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Let's talk about "national emergencies."
There are THOUSANDS of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in this country. Sisters, daughters, mothers, human beings that disappear without a trace. Where is the declaration over that crisis? #MMIW #MMIWG #MMIR
In a country determined to place nationalism at the forefront of domestic and foreign policy, we have a shocking number of homeless veterans. In states like Arizona, the number of #veteran suicides is 90.4 per 100,000. kdminer.com/news/2019/feb/…
There are over 1.5 million Americans affected by "water poverty", and lack access to safe, clean drinking water — the most basic of human needs. Go to @DigDeepH2O for more information. thesandspur.org/map-the-inequa…
One in 6 Americans suffer from hunger or #foodinsecurity. In food deserts, especially in places like Native reservations, this number is certainly higher. How can we declare a national emergency when people go without food? dosomething.org/us/facts/11-fa…
#ClimateChange, as it intensifies, threatens homes and lives via terrifying natural disasters like fires, floods, hurricanes, and drought. This is a real national emergency. grist.org/article/should…
In America, on average, there is a #schoolshooting every 12 days. Every. 12. days.

Children and educators die in our school's public institutions over and over and over and yet, there is no declaration of a national emergency over it. cnn.com/2019/02/14/us/…
#IndianCountry and rural tribal areas witness a shocking amount of youth suicides every year due to factors related to ongoing colonization of tribal lands. No emergency declaration over that. psycnet.apa.org/record/2014-34…
Across the country, thousands of people without homes experience potentially life-threatening consequences during cold snaps like the #polarvortex.

America not taking care of its own is a true national emergency. time.com/5515913/chicag…
In America, giving birth is even a risky pursuit. Compared to other "developed" nations, the US has the worst #maternal mortality rate — and this specifically spikes among Black/Indigenous/POC communities. npr.org/2017/05/12/528…
Our nation has a problem with drugs, on the street & in the pharmacy. We're diving headlong into an #opioid crisis unlike anything this country has ever seen; while Trump HAS declared a #nationalemergency about it, no money has been allocated to combat it. vox.com/policy-and-pol…
The US continually fails in its war on #poverty: the great compounding force in many demographics. On Native lands, poverty is all too common of an influence on the education, nutrition, and mental health of growing children. usnews.com/news/healthies…
Rampant inequality among #BIPOC communities, particularly Indigenous communities in this context, cause health disparities that have yet to be addressed in a meaningful way at the federal level. aappublications.org/news/2019/02/1…
#MMIW, #ClimateChange, #GunViolence, #Poverty, #Homelessness, #Water, #Drugs, #Health: THESE are #NationalEmergencies.

Our southern border is not the emergency. It is a fabricated, partisan effort to divide us and to 'other' our southern relatives. Do not fall for it.
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