AUDIENCE: Our online audience is going strong. Schools and communities across Chicago and across the U.S. continue to use Unsilence digital programs to support youth dialogue and important community conversations. With your support, Unsilence interactive exhibit 'The Sisterhood' tells the stores of a group of Chicagoland mothers, each of whom has lost a child to gun violence. Together, the women support each other in grief and take action toward justice and healing.
SUPPORT: Going forward, until we reach our $10,000 project goal, all funds raised through this GlobalGiving portal will go directly to 'The Sisterhood' to support the mother's work, including events and support group meetings for grieving mothers.
200% MATCH: This month, up until December 17th, new monthly donations to this project are eligible for a 200% match as part of GlobalGiving's Monthly Donor Drive! Please consider a monthly donation and triple your impact!
Throughout the pandemic, with schools and communities turning to remote learning, here at Unsilence we've seen a sustained surge in traffic to our online learning experiences.
This includes our interactive exhibit that tells the stories of The Sisterhood, mothers whose children were killed or murdered by gang violence or police violence in and around Chicago. You can visit the exhibit right here: www.unsilence.org/sisterhood
Please continue to support our work by sharing the exhibit with your communities.
And please continue to contribute to our campaign, to keep the stories of The Sisterhood front and center.
FEAUTURED STORY: As our interactive exhibit to tell the stories of The Sisterhood reaches more and more people, GlobalGiving has chosen our project as a GlobalGiving featured story. The feature includes a breakdown of our process in creating the exhibit:
"Throughout the project, we created and followed a set of parameters. The first ensured that the interactive exhibit was narrated only by the mothers’ words. The second guaranteed that the curation team members, who are experts in Black women’s narratives, made all final design decisions. And the third made sure that every marginalized voice was heard clearly and that everyone was compensated fairly for their time and expertise."
KEEP SHARING! Please continue to help the mothers tell their stories by sharing the exhibit link on social media and with your friends, colleagues, and families.
DONATIONS TO THE SISTERHOOD: Funds through our GlobalGiving Campaign page will go directly to The Sisterhood. (Donations to Unsilence for our other projects and programs should be made through the Unsilence website: www.unsilence.org)
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.
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.
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).
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
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