Just days ago an article was published byMarie Myung-Ok Lee titled, “Women of Color and the Hidden Trauma of Police Brutality.”

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The article relayed the story of Chaumtoli Huq, a human rights lawyer for the New York City Public Advocate’s office, illegitimately arrested, by illegitimate police, with illegitimate perspectives about the strength of women of color.

Chaumtoli Huq  being dragged away by police while waiting for her children outside a restaurant in Times Square, NYC. Her crime-Being brown.
Chaumtoli Huq being dragged away by police while waiting for her children outside a restaurant in Times Square, NYC. Her crime: being brown.

Now we are all legitimately angry, and we will exercise our legitimate right to fight back against illegitimate authority in the name of Chaumtoli Huq.

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Chaumtoli Huq has stood up for women, and we will stand up for the women who stand up when man tries to knock the strength out of the *s*heroes living in our time.

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Chaumtoli Huq represents a paradigm shift. Whenever a man is knocked down by illegitimate authority, women are there. Women of color are always there on the frontline.

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We will not allow any longer for there to be no frontline support for these women.

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“Chaumtoli Huq” is what we dub as the movement of strength in action to combat police brutality against women.

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Chaumtoli Huq is rising in the place where all movements rise—in the streets, amongst the activists on the ground, in recognition that equality isn’t something given to us by governments, courts, or celebrities, but something we live out and don’t let anyone put their hands on.

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Progress is not a popularity contest. Progress is a nice word but there is no progress without change and change has enemies.

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We are rallying progress and pushing back down the walls of gender apartheid and we will build a change in the name of Chaumtoli Huq.

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It’s time we start taking ownership of the courage of women living history, or women’s history will continued to be diminished by misogyny.

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So that tomorrow’s girls realize that no matter what shade their skin is, they are all descendants of a long line of empowerment.

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“I don’t fear death; I fear remaining silent in the face of injustice. I am young and I want to live. But I say to those who would eliminate my voice: I am ready, wherever and whenever you might strike. You can cut down the flower, but nothing can stop the coming of the spring.”

― Malalai Joya, Raising My Voice

Marie Myung-Ok Lee: Calling out discrimination can be a slippery thing, but the shame, humiliation and powerlessness we feel because of overly aggressive policing is real: http://www.thenation.com/article/181648/women-color-and-hidden-trauma-police-brutality

By: Jason ‘Jayology’ Jeremias (Price of Silence Co-Artistic Director)
Edited By: Suzanne Mahadeo (Price of Silence Senior Editor)

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