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All Our TrialsPrisons, Policing, and the Feminist Fight to End Violence$
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Emily L. Thuma

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042331

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042331.001.0001

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Intersecting Indictments

Intersecting Indictments

Coalitions for Women’s Safety, Racial Justice, and the Right to the City

(p.123) 4. Intersecting Indictments
All Our Trials

Emily L. Thuma

University of Illinois Press

Chapter 4 examines black feminist–led antiviolence organizing in Boston and Washington, D.C. In these highly segregated cities, black feminist organizations led coalitions that crossed lines of race, class, gender, sexuality, and neighborhood. In Boston, the Combahee River Collective, composed of black lesbian socialist feminists, helped to forge a multiracial, multigendered Coalition for Women’s Safety. In Washington, black women at the D.C. Rape Crisis Center organized the first national gathering of U.S. Third World feminist antiviolence activists, built an alliance with Prisoners Against Rape, and shaped the antiracist principles of D.C.’s first “Take Back the Night” marches. These intersectional coalitions reoriented discourses of violence against women toward a critique of state harm and alternatives to criminal justice.

Keywords:   Combahee River Collective, Coalition for Women’s Safety, Rape Crisis Center, “Take Back the Night”, Third World Women and Violence conference, black feminism, intersectionality, coalition

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