Stephon Clark

March 18, 2018, one week exactly after I turned 25, Stephon Clark, then and now forever 22 years old, was shot to death by Sacramento police officers. He was shot in his grandmother's backyard. He was shot twenty times. He was holding a cell phone. In 2018, to be black and holding a cell phone … Continue reading Stephon Clark

Beginning Thoughts on the Prison-Industrial Complex (PIC) and Abolition

Given the promise of increased criminalization, the promise of increased funding for the police state, and the threat of a heavy-duty deportation machine, it is now more important than ever to defund the prison-industrial complex. If you haven't read "The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander or watched the documentary 13th, add it to your … Continue reading Beginning Thoughts on the Prison-Industrial Complex (PIC) and Abolition

Who Controls the Narrative: Thoughts on Being a Woman, Luke Cage, and the Presidential Election

*I was working on this before the election and I wish I had published it back then, but I hope it'll still be relevant.* **Content warning: discussion of sexual violence** Narratives are what we tell ourselves to make sense of a disparate and confusing universe. Narratives have power. Narratives shape reality, our sense of identity, … Continue reading Who Controls the Narrative: Thoughts on Being a Woman, Luke Cage, and the Presidential Election