The National Perinatal Task Force (NPTF) supports the efforts of Midwives, Others, and Mothers Alliance (MOMA), Against Police Violence. MOMA was created in response to the June 18th murder of Charleena Lyles, a 30 year old pregnant Black mother of four children.
Below is more information from founder of MOMA, Shafia Monroe:
“As a Black woman and a midwife, hearing about the murder of Charleena Lyles, cut through my soul. I was forced to act, thus the birth of MOMA. As midwives and birth workers and mothers, I believe that we should lead this cause, because we are the protectors of the pregnant women. This is our charge. I am grateful to the response, from midwives, others and mothers from as far as Canada. It is an unholy act and an abomination to kill a pregnant woman. We would never kill a pregnant animal, is not the life of a pregnant Black woman and her unborn as sacred as an animal, of course it is, and more.
MOMA’s first step is to have a press conference on the murder of Charleena Lyles, in the first week of July. At the press conference MOMA will highlight the disproportionate number of Black pregnant and women of color who are killed, give our position on the impact of a family and community when, a pregnant woman is killed by police officers. We want special training for police officers when responding to the calls regarding pregnant women/people. MOMA wants it to be illegal for police officers to kill pregnant and postpartum women/people. Donations are needed to cover the cost of organizing the press conference.”
Click this link to donate to the MOMA Against Police Violence Press Conference.
You can find additional information here.