The liberation of our genders, our sexualities and our visions for justice are often severely constricted by the massive projects of male supremacy and heterosexism. Intellectual and activist resistance toward a gender just world in which all genders and sexualities emerge in vibrant, affirming community fuel critical movements for justice around the globe.
By Andrea Ritchie
On March 26-29, INCITE! hosted a national conference, Color of Violence 4 (COV4) “Beyond the State: Inciting Transformative Possibilities.” To mark INCITE!′s 15 year anniversary, conference participants gathered to engage in grassroots organizing projects, critical conversations, national actions, transnational campaigns and community building strategies to end colonial, racial, and gender-based violence against women of color, trans and queer people of color, and their communities. Here, Praxis Center shares Andrea Ritchie’s incisive remarks from the opening plenary of COV4 “Ending Gender Violence Beyond Carceral Feminisms.”
As usual, fierce and powerful Black women, Indigenous women and women of color are leading the movement against police violence. Unfortunately, also as usual, women and trans people of color’s own experiences with police violence have, for the most part, not made mainstream headlines over the past 6 months, served as a national rallying cries, or driven demands for change.
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