May 30, 2003
And the Sheila Shawl project is amazing. Read the story of the Twinless twins group (twins who've lost a twin--some to DV) and the shawls that we are providing to them. The women who manage the apartment building I live in just learned to knit so they could contribute shawls and the are now oohing and aahing over every Sheila Shawl I get in the mail. Everyone has a gift to offer this Initiative and I'm happy to say, you are all offering your unique gifts. Bless you everyone.
WELCOME NEW EMAIL CORRESPONDENTS:
ATTENTION: If you are a mother, daughter, grandmother or sister of a woman or man who's been murdered in domestic violence and would like to receive a comforting hand made shawl to remind you of the care and love of others please contact me. We have shawls available and would love to give you one. If you know of other women who have a loved one who has been murdered in DV, let us know her name as well. We also have a limited number of scarves for men who are close relatives of murdered women. Thanks. Please pass this word along so the healing can move forward. Jhagberg@mn.rr.com
We also have quilts for kids whose mothers were murdered
in acts of DV. To request a quilt for a kid contact Augusta Rodgers
firstname.lastname@example.org To send a quilt for a kid, please send
to Augusta Rodgers Quilts for Kids c/o Women's Resource Center
NEWS FROM THE STATES/COUNTRIES:
Europe: Unifem cites UN report on inadequate protection of women.
The standards of protection for women affected by conflict and the
They are also rarely included in peacekeeping initiatives
and reconstruction efforts. To rectify this, gender experts should
participate at all levels of peace operations, including technical
surveys, training, staffing and programmes. It said that women
organising at the grassroots level often lay the groundwork for
organising across borders - in subregions and internationally.
However, they are rarely included in formal negotiations, whether
as members of political parties, civil society or special interest
addition to ensuring accountability to women within the justice system around
the world, the report also called for the UN Secretary-General to appoint
a panel of experts to assess the gaps in international and national laws and standards pertaining to the
*Great report. It shows how important it is for women's groups to be on the alert to things that impact women.
We, meaning Rosemary and myself are making plans for our October Silent Witness Program. I thought it would be very nice to give shawls to 9 different families (mothers, sisters, grandmothers, daughters) and two scarves for two fathers. Janet, all of them do not have to come from you, I am also going to contact others, especially here in the metropolitan area. Whatever you can send me would be most appreciated. If you need the names and a little bio of the victims and their family please let me know and I would be happy to send it to you.
The motorcycle program, Riding To Break The Cycle for the Charles County Silent Witness Project was a success. It was awesome to have so many riders for our first event. They were elated and excited to be a part of our program. The riders informed us that they would like to make this an annual event and next year there would be more riders.
I do hope that Rosemary and I will soon get the opportunity to come out to visit you within the next year. Have a blessed week. Thanks for all that you do to help our victims and survivors.
*I love the idea of including motor cycle riders in this fight against
I am a 17 yr. old girl and my mother, sister and I have
just celebrated our 8 year anniversary from domestic violence.
We lived with domestic violence for 6 years. I was too young to
understand what was happening to me and my mother, but after going
through 2 years of counseling I realized that I could have helped
my mother. I went through an aggressive phase when I was about
12 years old because I completely hated myself for not doing anything when
my mother needed help the most and it took me 2 more years to realize
*Isn't it great to see the wisdom of a 17-year-old stated so gracefully.
*Thanks to Sue Kinzie, another reporter from the News Observer, who forwarded this series to me. Nice job, reporters.
I wanted to update you on the SW project in Bowling Green,
Ohio at Bowling Green State University. Last October we introduced
our first 13 witnesses in an unveiling ceremony on campus. This
spring semester, we had a fabulous student intern who worked on
the project and was able to design and publish
a SW brochure, research for biographies, build figures, and coordinate
displays at the Student Union in a very short amount of time (yea, Julia!)
*Great work Deidra, Julie and company. What an amazing feat, 17 Witnesses for your campus. Keep up the good work.
Two years ago domestic violence prevention month plans were being worked on, and the team wanted something the public could be involved in that would increase awareness. I don't remember exactly how the idea of a tree came up, but it did. Trees have long been a symbol of life, and victims survive many trials making them stronger for the life that lies ahead of them. Next thing we knew we had an idea the team liked. The idea is to have a tree placed in a public place during the entire month so that purple ribbons can be hung on it. The ribbons are distributed as widely as possible throughout the community along with information cards. On each card is an explanation of the tree and instructions that if the person reading it knows anyone that is or has been a victim of domestic violence to place the ribbon on the tree. Also on the card are phone numbers for the local and national hotlines, law enforcement and a few other local resources.
We realized that not everyone would want to publicly place
a ribbon on the tree, so the ribbons are placed at 10 other locations
with receptacles they can be dropped in and collected by staff
to be placed on the tree for those individuals. A useful piece
of information can also be ascertained through the use of the
tree. If the number of ribbons distributed is known, then a return
rate can be established based on the number of ribbons placed on the tree.
So for example, if 1000 ribbons are distributed and 200 are hanging on the tree at the end of the month, 20% of the people who took or received
*This is a great idea, David. I hope a lot of states take this one on
You would be glad to know that SHADO has arranged various programs to raise the awareness against the Domestic violence against women. These programs include seminars on "Women Rights Awareness", printing of Posters, Brochures and Handbills, highlighting the basic women's rights. Through these programs we will be able to minimize the violation of women rights in our society. These programs will be conducted very soon and complete report of these programs will be sent to you.
We hope that together we will eradicate the violence, prejudice, hatred and discrimination from our world and make this a place full of love, peace and harmony. Yours Sincerely, Nasir Nayyer
*It is so good to hear from you, Nasir, and sense your powerful and
I am putting together a NE regional conference for SW in
August here in RI. I have emailed 10 states on the east coast
about participation and have built a core group of 7 to work on
the project. Target date for the conference will be 7 & 8
August in Newport, RI - have the conference room booked & a
block of 10 rooms at a $99/night rate available (unheard of rate for
that time of year!). Anyhow, it's still in the early planning stages. We're looking to have someone from each of the 10 states come to talk
*Wonderful, wonderful. I love regional cooperation. And that region has a lot of energy these days. Go for it.
SHEILA'S SHAWLS, PAUL'S SCARVES, QUILTS FOR KIDS
Thank you from coworkers: Janet, thanks to your program
for the shawls for our friend Joyce, whose daughter and our coworker
(Shar) died as a result of domestic violence, and Shar's daughter.
We donated the extra shawl for Shar's coworkers to her sister.
We all appreciated the shawls very much as a tangible way of comforting
her family for their shock and grief following Shar's death. Thanks
again. Spruce Woods Apartments staff. Thank you from a recipient in a
small rural town:
Thank you from Lousisana: I had a shawl sent to me by a
friend who turned my name in. The person who made my shawl was
Becka Brackett, Mpls, MN. I want to say thinks from the bottom
of my heart. I am a victim of domestic violence. I was beaten
by my husband in 1973. As a result of the beating I had two types
of seizures, memory and comprehension problems from the brain injury.
I am 53 and I was 23 at that time. I also lost my baby boy two weeks
before delivery. I am so thankful for this shawl. Each time I look at
see LOVE and feel LOVE. Thank you so much. God bless you all for all
Thank you from Minnesota:
The Story of a DV Homicide Victim in Chicago: Cathy Bradley
and her father Henry Woods Jr. were murdered in their home on
April 24th, 2003 by her boyfriend. Southwest Women Working Together,
a community-based women's organization where Cathy was an active
participant for the past three years, honored Cathy at their annual
Take Back the Night march and rally on May 1, 2003. Only a week
after the tragic loss of her mother and grandfather, Cathy's daughter,
Qianesha Vallot, together with her brother Jimi Bradley, spoke
in front of over 250 community members at the rally about her
great loss. Qianesha was very brave, and we are grateful and proud to have the opportunity to honor her and her aunt Jovan Woods
In memory of a homicide victim in MN:
Follow up on the Twin mentioned above:
Oklahoma gives Shawl at billboard opening: Karen Hill writes that they are planning to give a shawl to the grandmother of a DV homicide victim. The victims name was Jody Lynch, G'ma's name is Ruth. Jody was beaten and her abuser hit her so hard in the chest that her heart burst. She had 2 children who witnessed the incident. Thank you for this project. We will present the shawl to G'ma at our kick off for our DV bill boards project.
Note from an activist in Tacoma, following the death of Crystal Brame, wife of the chief of police: Crystal's God Mother has been speaking at local gatherings for the family. We as women and volunteers have been rallying for a change within the system of the city council with regard to a special reporting agency for women of officers and public officials. They need extra protection because of the stature of their mates. We are working diligently on what is called the Crystal Clear Act. Today we bury Crystal and speak out at the local park against DV with many organizations in support of changes. I am writing you today because of your offering of shawls for loved ones whom have lost a daughter, mother or relative from DV.
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