In a society where the narrative often overshadows marginalized communities, there exists a beacon of hope and empowerment in the heart of San Francisco - Black Women Revolt (BWR). Founded in 2020 by sisters Geoffrea Morris and Lyntise Jones, BWR emerged from a dire need to address domestic violence within the black community, an issue they found was grossly underserved in their locale. The triggering event was the 2019 Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities at San Francisco’s City Hall. Morris noticed the scant representation of black women, which propelled her and her sister to establish a haven for black women seeking refuge from domestic violence.
BWR is not merely a resource center; it's a movement. It aims to shed light on the black woman’s narrative in domestic violence and end the silence surrounding this critical issue. The organization works tirelessly to increase awareness about the impact of intergenerational violence in the black community. It has committed itself to eliminate barriers that prevent black women who have experienced domestic abuse from accessing culturally sensitive resources. The resource center provides a broad spectrum of services tailored to the unique needs of black women. Their offerings include case management, education & training, legal services, a mobile health bus, support groups, and youth prevention services, all aimed at providing a holistic support system for black women in the community.
Moreover, BWR has been welcomed with open arms by the city and other NGOs. It has formed partnerships with organizations like W.O.M.A.N. Inc and Young Community Developers. The support extended to BWR is a testament to its vital role in the community, with grants from Mayor Breed’s Dream Keeper Initiative and the San Francisco District Attorney’s Victim Services Department further bolstering its operations.
BWR is more than an organization; it's a community of resilient women dedicated to supporting each other through the hardships and triumphs of life. With a motto that resonates - "We are the ones we've been waiting for", BWR epitomizes a self-sustaining community that thrives on sisterhood and mutual support, aiming to heal, educate, and empower black women towards a safer and better life.