Miami activists will be a part of forces on the finish of September for a march to deliver consideration to issues disproportionately affecting minority females.
The March for Black Women, scheduled for Sept. 30, will coincide with the March for Racial Justice occurring the identical day in Washington D.C. In Miami, the stroll will start in entrance of what was a women’s detention middle in Overtown, 1401 NW Seventh Ave., beginning at 10 a.m.
March organizers stated in a information convention on Thursday that they search to attract consideration to the slew of social issues that have an effect on black women whose voices aren’t being heard. Among the issues: lack of entry to sexual and reproductive health care, low pay and wage inequality, unavailable affordable housing, lack of illustration in the justice system and the upper fee of incarceration for individuals of colour.
“For a long time we have been sitting in the back, out of the conversation about the issues that affect us the most and we won’t allow it anymore”, stated Liberty City resident Valencia Gunder, an activist with New Florida Majority. “It is usually stated that in case you are a women, poor and black you will have three strikes. We even have a voice, we’re voters and we pay taxes.
“Black women have been the backbone of this country from the beginning,” she stated, “don’t’ let anyone tell you different.”
Dorothy Bendross-Mindigall, a Miami-Dade County Public Schools board member, stated that she will march on behalf of all women, and particularly black women and women.
“I have been to too many funerals [of kids]”, Bendross-Mindigall stated in reference to minors who’ve been killed by gun violence in Miami. “Mostly their skin color and their zip codes prevent them from living in a safe haven”.
Other organizations coordinating the march embrace the Florida Immigrant Coalition and the Power U Center for Social Change, which is led by youngsters.
Marcia Olivo, director of the Miami Workers Center, referred to as on numerous minority communities to boost their voices by becoming a member of the march.
“We are calling on immigrant communities to affirm that now is the time to stand beyond solidarity for unity between black and brown communities including Black immigrants,” Olivo stated in a assertion. “We must take action now more than ever take a stand to protect Black communities, talk about anti-blackness, and to support Black women. When Black women win, we all win.”