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Summer School Episode 1: #AbuserDynamics and Gender Violence
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Summer School Episode 1: #AbuserDynamics and Gender Violence

Video, Storify, and Full Transcription: http://freepdfhosting.com/8c4dc6eef2.pdf


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~ Sunday, August 3 ~
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Tonight on Summer School with Suey Park and I we [along with Daniel Older] will be discussing movement and work co-opting/stealing/derailing/stifling, courtesy of the non-profit and academic industrial complexes. 

While we will be covering the full spectrum of how organizing gets usurped and controlled by larger powers, I will be dedicating this to/focusing on the ongoing situation with the California College of the Arts - hence the background image of the above advertisement being our map. 

Thank you so much for all of the support so far and if you have not yet donated to our fundraiser but would like to, we would love your help. Every tiny bit counts: http://t.co/jBWGE8rcpQ

And for more readings about the Non-Profit Industrial Complex, here is our list from #DecolonizeSAAM and “Decolonizing the Anti-Violence Movement” http://t.co/eZ45F78C3x

Tonight on Summer School with Suey Park and I we [along with Daniel Older] will be discussing movement and work co-opting/stealing/derailing/stifling, courtesy of the non-profit and academic industrial complexes.

While we will be covering the full spectrum of how organizing gets usurped and controlled by larger powers, I will be dedicating this to/focusing on the ongoing situation with the California College of the Arts - hence the background image of the above advertisement being our map.

Thank you so much for all of the support so far and if you have not yet donated to our fundraiser but would like to, we would love your help. Every tiny bit counts: http://t.co/jBWGE8rcpQ

And for more readings about the Non-Profit Industrial Complex, here is our list from #DecolonizeSAAM and “Decolonizing the Anti-Violence Movement” http://t.co/eZ45F78C3x

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~ Friday, August 1 ~
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#GiveItUpCCA

On July 12, 2014 it was brought to our attention that a group of students (Cohere) at the California College of Arts took some of save-wiyabi-project’s work and passed it off as their own for a grant. The work is our interactive map and database: missingsisters.crowdmap.com.

Since then I have been in limited contact with the school. This was first completely dismissed by the Center for Art and Public Life, and then ignored by all of the Board of Trustees and Design Strategy Advisory Board. When I was able to reach members of the administration they responded with “plagiarism aside” and “putting plagiarism aside” to my concerns and complaints of the stealing. They also said this was explicitly not about the actual cases or data, and that it was just “storytelling” - which was the point they reiterated when deciding it was not plagiarism by their standards (which they subsequently deleted from their website). To the contrary, the lead organizer of this storytelling project openly stated that this was about data collecting, data retaining, and database building. So we think that they not only copy and pasted our layout, design, language, functions, and entire purpose, but that they possibly pulled our cases and data. However we’re not entirely sure because since this was brought forward their entire online presence has evaporated.

In the midst of the school trying to dodge and deflect they admitted that they were very aware of who we are AFTER beginning all of this as if it was a brand new introduction to our organizing. We have now decided to fundraise for the amount the students were awarded (and then additionally crowdfunded for) in an effort to expand our own educational outreach and teach-ins, and also to continue challenging the school. We will be planning demonstrations in the month of August, so stay tuned.

This ongoing pattern of railroading, bulldozing, and co-opting of Indigenous peoples work is a serious and tiring problem (in addition to and outside of VDay and One Billion Rising). I would say this extends to all of the appropriation and stealing people of color constantly experience. The violence done to what we create is an extension of colonialism and imperialism, and part of the constant agendas imposed on us, and attempts at dominating and assimilating our activism. It’s also important for us to note that to this day we have not sought money in any form for our work. If we wanted this type of recognition or grants, we would have been active in getting them. We have made the strategic and political decision to self-fund as we know that the Industrial Complexes intent on controlling the direction of this organizing are also abusive institutions. Since the launch of Operation Thunderbird (what the map and database originally started as), there have been a number of attempts at discrediting and dismissing this. Operation Thunderbird, now called The Save Wįyąbi Mapping Project, is a place where decades of data and research are housed, stories by families are shared, and a large illustration of the bigger picture of violence against Indigenous women can be seen. This is also where have been able to locate and identify problems to then be able to address them better, for ourselves as Indigenous people. We have even examined more of the deeper variables that demonstrate why and how this violence and the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women is so deep (for more info about the ‘Triple Disappearance’ phenomenon please see: http://www.salon.com/2014/02/14/the_missing_women_you_dont_hear_about_how_the_media_fails_indigenous_communities/).

We are aware of the depth of the investment there is to control the narrative of this violence we organize around, and that white supremacy usurping this is a tactic to protect the entities to which our work is a threat to. And with that we will also be challenging the corporations that finance this school and this particular “storytelling project”. The White-Savior-Academic-Non Profit-Prison-Industrial-Complex has got to go!

For more information about how to support our fundraising and an article write-up on the situation, please see: http://save-wiyabi-project.tumblr.com/post/93412275436/teach-in-summer-fundraiser. Thank you so much for your support.

❤️L.

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~ Monday, June 30 ~
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save-wiyabi-project:

Summer events are in full swing. We are excited to present throughout the month of July a series of teach-ins on colonial violence and missing and murdered Indigenous women. While many will be taking place across Montana, these are also being planned in states and communities across the U.S. Our first event will be this Wednesday July 2, 2014 in Lame Deer, Montana (Northern Cheyenne reservation) at the annual fireworks show to honor the life of Hanna Harris. More dates and information for other locations will be posted soon.

If you are interested in doing a teach-in, here is the PDF of the info/resource/outline of curriculum we developed and are using: http://www.pdf-archive.com/2014/06/30/teach-in1/teach-in1.pdf

And here is the PDF/pamphlet from 2/14 Global Day to Honor Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women you can also use again: http://freepdfhosting.com/3262cbec1f.pdf

save-wiyabi-project:

Summer events are in full swing. We are excited to present throughout the month of July a series of teach-ins on colonial violence and missing and murdered Indigenous women. While many will be taking place across Montana, these are also being planned in states and communities across the U.S. Our first event will be this Wednesday July 2, 2014 in Lame Deer, Montana (Northern Cheyenne reservation) at the annual fireworks show to honor the life of Hanna Harris. More dates and information for other locations will be posted soon.

If you are interested in doing a teach-in, here is the PDF of the info/resource/outline of curriculum we developed and are using: http://www.pdf-archive.com/2014/06/30/teach-in1/teach-in1.pdf

And here is the PDF/pamphlet from 2/14 Global Day to Honor Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women you can also use again: http://freepdfhosting.com/3262cbec1f.pdf


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~ Friday, June 13 ~
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No Selves To Defend Anthology: A Legacy of Criminalizing Women of Color for Self Defense

"I was motivated to create the ‘No Selves to Defend Anthology‘ as a fundraising tool and also as an educational and consciousness-raising one. The anthology locates Marissa’s [Alexander] case within a historical context that criminalizes and punishes women (particularly of color) for self-defense.” - Mariame Kaba

http://www.usprisonculture.com/blog/2014/06/10/no-selves-to-defend-anthology-now-available-for-purchase/

No Selves To Defend also features Yvonne Wanrow (Colville) with the contribution by Andrea Smith.

The publication is available today for $50 from the Free Marissa Alexander online store: http://www.zibbet.com/FreeMarissaAlexander/artwork?artworkId=2318730

You can also continue to support Marissa Alexander’s defense fund directly here: http://gogetfunding.com/project/marissa-alexander-freedom-fundraiser


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Starting this Sunday, Suey Park & I will be having a weekly Summer School show. We’re starting with the recent discussion on #AbuserDynamics and will continue with lots of other issues related to gender violence and organizing. There will also be lots of fabulous guests.

Starting this Sunday, Suey Park & I will be having a weekly Summer School show. We’re starting with the recent discussion on #AbuserDynamics and will continue with lots of other issues related to gender violence and organizing. There will also be lots of fabulous guests.


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~ Thursday, April 24 ~
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~ Tuesday, April 15 ~
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~ Wednesday, April 9 ~
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save-wiyabi-project:

On February 21, 2014, Antonio Lopez was shot to death by San Jose State University police officers. While the police contend Lopez charged at them with a weapon, the medical examiner concluded he was shot twice in the back. The family believes this is a cover-up and the campaign Justice For Josiah [the name of Antonio Lopez’s son] has formed to demand answers and launch their own people’s investigation into what happened. 
 
The topic of this week’s “Decolonizing the Anti-Violence Movement” series is carcerality and militarism. As we re-conceptualize violence, and particularly focus on the state as being a perpetrator of it, addressing police brutality against people of color is important to center. It’s also necessary to see how the harsher criminalization of college campuses and the empowering of school police forces [especially under the guise of targeting race, gender, and sexual violence issues] corresponds with justifying shooting and killing people deemed threatening. 
 
Justice For Josiah plans to join the 4/12 #DecolonizeSAAM conversation on Carceal Feminism, as part of their community-building efforts, online and on-the-ground. We encourage you to support them.
 
For more information about the case: 
San Jose, CA: Anatomy of a Police Murder and Cover Up http://www.constantinereport.com/san-jose-ca-anatomy-police-murder-cover/ 
Family Demands Answers in Fatal San Jose State University Police Shooting http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Antonio-Lopez-Fatal-San-Jose-State-University-Police-Shooting-253830371.html
 
 
Justice for Josiah is a San Jose, CA (Santa Clara County) based campaign struggling for resolution, prevention, justice, and healing for the communities, families, and victims of police violence, abuse, and murder. We are centered on the love we have for one another, not a hatred of those whose aim seems to only be doing our communities, our families, and our loved ones harm.
 

We’ve been addressing the problems with the increased criminalization of college campuses under the idea that this is what schools need to stop sexual assault. Part of the increased criminalization under new policies has resulted in expanded and more empowered police forces - which always backfire on people of color. Here is an incredibly unfortunate example. Please spread the word and please continue to join us this month as we reassess what anti-violence means and navigate it outside of the state, even as mainstream white anti-violence continues to adore the legal system and reinforce it at every step.


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