WWAV Hosts Townhall for Black Women!

Join WWAV & our partners on June 18th for:


A Townhall on Black Women

Too often there is a deafening silence on the ways Black women are impacted by the state. Here in New Orleans, Black women are criminalized and incarcerated at higher rates, face unaddressed trauma, are subjected to housing and other kinds of discrimination and are invisibilized in the narratives on state sanctioned violence.

This Thursday, June 18th, the African American Policy Forum (AAPF), Women With A Vision and other local partners will break the silence and host a Town Hall Hearing on the state of Black Women in New Orleans. The town hall is part of the national National Organization for Women (NOW) Conference going on from June 19th-21st in the city.

For the event, we are inviting Black women, girls, and individuals who work with them to give a “testimony” about their experiences. Women will share their stories of criminalization and mass incarceration, economic marginalization and housing discrimination, public and private violence, and post-Katrina recovery.

Through this town hall, we hopes to create opportunities for local decision makers to listen to Black women directly about the challenges they experience on a daily basis in their homes, schools and communities, and identify opportunities for intervention. Join us at the Hyatt Regency (601 Loyola Ave – Room: Celestine D) from 3pm-6pm on Thursday June 18th and help us break the silence


PROJECT BACKGROUND: In 2014, AAPF launched a town hall  series on women and girls of color in cities throughout the country. Thus far, hearings have been held in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City, with each convening gathering between 50 and 300 participants.

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