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Help Moms of Slain Youth Tell Their Stories

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Help Moms of Slain Youth Tell Their Stories
Help Moms of Slain Youth Tell Their Stories
Help Moms of Slain Youth Tell Their Stories
Help Moms of Slain Youth Tell Their Stories
Help Moms of Slain Youth Tell Their Stories
Help Moms of Slain Youth Tell Their Stories
Help Moms of Slain Youth Tell Their Stories
Help Moms of Slain Youth Tell Their Stories
Help Moms of Slain Youth Tell Their Stories
Help Moms of Slain Youth Tell Their Stories
Help Moms of Slain Youth Tell Their Stories
Help Moms of Slain Youth Tell Their Stories
Help Moms of Slain Youth Tell Their Stories
Help Moms of Slain Youth Tell Their Stories
Help Moms of Slain Youth Tell Their Stories
Help Moms of Slain Youth Tell Their Stories
Hi Unsilence family!
 
EXCITING UPDATES
 
MEDIA COVERAGE
Thanks to your support of Unsilence, the stories of the mothers of The Sisterhood -- told through our brand new online exhibit -- received fantastic media coverage, including primetime TV spots on NBC and Fox and a powerful article in the Chicago Sun-Times.
 
MEDIA FOCUS
What seems to be resonating most is that the exhibit is narrated by the mothers themselves, and the exhibit doesn't focus on HOW their children were killed or murdered, but rather it focuses on the humanity of their children when they were alive and spotlights the grief and loss the mothers of The Sisterhood continue to experience while fighting for justice.
 
KEEP SHARING!
Please continue to help the mothers tell their stories by sharing the exhibit link and media links (above) on social media and with your friends, colleagues, and families. Spacing your different posts a few days apart works really well.
 
DONATIONS TO THE SISTERHOOD
Finally, if you know of people who would like to make a donation, they can do so through GlobalGiving (going forward, funds through this campaign page will go directly to The Sisterhood, while donations to Unsilence for our other projects and programs should be made through the Unsilence website).
 
Again, thank you for your help and support!
We cannot unsilence without you.
Danny
  
Danny M. Cohen, PhD
Founder & Interim Executive Director, Unsilence
www.unsilence.org

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THANK YOU!!!

TODAY, thanks to your support of this important project, Unsilence is launching a new online interactive exhibit that tells stories, through photographs and testimonies, of The Sisterhood, a collective of mothers, all women-of-color in Chicagoland, each of whom has lost a child to gun violence.

Narrated by the mothers and featuring the powerful photographs of acclaimed Chicago artist Cecil McDonald, Jr. -- the free online exhibit tells of how the mothers support each other in grief and take action toward justice and healing.

"It don't just affect me as a mother. It affects sisters, brothers, cousins, children. So we have to speak out about this... I was fighting this battle even before my son was killed... we have to find a way where people, everybody, takes responsibility of trying to curb this violence and trying to educate people about the effects of this violence on family members and the community." -- Gwendolyn Baxter

YOUR HELP: After you experience the exhibit for yourself, there are two ways you can show your support:

    1. Share the exhibit on social media. Just share this link -- unsilence.org/sisterhood -- and add a personal message about why the mothers' stories are important.

    2. Please consider making a donation to help us continue our work to bring the mothers' stories to schools and communities.

Thank you for your support of our urgent work.

We cannot unsilence without you.

The Unsilence Team

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PROJECT UPDATE:

We are excited to report that we are getting ready to launch our new Unsilence exhibit. Our Unsilence team has been working to curate and build the interactive online exhibit, which is narrated by the women of The Sisterhood, a collective of mothers, each of whom has lost of child to gun violence.

Featuring original photographs by artist Cecil McDonald, Jr., the exhibit is based on group interviews about the women's experiences and continuing reflections about their children. The photographs were taken in locations chosen by the women, in their homes and neighborhoods on Chicago's South Side and surrounding areas.

The exhibit invites audiences to reflect on and bear witness to how, together, the women support each other in grief, and take action toward justice and healing.

We're looking forward to announcing our launch date soon!

All our best,

The Unsilence Team

www.unsilence.org

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At Unsilence, we are feeling grateful right now. Since the beginning of this pandemic, with our online content already in place through our website - all our content is free and accessible to anyone with internet - Unsilence has been delivering live programs to communities across the country. Our website users and total visits are up 107% and time spent on our website is up 21%.
 
This is why we're so excited to be working on our online exhibition to tell the stories of the mothers of The Sisterhood, a collective of Chicagoland mothers, all women of color, whose children have been killed by senseless gun violence. With "distance learning" becoming the new norm for formal and informal education, the launch of our exhibition has the potential to reach even more people.
 
The design of our online exhibition is going very well. We are now working to select excerpts from interview transcripts and sequencing the exhibition photographs to tell the stories of the mothers as individuals and as a group of activists. Our goals: (1) To unsilence the personal and collective grief, trauma, activism, and healing of mothers of color. (2) To humanize their murdered children who are so often portrayed in a negative light in the media. (3) To connect communities and support them to talk about systemic violence, because we're facing the gun violence crisis together and we can only solve it together.
 
We are so grateful for your support of our work. Please consider adding to your support by following this linkWe cannot unsilence without you. 
 
All my best,
Danny M. Cohen
Founder & Interim Executive Director of Unsilence
www.unsilence.org
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I'm excited to share with you some of the behind-the-scenes work on our Unsilence collaboration with The Sisterhood, a collective of Chicagoland mothers, all women of color, whose children have been killed by senseless gun violence.
 
Over the last few months, renowned Chicago-based artist Cecil McDonald Jr. has been conducting photo-sessions with the mothers. Working closely with founder of The Sisterhood, Gwendolyn Baxter, an exciting and important framework has emerged:
 
At the heart of our Unsilence online exhibition will be two sets of photographic portraits. The first set of portraits will depict each mother in her everyday clothes and in an everyday setting of her choice. The second set of portraits will be a series of studio shots, in no specific location, the mothers wearing their group shirts.
 
By presenting these two sets of portraits side-by-side, our online exhibition will connect and contrast the individual narratives of each mother with the collective story of The Sisterhood as a group of activists who support one another.
 
This framework – each mother’s individual narrative entwined within the story of The Sisterhood – will drive the learning experience we are designing, and will help us achieve our goals: (1) To unsilence the personal and collective grief, trauma, activism, and healing of mothers of color. (2) To humanize their murdered children who are so often portrayed in a negative light in the media. (3) To help communities across Chicago talk about systemic violence. (4) To connect Chicagoland communities, because we’re in this crisis together and we can only solve it together.
 
We are so grateful for your support of our work. Please consider adding to your support by following this linkWe cannot unsilence without you. 
 
All my best,
Danny M. Cohen
Founder & Interim Executive Director of Unsilence
www.unsilence.org
 
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