Me Too Baltimore: Protect Black women, girls and femme survivors!
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ADAM JACKSON, CEO of the Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, Time’s Up!!
We, the creators of Me Too Baltimore are a group of educated, angry black women who have had enough of white supremacist, patriarchal and capitalist systems designed for us to be silenced, ignored, exploited, and abused. There is a long history of women in this city who have done phenomenal work to bring forth justice and healing and to uplift, sustain, and educate our community and transform our city. Unfortunately our great efforts have not always been recognized and instead, we have sacrificed and lead freely with an open heart, only to be slapped in the face and preyed on because of our vulnerability by so called “political organizers” like Adam Jackson of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle. Jackson has exercised abusive leadership, a pro-capitalist and misogynist concept of Black nation-building, and implemented scare tactics to not only physically and sexually abuse black women but also disparage and dismiss numerous black women across the city with his facile rhetoric and understanding of black feminism and intersectionality.
Adam Jackson and his organization has aided in the exploitation of black women by taking credit for their work, sexually manipulating black women who have interned, using scare tactics to intimidate and blind side black women. They have assumed themselves as gatekeepers while ignoring black women who do work centered around our healing, shaming, humiliating and, disrespecting black women in the name of “Black Power”.
His approach to advocacy and fear tactics has silenced and pushed numerous women into hiding. Unfortunately he does not operate alone as he gets other members and leadership of LBS to do collude with him. Furthermore his abuse and violence is affirmed and enabled by a Baltimore-wide culture of silence, cult following, and a rampant Black male savior complex. In essence he has been lifted up, to the detriment of Black women, as untouchable. Adam Jackson is one among many black men in this city who use their power to silence, dismiss and abuse black women whether it’s in the arts, writing and culture scene, non profit industrial complex and so on. Not only does Adam’s actions affect women in Baltimore but his lack of respect, and ignorance towards black women further keeps us oppressed and his mentality previously adapted by numerous black male leaders, have crippled every movement of black liberation.
If we really want to move forward, it is important to understand the toxic root of white supremacist capitalist patriarchy, which means that black men must always care about and advocate alongside black women and girls. Also, it is important to remember that no two people's life experiences are the same and although there may have been positive experiences in the past, that does not mean women haven't been affected.
We hope that other women in this city who have experienced this kind of horrendous treatment by Adam or anyone else in Baltimore will come forward. Submit your story to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will support you, we will protect you and we will find you resources.
ME TOO BALTIMORE OFFICIAL DEMANDS:
1) Naming the Harm
Adam Jackson must publicly admit to how he has aided in terrorizing black women in Baltimore with his political power bully antics and arrogance.
2) Challenging Impunity
Adam Jackson should step down in his position as CEO and LBS should pause organizational functioning and fundraising until they have released a public statement outlining how they will transform their violent, masculinist, practices, rhetoric, and strategies into transformative advocacy work that will promote the leadership, voice, and agency of black women through a transformative justice framework.
3) Funding the Transformation and Healing
LBS should set up a fund to 1) Pay for survivors to seek counseling services in the aftermath of their traumatic experiences; 2) Train/educate/hold strategic conversation or workshop among black organizers, activists, and community leaders on ending sexual violence and gender discrimination and develop intersectional organizing and advocacy strategies, and 3) Hire an independent consultant with no ties to the political or activist community that can assist at helping to manage the different threads of this important, necessary work.
IF YOU CARE ABOUT BLACK WOMEN, GIRLS AND FEMMES IN BALTIMORE, PULL YOUR SUPPORT FROM LBS. WE WANT JUSTICE. WE WANT TO BE HEARD. THERE CAN BE NO HEALING AND NO RESTORATIVE JUSTICE WITHOUT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF HARM. WHO ARE WE? WE ARE A COLLECTIVE OF SURVIVORS, ACTIVISTS, ADVOCATES, WRITERS, CREATIVES, LEGAL ADVISORS, FOR PROFIT/NON-PROFIT PROFESSIONALS AND ALLIES WHO WILL REMAIN ANONYMOUS UNTIL OUR LIVES ARE NO LONGER AT RISK. PULL YOUR SUPPORT. DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY.
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