven’t talked about Baltimore very much. Honestly, I haven’t really even thought about it much, because thinking about it makes me so angry and frustrated and I’m tired of feeling that way. But it doesn’t go away just because I try not to think about it, so I’m going to write a little bit… Read more »
For some time, the National Organization for Women has been advocating that there needs to be a parallel effort to the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative which focuses entirely on helping Black boys and men. The picture of African-American girls detailed at a Congressional briefing and in a new report is so compelling that anyone… Read more »
By Pat Reuss and Bonnie Grabenhofer The last election and the current session of Congress have been a bit discouraging so it’s especially welcome when we can share a success story of how NOW took action which then led to a victory. You may have heard about the harmful immigration provisions that some members in… Read more »
Lynch is a proven leader whose qualifications and strong experience are undeniable. Her nomination should not be used as an opportunity to object to President Obama’s executive action on immigration or any other policies of the Obama Administration.
After over four years of legal battles, Marissa Alexander was finally released from jail last week. For those of you who haven’t been following Marissa’s story, the Florida mother of three was arrested in 2010 on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after defending herself from her estranged husband, with whom she had… Read more »
NOW is appalled by the Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to issue an indictment in the death of Eric Garner. This is a grave miscarriage of justice which must not stand. As demonstrations and protests are conducted throughout the city, NOW calls on police and authorities to exercise restraint and refrain from engaging in violence.
Marissa Alexander’s plea deal provides a large measure of relief to her family and her supporters in Florida and around the globe. But it is not the justice she deserved. She should never have been prosecuted in the first place.
NOW deplores the fact that our justice system has utterly failed Michael Brown’s family and community. Even worse is the spectacle of the authorities’ militarized response to peaceful demonstrations, a response that is all too similar to the inhumane and racist tactics used in the Deep South against civil rights protesters in the 50s and 60s.
The crisis in Ferguson reveals a racial divide in the U.S. that far too many would rather ignore. We cannot ignore it any more.
The latest White House report calling for a “Working Group on Challenges and Opportunities for Women and Girls of Color” is a separate and unequal initiative. By design, it will fail to fully address the crisis facing women and girls at the intersection of race and gender.