Aiyana Jones was sleeping on the couch as her grandmother lay with her. A Detroit SWAT team accompanied by the TV show, “First 48” tossed a flash grenade into the home, then kicked in the door. The lead officer rushed in and immediately fired the shot that hit 7 year old Aiyana Jones in the top of the head (marked by the symbol in the image). The bullet exited her neck.
The authorities went on to lay blame on the grandmother, who’s only instinct was to reach for her grandbaby, saying she’d prompted the officer to pull the trigger.
The judge declared a mistrial in persecuting Aiyana’s killer.
"Black Lesbians are not apolitical. We have been a part of every freedom struggle within this country."- Audre Lorde
On Wednesday evening, October 22, myself and 5 other WARRIOR QUEENS with our warrior brother, took a stand for Black Lives on the I-75 interstate of Downtown Atlanta. From Ferguson to Atlanta, young Black women are standing on the front lines and continuing the radical legacy of ancestors:
From the Amazon legions of Dahomey through the Ashanti warrior queen Yaa Asantewaa. From the freedom fighter Harriet Tubman to anti-lynching crusader, Ida B Wells. From Ella Baker, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Septima Clark to Assata Shakur, Kathleen Clever, and Angela Davis.
"It is our duty to fight for our freedom.
It is our duty to win.
We must love and protect each other.
We have nothing to lose but our chains.” - Assata Shakur
Tanesha Anderson suffered from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. A family member called officers and agreed to have her taken to a medical center for evaluation. when Tanesha became uncomfortable in the confined space of a squad car, police slammed her into the pavement and pressed their knees into her back until she lost consciousness.
Tanesha laid there in stillness until EMT arrived and was pronounced dead in front of her family.