This weekend 3 WWAV staff members, Nia Weeks (Director of Policy & Advocacy), Nakita Shavers (Reproductive & Sexual Health Program Coordinator) and Mwende Katwiwa (Programs Assistant) will be traveling to Amherst, M.A. for the annual Civil Liberties and Public Policies (C.L.P.P) Conference Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom!
If you are in the area, make sure you check them out at the following sessions in addition to Mwende’s performance during the opening plenary on Saturday morning at
SATURDAY APRIL 9th, 2016
Numerous Black women have been killed by or after encounters with police, yet Black women have been erased from the national conversation on police killings. How is state violence experienced by Black women, girls, and gender nonconforming people in ways that are similar and different to other members of our communities? How do individual incidents reflect long standing patterns of gender and sexuality-specific policing and criminalization of race, poverty and place? What is the role of law enforcement in regulating racially gendered bodies and sexualities in the carceral state? How does bringing Black women’s experiences to the center of the current discourse around racial profiling, police violence, mass incarceration expand our understanding of the issues and shift our strategies and demands? Join us for a collective conversation, skill share, and strategy session around these questions and more!
SUNDAY APRIL 10th, 2016
9-10:30am – State Violence and Criminalized Communities
Speakers : Andrea Ritchie, nia weeks, Mwende “FreeQuency” Katwiwa
State-sanctioned violence through increased incarceration, policing and police brutality, and surveillance has deliberately targeted communities of color, especially youth, people engaged in street economies, and LGBTQ communities. Join this panel of activists representing organizations from New Orleans to New York that have mobilized against criminalization and policing to explore the intersections of reproductive justice and state violence. Community-driven work discussed will include Stop and Frisk policies and #BlackLivesMatter organizing.