Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color is a very timely examination of how Black women, Indigenous women, and women of color experience racial profiling, police brutality, and immigration enforcement.
We were so honored to sit down with our dear friend, researcher, writer, advocate, activist, and organizer, Andrea Ritchie to talk about her brand new book, which took her many years to compile. This book is an incredible litany and collection of once invisible stories of struggle, resistance, and survival, and in Andrea's words on this first-of-its-kind collection of stories, she says, "this isn't the end, this is the beginning." Andrea Ritchie is currently a Researcher-in-Residence in Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Criminalization at the Barnard Center for Research on Women, a former Soros Justice fellow, and co-author of Queer (In)Justice: How LGBT People are Criminalized in the United States.
Placing stories of individual women—such as Sandra Bland, Rekia Boyd, Dajerria Becton, Monica Jones, and Mya Hall—in the broader context of the twin epidemics of police violence and mass incarceration, this book documents the evolution of movements centering women’s experiences of policing and demands a radical rethinking of our visions of safety—and the means we devote to achieving it.
1. How long did it take you write, and why did you write it?
2. What happened in the 1980’s and 1990’s to Black women and women of color who were victims of police violence? What came before #SayHerName?
3. How is policing racially gendered?
4. How does this book affect change on a local and national level? How do these stories move our communities forward?
5. Can you talk about Ky Peterson’s case, where it’s at now, and how his story, and other stories of trans and gender non-conforming people fit into this book?