NC NOW is a cosponsor of the #MMIW Virtual Event in 2021, and the NC NOW president will speak on how the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) would help some of egregious loopholes in tracking and prosecution of perpetrators of assaulting and murdering indigenous women. Here is the press release for the event, which is 10am-1pm on Saturday, April 24, 2021. Update: Watch the recording on youtube here.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
NORTH CAROLINA MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN (MMIW) ONLINE RALLY
April 24, 2021
On Saturday, April 25th families along with state-wide agencies will host an online gathering that focuses on Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women ahead of the National Day of Awareness on May 5th. A host of speakers and performers previously scheduled to attend the march will participate in an online rally. This is a call to action for activists, supporters and families to raise awareness, attention and bring justice to the many women and girls who have disappeared or have been murdered in NC.
A disturbing number of Indigenous women and girls disappear and/or are murdered each year. Due to the absence of consistent, standardized reporting on the issue, researchers have been prevented from gaining a true understanding of this epidemic. This rally will highlight how poor data collection, lack of prosecution, and institutional/systemic racism have become ingrained and contributing factors in the neglect of Native American Communities in NC.
According to one of the organizer, Crystal Cavalier, “We are walking with our ancestors behind us, and our Creator before us. When our native women rise and heal, we all rise and heal. Please prepare your signs, banners, and remember to wear RED shirts, hats, and/or Regalia.”
North Carolina has the largest Native American population east of the Mississippi River and in 2010 there were more than 122,000+ Native Americans residing in the state, according to the US Census. Another point of great significance to the study were the profound challenges encountered while attempting to obtain case records. Nearly half of municipal police departments failed to respond at all or within the designated time frame required of public disclosure requests. In NC racial misclassification was common, with some victims classified as “Black”, “White”, or “Hispanic”. Often, Native women and girls from tribes that are not federally recognized were not identified as Native at all. Despite race typically being used as a classifier when crimes are reported, a few cities were unable to identify Native American, Alaska Native, or American Indian people in their database.
Shining a light on all the causes of violence, murders, and disappearances is a daunting task. But it is a necessary one. We are exposing hard truths about the devastating impacts of colonization, racism and sexism. National renowned artists Pura Fe, actress Tantoo Cardinal and dozens of speakers/performers for this live event.
Attn: Antionette Kerr
Attn: Crystal at: email@example.com
For more details visit: MMIWNC.org