Natalie A. Collier speaking

Blurred Focus: The State of Black Women in the Rural South

Natalie A. Collier, Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative for Social & Economic Justice

Presentation Description: In a world that has its spotlight—for better and worse—shone brightly on boys and young men of color, their mothers, sisters and others who love them are often quietly working, overshadowed. Dreams for boys and girls of color are already typically far too small. For many southern, rural black women while coping with the trauma of poverty, its spheres and effects that have become second nature, they must also deal with their own issues and displaced dreams for not only their sons but their daughters and selves. The focus and conversation on uplift and reconnection to personal and community power cannot be either/or; it must be both/and. Continuing along this path of either/or, we systemically and grievously rob women of color of opportunities to exercise their right to dream for themselves and their children.

NYC Philanthropic Table Commits $10 Million for Girls, Women of Color

The NoVo Foundation, in partnership with the New York Women’s Foundation, has announced an initial commitment of $10 million through the New York City Philanthropic Table for Girls and Young Women of Color for programs targeting girls, young women, and transgender youth of color in New York City.

The gift from the Philanthropic Table, a group of more than a dozen local and national foundations that is co-chaired by the NoVo and New York Women’s foundations, matches a $10 million public commitment from the New York City Council. The new commitment will consist of funds newly committed or targeted to efforts aimed at improving the lives of girls and young women of color and that are aligned with the priorities of the Philanthropic Table.

Young Women of Color Break the Silence

NEW YORK (WOMENSENEWS)–The pain of the grand jury’s decision last week to not charge Darren Wilson, the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., was just compounded by what happened here in New York. Another grand jury decided on Dec. 3 to not bring criminal charges against Daniel Pantaleo, a police officer who used a chokehold to restrain Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died after the confrontation. These incidents are tipping points for community organizations such as ours, Girls for Gender Equity.

We have led Brooklyn’s Hands Up solidarity protest for all victims of state sanctioned and gender based violence.

As we demand justice for all, we take a stand for the girls and women overlooked by the media. One recent example: The manslaughter charges against Officer Joseph Weekley from Detroit that were dropped on Nov. 30 for the shooting and killing 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones while she slept. Another: Tanisha Anderson, a mentally ill Cleveland woman was killed on Nov. 13 after police used a takedown move outside her family’s home.