In the current landscape, we cannot take anything for granted when it comes to advocating for the rights of all survivors and our efforts to shift the culture that tolerates and reinforces inequities, racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, xenophia and other forms of oppression.
JDI participated in both the Trans and Queer Liberation Rally in Boston on January 14 and the Boston-based Women's Marches for America on January 21 to show our solidarity with those who have been targeted with hate speech, threats and violent acts and organize to secure the gains we have made and continue to advocate for change that supports healing and justice for survivors and communities.
Debra Robbin, JDI's Executive Director, stated: "In the coming months and years, the need for strong advocacy, effective resistance and creative solutions will be more important than ever. We invite you to join us."
See photos from JDI at Boston Women's March.
For the past 18 months, JDI has been actively engaged with our members and other stakeholders to participate in planning for the first procurement of state funding for sexual and domestic violence services in ten years. The procurement process is how the state determines what services it will "procure" through contracts. While not all services are paid for with state funding or federal funding passed through the state, this process has a significant impact on the makeup of services and programs in the Commonwealth. JDI will continue to work closely with our membership to advocate for the needs of survivors, particularly those from unserved, underserved and inadequately served communities.
JDI has gathered information relevant to this process. Read more...
Thanks to Bob Kraft and the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, JDI launches new "Initiative for Safety and Justice: Advancing Advocacy, Organizations and Leadership"
Are you ready? Join us and bring your friends, colleagues, and family members to the 10th Annual Governor’s Proclamation Event to celebrate White Ribbon Day 2017.
For ten years now, the Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign has spread the message of prevention, positive masculinity and acting for change. Over a hundred cities and towns, high schools and colleges, businesses and faith communities have been actively involved in the WRD campaign. We have educated and mobilized thousands of men and boys of all ages to be part of the solution because there is NO PLACE for sexual assault and domestic violence in our society! Your participation and leadership has made this all possible.
Register today: http://wrd2017.splashthat.com
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Couldn't join us in person for the WRD Campaign launch in December? Watch the program through Facebook Live!
Every month we plan to introduce you to one of the amazing White Ribbon Day Affiliates. These organizations, companies, schools, faith institutions and government entities, have pledged to promote the values of the White Ribbon Day (WRD) Campaign.
This month we are featuring The Center for Hope and Healing in Lowell, MA. One of the earliest Affiliates to sign on, CHH has taken the conversation to the barber shop and commnity gatherings, engaging men and boys in deep, powerful and transformative work.