On today’s show, we bring a deep dive special focus into the crisis of missing and murdered Black women and girls in the US.
We start in Oakland, in conversation with Selena Wilson, the executive director of the East Oakland Youth Development Center, whose mission is to develop the social and leadership capacities of youth and young adults (ages 5-24) so that they achieve excellence in education, career, and service to their communities.
Learn more about the East Oakland Youth Development Center: https://eoydc.org/
Then we’re joined by Jennifer Lyle, Executive Director of MISSSEY, an Oakland-based organization working to prevent girls and gender-expansive youth from entering circumstances of sexual exploitation and violence. They also support young people who are experiencing exploitation to transition into a more self-determined life.
Learn more about MISSSEY: https://misssey.org/
Going national, we then move to Minnesota, where the state legislature has created the first of-its-kind Office of Missing and Murdered Black Women and Girls. We’ll speak with Representative Ruth Richardson, is the Minnesota State Representative who authored the initial bill to create the state’s “Office of Missing and Murdered Black Women and Girls”. We’re also joined by Lakeisha Lee, an advocate in Minnesota for missing and murdered Black women and girls – a role she has taken seriously since her own sister went missing, and was found murdered, just over a decade ago.
Our Resistance in Residence Artist this week is actor, director, and intimacy choreographer Jeuneé Simon. Listen to our full length interview with Jeuneé on our podcast (link below). Learn more about Jeuneé Simon: https://www.jeuneesimon.com/
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