Your Body Our Voice
“Your Body, Our Voice” (YBOV) is gathering as many people as possible for a day-long protest event on Twitch (Friday, Jan. 27, 2023) featuring music, education, resources, and calls to action, all while sending a message to the Iranian government and standing in solidarity with the women and girls fighting for human rights in the Middle East.
It’s time to stand in solidarity again. On Friday, January 27, 2023 “Your Body, Our Voice" is hosting an awareness event on Twitch in support of the women and girls in the Middle East, and we need your help.This time, we are planning an event that will look entirely different from the first round of YBOVMost of you know about the atrocities affecting the women living in Iran. Protests erupted after the Iranian morality police arrested 22-year-old Mahsa Amini for allegedly wearing her hijab incorrectly. Mahsa died days later, and many Iranians believe she was killed by law enforcement. Since then, there have been many protests, and thousands of arrests during those protests. Some aren’t just being detained – they’re being executed, sentenced to death, and treated brutally in prisons for speaking out and standing up for human rights. Women, girls, and allies in Iran are bravely speakout out, but their government is trying to silence them.Through research, we have discovered that it's practically impossible to get money to these women right now through humanitarian groups or really any other means due to the oppressive regime. Knowing that, we've decided to do something a little different. The best way we can help these women in the Middle East is by raising awareness, being loud, and gaining media attention like others have been demonstrating throughout the world.We’re gathering as many people as possible for a day-long protest event and accompanying social media campaign that will provide education, resources, and calls to action, all while sending a message to the Iranian government and standing in solidarity with the people it’s oppressing. This is not a raid train like you usually see on Twitch, but an effort to get as many people in one chat as possible for a truly massive protest against what is happening to the women in Iran.Accompanied by a fierce group of female artists in Los Angeles, NAIAD will go live at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT and DJ for several hours while supporting streamers raid into the event. At times, she will bring in Mable’s feed to take over the DJ decks. Throughout the event, we will provide educational content and resources (links to information, petitions, etc.) as well as feature female-produced music.We will be producing an original track to be the anthem of the event – something one of our community members, Shaun Johnson, did for the first YBOV event, inspiring us to do it again. We will debut the track during NAIAD’s set at 4 PM ET / 1 PM PT. The song will have prose about the situation in Iran as the vocal. She will play it more than once. Mable will play the extended cut with full speech debuted for the moment of solidarityJust before sunset on the west coast, NAIAD will send her audience to Mable’s channel and prepare her group for a powerful protest image. As the sun is setting, Mable will pull up NAIAD’s camera, and the women will all cut off some of their hair – an act of solidarity seen in protests around the world following Mahsa’s death.Immediately following that moment in LA, Mable will appear on screen and do the same with other streamers and women on Zoom. Mable will continue to play female-produced music for the next hour before raiding another streamer to cap off the event.After the event is over, we’ll repurpose clips and photos to flood social media with this important message. The focus, during and after the event, will be on garnering media attention toward lobbying the UN and local representatives around the world. We will continue to provide resources and recaps for you to use on your platforms to share with the world and with your communities to continue making as much noise as possible about the battle for human rights in Iran.We have a team of researchers assembling tools and chat commands that will help people find the links they need for petitions that can be signed. Our mission is to share as much knowledge and as many resources as possible to help people make an impact no matter where they live.This event will be taking place on Twitch, but our goal isn’t just to use Twitch as a platform. We want to use every voice we can reach and every platform that we [and you] as artists, creators, and humans have to regain awareness for the horrendous things happening in Iran right now. Despite the Iranians and others around the world courageously protesting, the media has begun to gloss over details and “forget” these women… we refuse to let that happen.Just like the fundraiser last June, we can’t make an impact without you. Let’s show the Iranian government that the world is watching.
You can choose to add your name to the ->roster<- and use our assets to stream on January 27 and raid into the event. If you’d like to participate as a streamer, the roster will be used to invite you to our YBOV Discord server – that’s where you’ll receive assets and updates. (Discord admins Aluzja#7176 or PSingletary#0580)Streamers who are officially a part of this event will promote it, stream under the name of the event, use the assets we provide during their streams, and commit to raiding into the event by a designated time. This means we will provide you with assets leading up to your stream on the 27th, and assets to use the day of. If you agree to be a part of the event, you will need to agree to raid NAIAD by 3:30 PM ET at the latest. She will debut a track that she and Mable are producing together at 4:00 PM ET and then raid Mable for the moment of solidarity.* We will provide every streamer on the roster with a customized graphic for the event to use on their socials. Your name will appear on the event website as a contributor. In order to provide this, we will need you to completely fill out the Google Doc and provide a press shot or photo for us to use.ORYou can choose to simply raid in on January 27 to support this cause without any further involvement. We understand that not everyone can commit to a large event, but will be so grateful to have your voices added to ours as we try to help the women of Iran by being as loud and powerful in our statements as possible.
Stand in solidarity with us by cutting your hair or holding a protest sign live on stream during the event. (Learn more about the protest on Friday, Jan. 27, 2023)
Accompanied by a fierce group of female artists in Los Angeles, NAIAD will go live at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT and DJ for several hours while streamers raid into the event. At times, she will bring in Mable’s feed to take over the DJ decks. Throughout the event, we will provide educational content and resources (links to information, petitions, etc.) as well as feature female-produced music.Just before sunset on the west coast (around 7:45 PM ET / 4:45 PM PT) NAIAD will send her audience to Mable’s channel and prepare her group for a powerful protest image. As the sun is setting, Mable will pull up NAIAD’s camera, and the women will all cut off some of their hair – an act of solidarity seen in protests around the world. These hair cutting demonstrations started after Mahsa Amini’s arrest and subsequent death.Immediately following that moment in LA, Mable will appear on screen and do the same with other streamers and women on Zoom. Mable will continue to play music for the next hour before raiding another streamer to cap off the event.You can join us in our moment of solidarity if you would like to cut your hair live in protest. If so, please specify on this Google Doc. We will follow up with more details, including the Zoom login info, closer to the event.We also encourage those who wish to be a part of that moment who may not be willing or able to do that, and any other genders who wish to participate, to create a sign to hold on that Zoom call (you can write #YBOV, #FreeIran, or Your Body, Our Voice) so that we may give you a moment during the protest to also stand in solidarity.After the event is over, we’ll repurpose clips and photos to flood social media with this important message. The focus, during and after the event, will be on garnering media attention toward lobbying the UN and local representatives around the world. We will continue to provide resources and recaps for you to use on your platforms to share with the world and with your communities to continue making as much noise as possible about the battle for human rights in Iran.
“Your Body, Our Voice” (YBOV) is a movement, protest, and series of philanthropic events. Founded by NAIAD and Mable — EDM artists and professional Twitch streamers — the YBOV community raises money and awareness in a unifying, unapologetic fight for equality and bodily autonomy.It all started in June of 2022 when Mable and NAIAD organized a fundraiser in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. With only a couple of days of planning and even less notice for those of you who tuned/participated, the 3-day-long raid train included 28 streamers and raised more than $40,000 for Planned Parenthood. The original goal was $1,500.The event started at 2 AM PT on Thursday, June 30 and had non-stop programming until the early morning hours of Sunday. The train ended with more than $36,000 in donations, and after far exceeding their goal, Mable and NAIAD decided to stream again on Monday, July 4, Mable raiding into NAIAD, as a finale to thank everyone and reflect on a wild week. Their communities continued to give, bringing the final total to $40,111.11 for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.“While we can't speak for every streamer on the train - everyone has their own motivations for
supporting this cause - we (NAIAD and Mable) believe all people with a uterus deserve access to a safe abortion and healthcare. We also believe this cruel ruling will not stop abortions, just make it that much more difficult for someone already making a very difficult decision to obtain a safe one. This is even more dangerous for marginalized, less privileged communities. We believe that everyone has the right to safe reproductive healthcare and autonomy over their own bodies and medical decisions. We chose Planned Parenthood as the cause because they help people from every gender with reproductive rights. It’s an organization that is dedicated to education and support without bias to anyone who needs it. They go beyond providing abortion services and also provide emergency contraception, birth control, HIV services, transgender hormone therapy, pregnancy support, STD testing and treatment, vaccines, and other general health services. This movement, made possible by all of these incredible musicians, is about having bodily autonomy and the right to reproductive healthcare no matter what your gender is, what your race and ethnicity is, what religion you practice, or where you live. It’s about continuing to value each other and provide love, compassion, and support to our fellow human beings. We hope that we can use our voices to help you retain the rights to your bodies. Your Body, Our Voice.” – NAIAD“It may just be exhaustion from the 72 hour dance party we just had, but I'm struggling to wrap my brain around what just happened. NAIAD and I are both so overwhelmed with gratitude. We are in awe of this Twitch community and what we just pulled off -- everyone, as a team -- in just a matter of days. It's been the biggest honor to be a part of something so much bigger than myself and accomplish something far greater than I ever imagined. We were going to call it a big win if we raised just $500 a day. How can we even begin to fathom $36,000?! I'm still processing and searching for the words, but I could not be more touched by the way the Twitch music scene came together so quickly and so fiercely -- specifically the streamers who joined us on this lineup and the donors/chatters who rode the train with us with unwavering energy/support. We raised an unbelievable amount of money for a cause that is deeply important to the both of us... Comments and messages have just poured in from people saying this gave them mental reprieve and allowed them to not feel so helpless. Some told us it was the first time they ever felt a sense of power when something heavy was happening in the world. It was a bonding experience and created a space for many to openly talk about something they can't always talk about in other circles. It created friendships and introduced people to new channels, growing our communities and fostering a feeling of togetherness. It was an emotional release and a beacon of hope -- truly, a core memory. NAIAD and I were virtually hand-in-hand throughout the entire event – frequently on the phone with each other for both logistical purposes and emotional support. The weekend wasn't even over when we started brainstorming the next fundraiser. This past week has shown us that our platforms are not too small to make an impact, and we're pretty mighty as a team. I know I speak for both of us when I say this feels like just the beginning of the good we can do in this world when we bring our brains and crews together. I am so grateful for NAIAD, Twitch, and the remarkable human beings who continually renew my faith in humanity with their kindness, generosity, and ability to turn up. This just may be the most fulfilling event of my life so far. This -- giving back, bringing people together, helping each other get through life -- is my why as an artist. I want to thank everyone who helped make this fundraiser a smashing success, and I can't wait to do it again.” – MableIn addition to the streamers and viewers who made this charity train an incredible success, NAIAD and Mable would like to specifically thank a handful of people: Shaun Johnson who created an information sheet and surprise anthem (using a NAIAD original), Emelea who animated a logo, DJ Pirate Rabbits who helped with a number of things behind the scenes, and Mable and NAIAD’s incredible, invaluable mod teams.“To those speaking up in public spaces -- we know it isn't easy and we appreciate you more than you know.”