What would it look like for women & LGBTQ people of color’s experiences of police violence to be #InvisibleNoMore? How can we more effectively #SayHerName in news coverage and advocacy around issues relating to racial profiling, policing, and mass incarceration? What stories and patterns of sexual violence by police does #MeToo leave out and how can we expand the scope of the national conversation around sexual and gender based violence to include violence at the hands of police officers?
On June 7th the Public Newsroom welcomes author, advocate, and police misconduct attorney Andrea J Ritchie whose research, writing, litigation, and organizing has focused on police violence and criminalization targeting women and LGBTQ people of color over the past two decades.
Ritchie will be sharing research, stories, and frameworks from her 2017 book “Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color”. The evening will begin with a presentation from Ritchie and the Invisible Institute’s Trina Reynolds-Tyler on how reporters and organizers have often overlooked women and LGBTQ people of color in coverage, organizing, and advocacy around issues of police violence. Attendees will then participate in a series of activities designed to reimagine more inclusive news coverage and organizing strategies around policing. From there we’ll be generating a public document of best practices for participants to use going forward.
More about Andrea Ritchie: Andrea J. Ritchie is a Black lesbian immigrant and police-misconduct attorney, and a 2014 Senior Soros Justice Fellow, with more than two decades of experience advocating against police violence and the criminalization of women and LGBTQ people of color. She is currently Researcher-in-Residence on Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Criminalization at the Barnard Center for Research on Women and the coauthor of Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women (AAPF, 2015) and Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States (Beacon, 2011). She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and Chicago.
More about Trina Reynolds-Tyler: Trina Reynolds-Tyler is a data researcher with the Invisible Institute and a member of the Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100). At the Invisible Institute, her work focuses on the use of force and sexual violations at the hands of the Chicago Police Department. As an organizer and public policy advocate she uses data in order to uplift the voices of folks who have been erased from the dominant police violence narrative. She is a University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy student class of 2020.
This event is part of City Bureau’s #PublicNewsroom programming, a series of free, weekly workshops and discussions aimed at building trust between journalists and the communities they serve while shaping a more inclusive newsroom.
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