Updated: Jun 19, 2021
RIVERSIDE, WA, April 1, 2021— Beverlee “Joy” Abrahamson is a 20-year-old enrolled Colville Tribal Member. One of her biggest goals in life right now is to raise awareness of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) and to call attention to the amount of sexual and physical violence that women in her community are experiencing far too often.
As a victim of abuse and violence herself, Joy is hoping to share her story, to have a voice, and create a call-to-action within her community and surrounding areas. Abrahamson, along with her 17-year-old brother, Willy, have come forward with creative solutions to combat the amount of violence Indigenous women historically face in Washington State.
On top of being a full-time student at Eastern Washington University pursuing a nursing degree, Abrahamson logs community service hours working alongside Comm.Unity as a MMIW and Social Justice Advocate for Okanogan County. Thanks to the relentless work that this brave woman has done, awareness has been spread on several controversial topics, including the importance of the removal of the Enloe Dam on the Similkameen River.
“I don’t think people realize how much trauma Indigenous women in our local area are experiencing and how frequent it is,” said Mikaela Marion, owner of Comm.Unity and SubKulture LLC. “Joy is being incredibly courageous by stepping forward and wanting to see things improving for future generations. She is a brave, beautiful soul and I hope that this community takes her message seriously. She has our full support on this venture, and we are happy to back her in whatever way we can.”
Abrahamson has written a full op-ed on her experience and the change she wishes to see. She highlights alarming statistics and research she’s uncovered on the prevalence of violent assault on Indigenous women in the United States and hopes to shed some light on the controversy taking place on the Colville Reservation.
To read Joy's Op Ed, CLICK HERE
Comm.Unity is an operating branch of SubKulture LLC focused on social and economic justice in North Central Washington. SubKulture is a strategic communications and creative agency headquartered in Riverside, WA.