This has been one epic Women’s History Month. Among the highlights, the Women’s March and more recently,  real-time cause to action formations in protest of gun violence where a majority of participants were women and students.

fu Image Credit: Invisible No More, Book available for purchase

We wanted to end Women’s History Month with a recommended thought-provoking read, Invisible No More – Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color by Andrea Ritchie. Invisible No More is a timely examination of how Black women, Indigenous women, and women of color experience racial profiling, police brutality, and immigration enforcement. Placing stories of individual women—such as Sandra Bland, Rekia Boyd, Dajerria Becton, Monica Jones, and Mya Hall—in the broader context of the twin epidemics of police violence and mass incarceration, it documents the evolution of movements centering women’s experiences of policing and demands a radical rethinking of our visions of safety—and the means we devote to achieving it. Invisible No More’s site provides a fact-based resourceful timetable of events you have to check out.

In addition, Invisible No More comes at a time of national conversation and coverage of African American women and other Women of Color – Indigenous, Latinx are being imprisoned in record numbers. We know of the mass incarceration injustice of African American men and other men of color in prison in record numbers via prison reform efforts. Media also has taken an informative stance, for example with Ava Duvernay’s Netflix project,  ’13th’ which is a powerful, compelling documentary examining the historic imprisonment of African American men and modern day slavery in the privatization, capitalization of United States prison institutions and the monetization of its prisoners.

“Invisible No More is more than a book it’s about police accountability….” a testimony by Monique W. Morris, author of Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools

We couldn’t agree anymore.