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You have the right to remain silent. Up Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you. Do you understand the rights I have just read to you? With these rights in mind, do you wish to speak to me?” Everyone raise your hands. I’m going to name some names.When you hear a name that you don’t recognize, you can’t tell me anything about them put your hand down. All right. Eric Garner. Mike Brown. Tamir Rice. Freddie Gray.Intro Let’s continue.Michelle Cusseaux. Aura Rosser. Meagan Hockaday. Natasha Mckenna. Tyisha Shenee Miller. Yvette Smith.Kendra James. Ralkina Jones.Rekia Boyd.Tanisha Anderson.So those of you who recognized the first group of names know that these were African-Americans who have been killed by the police over the last two and a half years. What you may not know is that the other list is also African-Americans who have been killed within the last two years. Only one thing distinguishes the names that you know from the names that you don’t know: gender. The face of police Brutality is male. But i guess no one hears the howling of a black girl ghost. Michelle Cusseaux August 2014The 50 year old A mentally ill woman was shot and killed by a Phoenix police sergeant, with  a single gunshot at the threshold of her own apartment.Say her name These names are etched into tombstones that stand over the graves of black women killed by police — and hopefully echoed at a vigil .The awareness of the level of violence that black women experience is exceedingly low.Now, it is surprising, isn’t it, that this would be the case. I mean, there are two issues involved here. There’s violence against African-Americans, and there’s violence against women, two issues that have been talked about a lot lately. But when we think about who is implicated by these problems, when we think about who is victimized by these problems, the names of these black women never come to mindAura Rosser November 9th, 2014officers from the Ann Arbor Police Department were dispatched for a reported domestic disturbance in progress.  Upon arrival, responding officers were confronted by a woman armed holding  knife.  One responding officer discharged his firearm killing 40-year-old Aura Rosser   Say her name  These women’s names have slipped through our consciousness because there are no frames for us to see them, no frames for us to remember them, no frames for us to hold them. As a consequence policymakers don’t think about them, and politicians aren’t encouraged or demanded that they speak to them. I had come to recognize that the problem she  was facing was a framing problem. The frame that the courts are  using to see gender discrimination or to see race discrimination are  partial, and it’s distorting.Now, you might ask, why does a frame matter? I mean, after all, an issue that affects black people and an issue that affects women, wouldn’t that include black people who are women and women who are black people? Natasha McKenna Feb. 8, 2015    McKenna died after being shocked four times with a stun gun while her hands were cuffed and her legs shackled. McKenna, who suffered from mental illness, was in custody in the Fairfax County, Va., jail when a deputy used the stun gun on her. Say her name So it occurred to me, maybe a simple analogy to an intersection might allow judges to better see our dilemma. So if we think about this intersection, the roads to the intersection would be the way that the justice system was structured by race and by gender. And then the traffic in those roads would be the crime standards  and the other practices that ran through those roads. Now, because we are both black and female, we’re positioned precisely where those roads overlapped, experiencing the simultaneous impact of the country’s gender and race traffic. The law — the law is like that ambulance that shows up and is ready to treat us but only if it can be shown that she was harmed on the race road or on the gender road but not where those roads intersected.Sorry injury  not valid Tyisha Shenee Miller, December 1998 A Black  19-year-old who was killed.  shot 12 times, four to the head,  once in the chest and had seven other bullet wounds  while waiting in her car. Her parents had actually called police for help as she might have been suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning or a seizure after a flat tire. The officer’s gun assured them this wasnt true.Say her name The shooting deaths of unarmed black people by police or vigilantes in the U.S. have become startlingly cliché. The formula for disaster tends to involve a white police officer or person who, purportedly out of fear for his life, fatally shoots a black civilian. Then the killer is acquitted in the courts. Yvette Smith Feb. 16, 2014  Smith, a mother of two, was fatally shot on the front porch of her home by a deputy in Bastrop County, Texas. The sheriff’s office first said Smith was armed. Later, it retracted that statement.Say her name  Police violence against black women is very real. The level of violence that black women face is such that it’s not surprising that some of them do not survive their encounters with police. Black girls as young as seven, great grandmothers as old as 95 have been killed by the police. They’ve been killed in their living rooms, in their bedrooms.They’ve been killed in their cars. They’ve been killed on the street. They’ve been killed in front of their parents and they’ve been killed in front of their children. They have been shot to death. They have been stomped to death. They have been suffocated to death. They have been manhandled to death. They have been tasered to death. They’ve been killed when they’ve called for help. They’ve been killed when they were alone, and they’ve been killed when they were with others. They’ve been killed shopping while black, driving while black, having a mental disability while black,having a domestic disturbance while black. They’ve even been killed being homeless while black. They’ve been killed talking on the cell phone, laughing with friends, sitting in a car reported as stolen and making a U-turn in front of the White House with an infant strapped in the backseat of the car. Kendra James May 5, 2003 James ,who was 23, was shot in the head by a police officer in Portland, Ore., on May 5, 2003, after the car in which she was a passenger was pulled over. A police officer said he fired in “self-defense” during a struggle with James, who moved into the driver’s seat after the driver was arrested. James was unarmed.Say her name Why don’t we know these stories? Data indicates black women account for nearly 20% of those unarmed black people  killed by officers in the past 15 years. And yet, we don’t act, and some of us don’t even know who these women are, because the lives and deaths of black women and girls don’t move us in the same way as those of black boys and men, So what can we do? In 2014, the African-American Policy Forum began to demand that we “say her name” at rallies, at protests, at conferences, at meetings, anywhere and everywhere that state violence against black bodies is being discussed. But saying her name is not enough. We have to be willing to do more. We have to be willing to bear witness, to bear witness to the often painful realities that we would just rather not confront, the everyday violence and humiliation that many black women have had to face, black women across color, age, gender expression, sexuality and ability. Ralkina Jones, July 27th 2015The 37 year old, was found unresponsive in her jail cell in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Jones had been arrested after her ex-husband accused her of assaulting him and trying to hit him with a car. Once in custody, she described her medical conditions and necessary medications in detail to officers, expressing concern for her well-being.  Last recorded words were “I don’t want to die in your cell,”Say her name As a black woman, these moments remind me that I live in a society and work in a movement that insists on prioritizing the lives of black men over women.When black men are killed, slogans like “hands up, don’t shoot” or “I can’t breathe” echo across the country. When black girls and women are killed, there is comparative silence. There is a special gut-wrenching pain that is present when the victim is a black woman, because their deaths will go unnoticed by the general public. And there will be no protests nor national vigils in their honor. ( Nakisha Lewis)Rekia Boyd March 21, 2012  Chicago Police Detective Dante Servin had been off-duty when, around 1 a.m., he approached a group that included Boyd in his car. After one of the individuals present, 39-year-old Anthony Cross, walked toward Servin holding what the officer thought was a gun, Servin began firing and hit Boyd in the head. No one Marched for her. Say her name Online campaigns like #sayhername and #blackwomenslivesmatter have attempted to highlight the discrimination black women face from police. And yet, while awareness is growing, a meaningful discussion has yet to begin about the oft-present undercurrents of sexual harassment. It’s unsurprising, as there has been very little research about the connection between police brutality and sexual assault. According to the Cato Institute, over nine percent of the reported police misconduct in 2010 was sexual assault — second only to the use of excessive force. Of that percentage, women of color are undoubtedly impacted.Tanisha Anderson. November 13th 2014One of the many dreadful consequences of killings at home is that families must bear witness, to the body of a mother’s daughter, a brother’s sister, lying in the middle of the road with her nightgown hiked up around her hips. The family of the 37-year-old schizophrenic , Anderson,  , was watching from her rambling Victorian family house in east Cleveland when she was taken into custody last November and, they say, slammed onto the pavement and handcuffed. At some point during the fatal police encounter  she went limp and  stopped breathingsay her name. So we have the opportunity right now to collectively bear witness to some of this violence.  And as you sit we have an opportunity to reverse what happened at the beginning of this talk, when we could not raise your hands  for these women because you did not know their names.Say Her name if we can’t see a problem, we can’t fix a problem. Together, we’ve come together to bear witness to these women’s lost lives. But the time now is to move from mourning and grief to action and transformation. This is something that we can do. It’s up to us.You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you. Do you understand the rights I have just read to you? With these rights in mind, do you wish to speak to me?”No sir