Today I went outreaching with @drumnyc YouthPower! interns in #RichmondHill. After outreach, I did a walking tour of the commumity, and we stopped in front of this spot. I asked them if they knew the significance of this spot. I told them this was where #RajwantieBaldeo worked. I told them about how Rajwantie's ex-husband would show up her looking for, harassing her. I told them about her husband murdering her in the street in #LittleGuyana. We had a discussion about #domesticviolence right there. Many of them are #Guyanese and/or #IndoCaribbean.
We continuously treat #genderbasedviolence and all forms of violence and womxn and children as a "family issue." That's why I stopped here and engaged. I want them to think of these violences as a community epidemic we all have a role in ending. It was hard to talk about this, feeling like I wanted to cry just telling Rajwantie's story. But, we need to have these uncomfortable conversations, esp w/ young ppl. It will take working in the community with those most impacted to #endpatriarchy and the cycle of violence.