– Natalie Hopkinson
The newly renovated grounds of the campus of the old St. Elizabeth’s hospital in Washington, D.C. was packed with residents who came to explore the policy opportunities that have surfaced in the wake of several urban uprisings around the country during a #BlackMomsMatter conversation.
Demonstrations against police brutality 40 miles away in Baltimore put the focus on a mother of six whose viral video abusing her son during the riots earned her plaudits as Mom of the Year. The discussions–led by anti-child abuse activist Dr. Stacey Patton, a family judge Errol Arthur, DC Rape Crisis Center policy advisor Indira Henard, psychologist Dr. Jennifer Joyner-Hall, curator Melani Douglass, school activist Iris Jacob, and more– critically examined the myths and policy opportunities in urban communities through the lens of mothers. As moderator Jess Solomon, founder of Art in Praxis, explained in her opening remarks: “This conversation is a fractal of a larger series of conversations happening all over the country, all over the world right now. So we are part of a larger vibration.”