#Standing4BlackGirls @ L.A. City Council Meeting: March 1, 2024

On March 1st, members of the #Standing4BlackGirls coalition spoke at the L.A. City Council meeting calling out prominent Black politicians’ and Mayor Karen Bass’ failure to act on the March 2023 L.A. City Human Rights and Equity division report documenting disproportionate rates of sexual and domestic violence victimization against Black women and girls. Nationwide, horrific cases such as that of Black women murder victims Mahogany JacksonMaleesa Mooney and Niani Findlayson underscore how much peril Black women and girls experience in their homes, intimate partner relationships, in police encouters, and in the community.

In August 2023, WLP and #S4BG launched a youth-focused letter writing campaign to Mayor Bass. The letter outlined eight demands to create dedicated funding for targeted prevention education programming, mental health supports, and safe spaces for Black girls and Black gender expansive youth. To date, despite numerous community-led meetings and actions, the City has not provided the community with any further follow-up or detail on redressing systemic violence against Black women and girls.

Tell Mayor Bass’ office take action to protect Black women and girls!