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.
There are so many important and interesting articles, we don’t want to lose track of them. In North Carolina, we have the lobbyist involved in the fundraiser being former Raleigh mayor Tom Fetzer, who told contacts that the fundraiser recipient could succeed House speaker Tim Moore. The 2 year anniversary of the murders at UNC-Charlotte is coming up on April 30 – victim/hero Riley Howell’s mom wrote an excellent op-ed after mass murders in March – people want change. A four-year federal investigation into longstanding Republican claims of voter fraud in North Carolina ended – and found nothing. Young congressman Madison Cawthorn touts the Covid relief funds helping his constituents, although he did not vote for them.
Many of these articles were included in most recent mailchimp email from NC NOW – if you want to receive the emails, fill in a volunteer form and put ‘Add me to email list” and other ways you want to be involved in the ‘What do you want to do’ note.
Fort Hood Specialist Vanessa Guillén was finally ‘laid to rest’ in a private funeral and Mass in Houston on Saturday, Aug 15. On Aug 14, there was a public memorial at her high school, where she had been involved in multiple sports. Many hope the uproar over sexual harassment and sexual assault in the military that blew up after Specialist Vanessa Guillén’s disappearance and murder will force permanent change in military culture. “The Military Failed Vanessa Guillen and Others. It Must Do Better.” in Ms. Magazine explains how much her family did and “major deficiencies exposed by her case —including slow or negligent investigation of missing persons, lack of communication with families and handling of sex crimes.” There have been some developments – new legislation, investigations including a congressional one, and more bodies found.
There were at least three protests for Vanessa Guillen in Raleigh on Saturday, July 25. Some of these protests are being organized by younger women moved to action, very grassroots. NC NOW had learned about the noon caravan (first one) and NC NOW became involved in the evening one at the state capitol (third one). There was an article on the second one in the News and Observer on July 26. Here is information on all three.
Vanessa Guillén was a 20-year-old Army Private First Class when she went missing on April 22, 2020, from Fort Hood Army Base. She vanished mid-shift, leaving her car keys, barracks room key, Army identification card and wallet behind at her workspace. The investigation into her disappearance dragged on slowly at best while her family pushed for help and answers. Eventually, investigators found she was murdered by a soldier on base. Before the murder, Guillén had told her family she had been sexually harrassed by her superiors, but was afraid to report it. Her case and problems with how the military handles sexual assault and sexual harassment sparked protests all over Texas, online and around the country. A candlelight vigil was held for her and Breonna Taylor in Durham on 7/5/20, and at least two have been held in Fayetteville. Anger and frustration with these failures are creating a military #MeToo movement. These continuing major failures in the military must be addressed.
Please join us for the online Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and People (MMIWGP) rally scheduled for 4/25/20, from 10am-1pm. Emcee Crystal Cavelier, Founder of MMIW NC Coalition and Co- Organizer of March has provided an agenda. NC NOW is one of the cosponsors, and NC NOW President Gailya Paliga is one of the speakers. The link to watch it livestream is Livestream of Online #MMIWGP Rally. The (past) facebook event is at https://www.facebook.com/events/455552131732954/
10:00 am – Welcome Crystal Cavalier, Founder of MMIW NC Coalition and Co- Organizer of March Jason Crazy Bear (Choctaw Apache) and David Seleni (Houma)
Indigenous women are raped, beaten and murdered at astounding rates. Proposed changes to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) would help deter these crimes and punish perpetrators by increasing tribal jurisdiction to include sexual violence, sex trafficking, stalking, and child abuse. We need to push our US Senators to reauthorize a strong VAWA like the one that passed in the US House over a year ago (4/4/19).
#VAWA is topic at Tuesdays With Tillis event on 4/9/19. Senator Tillis has an office at this Federal Building in Raleigh. Photo credit: Michael Eisenberg