March For Black Women – Phx

Phoenix, AZ – On Saturday, September 30, 2017, Black women in all their diversity will come together for the MARCH FOR BLACK WOMEN – Phoenix (M4BWPhx) in downtown Phoenix at the Historic Eastlake Park (formally Patton’s Park) to denounce the propagation of state-violence and the widespread incarceration of Black women and girls, rape and all sexualized violence, the murders and brutalization of transwomen and the disappearances of our girls from our streets, our schools and our homes. A coalition of local Black women will also host a Town hall for Black Women on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 6:00pm in advance of Saturday’s March at Eastlake Park. The Phoenix sister march is a part of nationwide mobilization of Black women. The national March for Black Women, hosted by Black Women’s Blueprint, Black Youth Project 100, and Trans Sistas of Color Project, will take place in Washington, DC. There are sister marches in other cities across the country as well.

In this highly political moment of the 20th anniversary of the Million Woman March, the March for Black Women – Phoenix will amplify the struggles of Black women. During which, we will demand a cease and desist of all threats to those of us who are immigrant women across the country living in fear of deportation especially in the wake of the Administration decision to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), which will negatively impact over 800,000 immigrant youth and their families.

Recent actions by our federal government and leaders to dismantle our civil and human rights by plotting to undermine access to health care, and in particular reproductive health; the increase of prisons while threatening to eliminate resources to communities of color that empower all of us to prevent violence against cis and trans identified women; and the undermining of economic justice demonstrates not only a disregard for the lives of all Black women in America, but perpetuates what James Baldwin prophetically proclaimed—that “the American Dream is at the expense of [Black people]”. The physical, financial and social enrichment of the nation-state at the expense of Black bodies and at the expense of Black lives is too old a strategy, and Black women will not allow for it. It is us, and in particular trans Black women and our girls, and our elders and those of us who are disabled or on a low income, who bear the brunt of a multitude of racialized and sexualized abuses which are not challenged with outrage by the masses, do not make the screens of our social media pages nor our televisions.

Please join us in the March for Black Women – Phoenix, in mass mobilization for our security and safety, our human rights and our freedoms.

RSVP suggested: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/march-4-black-women-phoenix-tickets-37797937649

Information regarding the national march: https://www.mamablack.org/

Contact: march4blackwomenphx@gmail.com