J. Marion Sims was a gynecologist in the 1800s who purchased Black women slaves and used them as guinea pigs for his untested surgical experiments. He repeatedly performed genital surgery on Black women WITHOUT ANESTHESIA because according to him, "Black women don’t feel pain.” Despite his inhumane tests on Black women, Sims was named “the father of modern gynecology”, and his statue currently stands right outside of the New York Academy of Medicine.
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A propos de BYP 100 :
Founded in 2013, BYP100 (Black Youth Project 100) is a member-based organization of Black youth activists dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. BYP100 was, at once point, just a hashtag for this convening called the “Beyond November Movement Convening” developed through the vision and leadership of Cathy Cohen. 100 youth leaders between the ages of 18 and 35 gathered in Chicago and focused on building and developing strengthened relationships with organizers, centering the black community and youth movement building work.
Towards the end of their time together, someone learned that the George Zimmerman verdict in the killing of Trayvon Martin would be announced. It was in that moment that the energy in the room completely shifted. After folks learned that George Zimmerman was found “not guilty” of killing Trayvon Martin, some folks stayed and made a decision to do/be something and not just hold in their anger. Hence, BYP100 was born.
At the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, a second convening was held. It was through this convening that 30 members of the collective, later known as “BYP100,” drafted the organizational vision, mission, and core statement values. BYP100 is a national collective that emphasizes building chapters throughout the country to hone in on grassroots organizing and community mobilization on local levels. Currently, we have chapters based in:
Bay Area, CA — firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington D.C. — email@example.com
Detroit, MI — firstname.lastname@example.org
Chicago, IL — email@example.com
New York, NY — firstname.lastname@example.org
Durham, NC — email@example.com
New Orleans, LA — firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackson, MS — email@example.com
We mobilize through building a network focused on transformative leadership development, direct action organizing, advocacy, and education. Our membership core believes in the principles of decision-making, radical inclusivity, and is building a Black politic through a Black, queer, feminist lens.
Our work is generally centered on ending systems of anti-Blackness and emphasizing the urgency of protecting folks living on the margins of the margins, including women, girls, femmes, and the gamut of LGBTQ folk. We approach our work through relational organizing which involves community building through a democratic and consensus building process. We stress training in grassroots organizing, fundraising, public policy debate, and electoral organizing. Lastly, we engage in digital content creation (video, graphics, blogging), political education, and consciousness raising.