Friday, October 12, 2007

wear red this halloween

Here's a powerful and important campaign that's working to call attention to violence against women of color.

Find more information about be bold be brave be red stop the violence at Document the Silence.

The organizers are encouraging people to wear red this October 31st. To wear red in protest. To wear red to be seen. To wear red to "break the silence and invisibility surrounding violence against women of color."

They are organizing RED RALLYS, and it looks like there will be events in most major cities. So check out their site, particularly if you're not a huge fan of Halloween.

I'll leave you with a message from the website:

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.

This is such an important undertaking, in a culture where it's difficult to launch grassroots campaigns. This particular problem is the subject of a book we're putting out in January called Shout Out: Women of Color Respond to Violence. So I join the women of be bold be brave be red stop the violence in asking you all to wear red and see if you can't find a RED RALLY in your neighborhood.


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