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Statement on the Strikedown of Roe v. Wade on Friday, June 24, 2022

June 24, 2022

Today the Organization Issued the Following Statement from President and CEO Nakisha M. Lewis: Today the Supreme Court issued its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which has effectively struck down the half-century-old decision of Roe v. Wade, taking away the right of birthing people to privacy and access to an abortion.  While…

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3 books that celebrate the Black experience to read this Juneteenth

June 23, 2022

Ashton Jackson for CNBC Make It Juneteenth is a 157-year-old holiday that celebrates the liberation of Black Americans from slavery. It’s also an annual reminder of the systemic racism, oppression and brutality Black people have faced in America. However, if you’d like to spend the holiday enjoying stories about Black empowerment, triumph and purpose, Nakisha Lewis,…

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Breakthrough With Black Fatherhood

June 19, 2022

This Father’s Day, Breakthrough is celebrating the beauty of Black fatherhood. We’re honoring dads who identify within the LGBTQ+ community, as well as dads who have publicly demonstrated unwavering love and support for their cis, queer, trans and gender-expansive children. We know parenthood is never without its challenges. To thrive within the margin of the…

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Designer Melody Ehsani’s Latest Collection Honors ‘Black Women in Defiance’

May 20, 2022

Thomas Waller for Yahoo! finance Designer Melody Ehsani has joined forces with “I Support Black Women” campaign founder Trinice McNally, Black Women Radicals founder Jaimee Swift and national media organization Breakthrough to launch the “Black Women in Defiance” charm bracelet. The bracelet honors 10 Black women activists and historical figures from the U.S., Latin America,…

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Statement on White Supremacist Mass Shooting in Buffalo, New York on May 14th

May 16, 2022

Today the Organization Issued the Following Statement from President and CEO Nakisha M. Lewis: “Breakthrough joins the rest of the nation in mourning and grieving the lives taken tragically and hatefully by an unabashed white supremacist and domestic terrorist with no regard for human life, as clearly demonstrated by the monstrous events that took place in…

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Breakthrough Statement on the Appointment of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court

April 8, 2022

As a global organization committed to championing Black women and girls through the media, storytelling and narrative change, Breakthrough recognizes Judge Jackson’s appointment as powerful proof that representation truly does matter.

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Forbes.com: Meet The Black Queer And Trans Women Making History With Radical Approaches Toward Nonprofit Work

March 31, 2022

“What we don’t see, what we don’t hear, we cannot humanize,” she said. To that end, Lewis explained that without charity through the lens of humanity, our most vulnerable populations will remain so. Reid, Pauleanna, “Meet The Black Queer And Trans Women Making History With Radical Approaches Toward Nonprofit Work,” Forbes.com, March 30, 2022, https://www.forbes.com/sites/pauleannareid/2022/03/30/meet-the-black-queer-and-trans-women-making-history-with-radical-approaches-toward-nonprofit-work/

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From Ally to Accomplice: A Call To Action For Cisgender Women.

March 31, 2022

A message from Nakisha M. Lewis, Breakthrough’s President & CEOArt Credit: Kendrick Daye via The Marsha P. Johnson Institute Today is the International Transgender Day of Visibility, a time to celebrate the contributions of trans people and celebrate the trans and nonbinary community in all its diversity. The lives, work, cultural contributions, and activism of…

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