Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Featured

A Message from Tahrir to #NoDAPL Original By Tarek Nasr Revamped by Patty Stonefish

A Message from Tahrir to #NoDAPL Original By Tarek Nasr Revamped by Patty Stonefish

This article was originally written in response to #IdleNoMore – however, after talking to my good friend Tarek Nasr, who is responsible for the original piece, we decided it’s time to be revamped and released again for #NoDAPL. (You may see the original, “A Message from Tahrir to #IdleNoMore” here.) Having started our own uprising roughly 2 years ago and continuing to struggle for Bread, Freedom & Social Justice we have learned a lot (and continue to learn) from this once in a lifetime experience. Having said that I will divide this post into 3 parts; the first some advice (hopefully valuable) to my Indigenous brothers and sisters and the many Water Protectors from all around the globe, 2nd to the American Government & the 3rd to the American Media. Indigenous Relatives & Water Protectors ● Firstly I need not be thanked for supporting your cause, for as a member of an oppressed people it is my cause as well. I may not understand your language or your customs...

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Posted by on Nov 12, 2016 in Featured

#NoDAPL: Let’s Talk About the Wins by Patty Stonefish

#NoDAPL: Let’s Talk About the Wins by Patty Stonefish

I reference Egypt a lot. I do so because I was there not only during an influential time in my life, but an influential time in history. The culmination of the two lead to many lessons – and lessons do little good if they are not shared. One of the lessons I learned along the way, from a close friend, was to “count the small wins”. He was referring to the importance of recognizing these wins during the time following the January 25th Egyptian revolution in 2011. Since then, I’ve worked hard to apply this to my daily life, and doing so has helped immensely! Counting small wins in your day to day life has numerous benefits such as; increased energy, improved outlook, increased self-confidence, lower anxiety, and can even decrease stress levels. These same benefits may be seen in any movement. It is with this thought I decided to revisit this knowledge with the one who originally passed it on – Tarek Nasr. Tarek is the managing director...

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Posted by on May 10, 2015 in Featured

Restoration. Adaptation. Revolution by Patty & Dereck Stonefish

Restoration. Adaptation. Revolution by Patty & Dereck Stonefish

Isskootsik (Before Here Was Here) is Gyasi Ross’s latest work. It’s up for pre-sale now on iTunes and officially releases May 12. I’ve reviewed Ross’s other works and was excited to get my hands on his first album. Usually when I review a literary work, I read it, write about it, and move on with my day. This time though, I opened the files and started listening with my husband. It sparked a great conversation, one so great we decided to co-write the “review.” Ross is an author, speaker, lawyer and storyteller; he graduated from Columbia Law, but these things don’t tell you who Ross is. Ross is a father, a doer, a pusher and, most of all, a thinker. He has written two books – you may have seen him on the Ed Show or heard him on a number of different radio stations, or you may have never heard of him at all. If the latter is the case, I urge you to familiarize yourself with his...

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Posted by on Feb 21, 2015 in Featured

The Revolution will not be Colonized by Patty Stonefish

The Revolution will not be Colonized by Patty Stonefish

I talk about Egypt a lot, but only because my time there taught me so much, not only about myself, but others. So…while we’re on the subject of Egypt: My time abroad coincided with amazing historical moment(s), the Egyptian revolution(s). Being there gave me a unique chance to see a very different way of organizing and mobilizing the communities. A view still largely untouched by westernization and / or colonization. Upon returning stateside I made sure to attend as many rallies and protests as possible. Not only to support, but to see the workings of events pertaining to community driven causes in the United States / Indian Country. Recently I had the opportunity to work with a couple amazing women to put together a week of events and a rally to raise awareness and gain recognition of our missing and murdered indigenous women in the US and Canada. Admittedly, I did not get as involved as I could’ve or should’ve, but for a reason – I wanted to see...

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Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Featured

Fighting for Equality Made Me a Player by Patty Stonefish

Fighting for Equality Made Me a Player by Patty Stonefish

Wait what? No, you read that correctly. Fighting for equality made me a player. Allow me to explain… If patriarchy affects us all (which it does, regardless of gender) and we are all suffering from this disease (which we are), then why are we as women fighting for equality? We want to be equal to a patriarchal society’s idea of a man? Maybe in the social equality sense…equal pay, rights, etc. That is all correct, but what about morally? Are we fighting to act like a patriarchal society’s idea of a man? Or are we fighting to reclaim and redefine what it means to be woman? I sure hope it’s the latter. That being said, I used to take it as the former, and I know I can’t be the only one out there. There was a time in my life when I fought for equality as a woman. Now I fight for redefining gender “roles” and balance. Lets talk about my time fighting for equality though, and where...

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