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Derek Chauvin’s Trial Goes To Jury. What to know ➞ Right now, we recognize that it is okay not to be okay. Rest and practice positive affirmations for justice. We recommend heading over to @BlackLiturgies for resources on mindfully preparing for the Chauvin verdict. Follow @justiceforgeorge for trial updates. #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd #BlackLivesMatter #FeministsforRacialJustice #FeministForAll Source: ‘Derek Chauvin’s Trial Goes to the Jury. Here’s What to Know Before the Verdict.’ by Joe Barrett and Jacob Gershman for the Wall Street Journal
 [ID Slide 1: Derek Chauvin’s Trial Goes To Jury. What to know Slide 2: First, we recognize that it is okay not to be okay. Rest and practice positive affirmations for justice. Slide 3: Header: Next, when can we expect a verdict? Body copy: “It isn’t known. Juries in other big cases have taken days or even weeks to reach a decision. Over the course of deliberations, the jury can send the judge notes asking to see evidence again or ask the law to be explained. These notes are scrutinized closely for any signs of which way they might be leaning.” Slide 4: Header: What will the jury verdict decide? Body Copy: The jury is considering three charges against Chauvin: second-degree murder, third-degree murder; and second-degree manslaughter. Slide 5: Header: Is it possible there is no verdict? Body Copy: Even though the trial requires the jury to come to a unanimous verdict, it is possible it may not. If this happens the Judge may declare a mistrial and the prosecuters have to decide whether to retry Derek Chauvin. Slide 6: An affirmation written by Cole Arthur Riley of @blackliturgies that says: ““Inhale: God, let there be justice. Exhale: But prepare me for it’s absence.”]
Today we honor Madonna Thunder Hawk, an Indigenous activist who leads the American Indian Movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Born and raised across the Oceti Sakowin homelands, madonna is the embodiment of courage. She was an original member of the American Indian Movement, a co-founder of Women of All Red Nations (WARN), and is currently the Lakota People’s Law Project’s principal organizer and Tribal Liaison. As an early advocate of the Red Power movement, she participated in the Occupation of Alcatraz, which was a 19-month protest to take Alcatraz Island back into the hands of Native Americans. This action was also intended to persuade the federal government into adopting a policy of Indigenous self-determination. Madonna also participated in two occupations of Mount Rushmore. In many of the actions Thunder Hawk was involved in, the objective was to protest the violations of the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie, an agreement between the Sioux Nation and the U.S. Government, which was supposed to protect the Black Hills range as a reservation for Native folks. However, colonizers began to lead expeditions into Black Hills in search of gold, and created settlements to live in Black Hills — despite the treaty stating that Black Hills is strictly for Indigenous people. In 1974, she helped found the Women of All Red Nations to discuss women’s issues within the community, against the domination of male Indigenous activists. Thunder Hawk was a spokesperson for the Black Hills Alliance to keep fighting for its preservation, and she also achieved a new water system for the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. In 2004, Madonna helped the Romero Institute to form the Lakota People's Law Project to encourage more vigilant federal enforcement and reform of the Indian Child Welfare Act, which facilitated more Lakota children living with their families or on their ancestral homelands on the reservation. Then, in 2016, Madonna protested with many others at the Dakota Access Pipeline and continues to fight to this day. #HERstory #FeministForAll