Join Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women Awareness Day

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This week the Seattle City Council proclaimed May 5th as Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Awareness Day. This is part of an ongoing national effort to bring awareness and direct resources towards this issue. The Council resolution itself contains some of the heartbreaking statistics:

“According to the National Crime Information Database, there were over 5,700 known incidents of missing and murdered Indigenous women in 2016. The number of unknown, unreported, or mis-classified cases is at least double that. According to the National Institute of Justice, more than four out of five Native women have experienced violence in their lives.”

Here are some ways you can take action today:

1. Ask your national representatives to support the bipartisan Savannah’s Act (S.1942), introduced by Senator Heitkamp (D-ND), which invests in "information-sharing, data collection, and response protocols" to combat violence and trafficking against indigenous women. Email all of your represenatives in one click here: https://democracy.io/#!/

2. Consider supporting the marches taking place throughout the Pacific Northwest over the next week:

   Events link: https://www.facebook.com/events/141036756569963/

   Donation link: https://www.youcaring.com/missingandmurderedindigenouswomenwashington-1138164

3. Raise awareness on social media using the #NotInvisible, #MMIW, #MMIWG hashtags

Background:

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/we-need-action-council-calls-attention-to-missing-slain-indigenous-women/

https://lastrealindians.com/seattle-proclaims-may-5th-missing-and-murdered-indigenous-womens-awareness-day/

https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/culture/social-issues/may-5-national-day-awareness-missing-murdered-indigenous-women-girls/

https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation-politics/lawmakers-may-study-violence-against-native-american-women/

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Upcoming Events:

Resist Trump Tuesday continues on Tuesday, May 8 at 11:45 a.m. outside the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, followed by a meeting with our Senators’ Staffers! https://www.facebook.com/events/617343195265975/

Weekly Seattle Indivisible Meeting Tuesday, May 8 at 7pm at the Washington State Labor Council (new location!) https://www.facebook.com/events/1657913504287897/

Rally to Defend Workers Rights and Reject New Seasons Market: May 9 at 9:30 am or 5:00 pm, 951 NW Ballard Way in Seattle.

New Seasons Market is an anti-union grocery store funded by the Murdock Trust, an anti-LGBT investor. Labor groups are joining together to protest the opening of a New Seasons Market in Ballard. Join them!

RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeMYL6uQ-h0dXwUrQzukdWLApf4T5w46tOFICYmuOrqIONGDA/viewform

More information here: http://www.thestand.org/2018/05/rally-may-9-to-reject-new-seasons-market/

Also May 9: Stand Up to Bezos' Bullying: Rally & Pack Council Chambers! 12pm at Seattle City Hall: https://www.facebook.com/events/2066675510322943/

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