❤️❤️❤️Please consider wearing RED on Wednesday May 5th as it is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. ❤️❤️❤️ #MMIWG #MMIWG2S #INDIGENOUS #IndigenousPeoples #MMIW #protectoursisters #reddress #iamnotnext pic.twitter.com/ThaBzj0Cmk
— Shana Cardinal (@shanzbiz) May 4, 2021
Not exactly the usual optimistic early-morning topic, but…
President Biden has proclaimed May 5, 2021, Missing & Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day.
— Ruth H. Hopkins (Red Road Woman) (@Ruth_HHopkins) May 4, 2021
From AP, “Families, advocates mark day of awareness for Native victims”:
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — From the nation’s capitol to Indigenous communities across the American Southwest, top government officials, family members and advocates are gathering Wednesday as part of a call to action to address the ongoing problem of violence against Indigenous women and children.
U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and other federal officials are expected to commemorate the annual day of awareness as a caravan of female motorcycle riders hits the streets in Phoenix, advocates take to social media, and families prepare for a night of candlelight and prayer vigils.
Haaland, the first Native American to lead a U.S. cabinet agency, called May 5 an unfortunate tradition.
The former Democratic U.S. representative from New Mexico remembers hearing families testify about searching for loved ones on their own and bringing clothing to congressional hearings that represented missing and slain Native Americans.
Haaland will display a red shawl on an empty chair in her office Wednesday to symbolize those who have disappeared and honor the movement that rang the alarm. She said she believes the nation has reached an inflection point.
“This year more than any, I feel we are ready to solve this crisis,” she told reporters Tuesday. “Everyone deserves to feel safe in their communities, but the missing and murdered Indigenous peoples crisis is one that Native communities have faced since the dawn of colonization. For too long, this issue has been swept under the rug with the lack of urgency, attention and funding.”…
A ‘call for justice’: #MMIWG awareness day
— Indian Country Today (@IndianCountry) May 4, 2021