May 6, 2022
Hudson MMIP march
Along with R.I.S.E. (Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment), an Indigenous artist initiative dedicated to the amplification and evolution of Indigenous art and culture, and the Hudson mayor’s office and common council, Forge Project will begin gathering at the Henry Hudson Riverfront Park around 5:30 PM, lead Indigenous activists and allies starting at 6 PM, march along Warren Street, and end at City Hall around 7 PM (about 1 mile). Local advocacy groups will be invited to speak at the beginning of the march, and all are welcome to attend and raise awareness for MMIP. Light refreshments will be provided. Forge recommends wearing comfortable shoes, bringing hats and umbrellas, and using masks to keep everyone in the community safe during the march.
Poster- and banner-making event
On Sunday, May 1, from noon to 5 PM at Art Omi, Forge Project is partnering with artists Demian DinéYazhi' (Diné) and Korina Emmerich (Puyallup) of R.I.S.E. to host a drop-in protest poster- and banner-making event for MMIP. There, participants will use a variety of provided materials such as cardboard, markers, paper, fabric, stencils, and spray paint to construct posters and banners for themselves and others to bring to the Friday march as well as to post around the region to raise awareness. Participants will learn about the history of MMIP and best practices for being an advocate. No RSVP required. Light refreshments will be served. While this event will be taking place outdoors, Forge Project asks that participants be fully vaccinated and wear masks. If you are feeling ill or have been recently exposed to COVID-19, we ask that you stay home.
MMIP Day of Awareness
May 5 is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP). Former Forge Project Director of Education Heather Bruegl (Oneida/Stockbridge-Munsee) worked with the city of Hudson, the mayor’s office, and Hudson city council to enact a citywide MMIP Day of Awareness, and Forge Project will continue encouraging local and regional municipalities to adopt similar declarations as well as larger projects to protect Native women, children, and two-spirit people.
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (also known as Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, or MMIW), has only recently made major headlines, but has been a serious crisis across Turtle Island/North America since Anglo-European settlers arrived in the 16th century. What many tribal nations consider an epidemic and even form of genocide, MMIP is rooted in the systemic belief that Indigenous women are not valuable in a white society, and therefore can easily be disposed of or exterminated. And in a nation built on the dispossession of Native peoples from their ancestral homelands in order to exploit that land for profit, Indigenous women are murdered at a rate 10 times higher than the national American average (U.S. Department of Justice), and 7 times higher for First Nations, Inuit, and Metis women in Canada (Statistics Canada).
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