We need the civil rights protections which allow us to thrive and succeed through public education, without the constraints of racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, and transphobia.
Black girls across the United States are more likely to attend schools that are poorly funded or funded at inequitable rates, Black girls also experience disproportionate rates of school exclusion, school-based arrests, and surveillance. There must be a commitment to both enhancing and protecting the civil rights laws which prohibit discrimination and punitive practices in schools, and a commitment to redistributing resources to ensure quality education is available to all students, regardless of where they live.
Support Young People’s Full Engagement in the Democratic Process.
Black communities, women, and young people face historic and current structural barriers to participation in the electoral process. There must be a commitment to fighting voter disenfranchisement, especially for marginalized communities. Young people’s voices should be valued in the political process, young people should be able to pre-register to vote at age 16, and voting processes should be simple and accessible.
We need equitable access to health, family building, family planning, and well-being for girls, women, and non-binary people.
Black girls deserve to receive accurate, affirming information about sexual and reproductive health in schools, and deserve to have autonomy over their bodies, reproduction. Black girls deserve to live self-determined lives, which includes access to affordable mental health and physical health care.
Invest in tools that end violence and offer supportive services for transgender, cisgender, and non-binary people in schools, communities, and public spaces.
Black girls deserve to have lives that are unbridled by the fear of sexual or gender-based violence. There must be investments in the programs and organizations which provide healing, emotional support, housing, care, and advocacy for survivors of gender-based violence. Political leaders should value the safety, autonomy, and well-being of girls and women.
Black girls deserve to be free from the fear of family separation through deportation and have full access to basic human rights including health care and education, regardless of immigration status.
Families belong together, regardless of their immigration status. Political leaders must commit to providing safety and pathways to opportunity for all people, regardless of their immigration status. Black women and girls who are immigrants are twice as likely to be uninsured, this is particularly harmful for migrants who live in states that have not expanded Medicaid. Black women and girls deserve to have access to quality health care, education, and job opportunities, without fear of prosecution or deportation.