Sikivu Hutchinson: Far too often, the focus on abortion rights, rather than on reproductive justice, does not adequately address how abortion is a powerful force for women’s economic liberation.
Sikivu Hutchinson: As workers around the world observe May Day, Combahee’s vision still resonates for Black women workers facing a bleak economic landscape. Black women have the lowest proportion of household wealth in the U.S., possessing only pennies to the dollar of white families.
Sikivu Hutchinson: Though violent homicides have purportedly declined in Los Angeles, Black women and girls remain disproportionately vulnerable to gun violence, intimate partner violence, and sexual violence in greater numbers.
Sikivu Hutchinson: When it comes to reckoning with sexual violence in the #MeToo movement era, the veil of silence around the faith community remains a toxic deterrent that destroys lives.
Sikivu Hutchinson: A recent study on Black student achievement found that Black students who had just one Black teacher by third grade were 13% more likely to go to college. Those who had two Black teachers were 32% more likely.
Sikivu Hutchinson: When the pro-charter LAUSD school board majority appointed investment banker Austin Beutner to superintendent earlier this year it effectively declared war on schools of color and communities of color.
Sikivu Hutchinson: In an era in which African Americans continue to struggle with religious idolatry against a backdrop of socioeconomic and political disenfranchisement, Jonestown illustrates the steep price black folks paid to pursue what they believed would be a path to liberation.
Sikivu Hutchinson: For scores of very young non-binary children, the ability to define themselves for themselves is a radical rebuke of Western Eurocentric power structures that say biology is destiny and queer sexuality should be on lockdown.
Sikivu Hutchinson: The demonization of Ford by the right is yet another indication of how low the GOP fascists are willing to go to gut human and civil rights.
Sikivu Hutchinson: After a sexual assault scandal, American Atheists could have hired Mandisa Thomas, of the national Black Non-Believers organization, but instead chose yet another white man.
Sikivu Hutchinson: Restricting providers from giving women full and accurate information about their options for abortion subverts the very foundation of trust between patient and practitioner.
Sikivu Hutchinson: By gutting the right of unions to be compensated for collective bargaining and organizing, the Janus decision could reverse decades of gains for American workers.
Sikivu Hutchinson: By comparing the decisions of individual women concerning the well being and sustainability of their families with the Nazis’ systematic and coercive project of racial purity, the pope tips his hand as to how highly he regards women as moral agents.