From calls for better healthcare access and outcomes to personal pleas for police reform, Black women have long been at the forefront, driving change.

The past few months have shined a light on issues that Black women have been speaking out about for ages and as the nation battles dual pandemics — COVID-19 and systematic racism — The Sacramento OBSERVER introduces a special series, “Sistahs on the Frontlines,” acknowledging and highlighting the work that Black women are doing as “essential workers” on the frontlines, furthering the causes of the community.

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“When there’s decisions being made, there’s a lack of input from community members as well as service providers that service the community.”
Fatemah Martinez
Founder
Sacramento Homeless Assistance Resource Team
“We get to see all our public health crises playing out in that one space. Everything from homelessness to evictions and now the way COVID disproportionately affects Black folks.”
Asantewaa Boykin
Co-founder
Anti-Police Terror Project (APTP)
“The whole district is a repeat offender and that’s because they refuse to acknowledge that racism plays a part in the biases that they have and the way in which they respond to our children.” 
Lorreen Pryor-Trowel
President
Black Youth Leadership Project

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Betty Williams

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Jamilia Land

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 Alana Mathews

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Leia Schenk

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By Genoa Barrow | OBSERVER Senior Staff Writer

The Sacramento OBSERVER introduces a special series, “Sistahs on the Frontlines,” acknowledging and highlighting the work that Black women are doing as “essential workers” on the frontlines, furthering the causes of the community. READ MORE