Stephanie (she/her) is a 19-year-old based in Richmond, Virginia, where her work centers the intersections Black feminism and womanism have with police and prison abolition (Virginia Student Power). Stephanie’s work regarding abolition is heavily influenced by the anti-Blackness she dealt while attending Henrico County Public Schools as a young Black girl, and her experiences being criminalized throughout her formative years. At 14, she channeled the grief she held for Black people who were murdered by police, as well as her own trauma, into writing and working with other Black youth to apply conflict resolution to address harm and violence (Richmond Youth Peace Project). Stephanie’s middle-class upbringing in Henrico County is not without privilege, and she knows that it’s imperative to commit herself to police and prison abolition by working with other Black youth and centering their voices to dismantle the youth prison system (RISE For Youth), and invest in transformative ways to address harm and violence. Her words have also appeared on Richmond Times-Dispatch, RVA Magazine and Hello, I Am.
Yesterday—May 5, 2022—marks 5 years since Black Feminist Collective was created. We are an intergenerational collective of Black feminists and womanists across the diaspora who … Continue reading 5 Years of Black Feminist Collective
By Teresa Younger and Stephanie Younger • We are grateful to have a conversation with Taylor Scott for a conversation that was centered on the RVA Community Fridges, which she founded in 2020. The community fridge is a concept and a place where communities are given access to share and collect food.
By Stephanie Younger • Last week, we spoke with Fatima Derby, a Ghanaian feminist thinker, writer and organizer, who stands for freedom, justice and equality. During our conversation via Instagram Live, we discussed the violence LGBTQ+ people in Ghana are experiencing, what influences homophobic and transphobic violence against queer and trans Ghanaians, and the fight for their liberation.
By Stephanie Younger • During an uprising in defense of Black life calling for the abolition of the police state and the carceral state, it seemed that liberals who were saying “listen to Black women,” were solely speaking in reference to Black women who do the labor of “saving our Democracy.”
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By Stephanie Younger • During a global uprising in defense of Black life calling for the abolition of the police, liberals set the timetable for Black liberation by advising Black youth to “save it for after the election.”
By Stephanie Younger • 10 days ago, I climbed up the Robert E. Lee Statue at a protest in Richmond, Virginia—the former capital of the Confederacy— and I was asked to speak in front of a large crowd of protestors. This was unplanned, and I have been grieving so heavily these past few weeks and I had no idea what to speak about.
By Stephanie Younger • Each time white liberals convinced me to work amongst them in organizing spaces, it never took me too long to realize that I was being exploited.
By Stephanie Younger • In late January, I was scrolling through my Facebook news feed during my break in between college lectures when I came across a blog post, in which the author claims that referring to a white woman as a “Karen” is “misogynistic,” make white women feel “invisible” …
By Stephanie Younger • This year, a Black Lives Matter chapter in Los Angeles, California was excluded by the Women’s March in LA. In an article for LA Progressive, Melina Abdullah, the co-founder of Black Lives Matter LA, wrote an article detailing the harm caused by the Women’s March.
By Stephanie Younger • When I learned that 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden won 10 states on Super Tuesday on March 3rd, I couldn’t help but think of his political legacy of fighting for segregation, and the criminalization of Black youth.
By Stephanie Younger • Do the ways we talk about gender stereotypes represent the struggles we all go through?
By Stephanie Younger • Are all people in America served and protected by the law?
By Stephanie Younger • Even though Black youth and youth of color – especially Indigenous youth – are the most affected communities by climate change, and have been combating this issue for a very long time, our voices are always excluded and left out of the conversation and action surrounding climate change.
By Stephanie Younger • March 24th marks the first anniversary of the March For Our Lives movement, whose mission is to “end gun violence, elect morally just leaders into office and remind the world that young people have the power to drive real change.”
By Stephanie Younger • The most crushing racism I experienced was by the white moderate, who claims to be an ally, or an accomplice, until proven otherwise.
By Stephanie Younger • Speech at Women’s March RVA + Expo 2019
By Stephanie Younger • When she was 16, Cyntoia Brown lived in a hotel with an adult …
By Stephanie Younger • In 2006, my family moved out of Charlottesville to attend school in Henrico, county outside of Richmond, Virginia. Throughout the past 12 years that I’ve lived here, I spent most of elementary school in HCPS, spent 3 years in private school, and returned to HCPS for part of middle school.
By Stephanie Younger • On Saturday, November 3, the Richmond community joined RISE For Youth, Art 180, and Performing Statistics, to “honor the voices, dreams and demands of youth affected by the school-to-prison pipeline.”
By Stephanie Younger • Art 180 is an RVA-based organization that gives marginalized young people the opportunity to create change by expressing themselves through music, poetry, dance, and more.
By Stephanie Younger • Last week, I met Princess Blanding at an art build for the upcoming National March For Justice and Reformation for Marcus-David Peters. I recently had a conversation with Blanding about demanding justice for her brother, Marcus-David Peters, who was murdered by the Richmond Police Department.
By Stephanie Younger • On June 11, I met Patrisse Cullors briefly after she accepted the “Next Generation Award” at the ACLU National Membership Conference. Cullors is an organizer, writer and artist who co-founded Black Lives Matter Global Network and founded Dignity and Power Now.
By Stephanie Younger • My painting in Art 180’s gallery called “Everything is Connected” is about both the racism I experienced within the gun violence prevention community. The different colors represent the emotions I felt throughout the time I faced online harassment …
By Stephanie Younger • The murder of Trayvon Martin ignited a fire within a then 12-year-old Nupol Kiazolu “that [she’s] never felt before.” “I couldn’t fully articulate how I felt at the time, but I knew I was angry,” she wrote in a post on Instagram in February.
By Stephanie Younger • Edited and re-published on the ACLU of Virginia on July 24, 2018 • Virginia, we have a problem. We need to … Continue reading Richmond Protestors Demand Justice for Marcus-David Peters
By Stephanie Younger • I am writing this as a young Black person who was excluded from speaking at the Virginia National School Walkout Protest at Brown’s Island in Richmond, Virginia, led by the same students who organized the local March For Our Lives rally.
By Stephanie Younger • The following list is based on my real experiences with misogyny, ableism and anti-Black racism, that I’ve written on a mixed-media piece I created in a VCU Future Studio program at the VCU Arts’ Department of Sculpture + Extended Media.
By Stephanie Younger • Today, I spoke at a March For Our Lives demonstration in Richmond addressing the fatal school shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas High school in Parkland, Florida. My speech shed some light onto how gun violence disproportionately affects women, queer and trans people, and Black communities.
By Stephanie Younger • On the evening of Friday, November 3, hundreds in Richmond, Virginia attended the Juvenile Justice Parade, organized by RISE For Youth, Art 180 and Performing Statistics calling for the closure of youth prisons in Virginia.
By Stephanie Younger • Originally published on HCPL TeenScene’s Read & Review • A 16-year-old Black teen who has witnessed the two fatal shootings of her childhood best friends, tries to make sense of the world. Starr Carter witnessed the first shooting when she was ten.
By Stephanie Younger • Many institutions fail to educate people about Black liberation and the feminist movement from the narratives Black women, Black girls and Black non-binary people, who are often discredited for their work on the frontlines of Black liberation …