If you commuted to work in San Francisco yesterday through the financial district during rush hour, you might have seen quite a sight–a group of topless women blocking Market Street. Ten women blocked the street as part of a day of action to “end state violence against all black women and girls.” Using the hashtag #SayHerName and organized by BlackOUT Collective, the idea was to put a name and a face to those who have died by the hands of the police.
“We wanted to be part of morning commute when people were going to work,” Cat Brooks told Fusion during a phone interview after the demonstration. “This [protest] was in the financial district because profit and capital underlies so much of the trauma that black women go through here and around the globe,” said Brooks, whose organization the Onyx Organizing Committee supported todays event.
The protest was an incredible show of strength and agency.
Team Blackness also discussed new developments in the Freddie Gray case, gay adoptions and the GOP, and banning LGBT conversion therapy.