Being a writer of horrors, I make jokes and have alot of fun on this blog. At times, we all must recognize that there are real horrors going on all around us and it is up to us to bring about change. This is not just for my sisters of color, but for all women—and men. I found this e-mail (post) on my friend, Gwyneth’s ( http://gwynethbolton.blogspot.com/)blog:
Recent events in the United States have moved us to action. Violence against women is sadly, not a new phenomenon in our country or in the world, however, in the last year women of color have experienced brutal forms of violence, torture, rape and injustice which have gone unnoticed, received little to no media coverage, or a limited community response. We are responding to:
The brutal and inhumane rape, torture, and kidnapping of Megan Williams in Logan , West Virginia who was held by six assailants for a month.
Rape survivors in the Dunbar Housing Projects in West Palm Beach , Florida one of whom was forced to perform sexual acts on her own child.
A 13 year old native American girl was beaten by two white women and has since been harassed by several men yelling “white power” outside of her home.
Seven black lesbian girls attempted to stop an attacker and were later charged with aggravated assault and are facing up to 11 year prison sentences.
In a Litany of Survival, Audre Lorde writes, “When we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak remembering we were never meant to survive.”
These words shape our collective organizing to break the silence surrounding women of color’s stories of violence. We are asking for community groups, grass-root organizations, college campus students and groups, communities of faith, online communities, and individuals to join us in speaking out against violence against women of color. If we speak, we cannot be invisible.Join us and stand up to violence against women by wearing Red on October 31, 2007.
I have attached two important documents detailing the “Be Red Be Bold Wear Red on October 31st Campaign.”
Please send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For updated information, please visit our website http://documentthesilence.wordpress.com/ on Wearing Red on October 31, 2007.