To walk or march in protest of an existing condition or abuse is a worthy form of advocacy-much the same as striking is. It gains attention for issues and can lead to support as the result of an increased awareness.
It is an implement not to be overlooked, but also one to use judiciously.
The nations have much to protest and march about, not only health issues but poverty, unemployment, housing, and even the lack of political viability and input.
It is an endless list of grievances, and all valid. One of the more pressing issues is the physical and sexual abuse of women and children, and as a brother rhetorically asked of me the other day- why isn’t there a march for this , as I ask it now?
It is a good question that demands an answer-and I’m not speaking in terms of an AIM led march as another media event, or even a local one-rather one comprised of all nations and on a national level.
The truth of the matter is such a national march hasn’t taken place because the existence of this is a disgrace and a shame easier for the leaders to ignore than to confront.
It flies in the face of oratory about matriarchy, placing women on pedestals, and the past tradition of honor and respect for them that is claimed to exist now.
Such rhetoric is a hollow and empty place lacking any substance when such abuses are commonplace-when it is the victim who is blamed often to the point of finding some measure of dignity only in leaving.
I think the greater good for the people would be in addressing these issues rather than staging a fishing expedition where one fish over the limit is taken, or selectively marching for a specific malady that is no more virulent than the one of rape and abuse.
Call the media and alert them to a protest at Whiteclay? Why not? It is important to address rampant alcohol abuse as well-but is it any more destructive, does it tear more at the fabric of families, communities where women and children are routinely seen as targets, or entire nations? I don’t think so.
March and hold rallies for the likes of a Peltier or a Graham claiming an injustice has been done, and not do likewise for the real injustice done to women and children? Where is the balance in that-what part of that comprises the circle?
It is women, more specifically the daughters of Annie Mae, who initiated the fight, the march for justice for her, and tragically it appears as though it must be women to lead once again in this pursuit of justice for all women against this scourge. Ones such as Tillie Black Bear and Jackie Brown Otter-and a shout out to Joann Spotted Bear -woman unafraid-who I know would be there with a stick in her hand kicking ass and taking names.
All this while men speak of pedestals, matriarchy, and being warriors.