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  • Being a Doula to the Next Economy
    Winona LaDuke: "I want to be a doula to the next economy. It will take many of us to bring on the birth, but it is time. Time to re-matriate our world, our Mother Earth. The next economy needs to be restorative and regenerative. It needs to not poison people and land. No more “-cides” in the food and in the water. That stuff will kill you. It needs to be compassionate and maternal — looking out for relatives, whether they have hands, paws, roots, claws, or fins.
  • Unchecked Authority
    We realize that some of the events we thought were normal, or our fault, or “boys being boys,” or something we had to put up with, were none of those things.
  • Women Used as Weapons of War
    Erica Rivera reports on Peggy Kuo, a prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, who was featured in a recent World Without Genocide program in Minneapolis. Said Kuo: Rape is “used as a way to control, to terrorize the population, to make sure that people don’t come back, to humiliate, to show superiority.”
  • Creative Healing
    Marjorie Fedyszyn: "The silence and secrecy of our collective trauma weighs heavily on society. What I had not expected was the number of people, some strangers and some friends, who were compelled to share their own stories with me after they saw my work."
  • Healing Sexual Violence With Body Movement
    Patricia Cumbie: "I grew up with people with certain struggles, who needed therapy but couldn’t afford it. Therefore, therapy was something that fluffy indulgent people did. The problems piled up like unpaid bills until, bang, someone flipped out, smacked someone, hit rock-bottom, or was 
    court-ordered to go."
  • The Dance of Trust
    Doreen Johnson: How ballroom dance helped me learn to trust men.
  • Healing: Generational Trauma
    Chris Stark: "That chord of silence followed me from my childhood. It came to me from my grandmothers, and their grandmothers before them — back to the beginning of the murder of the people on Turtle Island (North America), back to the slavery of Indigenous people, back to the sexual and physical violence."
  • A Compendium of Voices: Abuse, Assault, Advocacy
    This new “Tapestry” section showcases commentary of powerful, everyday women engaged with our topic of the month. TRIGGER WARNING: Teresa Vining on moving from abuse to advocacy. Sarah Super on how to talk with a trauma survivor. Latrina Caldwell on breaking the cycle of abuse. 
  • 2018 Changemaker: Eileen Hudon
    Ogichidakwe/Council of Female Warriors: Eileen Hudon advocates for women who are fighting domestic violence and sexual violence. "We are the ones who are going to make a difference in our [Native] community.”
  • Election Messages and Native Approach to Assault
    Think: Response to violence against Native women, midterm election data and quotes, including the impact of Latinx voters.
  • 2018 Changemaker: Asma Mohammed
    RISE and Shine: Asma Mohammed engages women around sexual assault, engages youth in civic action, and offers workshops on intersectionality and identity for people of color. "Once you fire people up and give them the tools they need, they are ready to go."
  • “Great American Outpost: Dreamers, Mavericks, and the Making of an Oil Frontier”
    Excerpt from “Great American Outpost: Dreamers, Mavericks, and the Making of an Oil Frontier,” by Maya Rao
  • Jessica Melnik: On a Mission
    Learning Life: High school junior Jessica Melnik has led a coalition to try to get a curriculum into Minnesota schools to build awareness about the sex trafficking issue.
  • Sexual Harassment at the Capitol
    About 18 years ago, Pat Helmberger was forced out of the workplace she loved: the Minnesota State Capitol, where she'd worked in various roles for 12 years. Her male boss sexually harassed her. His actions weren’t invisible, but may as well have been — others knew, sometimes even witnessed, what was happening, yet looked away.
  • Making the Invisible Visible: Immigrant Laborers
    Sexual harassment, wage theft, worker safety, and fair working conditions are a few of the areas CTUL makes more visible through direct action (protests), negotiation with employers, organizing around class-action lawsuits and partnerships with other organizations.
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