If you see red and black dresses hanging from trees along the 16th Street Mall this week, know that they're not there by accident. Members of the International Indigenous Youth Council and other activist groups say they’re meant to raise awareness of a crisis that has been ignored for too long.
“Missing and murdered indigenous women, migrant women and black women have been exploited just the same as resources and land,” says activist Renee Millard-Chacon. “It’s important to stand up for both. If we’re going to stand up for climate justice, we need to also stand up for those that are invisible to the American identity, essentially.”