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Co-founder of Save Wiyabi Project. 
~ Wednesday, January 16 ~
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Back in November, Save Wįyąbi Project filmed a video in Durango, Colorado for One Billion Rising. The video which will be here shortly, is a call to action for Indian Country. We were able to share some photos from the filming with Eve Ensler, and she said it, “Makes her heart fly” to see all the Native men who turned out for the event - and who continue to participate in the events we’ve hosted since then. These three men have self-identified as the “Lakota War Party” and have continued to be strong advocates for stopping violence against Native women.

If you are hosting a V-Day event or are looking for information about an event in Indian Country, check out our sister page: All Nations Rising in Indian Country. For more information about ending violence against Native American and First Nation women, check out Save Wįyąbi Project.

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~ Tuesday, January 8 ~
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Indian Country Rising

Indian Country Rising

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Indian Country Rising: One Billion Rising is a campaign that was created in conjunction with V-Day. 1 in 3 women will be raped, killed, or beaten in her lifetime - that’s one billion women. In Indian Country, 1 in 3 women will be raped in her lifetime, women are 2.5 times more likely to be stalked, and women are murdered at 10 times the national average. We decided that on February 14th, 2013 (V-day) we will be round dancing, having a powwow, side-stepping, and feeding, to stop violence against women. We want the rest of Indian Country to rise with us. 

We created a sister page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/All.Nations.Rising), and want it to be a community forum. We want to hear your ideas, plans, and see your own homemade videos about why you will be Rising. We want Indian Country to have a place to go to get organized for V-Day. As Save Wiyabi Project’s co-founder notes in the above video, “What better way for us to change than to dance this issue away.” 

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~ Thursday, December 27 ~
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Andrej Pejic is now the first man ever to grace the cover of Elle Magazine. I love his androgynous look and the fact that he often poses as gender-less, or as a woman. 
This is a shot from spread that Pejic did in addition to posing on the cover. The first thought that came to mind was, “Why does the fashion industry continually glamorize violence against women?” Refinery 29 puts it, “Elle offers up images of Pejić in lingerie and stockings getting flirty, forceful, and frisky with a man played by, you guessed it, himself.” Forceful at the very least. 
For reference, check out this article from Jezebel “Violence Against Women Disguised as ‘Fashion’”: http://jezebel.com/5916650/fashions-ongoing-violence-against-women/gallery/1

Andrej Pejic is now the first man ever to grace the cover of Elle Magazine. I love his androgynous look and the fact that he often poses as gender-less, or as a woman. 

This is a shot from spread that Pejic did in addition to posing on the cover. The first thought that came to mind was, “Why does the fashion industry continually glamorize violence against women?” Refinery 29 puts it, “Elle offers up images of Pejić in lingerie and stockings getting flirty, forceful, and frisky with a man played by, you guessed it, himself.” Forceful at the very least. 

For reference, check out this article from Jezebel “Violence Against Women Disguised as ‘Fashion’”: http://jezebel.com/5916650/fashions-ongoing-violence-against-women/gallery/1

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~ Tuesday, December 4 ~
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Attention: Tomorrow (12/5/2012) Save Wiyabi Project, Western Native Voice, and the Native Youth Leadership Alliance are hosting an emergency day of action to demand that the Violence Against Women Act is passed. Congress ends on December 15th and, and then VAWA expires. Please join us on the bridge in Pablo, Montana (in front of Salish Kootenai Tribal College) to demand safety and respect for Indian Country. For more info visit www.Facebook.com/Save.Wiyabi.Project

Attention: Tomorrow (12/5/2012) Save Wiyabi Project, Western Native Voice, and the Native Youth Leadership Alliance are hosting an emergency day of action to demand that the Violence Against Women Act is passed. Congress ends on December 15th and, and then VAWA expires. Please join us on the bridge in Pablo, Montana (in front of Salish Kootenai Tribal College) to demand safety and respect for Indian Country. For more info visit www.Facebook.com/Save.Wiyabi.Project

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~ Wednesday, August 1 ~
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brightmoments:

In the spirit of writing to our Congresspersons, we took action. We encourage you to do the same. Please tell your Representative to re-authorize the Violence Against Women Act and write them today. If you take your mouse and put it over the places you will see the field pop up, and can use our letter as template. find your local representative on the link below:directory of congressplease download a copy of the above letter to fill out and send to your representative.

brightmoments:

In the spirit of writing to our Congresspersons, we took action. We encourage you to do the same. Please tell your Representative to re-authorize the Violence Against Women Act and write them today. If you take your mouse and put it over the places you will see the field pop up, and can use our letter as template. 

find your local representative on the link below:
directory of congress

please download a copy of the above letter to fill out and send to your representative.

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~ Saturday, July 14 ~
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"We see a future…where the Violence Against Women Act, the proudest achievement of my career, is not only law but part of American culture." - Vice President Joe Biden, NAACP Annual Convention (7/12/12)There are just four weeks left in the work period before Congress adjourns for the August break. It is once again time to flood your Representatives with emails, Tweets, and phone calls. It is imperative that they vote “NO” on H.R. 4970, and “YES” on S. 1925. The time is now.
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"We see a future…where the Violence Against Women Act, the proudest achievement of my career, is not only law but part of American culture." - Vice President Joe Biden, NAACP Annual Convention (7/12/12)

There are just four weeks left in the work period before Congress adjourns for the August break. It is once again time to flood your Representatives with emails, Tweets, and phone calls. It is imperative that they vote “NO” on H.R. 4970, and “YES” on S. 1925. The time is now.

http://congress.org/congressorg/directory/congdir.tt

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~ Tuesday, June 5 ~
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~ Tuesday, May 8 ~
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brightmoments:

Alaska Natives were excluded from the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act that passed in April. If a select group of Republicans get their way, the rest of Indian Country will look the same. THIS is OUR moment to fight for our rights. Be the voice. Contact your representatives and urge their support for Indian Country.

The newest addition to SWP, brought to you by our new team member Christian Ericson. 
We implore you to contact your Representatives. Contrary to what this “select group” of Republicans is telling you, the War on Women is very real. The desire to eliminate the tribal provisions of the bill shows that this is also a way to directly discriminate against Native Americans in general. This is OUR moment, let’s fight for our rights.

brightmoments:

Alaska Natives were excluded from the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act that passed in April. If a select group of Republicans get their way, the rest of Indian Country will look the same. THIS is OUR moment to fight for our rights. Be the voice. Contact your representatives and urge their support for Indian Country.

The newest addition to SWP, brought to you by our new team member Christian Ericson. 

We implore you to contact your Representatives. Contrary to what this “select group” of Republicans is telling you, the War on Women is very real. The desire to eliminate the tribal provisions of the bill shows that this is also a way to directly discriminate against Native Americans in general. This is OUR moment, let’s fight for our rights.

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~ Monday, April 2 ~
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In 1969, Wilma Mankiller occupied Alcatraz and it was there that she became inspired to live a life of activism and public service. In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month we are asking the question, “What can we as Native women do to organize ourselves and stand in solidarity with one another?” This past year has been a huge resurgence for women around the globe. From Tahrir Square in Egypt, to the SlutWalks that began in Ontario, and the current fight in the U.S. for reproductive justice. We want to hear from you and your ideas about how we can continue to fight for our rights.

Twitter: @SaveWiyabi
www.Facebook.com/Save.Wiyabi.Project

In 1969, Wilma Mankiller occupied Alcatraz and it was there that she became inspired to live a life of activism and public service. In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month we are asking the question, “What can we as Native women do to organize ourselves and stand in solidarity with one another?” This past year has been a huge resurgence for women around the globe. From Tahrir Square in Egypt, to the SlutWalks that began in Ontario, and the current fight in the U.S. for reproductive justice. We want to hear from you and your ideas about how we can continue to fight for our rights.


Twitter: @SaveWiyabi

www.Facebook.com/Save.Wiyabi.Project

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