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Geneva Reed-Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland, the 28-year-old Black woman who suspiciously died in a Texas jail cell last summer, gave a powerful speech in front of the new Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, reports Fusion.

Reed-Veal spoke about her daughter’s death, and how she is confident that it was not a suicide.

“I don’t come here playing games with you all. I don’t come to sit and be a part of a caucus where we talk and do nothing,” she said, notes the report:

I as a mother do not believe she committed suicide. I will say that until it’s proven. But if you want me to believe that my daughter—that I sent down there sitting up, driving her own vehicle—would be sent home in a capsule in the bottom of a plane with luggage on top of her, that I’m going to shut up? I will not. I will not. I will continue to speak for every mother paralyzed because of the loss of their child.”

The hearing was the first of 430 registered caucuses that will focus solely on the issues that confront many African-American women. The meetings were spearheaded by U.S. Reps. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.), Robin Kelly (D-Ill.), and Yvette D. Clarke (D-N.Y.). 

Hopefully, Reed-Veal’s speech will bring real change about the dangers Black women face in the prison industrial complex.



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