Book Talk with Andrea Ritchie, author of “Invisible No More” hosted by CRLA

Book Talk with Andrea Ritchie, author of “Invisible No More” hosted by CRLA

**A book talk with author and activist Andrea Ritchie and Los Angeles organizers on abolition and resistance to criminalization and imprisonment** *TICKETS INCLUDE RECEPTION DINNER*

Join us for an evening of food, discussion, and celebration of resistance. We’re excited to host Andrea Ritchie in conversation with Romarilyn Ralston (Program Coordinator for Project Rebound, Cal State University, Fullerton and California Coalition for Women Prisoners) for this special event on Thursday March 7. The event will sharpen our analysis of the impacts of policing on Black women and women of color and deepen our commitment to powerful local and national campaigns fighting back against state violence.

Thursday March 7, 6-9pm. 

6pm Dinner reception

7pm Program

8:30pm: Book signing

About the speakers:

Andrea J. Ritchie is a Black lesbian immigrant and police-misconduct attorney, and a 2014 Senior Soros Justice Fellow, with more than two decades of experience advocating against police violence and the criminalization of women and LGBTQ people of color. She is currently Researcher-in-Residence on Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Criminalization at the Barnard Center for Research on Women and the coauthor of Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women (AAPF, 2015) and Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States (Beacon, 2011). She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and Chicago.

Romarilyn Ralston is a black feminist activist and scholar. For three decades she has organized for gender and racial justice and against the violence of imprisonment––first while incarcerated at the California Institution for Women, then as a student at Pitzer College through internships with Crossroads for Women in Claremont, Borrowed Voices at Affleurbaugh-Paige Detention Center, and Prototypes in Pomona. Then later, as an advocate on the outside working with the YWCA Early Childhood Center and Ferguson Commission in St. Louis, Missouri. Romarilyn is currently the program coordinator of Project Rebound at the California State University-Fullerton, which provides formerly incarcerated students with tools and opportunities to help them thrive as scholars. She is also an organizer with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners, a recent graduate of the Women’s Foundation of California’s Women’s Policy Institute, and a graduate of JustLeadershipUSA’s Leading with Conviction Program and 2014-15 Coro Fellow in Public Affairs alumni. Romarilyn holds a B.A. with honors in Gender and Feminist Studies from Pitzer College and an M.A. in Liberal Arts from Washington University in St. Louis and received the 2018 Civil Rights Advocacy Award for the National Coalition of Black Women, Orange County Chapter

More about the book, “Invisible No More”, from

Foreword by Angela Y. Davis

Foreword by Mariame Kaba

Afterword by Charlene Carruthers

Invisible No More is a timely examination of how Black women, Indigenous women, and women of color experience racial profiling, police brutality, and immigration enforcement. Placing stories of individual women—such as Sandra Bland, Rekia Boyd, Dajerria Becton, Monica Jones, and Mya Hall—in the broader context of the twin epidemics of police violence and mass incarceration, it documents the evolution of movements centering women’s experiences of policing and demands a radical rethinking of our visions of safety—and the means we devote to achieving it.

“Invisible No More is the most recent book by the brilliant Black feminist legal scholar, writer, and activist Andrea Ritchie, in which she maps the brutal history of police violence against Black, Indigenous, and other women of color in what is now the United States….From settler colonial atrocities, to the school-to-prison pipeline, to the experiences of transgender women, Ritchie confronts us with a set of realities too vivid to ignore. ….will anger, educate, and inspire you to act.”

—Barbara Ransby, historian, activist, author of Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement, and president of the National Women’s Studies Association (2016–2018)