Wow, we have been getting lots of requests for membership in EONM (Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry) as a result of our increased visibility through Social Media and as a coordinated effort to do just what our name says, eradicate offensive Native Mascotry. What started out as a small grassroots organization of Native American parents and allies has become a force of volunteers whose first primary goal is to see the end of the NFL Washington Team nickname/mascot. EONM started off with #NotYourMascot and our group has coordinated many social media campaigns. Most of our campaigns, as we call them, now include a dual presence of both online activist volunteers and in person actions focused on having indigenous voices heard.
Unfortunately, we have had many, many requests lately from what we suspect are not authentic people. We have always been fully aware that this might happen. EONM volunteers have landed major blows to the misinformation that the multi-billion dollar Native Mascotry industry has been spreading to the general public. We also have been receiving many requests, hourly almost, from indigenous people and other allies who want to help. Anyone who wants to join the movement to help end Native Mascotry is welcome and it is free! If someone is new to Facebook we suggest emailing email@example.com first before submitting a member request. And sometimes we hit the wrong button-so let us know if there is any trouble with a request.
We find new accounts with no friends which draws a read flag. Everyone at EONM likes to keep the closed groups [EONMnews or EONM] a safe place where indigenous people and others can say how they feel about Native Mascotry without the trolls that commonly pounce with the "get over it" attitude in open groups. Without those trolls to fight on mascot topics people can discuss events and ideas freely with others who feel the same way they do about redface or offensive mascots in a way that is supportive and respectful of one another. Native American youth and other youth who are speaking out in their own communities come for support as they face difficulty at local schools so we feel that this is very important.
We try vetting new members and the group as much as we can. However, this is not a perfect system-as is to be expected. We want to keep EONM as open to everyone who believes in our cause of eradicating offensive Native mascotry as much as possible. So we always ask to alert us to any issues someone might have in the group. We will do all we can to resolve it. If EONM turns out to not be the place for someone, we understand. We work with other groups and individuals on the same cause all the time. It might be what best suits someone coming to EONM simply to observe news or chose to help when they feel it is the right time for them to do so. Actually, that is what most members do.
Sometimes people are just as passionate as we are. They want to become more involved and campaign on a near daily basis-please let us know that! We will try and help coordinate together.
When someone does join our group it is great if they share what they want to about themselves, but especially their Twitter handle so we can look for each other on Twitter! Our group hashtag is #EONM and we try to check it and others like; #NotYourMascot #NotYourTonto #NotYourTigerLily #Not4Sale as time permits.
Our website is eonm.org. We are a totally unfunded and volunteer group. However, we are raising money to pay for a 501(c)3 status so we can keep fighting the multi-billion dollar Native Mascotry industry. We suggest a $5 donation to our members if they so choose.
If a member uses the EONM logo, we ask they credit We.Ome.Pe for the lovely donated art work. EONM shirts and gear are available for purchase at our Galloree shop. All the proceeds at this time go to support Native American artist We.Ome.Pe.
EONM is so grateful for all the support from Indian Country and beyond with Twitterstorms, the continued resistance on social media, and the attendance of so many people to our peaceful protests at different locations.
Jennie Stockle (Cherokee and Mvskoke Creek) is an Indigenous Rights activist and serves on the Executive Committee of EONM (Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry). Most Recently, she has written for ICTMN, eonm.org, and RHrealitycheck.org on local and national issues of discrimination and rights of Native Americans. She lives in the jurisdiction of the Cherokee Nation where she grew up picking strawberries and pestering her fluent Tsalagi-Mvskoke speaking grandmother for more stories about what life was like before her grandmother learned to speak English.