On May 25, 2017, SSA held a transnational conversation with Black mothers who have lost children to state violence. Mother-activists from the US, Brazil, and Colombia shared their struggles and strategies of resistance against police violence, mass incarceration, and the unrelenting injustices facing Black communities around the world.

Geneva Reed-Veal, Mother of Sandra Bland
Débora da Silva, Mães de Maio, Brazil
Railda Alves, Associação AMPARAR, Brazil
Maria Eugenia Velásquez, Mujeres de Bojayá, Colombia
María Ligia Castillo Cortés, Casa Cultural El Chontaduro, Colombia

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, School of Social Service Administration, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, Chicago Center for Youth Violence Prevention, Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, UChicago Urban

Photos by Lloyd DeGrane