Life Returned

Co-founder of Save Wiyabi Project.
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~ Thursday, April 3 ~
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Please join Save Wįyąbi Project as we host a series of chats (with other anti-violence organizers) for Sexual Assault Awareness Month titled: Decolonizing the Anti-Violence Movement. We will leading the first three weekends and INCITE! will be piloting the discussion on anti-Blackness. We are going to cover the Non-Profit Industrial Complex, carcerality and militarism, heteronormativity, disability justice, and beginning this week with colonial violence and missing and murdered Indigenous women. We look forward to hearing from you.

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~ Tuesday, November 5 ~
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Carrying over from our Domestic Violence Awareness Month teach-in/film series, we’re happy to join Planned Parenthood Advocates of Montana tonight for a screening of Young Lakota and discussion and information session about reproductive justice/issues in Indian Country (specifically what’s going on here in Montana). Please join us tonight at 6pm at MSU-Billings. 
For more information about Young Lakota (that airs November 25th on PBS): New documentary Young Lakota about lack of abortion access on a reservation http://feministing.com/2013/11/05/new-documentary-young-lakota-about-lack-of-abortion-access-on-a-reservation/

Carrying over from our Domestic Violence Awareness Month teach-in/film series, we’re happy to join Planned Parenthood Advocates of Montana tonight for a screening of Young Lakota and discussion and information session about reproductive justice/issues in Indian Country (specifically what’s going on here in Montana). Please join us tonight at 6pm at MSU-Billings.

For more information about Young Lakota (that airs November 25th on PBS): New documentary Young Lakota about lack of abortion access on a reservation http://feministing.com/2013/11/05/new-documentary-young-lakota-about-lack-of-abortion-access-on-a-reservation/

Tags: DVAM Planned Parenthood Reproductive Justice Abortion Native American Native American Heritage Month Montana Indigenous Pro-choice
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~ Thursday, October 31 ~
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Today’s Save Wįyąbi Project final Domestic Violence Awareness Month message from Jade Willoughby: No more ascribing titles to people who have been hurt. Everyone gets to decide how they want to identify, and identifying as a “victim” of violence is not a bad thing, or means that the pers…on is worth less than someone who identifies as “survivor”. Because within the victim/survivor binary we’re ascribing worth to someone who is a survivor, and not a victim. People who have experienced violence get to identify as who they really are (and how they’re really feeling), and not who they’re *supposed* to be. There’s also an idea that you go from victim to survivor and once you’ve reached survivorhood (idealized status) you’re no longer hurt and immune from ever hurting again. It’s OK to feel emotional, sad, angry, and upset. It’s also to feel empowered, strong, and on a healing path.
 
For more on the victim/survivor binary:
1. Reclaiming “victim”: Exploring alternatives to the heteronormative “victim to survivor” discourse http://eminism.org/blog/entry/291
2. Why is Victim a Dirty Word? http://thecurvature.com/2008/12/13/why-is-victim-a-dirty-word/
Today’s Save Wįyąbi Project final Domestic Violence Awareness Month message from Jade Willoughby: No more ascribing titles to people who have been hurt. Everyone gets to decide how they want to identify, and identifying as a “victim” of violence is not a bad thing, or means that the person is worth less than someone who identifies as “survivor”. Because within the victim/survivor binary we’re ascribing worth to someone who is a survivor, and not a victim. People who have experienced violence get to identify as who they really are (and how they’re really feeling), and not who they’re *supposed* to be.

There’s also an idea that you go from victim to survivor and once you’ve reached survivorhood (idealized status) you’re no longer hurt and immune from ever hurting again. It’s OK to feel emotional, sad, angry, and upset. It’s also to feel empowered, strong, and on a healing path.
 
For more on the victim/survivor binary:
1. Reclaiming “victim”: Exploring alternatives to the heteronormative “victim to survivor” discourse http://eminism.org/blog/entry/291
Tags: DVAM Domestic Violence Awareness Month Native American Indigenous Save Wiyabi
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~ Wednesday, October 30 ~
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Today’s Save Wįyąbi Project Domestic Violence Awareness Month message brought to us by Jade Willoughby: Do not appoint yourself as the problem solver. We know it’s hard to not want to jump in and fix all the problems, especially when the person who has experienced violence is someone who we really care about and love. Continue to support the individual choices of the person who has been hurt makes, and continue to learn about violence and the resources available in your community.
 
Today’s Save Wįyąbi Project Domestic Violence Awareness Month message brought to us by Jade Willoughby: Do not appoint yourself as the problem solver. We know it’s hard to not want to jump in and fix all the problems, especially when the person who has experienced violence is someone who we really care about and love. Continue to support the individual choices of the person who has been hurt makes, and continue to learn about violence and the resources available in your community.
Tags: DVAM Domestic Violence Awareness Month Native American Indigenous
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~ Tuesday, October 29 ~
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Today’s Save Wiyabi Project’s DVAM message: Reporting domestic (interpersonal, intimate partner, or relationship) violence to the police can be re-traumatizing and also dangerous. We are constantly given the message that if we are ever a victim of violence all we need to do is turn to law enforcement, and all of our problems will be solved. This is not [always] true. If the person who has been hurt doesn’t feel comfortable seeking law enforcement for help, please do not pressure them and say they have to.
For more information about reporting, please read:
1. Stop Telling Harassment and Assault Survivors To Go To The Police: http://freethoughtblogs.com/brutereason/2013/10/06/stop-telling-harassment-and-assault-survivors-to-go-to-the-police/
2.Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Black and Native American Women: http://www.gradientlair.com/post/65348109628/chief-elk-black-native-women-domestic-violence 

Today’s Save Wiyabi Project’s DVAM message: Reporting domestic (interpersonal, intimate partner, or relationship) violence to the police can be re-traumatizing and also dangerous. We are constantly given the message that if we are ever a victim of violence all we need to do is turn to law enforcement, and all of our problems will be solved. This is not [always] true. If the person who has been hurt doesn’t feel comfortable seeking law enforcement for help, please do not pressure them and say they have to.

For more information about reporting, please read:

1. Stop Telling Harassment and Assault Survivors To Go To The Police: http://freethoughtblogs.com/brutereason/2013/10/06/stop-telling-harassment-and-assault-survivors-to-go-to-the-police/

2.Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Black and Native American Women: http://www.gradientlair.com/post/65348109628/chief-elk-black-native-women-domestic-violence 

Tags: DVAM Domestic Violence Awareness Month Indigenous Native American
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~ Monday, October 28 ~
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Today’s Save Wiyabi Project message of support (brought to us by Jade Willoughby): “I believe you.” If you want to help someone who has experienced relationship or intimate partner violence, start by believing them. Believe what happened (or is happening) to them, and believe that they are equipped to make their own decisions on how to deal with the situation, believe that they are capable, and believe they just need to be supported. #DVAM

Today’s Save Wiyabi Project message of support (brought to us by Jade Willoughby): “I believe you.” If you want to help someone who has experienced relationship or intimate partner violence, start by believing them. Believe what happened (or is happening) to them, and believe that they are equipped to make their own decisions on how to deal with the situation, believe that they are capable, and believe they just need to be supported. #DVAM

Tags: DVAM Domestic Violence Awareness Month Indigenous Native American
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~ Sunday, October 27 ~
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There are 5 days left of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and with the help of Jade Willoughby (Ojibwa and Jamaican from Whitesand First Nation) every day Save Wįyąbi Project will put out a message addressing how to support victims and survivors of abuse.Today’s is about reconciliation. If reconciliation is what someone who has been hurt wants to work towards, great. But if not, don’t force this. If the person who has been abused doesn’t accept apologies or lack of personal accountability from abuser, they are not the “bad guy”. And do not use guilt or threats towards someone who doesn’t see reconciliation in a relationship as an option, that’s not healthy for them.

There are 5 days left of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and with the help of Jade Willoughby (Ojibwa and Jamaican from Whitesand First Nation) every day Save Wįyąbi Project will put out a message addressing how to support victims and survivors of abuse.

Today’s is about reconciliation. If reconciliation is what someone who has been hurt wants to work towards, great. But if not, don’t force this. If the person who has been abused doesn’t accept apologies or lack of personal accountability from abuser, they are not the “bad guy”. And do not use guilt or threats towards someone who doesn’t see reconciliation in a relationship as an option, that’s not healthy for them.

Tags: DVAM Domestic Violence Awareness Month Indigenous Native American
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~ Saturday, October 19 ~
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On 10/22 & 10/29 Save Wiyabi Project excited to partner with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Montana and the American Indian Outreach Program at Montana State University-Billings to host a film showing and teach-in as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The films and teach-in will be around the Tribal Law & Order Act, the Violence Against Women Act, and community organizing around sexual and domestic violence. Please join us!

On 10/22 & 10/29 Save Wiyabi Project excited to partner with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Montana and the American Indian Outreach Program at Montana State University-Billings to host a film showing and teach-in as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The films and teach-in will be around the Tribal Law & Order Act, the Violence Against Women Act, and community organizing around sexual and domestic violence. Please join us!

Tags: DVAM Domestic Violence Awareness Month Native American Indigenous VAWA Montana
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~ Wednesday, October 16 ~
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Indigenous musician (and one of my favorite Indigenous feminists) Jeff Pehrson of Furthur and The Fall Risk on taking responsibility for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Jeff has long paired his music with activism and particularly been involved in violence against women initiatives. 
www.facebook.com/save.wiyabi.project

Indigenous musician (and one of my favorite Indigenous feminists) Jeff Pehrson of Furthur and The Fall Risk on taking responsibility for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Jeff has long paired his music with activism and particularly been involved in violence against women initiatives. 

www.facebook.com/save.wiyabi.project

Tags: DVAM Domestic Violence Awareness Month Native American Indigenous VAW
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