Women in Black

Every time a homeless person is found dead outside or dies by violence in King County, WHEEL (a homeless women’s organizing effort) and the Church of Mary Magdalene (an ecumenical day ministry) mobilize for our silent witnessing vigil called Women in Black.

Today, we stand  in honor and memory of Teresa Fernen, 46.  On May 5th, someone brought her body to a local Safeway Store.  Her cause of death is undetermined.  Teresa is the first known female death this year. 

At least 14 people have died outdoor/violent deaths in Seattle already this year.

(Taken from the Women in Black press release)


4 thoughts on “Women in Black

  1. Hey Liz,

    Thank you for sharing this, what an important way to stand witness and to spread awareness. It’s so mind numbing that we have to do this in this day and age, in a country with so much abundance, where I have a computer that I can carry around.

    There’s a group called Women in Black that stands silently in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Haifa every Friday in protest of the occupation. They wear all black and hold signs, but mostly stay silent unless someone approaches and talks to them. It’s amazing how much verbal and sometimes physical abuse they get just standing there (“Hamas whore” was the in vogue insult to shout at them the time I stood with them).

    Anyway, all of that to say that there’s such power in intentional, silent witness–not apathetic silence, but the kind of silence that speaks louder than words. The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo knew it, and Women in Black, whether in Jerusalem or in Seattle, know it too.

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hey David. Actually, the Seattle version of Women in Black actually started BECAUSE of the group in Jerusalem! Our world gets a little smaller every day.

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