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Here’s our pick of news, writing, and research this week that investigates political questions at the intersections of gender, race, and region.

1. “#SayHerName: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women
A new report by the African American Policy Forum, the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia University and Soros Justice Fellow Andrea Ritchie. From the summary: “#SayHerName gathers stories of Black women who have been killed by police and who have experienced gender-specific forms of police violence, provides some analytical frames for understanding their experiences, and broadens dominant conceptions of who experiences state violence and what it looks like.”

2. “We’re Dying Too
Andrea Ritchie, co-author of the above report, writes in Colorlines about how the final report of President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing addresses black women survivors of police violence, and the National Day of Action to End State Violence Against Black Women and Girls, which took place on Thursday. There were more than a dozen actions across the country.

3. “Rise in Suicide by Black Children Surprises Researchers
A new study finds that “the stable overall suicide rate among US children aged 5 to 11 years during 20 years of study masked a significant increase in the suicide rate among black children and a significant decline in the suicide rate among white children.” According to researchers, this is the first national study to find a higher suicide rate for black Americans than white Americans across any age group.

4. “How state policies help or hinder women’s equality
Irin Carmon writes about the findings in the 2015 Status of Women in the States report by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, which “presents hundreds of data points for each state across seven areas that affect women’s lives: political participation, employment and earnings, work and family, poverty and opportunity, reproductive rights, health and well-being, and violence and safety.” Carmon reports that the data shows “women’s political destinies and their economic fortunes are inextricably linked.”

 

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