MMIW AND SAY HER NAME: UNITING AGAINST FEMICIDE 

Uniting Against Femicide builds on scholarship by Shanya Cordis and Stephanie Lumsden, which theorizes the connections between femicide of Black and Indigenous women. This work grew out of a desire to mutually support and collectively organize against the violent deaths of Black and Indigenous women, and a need to determine how to build those relations in a good way, highlighting our shared experiences and connections, while also honoring the differences between our communities’ stories of such violence. Uniting Against Femicide aims to bring Black and Native people together, to dialogue in community workshops on their experiences of deaths and disappearances of women and girls in their communities, to imagine collective healing and how we might better work together to end this violence.

ABOUT THE RESEARCHERS

SHANYA CORDIS

Shanya Cordis is a black and indigenous (Warau and Lokono) feminist scholar-activist whose research and life work focuses on creating spaces of truthtelling for and by black, brown, and indigenous peoples that generate ways of being in the world that honor our relationality to one another and the lands on which we live. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology at Spelman College. Her forthcoming manuscript, (Un)Settling Geographies: Antiblackness, Gendered Violence, and Indigenous Dispossession in Guyana, is an ethnography that traces the relationships between ongoing indigenous land dispossession, antiblackness, and gendered violence in Guyana. Her published poetry includes “Conduit Speak,” in the edited collection Pariahs and “In the Deep, In the Dark,” in Raspa Magazine.

STEPHANIE LUMSDEN

Stephanie Lumsden is an enrolled member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe in Northern California. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies from Portland State University in 2011 and her Master’s degree in Native American Studies from the University of California, Davis in 2014. She earned her second Master’s degree in Gender Studies in 2018. She is currently a third year PhD student in the Gender Studies department at UCLA. Stephanie is on the board of the Native Women’s Collective and is also a proud member of the abolitionist group California Coalition for Women Prisoners in Los Angeles. Her dissertation project addresses the relationship between the prison industrial complex and settler colonialism in California. For this project she is interested in discussing how settler relationships to land facilitate an economy which relies on the incarceration of millions of people. She also seeks to explore how the dispossession of Native women in particular makes incarceration possible and what this means for abolition politics.