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THREAD: Today, 8/17, should've been #MichelleCusseaux’s 56th birthday. In her honor, we told stories of Black women killed by police when help was needed & killers came.

If we don't fight for Black women now, we'll have more stories like these. The following policies would help:
We make the call to defund the police and divert those resources back to where they were taken from: mental health services, domestic violence services, shelters for people without homes, education, and increasing jobs #MentalHealthMonday
We make the call to end the practice of sending officers to mental health and domestic disturbance calls. Officers should not be first responders to mental health crisis calls #MentalHealthMonday
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These are four women we should be lifting up:

Breonna Taylor
Sandra Bland
Natasha McKenna
Michelle Cusseaux

⁣⁣Breonna Taylor (2020 - Louisville, KY)⁣
A beloved 26 year-old EMT, Breonna was murdered during a "no knock" raid when plainclothes officers shot her 8 times in her home.⁣⁣
Status: @kyoag’s office is *still* reviewing the case. Only one officer Hankison, was fired
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This #pride , we must remember the Black LGBTQ and gender-nonconforming people who are killed by people. The overlap of sexism, racism, homophobia, and transphobia fuels police violence against them, and the mainstream media all too often reacts to their deaths with indifference.
Just this week Tallahassee police shot and killed #TonyMcDade and then misgendered him. McDade, a Black trans man was also misgendered by local media that reported on his death.

A memorial fund to support his family has been set up:… Image
Other Black LGBTQ victims of police violence include #KaylaMoore, a Black transgender woman who was murdered by Berkeley police officers who were called to help her during a mental health crisis. The officers who suffocated and killed Moore used transgender slurs to refer to her.
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(For allies)
As a white person, I can do all of these things without thinking twice:
I can shelter-in-place (#BreonnaTaylor & #RegisKorchinksiPaquet)
I can play video games at home (#AtatianaJefferson)
I can go shopping at Walmart (#ShellyFrey)
I can park at 7/11 (#IndiaKager)
I can report a burglary (#CharleenaLyles)
I can fall asleep on the couch (#AiyannaStanleyJones)
I can seek help for a mental illness (#KaylaMoore & #TanishaAnderson)
I can stand up for my rights (#KorrynGaines)
I can laugh outside friends (#RekiaBoyd)
I can go Christmas shopping (#SonjiTaylor)
I can walk home (#FrankeAnnPerkins)
I can talk on a cell phone (#LatanyaHaggerty)
I can dispute a traffic ticket (#SandraBland)
I can seek help for a domestic dispute (#YvetteSmith)
I can answer the door (#MichelleCusseaux)
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