Andrea J. Ritchie
Invisible No More:
Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color
in conversation with PAUL BUTLER
This event includes a book signing
November 30, 2017
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store welcomes author, organizer, and police-misconduct attorney ANDREA J. RITCHIE for a discussion of her latest book, Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color. She will be joined in conversation by Georgetown law professor PAUL BUTLER, author of Chokehold: Policing Black Men.
About Invisible No More
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 deserves a standing ovation. It’s a passionate, incisive critique of the many ways in which women and girls of color are systematically erased or marginalized in discussions of police violence. The stories told here will haunt, inspire, and challenge you to reimagine justice by moving the experience of Black women and girls from the margins to the center.” —Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow
“Invisible No More is a necessary intervention in the literature on policing. Ritchie moved me from page one with layered, thoughtful, and well-researched storytelling describing the multiple ways women of color are impacted by criminalization, begging the question of how their stories have been neglected and calling on all of us to make them visible. The insights revealed by these experiences, if heeded, will undoubtedly transform the course of history.” —Opal Tometi, co-founder of Black Lives Matter and executive director of Black Alliance for Just Immigration
“This long-awaited book from Andrea Ritchie, the leading expert on police violence against women of color, is well worth the wait. This book is quite simply stunning. Ritchie’s analysis deeply challenges both anti-policing and anti-violence movements to expand the scope of their work to address how policing operates through gender, race, disability, and colonialism. Offering a rich genealogy of police violence, Ritchie demonstrates that, both historically and today, gender violence is central to policing. Her attention to the myriad ways policing impacts Black women and women of color is brilliant. A crucial and paradigm-shifting book.” —Andrea Smith, author of Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide
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