America has a long tradition of incarcerating Black survivors of domestic and sexual violence who dare to fight back. Whether it’s Bresha Meadows, a 15 year old Black girl incarcerated for nearly 300 days for defending her family against her abusive father, or Ky Peterson, a Black transman serving a 20 year sentence for protecting himself against a rapist, Black survival is constantly punished. Studies continue to find that Black women and transgender folks are at the highest risk of criminalization and violence at the hands of police upon reporting domestic and sexual violence.
On May 22nd, 8pm EST/5pm PST, as Bresha goes to court to finalize a plea deal that may eventually free her, we come together to lift up the names of Black women, transgender, and gender non-conforming survivors who are criminalized for fighting back. We are asking survivors to share haikus on twitter using the #DecriminalizeSurvival hashtag!
Join us for a haiku open mic on twitter and celebrate the lives of Bresha Meadows, CeCe McDonald, Ky Peterson, GiGi Thomas and so many others, whose survival defies the state.
Decriminalize Survival is co-hosted by the awQward, Force: Upsetting Rape Culture, the Marsha P Johnson Institute, Safety Pin Box, Black and Pink, The Watering Hole, Collective Action for Safe Spaces and Best Practices Policy Project.
Participating? Be sure to use #DecriminalizeSurvival at the end of your haiku. You can find examples of haikus here:
The basic haiku structure is 5 syllables - 7 syllables - 5 syllables
Want to support Bresha, Ky, GiGi and CeCe?
Donate to Bresha here: https://www.gofundme.com/BreshaM
Donate to Ky here: https://freeingky.com/2017/04/19/support-ky-get-a-necklace/#more-3834
Check out Free CeCe! here:
Donate to Gigi here: