Breaking Silence: A Hearing on Girls of Color in NYC

Breaking Silence: A Hearing on Girls of Color presented by the African American Policy Forum ( and Girls for Gender Equity ( Hosted by Columbia Law School’s Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies on October 11th, 2014

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Breaking Silence: A Hearing on Girls of Color

October 11th, 2014

Moderated by Kimberlé Crenshaw - Co-Founder African American Policy Forum
Hosted by Joanne N. Smith - Founder Girls for Gender Equity (GGE)

Called to Order with Spoken Word from Urban Word NYC
Zaira James Black/Body/Image poem 
Crystal Valentine Crystal Sexual Assault

Host Joanne N. Smith, Founder Girls for Gender Equity (GGE)
Special Guest Letitia “Tish" James, Public Advocate The City of New York
Moderator - Kimberlé Crenshaw, Co-Founder African American Policy Forum
City Council Laurie Cumbo, Member District 35
Dorchen Leidholdt, Esq., Director, Center for Battered Women's Legal Services Sanctuary for Families
Pamela Shifman, Executive Director of NoVo Foundation
Leslie Ann Dunn, Division of Equity and Access for the NYCDOE

Panel 1: School Push-out/ Overly-Disciplined/
Youth Speaker: Danielle Gary
Panelist:  Jamilia Blake, Ph.D
Panelist: Octavia Lewis
Panel 2:  Foster Care/ Aging-out of Care/ Homelessness
Youth Speakers: Margaret Gilliam; Daniella Carter
Panelist:  Brittany Brathwaite
Panel 3: Criminalization/Incarceration
Youth Speaker: PKay Johnson, Mel Harris
Panelist:  Nala Simone, Elise White
Panel 4: Gender-Specific Burdens, Domestic and Teen Dating Violence (care-taking, pregnancy, etc.)
Youth Speaker(s):  Tarra, Aisha Soumouro,  Elizabeth 
Panelists: Farah Tanis, Whitney Richards-Calathes
Panel 5: Human Trafficking of CSEC and Sexual Assault
Youth Speakers:  Odley, Tee Emmanuel, Jordan
Panelist: Danielle Gary
Closing Poem, Sore Agjabe "Poem for Women"
Closing Circle, Brittany Brathwaite
"It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains."        - Assata Shakur 

Thank you co-sponsors:

NoVo Foundation
A Long Walk Home, Inc.
Ali Forney Center
Black Women’s Blueprint
Columbia Law Center
Dignity in Schools
Girls for Gender Equity
The Laura Flanders Show on GRITtv
Move to End Violence
Ms. Foundation for Women
National Council of Negro Women, Inc.  – Manhattan Section
New York Foundation
Sauti Yetu
Teachers Unite
Trans Women of Color Collective
Urban Justice Center
Urban Word NYC
Ya-Ya Network

Directed & Edited by Alex Schein