One year ago today, Breonna Taylor was shot 6 times inside her own Louisville apartment by police. She did not commit a single crime. Taylor was only 26 years old. She was a daughter, a sister, a friend, a girlfriend, and an award-winning first responder working on the frontlines serving her community during the pandemic.
Today’s honorarium is unusual for us, we generally focus on women that have broken gender and race barriers. We are hoping that this woman’s legacy will change the future. We hope that her death continues to galvanize our nation to make critical changes in our justice system. We need a system that values Black lives, Indigenous lives, Brown lives, and Asian lives. A system that protects people with disabilities and mental health issues. A system that protects LGBTQ lives. A system that values women’s lives in all its diverse forms.
Today we remember all our sisters that have died at the hands of men. Her life mattered, say her name.
Links to Learn:
Violence against women – WHO
A Year After Breonna Taylor’s Killing, Family Says There’s ‘No Accountability’ – NPR
Please Continue to Say Breonna Taylor’s Name – The Cut
Breonna Taylor: What happened on the night of her death? – BBC