On Thursday, October 25 from 1 to 2pm eastern time, #NativeTwitter, Native media, advocacy and activist organizations will be joining along to share that Indian Country as a whole is still alive and well.
The #WeAreStillHere hashtag Twitter chat was conceived by Native advocates Crystal Echohawk and ICT contributor Rebecca Nagle to foster greater awareness regarding the contributions of Indian Country.
In an emailed statement to Indian Country Today, Nagle expressed the importance of the tweet chat this Thursday.
"If you haven’t yet, please take time to look at the report Reclaiming Native Truth. This groundbreaking research found that not only are Native people erased from K-12 education, media and pop culture, but that this--more than any other factor--undermines support for Native rights. On Tuesday, Teen Vogue will publish an article detailing the findings in the report. We will use Tuesday’s national coverage to promote the tweet chat."
"During the tweet chat, we will all tweet questions and content using the same hashtag to spark a conversation on Twitter and beyond. The questions and outline are detailed below."
How to follow a #Hashtag Chat in Twitter
"If you’ve done a tweet chat before, here is an article with more info about how they work and how to participate," wrote Nagle.
Promoting the Tweet Chat:
- Please invite people to and promote this FB event:
- Please use the attached graphic on social media to promote the tweet chat.
- Here are some sample tweet and text for an email to share to promote!
Nagle and Echohawk also gave Twitter / tweet examples people could share on social media.
Join #WeAreStillHere twitter storm about how invisibility is the modern form of racism against Native people THIS Thur Oct 25 1p EST with the hashtags #WeAreStillHere #NativeTruth #IllumiNative w/ @NDNrights @NativeApprops @Native_NewsNet @NativeOrganizer @ndncollective & more
Native Americans are erased from pop culture, news & K-12 education. This invisibility-more than any other factor-undermines support for Native American rights. Join our #WeAreStillHere tweet chat THIS THUR Oct 25 @ 1pm EST! w/ @NotYourMascot @tribecalledgeek @womensmediacntr
Join @CrystalEchoHawk @Center4Native @collegefund @EvrydayFeminism @indianz @IndianCountry @NativeChildren @niwrc & more for the #WeAreStillHere: Reclaiming #NativeTruth tweet chat THIS Thur Oct 25 1pm EST about how invisibility is the modern form of racism against Native people.
This THUR join Native leaders and allies to name invisibility & erasure as the modern form of racism against Native Americans. #WeAreStillHere tweet chat Oct 25 1pm EST w/ @womensmarch @ndncollective @rebeccanagle @NDNrights & more!
The #WeAreStillHere Tweet Chat is sponsored by IllumiNative, Center for Native American Youth, American Indian College Fund, Everyday Feminism, Indianz.com, Indian Country Today, National Indian Child Welfare Association, National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, Native American Journalists Association, Native American Rights Fund, Native Appropriations, Native News Online, Native Organizers Alliance, NDN Collective, Not Your Mascot, Oneida Nation, A Tribe Called Geek, The Women’s March and the Women’s Media Center.
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