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Dear Friends,

This November was a busy one for our country; from election day to Native American heritage month, transgender awareness week, all the way to the senate passing a bill to protect same-sex and interracial marriage; minoritized groups demanded to be heard. This month showed that people no matter their race, gender or sexuality, deserve equity and will continue to foster conversations and action for change. National Crittenton continues to fight for equity and justice. We are boldly and unapologetically moving into a future collaboratively fostering change towards eradicating all forms of oppression. We appreciate your support and we hope you continue to make an impact together with us. A new era is on the horizon for National Crittenton, but our values and tenacity for justice and empowerment are here to stay. 

In Solidarity,
National Crittenton
Latest Blog Post: We Are More Boldly and Unapologetically Moving Into Our Future

As we come to the end of 2022, we thank you for walking through this transformational year with us. Through your partnership and shared belief in National Crittenton’s work, we can continue to collaboratively foster change towards our #1 goal: to eradicate all forms of oppression. National Crittenton has entered a new phase of unapologetically seeking justice and joy, and we want to share our impacts with you in support of her/them* that co-leads the work we do. 

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Senate passes bill to protect same-sex and interracial marriage in landmark vote

CNN- 11.29.22

The Senate on Tuesday passed legislation to protect same-sex and interracial marriage, called the Respect for Marriage Act, in a landmark bipartisan vote.

The final vote was 61-36. The bill was supported by all members of the Democratic caucus and 12 Republicans, the same dozen GOP members who backed the bill for a procedural vote earlier this month.The House will now need to approve the legislation before sending it to President Joe Biden’s desk to be signed into law. The House is expected to pass the bill before the end of the year – possibly as soon as next week.

“For millions of Americans, this legislation will safeguard the rights and protections to which LGBTQI+ and interracial couples and their children are entitled,” Biden said in a statement Tuesday evening after Senate passage, hailing it as a “bipartisan achievement.”

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NY Times- 11.28.22

One October morning in a New York City courtroom, a woman from Pakistan tearfully recounted how an arranged marriage with a man she barely knew had devolved into violence in a tiny apartment in Flatlands, Brooklyn.

She told the judge about when she had finally called 911. Police officers had found her huddling in the bathroom with a bloody mouth and broken glasses — she had turned on the shower when calling for help so her husband and in-laws couldn’t hear. She said in court that officers had gone back to fetch her shoes. A few feet away at the defense table, her estranged husband, in shackles, kept his head lowered, his eyes trained on the desk in front of him.

For years, cases like these — which typically involve not just prosecutors, but social workers, police officers, children’s services, immigration authorities, shelters and translators — were handled by different offices, disjointed efforts that victims and their lawyers said tended to delay justice and left their varied needs unmet.

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Muslim Americans make historic gains in midterm elections

Nabeela Syed made history in this year’s midterms when she defeated a Republican incumbent in Illinois’s 51st District, making her the youngest member of the Illinois General Assembly and among the first Muslims elected to the state legislature.

“It is so important for us to have a seat at the table, for us to have a voice in the legislative process,” Syed, a 23-year-old Indian American who is Muslim, told a local TV news reporter soon after her win. Syed recalled a conversation with a friend who had never expected to see a name like hers on yard signs in their community.

To Syed, candidacies like hers are viable “if people put in the time, the effort and the money,” she said in a podcast series documenting her campaign. Syed and Abdelnasser Rashid became the first Muslims elected to the Illinois legislature.

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Biden making new commitments at Tribal Nations Summit

ABC News - 11.30.22

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden plans to make new commitments to Native American nations during the government's first in-person summit on tribal affairs in six years.

The changes include uniform standards for federal agencies to consult with tribes, a plan to revitalize Native languages and new efforts to strengthen the tribal rights that are outlined in existing treaties with the U.S. government. Biden, a Democrat, is scheduled to address the White House Tribal Nations Summit on Wednesday, the opening day of the two-day summit.

The gathering coincides with National Native American Heritage Month, which is celebrated in November. Leaders and representatives from hundreds of Native American tribes are expected to attend.

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Bills targeting trans youth are growing more common — and radically reshaping lives

NPR- 11.28.22

An NPR analysis of this fast-changing landscape found that over the past two years, state lawmakers introduced at least 306 bills targeting trans people, more than in any previous period. A majority of this legislation, 86%, focuses on trans youth.

While not every proposal has succeeded — about 15% of the bills have become law — the surge of legislative activity reflects what many advocates see as an increasingly hostile environment for LGBTQ rights in statehouses across the country and even some corners of Congress. 

Some of the new laws have been temporarily blocked by the courts. But legal challenges have done little to slow the pace of new proposals, according to Katie Eyer, a professor at Rutgers Law School. It's an echo, she says, of the period after Brown v. Board of Education, when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down segregation in schools, but many states kept trying to pass laws to obstruct the ruling.

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Cherokees ask US to make good on promise: a seat in Congress

ABC News- 11.28.22

The country's largest Native American tribe, the Cherokee Nation, is ramping up calls on the U.S. government to fulfill a promise made nearly 200 years ago.

The historic treaty, which forced the Cherokee people off their ancestral lands across the Southeast and onto the infamous Trail of Tears in 1835, was supposed to give them official representation in Washington in exchange. It has never happened.

"The promise was very simple," said Cherokee Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr. "The treaty literally says the Cherokee Nation 'shall have' a right to a delegate in the House of Representatives."

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Transforming trans survival into trans joy

The Grio - 11.28.22

Trans girls and gender-expansive youth of color deserve to be safe, free and thriving.

But today, trans and gender-expansive communities are facing multiple, interlocking systems of oppression. Across cities and states, trans communities are under attack from anti-trans legislation that aims to direct physical, psychological and spiritual violence in homes, schools, facilities and communities. This includes legislation that specifically targets youth, as well as trans folks who are Black or come from other communities of color.

In 2022 alone, there have been more than 100 bills introduced in state legislatures across the country targeting young trans people. Beyond political targeting and systemic discrimination, too many young people coming into their trans and queer identity find themselves on the streets compared to their cisgender counterparts.

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‘Culture of exclusion’ keeps women of color from top media jobs, report reveals

The Guardian - 11.30.22

Women of color are suffering from a “culture of exclusion” that is seeing them passed over for the top jobs in media organizations and written out of the stories those outlets cover, a report has found.

In an unprecedented analysis of newsrooms and news stories from six countries – the UK, Nigeria, India, South Africa, Kenya and the US – women of all backgrounds were found to be significantly underrepresented in editorial leadership roles and in coverage.

For every woman who was an editor-in-chief, the analysis found, there were at least two – and in some places as many as 12 – men at the same level. But the challenges facing women of colour in racially diverse countries, such as South Africa, the UK and the US, were even greater, the report concluded. In Britain, where 37% of the media organizations surveyed, including the Guardian, had a female editor-in-chief, only 1% had a woman of color at the helm.


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UN Women Report: Gender-Related Killings of Women and Girls (Femicide/Feminicide)

Violence against women and girls is the most pervasive human rights violation rooted in gender inequality and discrimination, unequal power relations, and harmful social norms. The gender-related killing of women and girls is the most brutal and extreme manifestation of such violence. With the aim of galvanizing global action against this all-too-pervasive crime, UNODC and UN Women have joined forces to produce this research paper on the global estimates of gender-related killings of women and girls in the private sphere in 2021.This report features policy recommendations to support comprehensive and multisectoral approaches to prevent and address gender-related killings and other forms of gender-based violence against women and girls. To read more click here!

Girls Leadership Report: Ready To Lead - Leadership Supports and Barriers for Black & Latinx Girls

Our understanding of how race, ethnicity, and ultimately culture impact girls’ leadership identity and leadership skills has radically evolved. This change came out of original research we conducted on the cultural and systemic leadership barriers and supports for Black and Latinx girls. Four years ago Girls Leadership set out to gather a new set of data that tells the more complex, nuanced, and intersectional story of the leadership development of girls of color. Internally Black and Latinx girls have significantly higher levels of confidence and leadership skills, but externally they face bias, discrimination, and, in the school environment, punishment and push out. To read more click here!


Workshops & Programs:
Indigenous Leadership to End Violence from a Woman’s Perspective Webinar
This webinar will discuss the importance of Indigenous Women in Leadership in ending intimate partner violence (IPV) against our Indigenous relatives. We will take a glimpse into the host of roles Indigenous women fulfill in strengthening and protecting communities. These accounts will extend to cultural teachings, knowledge keeping, and Indigenous advocacy, in addition to the perseverance, resilience, and strength that are needed to navigate Western colonial space. And lastly, we will discuss how all Indigenous women have the perspective to become agents of change in working to strengthen sovereignty, end gender-based violence, and revitalize and sustain a culture for our Indigenous futures. This online event takes place on Wednesday December 14th. Learn more here!

The Givers Revival
An immersive 3-day healing & spiritual arts experience for liberation. This event includes finding healing through moving ones body, revitalizing to ground oneself in power, and a retreat to be at peace with oneself. Many activists and helping professionals who report experiencing extreme stress or burnout don’t take time off or go on hiatus. This event focuses on the fact that rest & renewal for "The Givers" is critical. This event takes place in Miami, FL from December 9th-11th. Learn more here!

Grant Opportunities:
The Art of Yoga Project Grant: National Affiliate Grant
If you work with marginalized girls and gender expansive youth and are interested in integrating trauma-informed mindfulness and creative expression to your programming, our National Affiliate Program grant is a great opportunity to get trained on The Art of Yoga Project’s model.  The Art of Yoga project invites you to submit a National Affiliate Program grant application. The application is due by 5 pm PST on December 14, 2022.  Please submit your application via email to nap. To read more about this opportunity click here!

Job Opportunities:

National Indigenous Women's Resource Center - Deputy Director
The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, Inc. (NIWRC) is a Native-led nonprofit organization dedicated to ending violence against Native women and children.The Deputy Director for the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center is responsible for working alongside the Executive Director to assist with implementation of annual organizational goals and objectives, annual program work plans, including some oversight of program staff, and grant deliverables. The Deputy Director shall coordinate regularly with Team Directors to support the development of budgets and to assist in reinforcing our existing culture of accountability and team responsibility.The Deputy Director will also work to increase and strengthen the efforts of our skilled and dedicated team of staff, our board of directors, and volunteers engaged in the Center’s work. Learn more here!

National Indigenous Women's Resource Center - ARP Liaison Coordinator
The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, Inc. (NIWRC) is a Native-led nonprofit organization dedicated to ending violence against Native women and children.The ARP Liaison Coordinator assists in the development and management of NIWRC’s technical assistance and training initiatives related to the ARP Support for Survivors of DV and Sexual Assault from Culturally Specific Populations Grant. This position will ensure that the NIWRC’s technical assistance/training and resource development specifically focused on the impact and response to the Covid-19 pandemic, is culturally, historically, and legally relevant and supports governmental, nonprofit, and community responses to the immediate crisis needs of Native women victimized by violence and the social change work inherent in ending violence against Native women. Learn more here!

Native Americans : We Shall Remain

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, watch LoVina Louie explain the historical root causes for the challenges facing many Native Americans. Her abundant insight and passionate stories lead into a heart wrenching yet hopeful song that will captivate you as you listen to this talk. LoVina is an enrolled member of the schitsu'umsh (Coeur d’Alene) Tribe and a descendant of the nselxcin (Okanogan/Colville) and Nimipu (Nez Perce) tribes. She is a descendant of Chief Morris Antelope of the schitsu'umsh and Chief Manuel Louie of the Inkaneep Band in Oliver, BC, Canada. LoVina is director of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s Marimn Health Wellness Center as well as the Coordinator for Qwest Life. She earned her Bachelors Degree from University of Idaho in Organizational Sciences with an emphasis in Community and Tribal Wellness. LoVina is the visionary behind the revolutionary exercise series “Powwow Sweat” and co-directed the American Indian Film Festival and Red Nation Film Festival award winning music video “We Shall Remain.” 

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All My Relations
In honor of Native American Heritage Month, give this podcast a listen. This is a podcast exploring what it means to be a Native person today  To be an Indigenous person is to be engaged in relationships—relationships to land and place, to a people, to non-human relatives, and to one another. All My Relations is a place to explore those relationships, and to think through Indigeneity in all its complexities. 

The podcast came from a desire to have more Indigenous voices accessible in mainstream media—hosts Matika and Adrienne are surrounded every day in life and work by brilliant Native folks who are fighting and resisting settler colonialism, while also celebrating and uplifting their communities and cultures. The majority of Americans never see this side of Indian Country, and instead only see stereotypical Hollywood Indians set in the historic past or sad, dark poverty porn. Matika and Adrienne want to offer an alternative, to move beyond bland stereotypes and misrepresentations, and engage in the messy, beautiful, and complicated parts of being Indigenous. They want this space to be for everyone—for Native folks to laugh, to hear ourselves reflected, and give us a chance to think deeper about some of the biggest issues facing our communities, and for non-Native folks to listen and learn. 

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