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phoenix-falls:

Updated from Charles Upham via the Blackfeet Nation FB page

Official Upham Family Press
Release:
We would like to provide the
following infomation to all of
Misty’s friends and family. We
believe that Misty’s death was
accidental. She did not commit
suicide. We believe she ran into the
wooded area behind her apartment
to hide from the police. The area in
question has a hidden drop off and
evidence suggests that she slipped
and fell off of the steep
embankment when she tried to get
out of a view from the road. She
simply did not see the drop off. We
searched near that area that
evening she disappeared and
missed seeing her purse by 25 feet.
I , Charles, went there after Fire
Department officials recovered her
body and you just can’t see the
steep drop until it’s to late. Misty
was afraid of the Auburn PD
officiers with good reason. In an
incident prior to her disappearance,
the Auburn PD came to pick up
Misty on an involuntary transport to
the ER. She was cuffed and placed
in a police car. Some of the officiers
began to taunt and tease her while
she was in the car. Because it was
dark they couldn’t see that we, her
family, were outside our apartment
just across the street witnessing
this behavior. They were tapping on
the window making faces at her.
Misty was crying and she told them
you can’t treat me like this I’m a
movie actress and I will use my
connections to expose you. Then
another officer walked up to her
asked “are you a movie star?, then
why don’t complain to George
Clooney!” After Misty arrived at the
ER we went to see her and she has
a swollen jaw, black eye and
scratches and bruises on her
shoulder. I asked the ER staff what
happened and they said Misty was
brought in like that. Misty said she
couldn’t remember what happened
but thats why she feared the police.
I asked Misty to call the Auburn PD
and ask to speak to the
commander. When she was
connected to, whom we believe was
Commander Stocker she made a
verbal complaint. The official asked
her “what are you going to do about
it?” She replied I’m doing it, I’m
telling you so you do something
about it.” The APD official told her
unless she wanted to file a formal
complaint the matter would not be
pursued. The day the APD was
called to do another Involuntary
transport Misty left the apartment
where she was staying. When we
tried to follow her Auburn PD
officiers told us they wanted to
check for inside. We told them that
Misty may have walked around the
side of the apartment but they
made us to go back inside. They
asked if we were hiding her and
took time to search the apartment
and get a description of what she
was wearing. By the time they
finished Misty was gone. We
believe that if we were not
otherwise occupied we may have
found Misty before she got hurt. It
is a tragic that Misty slipped and
fell to her death trying avoid the
police, it’s tragic that she did not
get the proper medication to treat
her mental illness from her mental
health care givers at Valley Cities
Mental Health, it is tragic that the
Auburn PD refused to help offer to
find or at least change her Missing
status to “Endangered” to allow
other agencies to get involved. But
the real tragedy is this could have
been prevented on a lot of levels.
We pleaded with the Auburn Police
to help us find Misty but
Commander Stocker made the
decision that Misty did not fit the
criteria of the Washington State
Endangered Missing Persons Plan.
This became a point of contention
between us and the Auburn PD. In a
statement he gave to the press he
said Auburn PD doesn’t have any
evidence that Misty is actually
missing. He went to say that Misty
packed her belonging and left her
apartment. This was an inaccurate
statement. We believe that
Commander Stocker had animosity
against Misty due to a previous
encounter. Why else would he
refuse to allow common sense to
prevail? Imagine a 32 year old
woman with mental illness, without
her medication, imagine she left in
an unstable mental state, imagine
for the first time in 32 years she lost
contact with everyone for 11 days.
Now imagine she is Commander
Stocker’s daughter. Do you think
this case would have been handled
differently? Misty loved life, she had
ambition, vision and a desire to
make a difference in the world she
lived in. She tried to use her
celebrity status to influence
positive change and she became a
living example of that endeavor.
Now press reports are saying that
Auburn police department found
Misty. The truth is the Native
American community formed a
search party and found her after
several days of searching without
the help of the Auburn PD. We
would like to thank the
Muckleshoot Tribe and other Tribal
volunteers for all their support in
our time of desperation. We would
like thank all the wonderful
supporters who could not be here
but offered kind words and prayers.
A special thank you to Pastors
Kenny and Charolette Williams for
opening up the Pentecostal Church
for a rescue command Center and
providing food, supplies to the
volunteers. We will let the family
and friends know about her funeral
arrangement once medical
examiner concludes his
investigation.
Thank you
Charles, Mona, Amanda,
Christopher and Alesha.
If you would like to donate to the
Misty Upham Memorial Fund
please follow the link below.

Fundly.com/m2/misty-upham-memorial

Police treating the mentally ill like criminal garbage is not a new thing. I and several other people I know (all WOC, ironically/not-ironically) have been manhandled, threatened, made fun of, assaulted, and horribly mistreated by police under similar circumstances. 

It is IMPORTANT to note and to keep reminding everyone that the APD had NOTHING to do with finding Misty. Our sister was found by her family and volunteers from the Native community. the APD didn’t care about her and don’t care about her and they will try to write her off as some random suicide case. 

The MMIW phenomenon is horrifically real. It is continued genocide, and they will do ANYTHING to cover that up. The only vested interest Amerikkka and Canada has in Native Peoples is killing us off. 

AMBER ALERT

Andrey Voronenko (9 years old) Last seen in Vancouver, WA

The child has a bowl cut and was last seen wearing a navy polo with pink stripes, grey pants, blue and grey tennis shoes, and dark navy rain coat.

Vehicle2007 Honda Accord, Dark gray, 4 door with Texas license plate #CKK3638, It has tinted windows and a moon roof.

Vancouver, Washington has issued an AMBER Alert for the child. The suspect has been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic and it is believed the child could be harmed.

Andrey is believed to be illegally taken by his father, Alexy Voronenko. Alexy, 38, described as 6-foot-2, 300 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes with graying hair and moustache. 

If you have information, contact: Vancouver Police Department 360-696-4461 or call 911
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sixsahbee:

Actress Misty Upham Missing; Last Seen in Muckleshoot, WA - 10/10/14

Misty Upham, a Blackfeet actress famous for her performances inFrozen River,Jimmy P., andAugust: Osage County, has gone missing, according to her father Charles Upham. She was last seen leaving her sister’s apartment in Muckleshoot, Washington, on October 5.

ICTMN has confirmed with Washington police that a report has been filed and she is listed as missing according to their records.

Charles Upham’s note to the media reads as follows:

Award Winning Native Actress, Misty Upham-best known for her roles in: August Osage County, Jimmy P and Frozen River, is a Missing Person. She disappeared on Sunday, October 5, 2014. She was last seen walking from her sister’s apartment in Muckleshoot, Washington. Misty is considered an endangered missing person due to a medical condition. She has not been in contact with her family or friends since her disappearance. If anybody has any information or has been in contact with Misty since October 5, 2014. You are asked to contact the Auburn police department (253) 288-2121, case no. 14-13189.  

Read more athttp://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/10/10/actress-misty-upham-missing-last-seen-muckleshoot-wa-157305

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onlyblackgirl:

Indigenous People’s Day Photo Project 2013

"Dear Columbus…"

Photo Credit: Andrew Burlingham

South Puget Sound Community College’s Diversity & Equity Center

Olympia, WA 

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The School Board has a responsibility to oppose the systematic racism toward Indigenous people in the United States, which perpetuates high rates of poverty and income inequality, exacerbating disproportionate health, education and social crises.
#NMOS14 Vigils in Washington State

On Saturday, August 9, police in Ferguson, MO fatally shot Mike Brown, an unarmed 18 year-old who was walking to his grandmother’s house. The epidemic of police and vigilante violence against people of color, particularly black people, leaves a wake of pain and grief that we must deal with as a community.

National Moment of Silence 2014 events are are vigils, not protests or rallies.This is a peaceful gatherings of friends in the same location to pay respects to victims. You’re allowed to gather together in small groups, peacefully. I reiterate: peacefully. No bullhorns. No loud music. If you encounter police and are asked what you’re doing, inform them that you and your friends are gathering to remember friends of yours that passed away. If they ask you to move along, you can ask why they are requesting it and when it became against the law for friends to gather together in public. If they insist, do not resist. Move along, together, to a nearby location. Share via social media where you’ve moved. Thank you.

Links are to the Facebook event pages. Please share it around and get people to go!

DO NOT GO TO A NATIONAL MOMENT OF SILENCE VIGIL WITH THE INTENTIONS OF ATTENDING IT FOR ANONYMOUS’S NATIONAL DAY OF RAGE. THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. NMOS vigils are meant to mourn the deaths caused by police brutality. Do not co-opt these gatherings and turn it into something else. Don’t be a jackass.

What to bring: A red sash to wear on your right arm or wrist to identify yourself to your fellow participants, candles, signs expressing solidarity, photos of the slain. Please wear black if possible.

What not to bring: Bullhorns, protest gear, signs that express hatred toward the police, etc.

Please use good judgement. This is a vigil, a community gathering to express our feelings. It is not an opportunity to start shit with the cops or incite a riot.

These are all held TODAY, August 14th. For all three of these vigils, gather at 4pm and silence starts at 4:20pm.

BREMERTON.

Bremerton Waterfront Fountain Park
Bremerton, Washington 98337

At the Large Fountains by the Ferry Terminal.

SEATTLE.

Queen Anne Baptist Church
2011 1st Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98109

VANCOUVER.

(It seems like Vancouver’s vigil is located in Portland.)

Pioneer Courthouse Square
701 SW 6th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97204
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Map of #NMOS14 Vigils on Police Violence on August 14

18mr:

Find a National Moment of Silence vigil in your town. Vigils are today, 7 ET/6 CT/5 MT/4 PT.

Hey FYWashingtonians, there are 3 National Moment of Silence vigils being organized in WA! In Seattle, Vancouver, and Bremerton. Click within to find more details. I hope some of you can attend, please stay safe!

aeon-fux:

This just happened in Seattle. A group of nonviolent protestors in support of Palestine were being harassed by a WHITE MAN, this fucking mall cop comes out and maces and detains a black man WITH NO AFFILIATION TOWARDS EITHER GROUP. RAYMOND WILFORD, AN INNOCENT BLACK MAN JUST WALKING INTO THE WESTLAKE MALL. The protestors are actively telling the mall cop that he MACED THE WRONG GUY, that the black man did nothing wrong, and he still handcuffs him and DENIES him water to flush out his eyes being offered by the protestors. I’m so disgusted. I have been to this area and mall many times in my life and I no longer feel safe going. I hope to god he presses charges and that this scum sucking shitstain loses his job. I’m so scared right now. I’m so fucking scared. Source here, but let the video speak for itself. 

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Study: Healthy eating is privilege of the rich

readnfight:

Nothing new, but I am glad to see 1) data to back up what everyone knows, and 2) strong wording. “Privilege of the rich” is not a phrase I’m used to reading in mainstream news.

SEATTLE — A healthy diet is expensive and could make it difficult for Americans to meet new U.S. nutritional guidelines, according to a study published Thursday that says the government should do more to help consumers eat healthier.

An update of what used to be known as a food pyramid in 2010 had called on Americans to eat more foods containing potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin D and calcium. But if they did that, the journal Health Affairs said, they would add hundreds more dollars to their annual grocery bill.

Inexpensive ways to add these nutrients to a person’s diet include potatoes and beans for potassium and dietary fiber. But the study found introducing more potassium in a diet is likely to add $380 per year to the average consumer’s food costs, said lead researcher Pablo Monsivais, an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and the School of Public Health at the University of Washington.

"We know more than ever about the science of nutrition, and yet we have not yet been able to move the needle on healthful eating," he said. The government should provide help for meeting the nutritional guidelines in an affordable way.

He criticized some of the marketing for a healthy diet — for example, the image of a plate of salmon, leafy greens and maybe some rice pilaf — and said a meal like that is not affordable for many Americans.

Food-assistance programs are helping people make healthier choices by providing coupons to buy fruits and vegetables, Monsivais said, but some also put stumbling blocks in front of the poor.

He mentioned, as an example, a Washington state policy making it difficult to buy potatoes with food assistance coupons for women with children, even though potatoes are one of the least expensive ways to add potassium to a diet.

The study was based on a random telephone survey of about 2,000 adults in King County, Wash., followed by a printed questionnaire that was returned by about 1,300 people. They note what food they ate, which was analyzed for nutrient content and estimated cost.

People who spend the most on food tend to get the closest to meeting the federal guidelines for potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin D and calcium, the study found. Those who spend the least have the lowest intakes of the four recommended nutrients and the highest consumption of saturated fat and added sugar.

Good note at the end of the article that this doesn’t even venture into trying to eat organic or local; this is just about getting basic nutrients. Also good note that this is just what people can afford to eat, assuming there’s even a grocery store with fresh produce available to them.

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iron-spine:

Hey, everyone. So this is really, really important. Especially people in the TACOMA, SEATTLE AREA.

Early this morning (Sat. June 21) around 3:00 AM my husband saw somebody jump our backyard fence and snatch our 15 week old puppy, Fennris. Everything happened so fast, and it was completely unexpected so by the time we went after them, they had already gone. 

The puppy is about 15 weeks old, an Alaskan Klee Kai (miniature husky). He weighs around 6-7 lbs and his coat is white/gray/black and he has bright blue eyes. He is wearing a blue collar with a nametag on it that reads “Fennris”. 

We believe somebody grabbed the puppy, got into a car and drove away. 

Please, please, please anyone in the Tacoma, WA area keep an eye out and if you see anything at all or hear anything PLEASE contact me right away. 

If you don’t live in the Tacoma, WA area I would greatly appreciate it if you could signal boost this to your followers. 

Fennris is the sweetest dog you’ll ever meet, and he’s young and he’s scared. He’s not just a pet, he’s a family member. Please help us find our puppy. 

We are offering a $500 reward for his safe and unharmed return.