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Friday, December 12, 2014

Latina reproductive justice advocates condemn police violence against Black communities, endorse national march

Press Release
Washington
Loretta Kane (917.410.7242, lk@caminopr.org)

Latinas call on policymakers to respond to demands of communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) joins civil rights leaders and communities across the country in condemning police violence against Black communities, and endorses the National Action Network organized march scheduled to begin at Freedom Plaza at noon on December 13 in Washington, D.C.

NLIRH Executive Director Jessica González-Rojas issued the following statement:

“As a Latina, a mother, and a reproductive justice advocate, I am outraged at the continued police violence against Black men, women, and children, and the lack of accountability for these brutal attacks on families. There can be no reproductive justice when Black mothers fear for the lives of their sons; when Black families are deprived of caregivers, breadwinners, and parents; and when Black children cannot grow up in a society that values their lives and upholds their human dignity.

“Latino/as represent a broad spectrum of racial and ethnic diversity. Many in our community suffer every day from racist profiling, harassment, and violence at the hands of law enforcement officials. Others are called to action as allies, to stand beside our hermanos and hermanas and speak with a united voice.

“Our hearts are with the families of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Akai Gurley, Tamir Rice, and so many others lost needlessly to state violence, and we stand with those from coast to coast who have peacefully demonstrated in opposition to this violence. The time is now for our leaders and policymakers to listen and take action, to heed not only the cries of grief and anger but also the clarion calls for accountability and justice.

“Police violence against Black communities is a product of interlocking systems of racial, economic, and reproductive injustice, and systemic solutions are needed. Most importantly, the families of those killed, and communities that experience police violence, must remain at the center of this important national conversation and any solutions pursued in the future. The core tenets of reproductive justice provide a fitting framework to approach this critical issue: center the leadership of those most affected, locate the root causes of injustice in intersecting systems of oppression, and uphold dignity and self-determination.

“At tomorrow’s action and beyond, we recommit ourselves to standing with all people affected by state violence — including Black men, women, children, transgender people, and immigrants — and fighting for human rights and reproductive justice for all.”

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The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is the only national reproductive justice organization dedicated to building Latina power to advance health, dignity, and justice for 26 million Latinas, their families, and communities in the United States through leadership development, community mobilization, policy advocacy, and strategic communications.