Women of Color Caucus Against Sexual Assault (WOCCASA) is a caucus comprised of women of color that are staff members of Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence or its member centers. The caucus is committed to the empowerment of all women and the eradication of oppression. WOCCASA supports women of color who work in the movement to end sexual violence through meetings, skill-building, and leadership development.
After Mike Brown’s death, members of WOCCASA created this statement of solidarity.
We recognize that when communities are in crisis, there may be varying degrees of impact on the emotional, sexual, financial, or physical health of survivors. We consider our privilege and acknowledge that what is taking place in Ferguson can happen in Hartford, New Haven, Stamford, Bridgeport, or any of our communities.
We recognize that Michael Brown is no different from our sons, brothers, cousins, and other young men in our lives. We express deep concern over the shooting death of Michael Brown and the use of tear gas and rubber bullets at demonstrations protesting his death.
We condemn any action of physical violence. We encourage all sexual assault advocates to speak up and stand in solidarity with people of Ferguson. People of color are currently fighting for their rights. Although the media shows them as looters and criminals, this is certainly not the absolute case.
We stand with the family of Michael Brown, who was gunned down at the age of 18.
The group meets on a quarterly basis at rotating locations throughout the state. For more information, contact Elise Delacruz, Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator, at 860-282-9881 or by email.Email Elise