8. When They See Her: The Story of Michelle Cusseaux
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December 14th, 2019 marks the fifth anniversary of the Say Her Name campaign, a movement founded to raise awareness of the names and stories of Black women, girls and femmes killed by police, and to provide support to the families affected. The campaign has produced a groundbreaking report expanding the conversation on police violence so that it foregrounds the experiences of Black women and girls, earned a nod in a tweet from a major presidential candidate, developed a multimedia arts-activism venture called Say Her Name: The Lives That Should Have Been, and convened the #SayHerName Mothers Network, a community for mothers of Black women lost to police violence. But none of these developments would be possible without the courage, resilience and ingenuity of Fran Garrett, the mother of Michelle Cusseaux. Cusseaux, a 50-year-old Black woman, was shot and killed on August 14, 2014 by Officer Percy Dupra while Phoenix police were trying to serve a mental health wellness check. Her life was taken just days after the police killing of Ferguson, MO teenager Mike Brown became national news, sparking nationwide outrage and galvanizing the modern movement for Black lives. To help Cusseaux’s story gain resonance in its own right, Garrett led a group of local activists in marching her daughter’s casket through downtown Phoenix, calling for an outside agency to investigate the shooting and a slew of reforms aimed at racial justice and mental health parity. It was this brave act that drew the attention of the African American Policy Forum, which catalyzed the Say Her Name campaign and the delineation of a throughline linking the loss of Cusseaux with countless other Black women like her lost too soon to state violence. Garrett’s bid for broader attention to the cause was amplified a few months later at the Millions March NYC, where AAPF made an intersectional intervention by saying the names of Michelle and other slain Black women to politicize their legacies alongside the demands made on behalf of Brown and other victims of police violence. On this special episode of Intersectionality Matters, Kimberlé Crenshaw dives deep with Fran Garrett to go beyond the headlines for the unvarnished truth on the unspeakably tragic loss of a beloved Phoenix community member. Tune in as they take stock of the movement’s progress five years in and assess the headway still to be made in making Black women’s vulnerability to police violence fully legible as a social problem. Music by Blue Dot Sessions Produced and Edited by Julia Sharpe-Levine Recorded by Sarah Ventre and Julia Sharpe-Levine Additional support provided by Andrew Sun, G’Ra Asim, Emmett O’Malley and Michael Kramer Twitter: @IMKC_podcast, IG: @IntersectionalityMatters, Fb: Intersectionality Matters with Kimberlé Crenshaw #IntersectionalityMatters LEARN MORE: http://aapf.org/shn-campaign SAY HER NAME CEREMONY OF REMEMBRANCE (NYC)- https://www.eventbrite.com/e/say-her-name-5th-anniversary-remembrance-ceremony-tickets-85292830151 MICHELLE CUSSEAUX MENTAL HEALTH FAIR (PHX)-https://www.aahherc.com/
The Integrated Schools Podcast
The Integrated Schools Podcast
Courtney Mykytyn, Andrew Lefkowits
Saying Goodbye to Season 5
On November 13th, 2019, we started Season 5 of this podcast. Our definition of "season" has pretty much always just meant as many episodes as we can make before we need a break, and we haven't really taken a break since last November. This episode, the 23rd of the season is admittedly a bit of self-referential navel gazing, but I wanted to take just a bit of your time to wrap up the season before we, finally, take a break. It is an all-volunteer team that helps put these episodes together. From Molly, who makes our transcripts, to Courtney Epton, who has done all the visuals to promote these episodes, to Ali, Bridget, Anna, Susan and others, who provide feedback, and help me think through these topics, this podcast wouldn't be what it is without the entire team. And that team deserves a break. If you are able, we'd be eternally grateful for your financial support, by joining our Patreon, or going to the Integrated Schools website and clicking "donate." While we're away, please check out past episodes, if you haven't yet, and stay in touch on social media or by sending us an email. And please, VOTE!! LINKS: * Past episodes * Register for Book Club * Buy An Indigenous People's History of the United States for Young People * The first episode of the Brown v Board series, The Stories We Tell Ourselves * The trailer for our series, Between We and They Remember, any book bought through a link here or by starting at our affiliate page on IndieBound supports local bookstores, and Integrated Schools. Join our Patreon to support this work, and connect with us and other listeners to discuss these issues even further. Let us know what you think of this episode, suggest future topics, or share your story with us - @integratedschls on twitter, IntegratedSchoolson Facebook, or email us hello@integratedschools.org. The Integrated Schools Podcast was created by Courtney Mykytyn and Andrew Lefkowits. This episode was produced, edited, and mixed by Andrew Lefkowits. Music by Kevin Casey.
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GirlTrek's Black History Bootcamp
GirlTrek's Black History Bootcamp
Morgan Dixon + Vanessa Garrison
Prayer Edition | Day 14 | Richard Allen
Our lives are boundless. I know it. I pray that we break free of the bondage of limiting thoughts.  And dream of all possibilities ...of our highest callings.  Divine assignments.  Wildest, most audacious dreams. "I'm calling you higher.  There is more that I require of thee. Will your heart and soul say yes?  I'm calling you out of your dry places. Come on up a little higher. I predestined you before the world began.  Will your heart and soul say yes?" (Such a powerful song and 14-minute morning meditation by Shekinah Glory.) *Spiritual Warrior of the Day:* Richard Allen said yes. “The bands of bondage were so strong that no way appeared for my release: yet at times a hope arose in my heart that a way would open for it.” Even as an enslaved man, he said yes. He worked tirelessly, paid the price for his own freedom, bought land for his dream, and in 1794, built the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME). It would become the first independent black denomination in the United States. He didn't stop there.  He founded The Free Africa Society, protested the use of slave labor, radically organized Black dollars, taught literacy, and organized politically. He is our "Founding Father" and today we honor his life. About the calling on his life, Richard Allen said this. "I didn't accept it. I received it." It's time to say yes y'all. Join GirlTrek’s Black History Bootcamp - The Prayer Edition at blackhistorybootcamp.com to receive specially curated emails with prayers, survival tips, speeches + dedicated songs to listen to for each episode. Together we will discover the stories of 21 spiritual warriors. Disclaimer: We do not own the rights to the music played during this broadcast. Original content can be found here: It Has Been Established - Jekalyn Carr: https://open.spotify.com/track/3Om76ekpJXUUbGLBB1Sj5F?si=HmwpaGq5TwaDKbYFhUpVGQ Draw Me Close/Thy Will Be Done - Marvin Winans: https://open.spotify.com/track/6nwCQqMyCjeYVtByOtkZq1?si=91jS4bDCSvy2a5rnRep50w
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