NEW POST: "I Am Accountable to Loretta Saunders" - by Sarah Hunt
"We are connected through our grief and our collective resistance to this terror which targets our relations. We are linked through our sense of urgency to stop this violence from continuing and to change the society in which this terror is normalized."
Sarah Hunt has been writing about these issues for years, which makes this particular piece even more hardhitting. Hunt points out exactly how the government often blames Native women themselves for their deaths and disappearances, how dangerous our legal and social attitudes towards sex workers are, and challenges both herself and her readers to think long and hard about what justice for missing and murdered women would look like.
In conversations with friends, I’ve been struggling to explain why and how the disappearance and death of Loretta Saunders feels bigger than just the loss of one bright, young woman who I never met. Struggling to explain to friends who don’t know any Native people, friends who didn’t really understand what Idle No More was/is about, friends who never heard the word “colonialism” in their day to day lives. Trying to explain while I’m still trying to understand myself.
Hunt brings her wealth of knowledge, resources and experience together in this heartwrenching piece. She takes us to task, wondering if asking for a government inquiry is really a step forward:
Appealing to the same government that removes our children from our homes, takes our land for resource extraction, and denies our own legal jurisdiction over our homelands and households does not make sense to me. Is Harper really the source of solutions to violence against our aunties?
The missing, the murdered, Loretta Saunders… these are the stories keeping me awake at night. But I find a small amount of solace in Sarah Hunt’s words, and in the actions of hardworking community organizers, writers, resisters like her. People like her cousins who gathered in Ottawa a week after the news of her death was announced. Her cousins who reminded us the words she lived by, “Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes.” Cheers to the very few politicians, like Charlie Angus, Romeo Saganash, and Nikki Ashton, who are trying their best to represent the voices of the missing, the stories of the families who mourn and miss them, all in the hopes of challenging the dysfunctional political systems they work within.
I’m trying to find hope.
Voces (“Voices”), 2008 - Mandy Cano Villalobos via The Washington Post.
"Voces (“Voices”) addresses the mass femicide in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. An ongoing act of mourning and protest, I silently sit to the side of the gallery, embroidering the names of individual murder victims into white blouses. Beginning with the first documented victims in 1993, every woman is commemorated with pink thread, referencing the pink crosses that have been erected and painted throughout the city by those who mourn the dead. As the shirts fill the center of the room, memorial shrines and missing person posters line the walls". Mandy Cano Villalobos.
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“If I choose the side of the victim every time, I will likely be right more often than any other choice I make in my entire life. Those are odds I can live with. Those are the odds I choose. I am comfortable with that choice. I am prepared for the consequences of that choice. I practice self-care.”
– From “Help Me Pull the Trigger” by Ashley Ford: http://www.ashleycford.net/blog/2014/2/3/help-me-pull-the-trigger (via therumpus)
“Because I am not on Woody Allen’s jury, I can be swayed by the fact that sexual violence is incredibly, horrifically common, much more common than it is for women to make up stories about sexual violence in pursuit of their own petty, vindictive need to destroy a great man’s reputation”
– Woody Allen’s Good Name – The New Inquiry (via nathanjurgenson)
Statement of Solidarity with the Mi’kmaq Warriors
"The anti-fracking struggle currently being waged by the Mi’kmaq is occurring at an historically important time in Canada. It follows on the mass mobilization of Indigenous peoples across the country who took part in Idle No More rallies and “flashmobs,” etc. It is also occurring as thousands of Natives in ‘BC’ have expressed their opposition to oil and gas pipelines and tankers. And all this is occurring as Canada seeks to position itself as a new “petro-state” based on the extraction of gas and oil, especially from the Tar Sands in northern Alberta. In this context, the struggle of the Mi’kmaq is of critical importance."
“Dear Big White Upper-Middle Class Cis Heterosexual Media: Let’s get this out of the way straight out of the gate: No one is buying that you’re shocked by the latest revelations about the sordid life of Hugo Schwzyer.”
An Open Letter to Big Feminist Media Regarding Hugo Schwyzer* | GlobalComment
You should probably read this.
"No water for three days.
I cannot sleep, or stay awake.
Four months hunger strike.
Am I dead, or am I alive?
With metal tubes we are force fed.
I honestly wish I was dead.
Strapped in the restraining chair.
Shaker Aamer, your friend.”
In Camp 5, eleven years.
Never charged. Six years cleared.
“They took away my one note pad,
and then refused to give it back.
I can’t think straight, I write, then stop.
Your friend Shaker Aamer. Lost.
The guards just do what they’re told,
the doctors just do what they’re told.
Like an old car I’m rusting away.
Your friend, Shaker. Guantanamo Bay.”
© 2013 Hothead Music Ltd.
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We are Anonymmis.
We have not forgiven.
We have not forgotten.
Our Sisters are Beautiful.
Our Sisters are Powerful.
Our Sisters should Expect to live Without Fear.”
Anonymous’ #OpThunderbird Launches Missing Sisters Crowdmap « opthunderbirdinfo
Why is nobody talking about the badass folks who are co-opting Anonymous’ political language to draw attention to the awful rates of sexual violence and murder aboriginal women in Canada face? Because this is fucking incredible.