Lifting Up Indigenous Voices, Centering Girls of Color, Engaging Men in Ending Violence

Lifting Up Indigenous Voices, Centering Girls of Color, Engaging Men in Ending Violence

Movement Maker Spotlight Newsletter Published June 17, 2016
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Lifting Up the Lives and Voices of Indigenous Women

Cristine Davidson and Nicole Matthews wore “Solidarity Shawls-To Honor the Women” during the “March for the Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women” with Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition.

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This march is held to honor the memory and the lives of missing and murdered indigenous women who disproportionately continue to go missing or be murdered with minimal to no action to address the systemic nature of gendered violence, poverty, racism, and colonialism.

Making Connections Between State and Intimate Partner Violence

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Andrew Sta. Ana co-organized a community forum entitled “Making Black Lives Matter in the Movement to End Intimate Partner Violence” in partnership with the Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee of the Lawyers Committee Against Domestic Violence. This panel is an answer to the clarion call that Movement Makers collectively made for inclusive racial and gender justice movements standing in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.

Speakers on this panel included fellow Movement Maker Sandra Park, Senior Staff Attorney of the American Civil Liberties Union Women’s Rights Project and Move to End Violence Faculty, Monica Dennis, NYC Regional Coordinator for Black Lives Matter.

Centering the Voices and Stories of Black Girls

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Farah Tanis of Black Women’s Blueprint, along with fellow Movement Makers and honorary chairs,Alexis Flanagan of Hopeworks of Howard County and Jamia Wilson of Women, Action, and Media, hosted Mother Tongue Monologues.

A multimedia production and performance, the event brought together actors, artists and activists to expose the unacknowledged ways in which Black family, community, state and global identity are constantly accessed and assessed through the site of Black girls’ bodies.

This year, Joanne Smith of Girls for Gender Equity andScheherazade Tillet of A Long Walk Home were honored for their extraordinary work uplifting the voices of girls of color.

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Jamia Wilson moderated a panel at the 20th Anniversary of Feminist.com centered on the activism of those dedicated to justice for black women and girls. The panel entitled #SAYHERNAME – A Spotlight on Black Women & Girls in the Movement for Black Lives featured fellow Movement Makers, Joanne Smith and Quentin Walcottof Connect NYC. #SayHerName emerged as a rallying cry to surface thestories of innumerable black women, trans women, and girls who have been assaulted and/or killed as a result of police violence.

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Joanne Smith was featured on the Standing in Formation panel, which discussed the relevance of black women and girls as social change makers that continue to shape the contours of racial justice, feminism, and human rights. Watch Joanne and fellow panelists reflect on the rich history of engaging black women and girls, which is essential to address new social justice challenges and secure new measures of freedom.

Connecting the Dots Between Issues and Across Movements

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Movement Maker organization Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA) was highlighted inYes! Magazine on International Women’s Dayfor their amazing work. “MUA’s approach epitomizes how an organization can connect the dots between issues and movements–from winning justice for domestic workers to fighting for immigration reform and ending deportations to interacting with global grassroots social justice movements.”

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Movement Maker organization Tewa Women United collaborated with Strong Families to develop this open letter to Flint sharing their pain, and offering up what their community has learned from decades of being poisoned by the federal government.

Engaging Men in Ending Violence

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Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition shared a Video & Discussion Guide for engaging men and boys in challenging sexual violence entitled Making Space To Rise. Click here for the Guide and Click here for the Video

Centering Community to Dismantle Oppression

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Ana Romero consistently centers the voice of community in her efforts to dismantle oppression. Recently, Ana launched Colectivo M.U.J.E.R (Mujeres Unidas por Justicia, Equidad y Respeto) a “kick-ass” community-led anti-gender violence initiative.

Awards, Recognition & Promotions

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  • Farah Tanis of Black Women’s Blueprint recently received several awards including the#BlackExcellence award from Planned Parenthood, and the Mobilize Power award fromThird Wave Fund. Farah was acknowledged for the incredible work she does to center the experiences of Black women, girls, and gender nonconforming folks in the fight to end gender-based violence, racism, misogyny, xenophobia, and transphobia.

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