Inside Nianda Speaks: Injuncted

Gang injunctions are a serious issue in CA, disproportionately locking up men and women of color in unprecedented numbers. My hope is through this spoken word piece more people will be aware of this overreach in civil liberties, and that justice will prevail for the men and women who are unjustly sitting in California jails awaiting trials at this very moment. For more information please visit https://www.facebook.com/EndGangInjunctions

Mama Africa

“Mama Africa” is featured in the 2013-2014 San Diego Poetry Annual

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Soldiers, invite themselves into areas unwanted.

They beat them,

Hate them,
Rape them,
Deface them,
But there’s nothing to be done to erase the pain they have caused.
With each and every thrust, they touch a nerve unheard of;
In her innocence, there were no marks of sin.
Now, forever from within is an empty feeling,
Numb to the world are our mothers,
Our sisters,
Our precious little girls.
Their tears don’t reach far enough to lubricate what’s meant for love.
Wounded and scarred.
Souls charred from the burns that they’ve endured.
Prevention and protection is the only cure for our women.
Mama Africa,
Beautiful in all her ways,
Your silent cry is not forgotten.
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