September 20, 2002
There is so much news this time, I'll just be brief and start the newsletter
with my quote rather than end with it: In honor of the lives of those
who died in the 9/11 tragedy last year I would like to start the newsletter
with a quote that one of you sent me. I believe the sentiment also applies
those we've lost to domestic violence. The artist, Brian Andreas, had
9/11in mind as he wrote this.
"In those days, we finally chose to walk like giants
& hold the world in arms grown strong with love & there may be
many things we forget in the days to come, but this will not be one of
WELCOME NEW EMAIL CORRESPONDENTS:
Patricia Oppelt (Animal Safehouse Program, Encinitas, CA), Pauline Musgrove
New email address), Michele Fuller (Battered Family Services, Gallop,
NM, new SW exhibit), Denine Guy, Marilyn Remark (SW Coordinators, Jr.
League, Monterey, CA), Jim Vaughan, Sharon Stead (Oklahoma State University,
Stillwater, OK), Janice Williams (Richmond, VA), Clara Schueler (Family
Advocacy program Manager, US Army base, Schweinfurt, Germany), Lt. Marissa
Tindale (Glynn county Police Dept, local shelter, Brunswick GA), Jan idinger
States on Board for October events:
21 states on board so far. Alaska, California, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho,
Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio,
Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Virginia,
West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
Countries on Board for October-November events:
Silent Witness and 16 Days gainst Violence Canada, Cayman Islands, Hungary,
Please let me know ASAP if you are planning an event, even
if you don't have the details. It saves us making calls to everyone!!
NEWS FROM THE STATES/COUNTRIES:
This note is from Jean Richards, Monterey, CA, about a new program for
Here's a program that will help by empowering girls [12-17].http://www.GirlsforaChange.org
It has great potential for preventing violence before it begins, by empowering
the girls before they reach the traditional age of marriage.
*Thanks, Jean. We'll be looking forward to more details
as this program unfolds. Teen aged girls need all the help we can muster.
And another great idea from Monterey, as well, from the
new SW Coordinators there, Denine Guy and Marilyn Remark: I just became
one of the co-chairs for the Junior League of Monterey County California)
Silent Witness Project. We have had a very successful project since 1997.
This past year our League added shields on the back of the witnesses which
presented the information in Spanish. This assists us in outreach in our
community which has a very large Latino community. The committee in the
2001-02 year also through a grant published a localized brochure to hand
out at the Silent Witness Events, explaining what they were seeing and
giving local Domestic Violence resources. We look forward to partnering
with the two major D.V. service providers in our County for observance
of D.V. Month in October (Women's Crisis Center in Salinas, and YWCA in
*I love the idea of writing the shield stories in Spanish
on the back of the figure. Brilliant. There is so much innovation out
there!! And the Canadians in New Brunswick use French!
Canada (New Brunswick):
Sylvia Richardson, our SW Coordinator in New Brunswick writes: We have
a date when our Silent Witness project will be launched-Nov. 7 at 11 am.
The launch is being held at the Lieutenant Governor's home. There will
be speakers, media, and a reception. You will be on the invitation list,
so this e-mail is a heads up for you if you'd like to come you can block
off the time on your calendar. I hope we can meet in person in Fredericton
on the 7th.
*What a wonderful way to debut the Witnesses, in the home
of an elected official. I'd love to be there if my schedule was not already
full thatweek. But how about next year?
Bev Banks, chair of SW Cayman Islands wrote about their activities for
the 16 Days Against Violence Remembrance: ilent Witness March: Instead
of handing out ribbons and/or buttons for this year¹s Silent Witness
march we will hand out bookmarkers. These bookmarkers will contain a Silent
Witness silhouette in red on white background on one side and the Silent
Witness pledge along with a list of relevant telephone numbers (e.g. 911,
Legal Befrienders, Women¹s Resource Center) on the other.*Police
Commissioner has agreed to tape a segment for telecast during the march.*The
Committee will write a letter to be published in the newspapers prior
to the march encouraging employers to support the work of the Committee
by allowing their employees to participate in the march.*Various organizations
will be invited to participate in the march and to carry Banners.*Talk
shows will be called in order to publicize the march.*Both the Governor
and his wife will be sent letters asking for their support.*All MLAs plus
the three official members of Exco (Chief Secretary, Attorney General,
Financial Secretary) will be sent letters asking for their support.*The
Chief Secretary will be requested to publicize the march within the Civil
Service and to sanction and encourage participation by Civil Servants.
*This is such great work. I've been at that March and I
know how much attention it generates in the Caymans. Even the tourists
stop and observe it. And, in addition to all of this activity, they have
a campaign against elder abuse going on during the 16 days of remembrance
in the Caymans' as well.
This wonderful note from Clara Schueler, coordinator of our newest international
SW program: Good Morning Ms. Hagberg. I am the Family Advocacy Program
Manager for the military community here in Schweinfurt, Germany. I am
indeed planning to submit a proposal for the Silent Witness exhibit here
in our community during Domestic Violence Awareness month. Please feel
free to contact me to let me know how I may provide this exhibit to the
very best for my community.
*We are thrilled to have you on board, Clara, and we will
look forward to working with you in many collaborative ways. This is so wonderful, to
spreading hope around the world.
Celia Heady, our friend in Idaho, brings us up to date with their activity:
Hello Janet: There will be DV month activities all over Idaho. Here in
Boise, in conjunction with a state grantee training, will be a DV awareness happening. Idaho has 5 Silent Witness displays and they will be active.
*Thanks for all your good work, Celia and company. We'll
be waiting to hear how this all goes.
Cindy Wolfson, our stalwart coordinator in Cook County writes about new
activities in her world:
I've been waiting to hear the date of the unveiling of the Chicago Police
Dep't. exhibit, but it has not been finalized. There will be 40 figures
and 4 child figures to represent kids left behind when their mothers were
killed. Some of the stories will be translated into Spanish, Polish and
Korean. It will be housed at police headquarters. The figures are in production
now. We will use Chicago stories. It was funded by the Attorney eneral
of Illinois. I'll let you know as soon as I know the details, but you
will be happy to know it's happening!
Re: Military base exhibits. Did you know that Great Lakes
Naval Base in North Chicago has had an exhibit for several years? They
used to borrow ours, but decided to create their own after one of the
employees at their family service center, which does counseling for DV,
was murdered by her husband, a retired military man.
The NCJW Exhibit has TWELVE dates this fall at high school,
college, shelter, church & synagogue, and conference events. In addition,
the exhibit is scheduled for high-profile events--a week at Chicago City
and a week at the Illinois government building in Chicago. In November,
the Exhibit will be featured at a DV conference at McCormick Place.
*I'm so elated to hear about even more translations into
different languages. This will make the exhibits so much more universal.
Police involvement is amazing and so important.
And this message from Southern Illinois, from Debra Mize:
First, on October 3rd I will be conducting "mini" sessions at
a nursing home for employees informing them of the services that are available
in our area