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AFTER ANOTHER YEAR IN THE FRAY, WE THANK YOU FOR BEING IN OUR CORNER!

DEAR AAPF FAMILY,

THE EVENTS OF THE PAST YEAR HAVE UNDERSCORED THE URGENCY OF USING INTERSECTIONALITY TO BUILD A MORE EQUITABLE WORLD FOR PEOPLE OF ALL GENDERS, RACES AND NATIONALITIES.


DURING A TIME OF GLOBAL UPHEAVAL, WE’VE BEEN BUOYED AND ENERGIZED BY OUR TREMENDOUS COMMUNITY, AND ALL OF US AT AAPF ARE DEEPLY GRATEFUL FOR YOUR SOLIDARITY AND GOODWILL. WE TIP OUR HATS TO YOU, OUR BACKERS WHOSE SUPPORT IS THE CORNERSTONE OF ALL THAT WE DO.  IT’S YOUR ENGAGEMENT THAT ENABLES ALL OF THE TRIUMPHS SUMMARIZED HERE, AND WE COULDN’T DO IT WITHOUT YOU. WITH YOUR HELP, WE ORGANIZE, WE BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER, WE RAISE AWARENESS, WE DEVELOP LEADERSHIP, WE MOBILIZE ARTS FOR ACTIVISM, WE INSPIRE. WE FIGHT AGAINST THE ROLLBACK IN CIVIL RIGHTS, JUSTICE, AND EVERY EFFORT UNDERTAKEN SINCE 2016 TO REVERSE THE HARD FOUGHT VICTORIES OF THE PAST, AND WE THANK ALL OF OUR SUPPORTERS FOR MAKING IT POSSIBLE.


IF YOU’D LIKE TO SEE THIS WORK CONTINUE TO GROW IN 2019, WE ASK THAT YOU MAKE A TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION TO AAPF TODAY. YOUR SUPPORT POWERS OUR FIGHT AND ANY CONTRIBUTION MAKES A DIFFERENCE.


AS 2018 WINDS DOWN, WE WANT TO RECAP THE WAYS WE’VE BEEN FIGHTING FOR INTERSECTIONAL JUSTICE ON ALL FRONTS THIS YEAR. WE ARE EXCITED THAT YOU ARE ON THIS JOURNEY WITH US, AND WE HOPE THAT THE PROGRESS WE’VE MADE WILL INSPIRE YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT IN 2019 AND BEYOND!



SAY HER NAME CAMPAIGN


#SAYHERNAME FOURTH ANNIVERSARY AND DAY OF REMEMBRANCE


EARLIER THIS MONTH, WE COMMEMORATED THE FOUR-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE SAY HER NAME CAMPAIGN. AAPF FIRST MARCHED UNDER THE BANNER OF BLACK WOMEN KILLED BY THE POLICE ON DECEMBER 14, 2014 AT THE NYC MILLIONS MARCH, AN ANTI-POLICE BRUTALITY DEMONSTRATION FUELED IN PART BY GRAND JURY DECISIONS NOT TO INDICT POLICE OFFICERS FOR THE DEATHS OF ERIC GARNER AND MICHAEL BROWN. MARCHING TOGETHER WITH 30,000 PROTESTERS, WE URGED OTHERS TO JOIN US TO “SAY HER NAME” AND UPLIFT THE STORIES OF BLACK WOMEN, GIRLS AND FEMMES WHO WERE KILLED BY THE POLICE, AND WHOSE NAMES OFTEN GOT EXCLUDED FROM DOMINANT NARRATIVES AROUND POLICE VIOLENCE.


SINCE THAT DAY, #SAYHERNAME HAS EMERGED AS A RALLYING CRY AROUND THE GLOBE, DEMANDING THAT VIOLENCE AGAINST BLACK WOMEN IS TREATED WITH THE SAME URGENCY AND AWARENESS AS VIOLENCE AGAINST THEIR BROTHERS.

TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE FOUR-YEAR MILESTONE AND PAY HOMAGE TO THE LIVES THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN, AAPF RELEASED A NEW VIDEO HIGHLIGHTING THE INCREDIBLE MEMBERS OF THE #SAYHERNAME MOTHERS NETWORK, AND  ISSUED A STATEMENT ADDRESSING THE STATE OF THE MOVEMENT FOUR YEARS IN.

SAY HER NAME FAMILIES


FIRST BROUGHT TOGETHER IN 2015 TO ATTEND THE FIRST EVER #SAYHERNAME VIGIL IN UNION SQUARE, THE MOTHERS OF SAY HER NAME ARE A GROUP OF BLACK WOMEN WHO HAVE ALL LOST DAUGHTERS TO POLICE VIOLENCE AND HAVE ORGANIZED TO COLLECTIVELY DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY. SINCE THEN, THE MOTHERS NETWORK HAS JOINED TOGETHER ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS, MARCHING AT THE WOMEN’S MARCH ON WASHINGTON, LOBBYING FOR POLICE REFORM ON CAPITOL HILL, AND JOINING TOGETHER FOR SEVERAL FOCUS GROUPS AND PLANNING SESSIONS TO STRATEGIZE AROUND THE INITIATIVE AND TO ASSESS THE NEEDS OF NEW FAMILY MEMBERS WHO’VE LOST THEIR DAUGHTERS TO POLICE VIOLENCE.


IN MARCH 2018, THE GROUP GATHERED FOR ITS THIRD ANNUAL #SAYHERNAME MOTHERS WEEKEND IN NEW YORK CITY. AS THE MOVEMENT CONTINUES TO GROW, THE WEEKENDS PROVIDE MOTHERS WHO HAVE ALL LOST DAUGHTERS TO POLICE VIOLENCE WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO FORM CONNECTIONS WITH EACH OTHER AND BUILD A COMMUNITY OF SUPPORT AND COLLECTIVE ACTION. AMONG MANY OTHER ACTIVITIES THAT WEEKEND, THE MOTHERS WERE FEATURED IN THE TALKBACK FOLLOWING THE MATINEE PERFORMANCE OF EVE ENSLER’S “IN THE BODY OF THE WORLD” AT MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB. LATER THAT MONTH, THE #SAYHERNAME CAMPAIGN AND MOTHERS NETWORK WERE FEATURED IN A VIDEO BY NOWTHIS!.


BYP’S NATIONAL WEEK OF ACTION

THIS YEAR, WE COLLABORATED WITH SEVERAL OTHER ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS TO FURTHER THE WORK OF #SAYHERNAME AND DEMAND A GENDER-INCLUSIVE UNDERSTANDING OF POLICE VIOLENCE. IN JUNE 2018, A DOZEN GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATIONS LED BY BLACK YOUTH PROJECT 100 CAME TOGETHER TO STAGE A NATIONWIDE SAY HER NAME WEEK OF ACTION. OTHER PARTNERS INCLUDED BLACK LIVES MATTER GLOBAL NETWORK, BLACKOUT COLLECTIVE, FREEDOM, INC., INCITE! WOMEN OF COLOR AGAINST VIOLENCE, SOUTHERNERS ON NEW GROUND, SOLUTIONS NOT PUNISHMENT COLLABORATIVE, SURVIVED AND PUNISHED, TRANSGENDER GENDER VARIANT AND INTERSEX JUSTICE PROJECT, UNDOCUBLACK NETWORK, AND WOMEN WITH A VISION.


SOCIAL JUSTICE SOS & RECONSTRUCTING OUR DEMOCRACY



THREE DAYS AFTER THE 2016 US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, AAPF BROUGHT TOGETHER 13 SOCIAL JUSTICE LEADERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING ALICIA GARZA, ROBIN KELLY, DALLAS GOLDTOOTH, EVE ENSLER, AND MARY FRANCES BERRY, TO MAKE SENSE OF