#Standing4BlackGirls June Press Conference: Sikivu on Violence against Black Women and Girls

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On June 22, 2023, the #Standing4BlackGirls coalition held a press conference at City Council District 8 headquarters to amplify the surge in violence against Black women and girls in L.A. and call for mental health, safe spaces, and violence prevention resources. Black women and girls are 4.3% of the City of Los Angeles’ population, yet they represent between 25-35% of female violence victims, experiencing record rates of gun homicide, rape, and domestic violence. In response to the City’s lack of accountability to Black women, Black girls, and Black gender expansive communities, the #Standing4BlackGirls coalition is calling for targeted prevention, mental health, and youth leadership initiatives for Black women and girls across sexuality. Participant organizations: Women’s Leadership Project, L.A. Women’s Freedom center, California Black Women’s Health Project, Positive Results Center, and S4BG advisers Dr. Ronda Hampton and Suzette Shaw

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