The Color of Violence

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  • Copyright: 2006-08-01
  • Publisher: South End Pr

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What would it take to end violence against women of color?How does the mainstream antiviolence movement help? How does it hinder?When will we admit that repositioning women of color at the center of the movement-women more often harmed by the police, prisons, and border patrols than aided by them-means that we must address state violence? In Color of Violence, INCITE! demands that we reconsider a reliance on the criminal justice system for solving women's struggles with domestic violence; acknowledge how militarism subjects women to extreme levels of violence perpetrated from within, and without, their communities; recognize how the medical establishment inflicts violence-such as involuntary sterilization and inadequate health care-on women of color; devise new strategies for cross-cultural dialogue, theorizing, and alliance building; and much, much more. INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence was born in 2000, when more than two thousand dedicated activists from diverse communities came together to end the war being waged on women of color in the US and around the world. Now the largest multiracial, grassroots, feminist organization in the United States, INCITE! boasts chapters in more than 20 cities. Color of Violence: The INCITE! Anthology presents the fierce and vital writing of 32 of these visionaries, who not only shift the focus from domestic violence and sexual assault, but also map innovative strategies of movement building and resistance used by women of color around the world. At a time of heightened state surveillance and repression of people of color, Color of Violence: The INCITE! Anthology is an essential intervention.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Reconceptualizing Antiviolence Strategies
Rethinking Antiviolence Strategies: Lessons from the Black Women's Movement in Britainp. 13
Disability in the New World Orderp. 25
Federal Indian Law and Violent Crimep. 32
Feminism, Race, and Adoption Policyp. 42
The Color of Choice: White Supremacy and Reproductive Justicep. 53
Heteropatriarchy and the Three Pillars of White Supremacy: Rethinking Women of Color Organizingp. 66
A Call for Consistency: Palestinian Resistance and Radical US Women of Colorp. 74
Forms of Violence
The Color of Violencep. 81
Four Generations in Resistancep. 88
The War to Be Human / Becoming Human in a Time of Warp. 92
The Forgotten "-ism": An Arab American Women's Perspective on Zionism, Racism, and Sexismp. 97
Reflections in a Time of War: A Letter to My Sistersp. 113
Don't Liberate Mep. 118
"National Security" and the Violation of Women: Militarized Border Rape at the US-Mexico Borderp. 119
The Complexities of "Feminicide" on the Borderp. 130
INS Raids and How Immigrant Women are Fighting Backp. 135
Law Enforcement Violence Against Women of Colorp. 138
Crime, Punishment, and Economic Violencep. 157
Pomo Woman, Ex-Prisoner, Speaks Outp. 164
The War Against Black Women, and the Making of NO!p. 170
The Medicalization of Domestic Violencep. 179
Building Movement
Unite and Rebel! Challenges and Strategies in Building Alliancesp. 191
Sistas Makin' Moves: Collective Leadership for Personal Transformation and Social Justicep. 196
Disloyal to Feminism: Abuse of Survivors within the Domestic Violence Shelter Systemp. 208
Gender Violence and the Prison-Industrial Complexp. 223
Trans Day of Action for Social and Economic Justicep. 227
"The Personal is the Private is the Cultural": South Asian Women Organizing Against Domestic Violencep. 231
An Antiracist Christian Ethical Approach to Violence Resistancep. 243
Taking Risks: Implementing Grassroots Community Accountability Strategiesp. 250
Poem on trying to love without fearp. 267
Endnotes and Works Citedp. 270
Indexp. 305
About the Contributorsp. 321
About South End Pressp. 326
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