Invisible No More: Resisting Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color in Troubled Times

Barbara Smith, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Reina Gossett, Mariame Kaba & others

Invisible No More

As the pendulum swings toward intensified immigration enforcement, discredited drug war tactics, expansion of “broken windows” policing, rampant Islamophobia, and attacks on gender, sexual and reproductive liberation, the current political climate fuels police violence against Black women and women of color on every front. In this context, women of color’s experiences of policing – often invisible in broader debates – must in turn fuel our resistance.  

Join activists and scholars including Barbara Smith, Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Reina Gossett, Mariame Kaba, Dean Spade, and Elle Hearns for a two day conference exploring and building on the themes, trends, and organizing strategies outlined in the recently released Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color by BCRW Researcher-in-Residence Andrea J. Ritchie. Through strategic discussions, participants will not only delve into the multiple forms and contexts of police violence against women of color, but will also work to collectively identify strategies to challenge the conditions that produce them, and thus begin to radically re-envision our approaches to violence and safety.

This conference is the first in a series of events taking place in the midwest, south, and west coast to explore the themes of Invisible No More and ongoing resistance to police violence against Black women and women of color.

Bios and full speaker list coming soon.



4 PM – 8:30 PM

4 – 5:30 PM – Policing Gender and Sex

5:30 – 6:30 PM– Reception

6:30 – 8:30 PM – Evening Roundtable Discussion
Panelists: Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Reina Gossett, Mariame Kaba, Robyn Maynard & Barbara Smith
Moderated by: Tina Campt

9 AM – 6 PM

8 AM – 9 AM – Registration and breakfast

9 AM – 10:30 AM Policing Motherhood

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM – BREAK

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM – Police Responses to Violence

12:15 PM – 1 PM – LUNCH

1 PM – 2:30 PM – Policing Girls

2:45 – 4:15 – Criminalizing Webs

4:15 – 4:30 – BREAK

4:30 – 6:30 – Resistance Roundtable


This venue is accessible to people with mobility disabilities. For additional accessibility requests, please contact bcrw@barnard.eduat your earliest convenience.

This event is free and open to the public. However, the event is closed to the media in order to create an environment where participants are able to more freely share their personal experiences and perspectives. Due to high levels of interest in the conference and limited space, priority will be given to individuals who have RSVP’d to the event. At the beginning of each session, once everyone who has RSVP’d has been accommodated, remaining seats will be made available on a first come first served basis.