The tv murmurs with redundant sounds,
but nothing else be it abounds.
The world around me seem to sleep
yet I know there is another world which
works while our sleep is deep.
Know this to be true as I have worked it myself
just like Santa’s best elf.
The phone would ring with a new crisis
for this advocate to have no biases…
Here is the Administration’s policy statement on the VAWA reauthorization, largely opposition to the House version.
And here is the House Judiciary Committee Report on the H.R. 4970, VAWA Reauthorization (HRPT-112-HR4970cj). According to the Report, “The justification for why these provisions are necessary is also questionable. Proponents of these provisions tout unverifiable statistics about the rate of non-Indian violence against Indian women on Indian land…”
On May 8th, the House Judiciary Committee marked up and passed H.R. 4970, a stripped-down Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) that excludes a number of key provisions found in the Senate bill, including those bearing on the safety of Native women and communities. Get informed! Visit www.indianlaw.org for more information on how to get involved.
The full House of Representatives is expected to vote on its VAWA reauthorization bill soon — as early as mid week.
Here is the House Bill:
H.R. 4970, the VAWA reauthorization bill will be considered by the Rules Committee today at 5pm. The hearing can be viewed at: http://rules.house.gov/Legislation/hearings_details.aspx?NewsID=834
Instead of the three tribal provisions in S. 1925 that would:
- Provide Indian tribes criminal jurisdiction over domestic violence, dating violence, and violations of protective orders that occur on Indian lands;
"We women of one country will be too tender of those of another to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs." Mother's Day as Resistance
by Cheryl Lindsey Seelhoff, written Mother’s Day, 2006
The women responsible for the holiday we know as Mother’s Day did not celebrate the day as it is celebrated in the United States. The day as they envisioned and conceived it had nothing to do with telephone calls from children, flowers, candy, or dinners out. It had nothing to do with the mothers and grandmothers with the most children and grandchildren being recognized with carnations and ribbons during church meetings.
Your life of sacrifice enabled me to live.
February 2, 1923 – September 12, 2011
I know a woman, who suffered unspeakable brutality,
in a time when women were but chattel,
at the hands of one who took an oath before God to love, protect and cherish her.
I know a woman, who suffered in silence,
the indignities caused by a philandering husband…