Tuesday, April 10, 2007

The South and Petitions

Please show your support for two very important causes. While I've listed the state/city where these mobilizations are based, giving our support to these women on a inter/national level is one of the most important things we can do as a collective.

MN: University Village Rape
"Three University of Minnesota football players have been arrested for raping an 18-year old girl at University Village, which is campus housing. Various members of the Athletics Department, including the football coach and a number of players, told the media that they support the men accused of rape. The victim-survivor has not yet received public support.

This is a petition that is being forwarded about the incident. The people who wrote the petition are seeking signatures and support nationwide so that this situation doesn't turn into one where the victim-survivor is shamed into silence."

NYC: Fely Garcia Campaign
The mysterious death of Felisa "Fely" Garcia, 58, a Filipina domestic caregiver found dead by an alleged suicide in her bedroom last March 14 in the Bronx, NY has prompted the Filipina domestic workers support network known as KABALIKAT, an organizing project of the Philippine Forum, to aggressively seek justice for Fely Garcia.

We mourn the tragic death of Fely Garcia. However, we aim to fight for her life. We will not dwell on the lack of her presence next to us today. Rather, we will fight for the justice that she did not see in her lifetime. We must collect our voices and let our demands for justice be heard!

Sign on the the Justice For Fely Garcia! Campaign! Join the many Filipino community members, here in New York and globally, in our campaign for a fallen sister!

PS: I am looking for fried green tomatoes in Alabama! HAAAAAY NOW! Hanging out in Atlanta was really gorgeous yesterday. More on that later...

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