News you can relate to

Some news stories that caught our eye over the past week:

  • Author Alisa Valdes talks of how the man who inspired her to write a “love letter of a book about him,” turned out to be abusive—and the hurtful way those involved in publishing and promoting her book are responding.
  • Three King County (WA) Sheriff’s detectives filed a lawsuit against the county, claiming years of sexual harassment by two sergeants in (of all places) the Special Assault Unit. Among the many disturbing accusations: “[Sergeant] Provenzo allegedly told one of the female detectives ‘not to fully investigate rape or sexual-assault cases that occurred on the Muckleshoot Indian reservation, because rape happens on the reservations “all the time,”’ the lawsuit alleges.”
  • Having information and access to finances is crucial for survivors of abuse and—let’s be real—for every single one of us. Here’s a great place to get started on financial and estate planning for whatever your future might hold.
  • Four indigenous women in Canada sparked a global movement for Native sovereignty, called Idle No More. Thousands of people have participated in flash mobs, protests, and prayer gatherings all across Canada and the U.S. Some are calling for Congress to pass the Violence Against Women Act with protections for Native women.