May 4, 2017
Last year, the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence moved into the Linen Building with a vision to transform the commercial steam laundry building with a history of harmful, toxic working conditions for girls and women to a space that stands for what is possible when everyone is valued, safe, and can thrive. Our vision is to transform the Linen Building into a home for activism and engagement by offering social justice leaders, communities, and organizations the space and support they need to drive critical change. It’s an event space – and more. It can spark serendipitous interactions, build relationships, create networks, and grow sustainable solutions by bringing diverse organizations together as they work to build a better world; a world where we choose all of us.
Since late fall, social justice leaders from the Women’s March on Idaho, Standing Rock, and the transgender community, and organizations like the Women’s & Children’s Alliance, ACLU of Idaho, Planned Parenthood, and Conservation Voters of Idaho have been able to use the event space at no or reduced cost.
The Idaho Coalition also invites in the broader community in through performances and art, like the Stories of Transformation or our community conversation last week where 120 people came together in community to share the statewide impact of the discrimination, hate, and violence– from sexist, racist, anti-immigrant, and anti-Muslim slurs scarring our landscape to the rape of girls, women, trans women and people who are gender nonconforming and people with disabilities in our communities.
Senator Cherie Buckner-Webb and Idaho Coalition board member Representative Melissa Wintrow were remarkable facilitators and the audience demonstrated courageously vulnerability. The catalyst was the sexual assault of a black high school student with a disability from Dietrich who was devalued as a human being – subjected to a culture of racism, sexism, and homophobia, racial slurs, toxic masculinity, physically de-emasculated, and ultimately violently assaulted with a coat hanger. What we know for sure is that healing begins when pain from discrimination, hate, and violence is given our full attention, when we deeply listen and hear one another.
Since December, we have been in conversation with the Office of the Attorney General and the State Dept. of Education to find ways forward to create communities and schools where everyone feels safe, valued, and able to thrive. To that end, we are compiling the stories for the Office of the Attorney General and the State Dept. of Education to make visible the depth and breadth of discrimination, hate, and violence in our communities through our stories of pain, resilience, and regeneration. If your community is interested in co-sponsoring a community conversation, please let me know.
So on this Idaho Gives day, in the spirit of paying it forward, for each $10 donation, your name will be placed into a raffle to win one free day or night of event space for your favorite social justice leader, community, non-profit or grassroots organization in Boise making a difference in the lives of Idahoans. For every $1,000 raised, we will unlock a free day or night of event space at the Linen Building. Consider donating $10 to the Idaho Coalition this year, and if you win, gift the event space to the Women’s & Children’s Alliance or your favorite statewide nonprofit located in Boise!
A CALL TO MEN, Boise State University and the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence will host a FREE educational workshop where community members are empowered to build young men of character, to promote healthy, respectful manhood, and to decrease violence and discrimination against women and girls.
This workshop is modeled on the Healthy, Respectful Manhood / Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Prevention Training that A CALL TO MEN provides to the National Football League (NFL), the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Baseball (MLB), US Military and major colleges and universities across the country. A recent Washington Post article reported a 40 percent reduction in arrests in the NFL last year. NFL executives attribute that to “education programs put in place over the past few years.”
TONY PORTER, CEO of A CALL TO MEN and an international leader on manhood, male socialization and its intersection with violence, and preventing violence against all women and girls, will be the lead facilitator of the workshop.
Other speakers include:
This training is designed for human service providers, law enforcement, coaches, athletic directors, educators, school administrators, mentors, fathers, faith leaders, youth workers or any concerned man. Attendees will be educated on and given A CALL TO MEN’s proprietary LIVERESPECT Coaching Healthy, Respectful Manhood Curriculum. It promotes healthy, respectful manhood; decreases language and actions that degrade women, girls and other marginalized groups; challenges harmful cultural and social norms; and decreases instances of bullying and homophobia.
Denim Day is a day-long awareness campaign the Women’s and Children’s Alliance (WCA) has participated in for three years. Each year the WCA invites the treasure valley community to show their solidarity with sexual assault survivors by participating in Denim Day. The yearly campaign takes place each April during Sexual Assault Awareness Month and focuses on honoring survivors of sexual assault and encouraging conversations about the dangers of victim blaming.
The WCA offers a free toolkit including materials and provides an online list featuring “ways to get involved” to help guide individuals, organizations, and communities. For programs looking to lead this campaign in their own community next year, please contact Chris Davis at the WCA for more information.Another very successful campaign ended with many local organizations participating, including the City of Boise Mayor’s Office and City Council; Boise School District; JR Simplot; Ada County Sheriff’s Office; Bishop Kelly; and groups at Boise State University, St. Luke’s, Micron, and Idaho Power to name just a few.
An Op-Ed from WCA Executive Director:
Denim Day reminds us of the injustices associated with sexual assaults
“The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) 2010-2012 State Report: Implications for Prevention” Web Conference
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM MST | 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM PST
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a report from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) that includes national and state-level findings from data collected from 2010-2012 on sexual violence, intimate partner violence and stalking. In the web conference, CDC will describe the findings of the report. We will then explore the implications for prevention of domestic violence and sexual violence.
Domestic Violence Safety Issues When Meth is Present Webinar
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM MDT | 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM PST
Methamphetamine has been identified as one of the largest threats to public safety in Indian Country. Tribal sources have attributed it to higher rates of domestic violence, assaults, burglaries, and child abuse and neglect on reservations and in tribal communities. 74% of tribal police forces rank meth as the greatest drug threat to their communities; 40-50% of violent crime cases investigated by the FBI in Indian country involve meth in some capacity; and 64% of tribal police indicate an increase in domestic violence and assault/battery. The complex nature of criminal jurisdiction on Indian reservations, along with historically under funded and understaffed health care, treatment facilities and law enforcement have resulted in major challenges for tribes to address this problem.
Please join this important webinar panel presentation to learn more about meth; its’ impact on domestic violence programs and shelters; what larger environmental and public safety concerns come into play; and what tribes are doing to meet this challenge.
Facilitated by Gwendolyn Packard, Training & Technical Assistance Specialist, NIWRC; Walter Lamar, President, Lamar Associates; and Lorene Thomas, DV/SA Director, Otokahe Teca Tipi
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