November 14, 2019
The Idaho Coalition hosted a Member Program Connection on October 29th. It was a great opportunity for everyone to connect with other domestic violence and sexual assault member program advocates and executive directors, share 2019 program highlights, and identify areas of support.
Participants discussed their biggest successes and challenges in their organizations, finding that for some it was easier to discuss the challenges that are part of this work than to acknowledge successes. Everyone discussed how the Idaho Coalition could help with these success and challenges, such as continuing education on serving transgender clients, connecting with other organizations that serve marginalized populations, and more. The Idaho Coalition will be taking this long list of suggestions and act on how it can further assist member programs.
Following the success and challenge conversation, everyone participated in a World Café where participants could rotate tables to learn more about what the Coalition provides and how participants use these resources. This included Idaho Thriving Families, Civil Legal Assistance, Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Response, 2020 Idaho Legislative Policy Agenda, Engaging Latino Men, Transitional Housing, Idaho Coordinated Response, and Collective Thriving Conference.
The meeting ended with conversation, closing, and further connection. Everyone would meet the following day for the Radical Self-Care and Healing Gathering.
Dr. Joi Lewis led us into a day of reflection, moving, breathing, laughing, and dancing all centered around healing and radical acts of self-care. Dr. Joi talked about how the systems that we live in, capitalism, racism, sexism, and more, do not want us to be well. This is exactly why practicing self-care, something as simple as deep breathing, can be a radical act. In small groups people discussed their role models for self-care, what they currently do, and ideas for self-care moving forward.
Jasmine Boudah gave a presentation on how a previous violent relationship affected her and her young daughter, how they we were able to leave the violent situation, and their ongoing healing process. It left everyone reflecting on how domestic violence affects children deeply despite their age, and how much work it takes to heal from trauma. Jasmine’s presentation was insightful, inspiring and hopeful, as she continues to grow and heal with her daughter.
Everyone left the training with practices and tools to not only continue doing this work, but to also heal from our own personal traumas, oppression, pain, and grief. The group came out of it with laughter, tools, and more dance moves!
Safe Passage prevailed in court when defense attorneys subpoenaed the violence prevention center for a survivor’s documents in regards to a rape case. Defense attorneys in Coeur d’Alene ordered Safe Passage to turn over documents of a survivor’s time at the organization. The judge sided with Safe Passage in the rape case, citing that the subpoena violated privacy, a huge win for Safe Passage, survivors, domestic and sexual violence agencies, and the community. Chauntelle Lieske, Executive Director of Safe Passage, explained what this win meant for them.
“We are so excited with the Judge’s decision in this case. Confidentiality is the heart of everything we do. Survivors have a right to seek services without anyone having access to that information; their safety depends on that. We knew we wanted to make sure we could do everything possible on our end to ensure their information was safe. We were thrilled the Judge saw it the same way. Then to see it on the front page of the paper to help educate the community as a whole was just even better. We are hoping this will help survivors in our community know their information is safe and we will fight to keep it that way.”
You can read more about Safe Passage’s success here.
At the Boundary County Fairgrounds on November 2nd, community members raised more than $14,000 for Boundary County Victims Services during the Fall Festival and Fashion Show event. It was not formally part of the fashion show event, which made the fundraising even more remarkable. The funds will cover the cost of telephones and emergency items such as diapers, formula, and clothing. The total money that they raised to date is $15,055. You can read more about the Fashion Show by reading the article here.
Save the Date | Collective Thriving
Wednesday, December 4 – Thursday, December 5, 2019 | Boise State University, Boise, Idaho
Tuesday, December 3rd – Pre-Conference
Reclaiming Our Spiritual, Healing and Ancestral Wisdom in Social Justice Movements
Space is limited
We are now less than one month away from the conference! The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence invites you to join us at Collective Thriving (previously Compassionate Communities), a conference where we will explore ways to repair the harm from our culture of domination, extraction, and violence and to re-imagine a world rooted in interdependence, resilience, and regeneration. We hope that you will join us and please share with your networks!
Registration is now open on https://idvsa.org/collective-thriving/. The conference is filling up fast, so don’t miss out!