AAPF is the nation’s leading gender and racial equity think tank. As part of our overarching commitment to fighting for gender and racial equity in the domestic and international contexts we prepare and publish multiple reports yearly. As a public service we provide many of our reports to the public for free on this site. For a sampling of our most recent reports browse this page often.
"Say HER NAME: RESISTING POLICE BRUTALITY AGAINST BLACK WOMEN" BY AAPF
To continue to call attention to police violence against Black women in the U.S., the African American Policy Forum, the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School, and Andrea Ritchie, Soros Justice Fellow and expert on policing of women and LGBT people of color, have updated a report first issued in May, 2015, “Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women.” The document is intended to serve as a resource for the media, organizers, researchers, policy makers, and other stakeholders to better understand and address Black women’s experiences of profiling and policing. In addition to stories of Black women who have been killed by police and who have experienced gender-specific forms of police violence, Say Her Name provides some analytical frames for understanding their experiences and broadens dominant conceptions of who experiences state violence and what it looks like. Say Her Name responds to increasing calls for attention to police violence against Black women by offering a resource to help ensure that Black women’s stories are integrated into demands for justice, policy responses to police violence, and media representations of victims and survivors of police brutality.
"BLACK GIRLS MATTER: PUSHED OUT, OVERPOLICED, AND UNDERPROTECTED" BY AAPF
This groundbreaking report explores the disproportionate impact of school push out factors and overly punitive discipline policies on Black girls and other girls of school. The report looks at 2011-2012 data from the Department of Education which reveals that the relative risk for disciplinary action is higher for Black girls when compared to white girls than it is for Black boys when compared to white boys. This quantitative data is paired with qualitative data gathered by AAPF and CISPS during focus group sessions with Black girls and other girls of color in New York and Boston.
"Did You Know? The Plight of Black Girls and Women in America" by AAPF
The state of Black girls and women in the United States is dire – and often overlooked. To spread awareness of the economic, educational and social obstacles Black women face, we put together a list of facts about Black girls and women.
"A Primer on Intersectionality" by AAPF
"A Primer on Intersectionality" explains what intersectionality is, including its critical role in work for human rights and development, and suggests some different ways in which gender equality advocates can use it.
"Focus on Affirmative Action" by AAPF
"Focus on Affirmative Action" is a special publication from AAPF presenting concise, easy to follow assessments of 13 prevalent myths about affirmative action.
"Race, Gender, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Expanding Our Discussion to Black Girls" by Monique W. Morris (AAPF)
This paper argues that the “pipeline” metaphor fails to capture and respond to the set of conditions affecting Black girls today, building upon AAPF’s long articulated stance that an intersectional analysis is the key tool needed to reveal the causal and correlative factors that contribute to Black girls and women’s continuing vulnerabilities inside and outside of our immediate communities. By pulling together a substantive body of literature, author Monique Morris articulates what we have all long known: The current “crisis” in Black communities is one faced by our boys and our girls.
"Confined in California: Women and Girls of Color in Custody" co-authored by Monique Morris, Stephanie Bush-Baskette, and Kimberlé Crenshaw
This paper sheds light upon the increasing rates of criminalization and incarceration of Black and Latina women in California over the last decade. The Report presents statistics on adult and juvenile females of color, highlighting the connection between race, gender, and criminalization in California. Significant statistical trends in criminalization are highlighted, revealing racialized and gendered vulnerabilities that, when compounded, create a pipeline to incarceration to which girls and women of color are specially vulnerable.
"The Learning Circle Toolkit" by AAPF
This toolkit is the result of a collaborative project undertaken by the African American Policy Forum, generously funded by the Public Welfare Foundation. We gathered together a group of scholars, activists, community leaders, and students who were actively involved in combating systemic racial and gender injustice at both the community and national level, with special focus on the over incarceration of girls and women of color in the United States. Our collaborators came from diverse backgrounds and brought a wealth of experiences with them to our Learning Circles.