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We are Pregnant with Freedom

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#CANTHYDETHEFUTURE, a project by Megan Smith of the Repeal Hyde Art Project, invited me to imagine our future with reproductive justice. Here is what I said & created:

We have won the struggle for reproductive justice. Law enforcement and military-grade weapons no longer exist and Black mothers like Korryn Gaines are safe and thriving with their children. Indigenous people have total access to their land and water, with the ability to care for children with total sovereignty. Gender non-conforming and trans people are able to move freely and safely through the world, encouraging their children and their friends' children to reach for their ultimate dreams and desires.

I utilized the words of Assata Shakur from her short poem "Love" because her words embody how possible this world is in the near future with joint struggle, love, and Black liberation.

The entire poem reads:

Love is contraband in Hell,
cause love is an acid that eats away bars.

But you, me, and tomorrow
hold hands and make vows
that struggle will multiply.

The hacksaw has two blades.
The shotgun has two barrels.
We are pregnant with freedom.
We are a conspiracy.

Portion of sales go towards Assata's Daughters, a Chicago-based organization in Chicago working with young Black girls and women, growing out a critical gap in Chicago of programming for young women to get trained up in the radical political tradition of Black feminism, and to learn how to organize around the demand of abolition.