We want to say thank you for all the women of color, comrades, and allies who wore red, hosted rallies, and read the litany at 8:00 pm/central to make public and private statements that violence against women of color must end. More things to come regarding the Be Bold Be Red campaign will be posted next week, November 10, 2007.
You can email your photos and videos to email@example.com!!
(After October 31, 2007, with your permission we want to “flood” the web with pictures, stories, and videos of RED. We expect to get the most pictures and video tomorrow, November 1-5, 2007)
Also, you can see people dressed in RED, by clicking on the page “Red Pictures TODAY.” These pictures were sent to us by people from across the nation committed to ending violence against women of color.
Please Read why people wore red and will continue to wear red by clicking on “Why Are You Wearing Red?”
Additionally, there are many stories of violence against women of color we did not highlight in our initial move clip, “How do you keep a Social Movement Alive?” Therefore, in the next coming weeks we will begin updating the movie clip with stories of violence that go unheard that affect various women of color communities as well as highlighting specific ways in which state violence and citizenship makes it very difficult for immigrant women of color to speak their stories of violence.
More things to come regarding the Be Bold Be Red campaign will be posted next week, November 10, 2007.
Urgent Press Release about Violence Against a Woman of Color
From: Aishah Shahidah Simmons
I am wearing red because I am a survivor of incest and rape.
I am wearing red because I live in a City (Philadelphia) where a White Woman Judge Terri Carr Deni dropped all rape and assault charges in the case of a woman gang-raped at gunpoint. Because the woman was working as a prostitute, Judge Deni decided that she could not have been raped and changed the charge to “theft of services.” Deni later said that this case “minimizes true rape cases and demeans women who are really raped.”
On Thursday, November 1, 2007, in Philadelphia, there will be a Press Conference at 1pm Outside Municipal Court (Criminal Justice Center)1301 Filbert St. On November 6, 2007, I will voice my opinion to Judge Deni by voting “NO!” on her retention as Judge in the Municipal Court of Philadelphia.
I am wearing red because I am very clear that it doesn’t matter if you’re a stripper, a prostitute, a lesbian, a bisexual woman, a heterosexual woman, a single mother (especially with several children from different fathers), on welfare, a high school drop out, college educated, working in corporate America, working at a minimum wage job with no health insurance, or working in the film/music/television entertainment industry. Yes, I placed what some people would view as very different/distinct categories of women of Color in the same category because history has consistently shown me and all of us that if any of the aforementioned Black women are at the wrong place at the wrong time (which could be at any time), we, women of Color, will be left to heal our very public wounds alone.