Calina Lawrence of Suquamish participates in Golden Globes

Stand in solidarity against sexual harassment, gender inequality

SUQUAMISH — Calina Lawrence, a member of the Suquamish Tribe and a singer and environmental advocate, attended the Golden Globe Awards Jan. 7 to stand with others in solidarity against sexual harassment and gender inequality.

Lawrence was a guest of actress Shailene Woodley (“Divergent,” “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”), with whom she protested at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Lawrence was one of eight activist guests invited to attend the Golden Globes. In addition to Woodley, actresses inviting activists to join them at the awards ceremony were Laura Dern, Amy Poehler, Susan Sarandon, Emma Stone, Meryl Streep, Emma Watson, and Michelle Williams.

The activists issued a joint statement:

“It gives us enormous pride to stand with the members of the Time’s Up campaign who have stood up and spoken out in this groundbreaking historical moment. We have each dedicated our lives to doing work that supports the least visible, most marginalized women in our diverse contexts. We do this work as participants in movements that seek to affirm the dignity and humanity of every person.”

The activists wrote that their goal in attending the Golden Globes is to help create ‘systemic, lasting solutions” and to ”broaden conversations about the connection to power, privilege and other systemic inequalities.”

The evening of the Golden Globes, Woodley tweeted:

“SO HONORED AND MOVED AND GRATEFUL to be walking this life hand in hand with my dear sister @Calina_Lawrence. Today, we will walk the red carpet at the together to hold the space for both solidarity and accountability on the imbalance of power between women and men.”

Interviewed before the awards ceremony, Lawrence introduced herself in the Suquamish language, and said, “As an indigenous woman from Washington state, and on behalf of missing and murdered indigenous women and those who commit their lifetime and effort to finding justice for us, we stand in solidarity with the Time’s Up movement and this initiative to create healing and empowerment across the world. It’s an honor to be a part and to celebrate and to speak truth.”

Oprah Winfrey, recipient of the 2018 Cecil B. de Mille Award for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment,” spoke of a new day coming.

“And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say, ‘Me too’ again.”