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Leading up to this Mother’s Day, members of Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman and our partner organizations will release the first in a series of reports entitled Austin – A “Family-Friendly” City: Perspectives and Solutions from Mothers in the City, which calls into question Austin’s family-friendly reputation. Check out the full report here:
https://mamasanaclinic.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/mamasana-book-final.pdf

Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman, in partnership with allgo and Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition (AIRC), will hold a press conference at City Hall on Thursday, May 7, 9 – 10 am to launch the report and provide recommendations for city government to address current racial and socio-economic inequities in Austin. Members of our groups, Mayor Steve Adler, City Council Member Delia Garza, and others will speak.

Also on Thursday, May 7, at 6:30 pm, the Austin City Council will have a public hearing to discuss whether city government should implement an EQUITY ASSESSMENT TOOL, as recommended in the report. This is an effort to encourage the city to prioritize those policies and decisions that make Austin MORE EQUITABLE. Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman, Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition, and allgo are working together to move this forward. COME OUT AND TESTIFY IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION. If you are not interested in speaking, please come, be counted, and stand in solidarity with us! Help us make sure that Austin policies do not continue to increase the racial and economic divide in the city. PLEASE JOIN US AT 6:30 PM AT CITY HALL TO TESTIFY AND SHARE YOUR STORY!!! (We will provide childcare and light snacks in city hall lobby)

Please join us in wearing white tops so that our numbers can be represented there. Follow us on twitter at @mamasanaclinic or check our FB page Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman to see real time updates of Thursday’s hearing.

HERE IS HOW TO SUPPORT WHEREVER YOU ARE:

-If not in Austin- Make Calls and Send Emails to City Council Members to let them know you support the report recommendations.

In Austin–Testify at the public hearing at city hall Thursday May 7th 6:30pm. Share your stories about whether Austin is truly a “Family-Friendly” city for all. Please join us in wearing a white top so our numbers can be represented there.
Attend the press conference May 7th 9-10 am at City Hall. 

Talking Points for calls/emails to City Hall:

–Share your name and what district you live in
–Let them know that you agree with the findings in the report and support it’s recommendations, including:

1) Develop and implement an equity assessment tool to guide all policy-making endeavors of the city; and
2) support demonstration projects that directly address health inequities affecting pregnant women individually and collectively in Austin.

–Ask them to take action to ensure these recommendations are implemented in 2015.

Contact Info for Mayor and City Council Members:

Mayor Stephen Adler512-978-2100steve.adler@austintexas.gov
District 1 Council Member Ora Houston512-978-2101ora.houston@austintexas.gov
District 2 Council Member Delia Garza512-978-2102delia.garza@austintexas.gov
District 3 Council Member Sabino “Pio” Renteria, 512-978-2103sabino.renteria@austintexas.gov
District 4 Council Member Gregorio “Greg” Casar512-978-2104gregorio.casar@austintexas.gov
District 5 Council Member Ann Kitchen512-978-2105ann.kitchen@austintexas.gov
District 6 Council Member Don Zimmerman, 512-978-2106don.zimmerman@austintexas.gov
District 7 Council Member Leslie Pool, 512-978-2107leslie.pool@austintexas.gov
District 8 Council Member Ellen Troxclair512-978-2108ellen.troxlcair@austintexas.gov
District 9 Council Member Kathie Tovo512-978-2109kathie.tovo@austintexas.gov
District 10 Council Member Sheri Gallo512-978-2110sheri.gallo@austintexas.gov

Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman Clinic Releases New Report Examining Racial Inequities In Austin, Texas!

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“This Mother’s Day, we want more than flowers and cards – we want the city of Austin to take action to support the health and wellness of ALL our mothers and babies, and ALL our families,” says Kellee Coleman, Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman Program Coordinator. 

Check out their Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman’s recent report examining institutional racism in Austin, and ways to support their work—which includes the development of an equity assessment tool and a call to support for demonstration projects thatdirectly address inequities faced by low-income women of color—here: 

https://mamasanaclinic.wordpress.com/2015/05/02/mama-sanavibrant-woman-clinics-releases-new-report-examining-racial-inequities-in-austin-texas/ 

Originally posted on mamasanaclinic:

Austin is recognized as a “family-friendly” city but is this true for all of its residents? Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman, a women’s health project of Mamas of Color Rising*, presents community-based participatory research that calls into question Austin’s reputation as a family-friendly city for the majority of its residents. The research looks at key indicators that affect the health and well-being of families and evaluates the lived experience for low-income women of color and their families in Austin. The methods include focus groups and surveys as well as individual and group interviews. Taken together, the primary and secondary data provide key insights that show that race and class impact how well families thrive and even survive in Austin.

This report offers concrete recommendations to city government and to the community at large in order to move Austin towards becoming a model city in equitable development.

Check out Full Report Here.


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For Cindy, For Ourselves: Healing in the context of colonial gender violence

Originally posted on Moontime Warrior:

Today is April 2nd, 2015 and across these lands, gatherings will be held for Cindy Gladue.

Cindy Gladue was an Indigenous woman, mother, and sex worker. The man charged in her murder was recently acquitted after a dehumanizing trial involving the showcasing of Gladue’s intimate wounds as evidence.  Just today, it was announced that the Alberta Crown has launched an appeal. For those of you unfamiliar with the case, I suggest articles by Sarah Hunt and my dear friend Naomi.

In helping to organize the Saskatoon event and communicating with organizers across the country, I am reminded that the women and two spirits organizing these actions are the same women who organize everything in our communities. The women who carry the burdens of so many and often find ourselves exhausted. The ones who are on the frontlines, who never step back from “the work” because the…

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Still Choosing to Leap: Building Alternatives

Originally posted on Leaving Evidence:

Remarks from the closing plenary, “Revolutionary Organizing Across Time and Space,” at the INCITE! Color of Violence 4 Conference, March 26-29, 2015, Chicago, Illinois.

vie on wallThe work I am engaged in is the work of building transformative justice responses to child sexual abuse with the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective (The BATJC). We are a local collective and we are not a nonprofit because we believe that it will not allow us to take the kinds of political risks necessary for transformative justice and community accountability (TJ/CA). It’s pretty hard to build beyond the state when you’re part of the state. No one is paid and we work to get everything for as free as we can. We are not “volunteers,” but rather we understand this as part of our life’s work.

I am interested in our internal work. The work with each other inside of our movements, inside of our…

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Self-Defense Panel @ COV4!

Do women of color have the right to defend themselves from violence?

Join INCITE! at the convergence, Color of Violence 4, in Chicago, March 26, 2015, and witness a historic discussion between Renata Hill (of the New Jersey 4), Cece McDonald, Yvonne Wanrow, and Marissa Alexander, facilitated by Mariame Kaba, member of the Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander.  All panelists have been prosecuted and incarcerated for defending themselves or their families from sexual violence, domestic violence, transphobic violence, and/or racial violence. 

More info: colorofviolence.org

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#StandWithNanHui

#StandWithNanHui and Stop the Deportation! Reunite a Domestic Violence Survivor with Her Daughter!

The verdict is in.

After an aggressive retrial in Yolo County, CA, Nan-Hui Jo, devoted mother and survivor of domestic violence, has been convicted on charges of “child abduction.” Supporters of Nan-Hui are outraged and deeply saddened over this verdict. In light of this conviction, deportation proceedings may be imminent, which would result in permanent separation between Nan-Hui and her daughter.

Nan-Hui Jo (A 098 906 641) is currently at high risk for deportation. In 2009, Nan-Hui fled the United States with her infant daughter, Vitz Da, to escape the physical and emotional abuse of the child’s father,  Upon her escape, her ex-partner filed child abduction charges, for which Nan-Hui was tried twice. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have continued to leverage their institutional power to maintain an immigration hold and pursue deportation, which would permanently separate Nan-Hui from her daughter. 

When In July 2014, Nan-Hui re-entered the United States for a 3 month visit to Hawai’i with her daughter. At the airport, she was immediately arrested and forcibly separated from her child. Nan-Hui was tried five months later on alleged child abduction charges, resulting in in a hung jury..  Ignoring all evidence of domestic violence–including two calls to the police in Sacramento after her child’s father physically abused her and testimony from her former partner admitting to physical assault and threats–the Yolo County District Attorney aggressively pursued a retrial. Assistant District Attorney Steve Mount tried to paint Nan-Hui as an abuser in his cross examination, accusing her of leaving the country with her child in a malicious attempt to retaliate against her ex-partner. To smear her credibility, Mount refused to acknowledge Nan-Hui as a survivor of domestic violence, accusing her of being a “tiger mom” who was “clearly a very capable woman” and who knowingly exploited welfare and immigration systems. We see the District Attorney’s remarks for what they are: racist, anti-immigrant, and sexist tropes that have no place in a “justice system.” 

 The Yolo County DA, CBP, and ICE have done irreparable damage to Nan-Hui and Vitz Da. Mother and daughter have not been allowed to talk in over seven months. Nan-Hui has been imprisoned without bail and without due process since July 2014 because of the immigration hold, despite her status as a survivor and a pending U Visa application on file. Vitz Da is currently in the full custody of her former partner.

We stand with Nan-Hui against an unjust system that criminalizes survivors and immigrants, as well as separates families. We call on CBP and ICE to immediately release Nan-Hui and stop all deportation proceedings.  

 TAKE ACTION NOW TO #STANDWITHNANHUI:

1. Sign this petition for Nan-Hui directed to CBP Support Director Ricardo Scheller and ICE Field Director Craig Meyer. 

2. Make a QUICK phone call in support of Nan-Hui:

Call CBP Support Director Ricardo Scheller at (415) 782-9201 and ICE Field Director Craig Meyer at (415) 844-5512 ext. 4 to demand that CBP and ICE exercise its prosecutorial discretion to drop Nan-Hui’s case.

Sample Script: “I am calling to ask Director Scheller/Humphrey to drop the immigration hold against Ms. Nan-Hui Jo (A 098 906 641) and allow her to reunite with her six-year-old daughter. Ms. Jo is a survivor of domestic violence and her case should be considered under the parental interests directive. I ask that ICE/CBP exercise its prosecutorial discretion and drop Ms. Jo’s deportation case.”
 

4. Raise awareness on social media about Nan-Hui’s case. 

Click on the share buttons on this petition and Tweet about it and spread the word using hashtags #StandWithNanHui, #WeSurvived, and #Not1More..
 

In Solidarity,
Korean American Coalition to End Domestic Abuse (KACEDA)

Immigrant Youth Coalition (IYC)
Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus Advancing Justice (ALC)

(for a more complete list of organizations that have signed on to support Nan-Hui, please click here: http://www.kaceda.org/standwithnanhui/)

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On running a community-based murder investigation, resisting violence against Indigenous women, atomic bombs and burnout: An interview with Indigenous feminist Audrey Huntley

Originally posted on Everyday Abolition/Abolition Every Day:

Audrey HuntleyEveryday Abolition: Alright, so. Hi, Audrey, thanks so much for talking with us today. I wanted to just start by asking if you can tell us a bit about the database that No More Silence is creating.

Audrey Huntley: The database will document violent deaths and missing indigenous women, trans and two-spirited people. It expands on the list that we would print up on February 14th and hand out when we do our ceremony at police headquarters. That list honors missing and murdered women in Ontario, but over the years we’ve often been asked to include people’s loved ones who’ve committed suicide, because they were actually driven to commit suicide like a young girl, Jewel, Jamie Jamieson’s daughter, who hung herself after being bullied for several weeks. In her mother’s view, she was killed by the bullying.  We started thinking about it as death by colonialism and want to broaden…

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