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"Educating our communities and elected officials about the needs of survivors in our local cities and towns requires year round focus. JDI is our pathway to informing and influencing the state and national agenda to end sexual and domestic violence." ~ Karen Cavanaugh, JDI board member and Executive Director of Womanshelter/Companeras, pictured here with a JDI delegation meeting with Congressman Niki Tsongas

Revere, Everett and Chelsea Call for Men in Their Communities to Work to End Violence Against Women

For Immediate Release                                                                             

WHAT:  As part of the statewide White Ribbon Day Campaign sponsored by Jane Doe Inc., city proclamations for White Ribbon Day will be issued in Revere, Everett and Chelsea. Men in attendance will be asked to wear a white ribbon and join in taking the Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Pledge to be part of solution in ending violence against women.

WHEN/WHERE:   Monday, February 25, 2013

  • 6:00 PM – Revere City Council Chambers
  • 7:00 PM – Chelsea City Council Chambers
  • 7:30pm – Everett City Council Chambers

WHO:  JDI’s Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign Co-Chair Jarrett Barrios, CEO of American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts, will join Mayor Dan Rizzo of Revere, Council President Brian Hatelberg of Chelsea and City Alderman Mike Mangan of Everett at tonight’s public meetings.  The local White Ribbon Day Affiliates and Jane Doe Inc. member programs are:  HarborCOV in Chelsea and Revere and RESPOND, Inc. in Everett.

WHY:  Violence against women is a violation of human rights – and these abuses around the world and here in the Commonwealth are obstacles to efforts for peace and gender equality in all societies.  Jane Doe Inc. has launched this campaign in Massachusetts because it believes that most men want to help end this violence by speaking out for positive masculinity andhuman rights, for equality and for the safety and liberty of survivors everywhere - regardless of gender, gender identity and sexual orientation.  Over 450 men in Massachusetts have already signed on as White Ribbon Day Ambassadors and over 70 communities have signed on as White Ribbon Day Affiliates.

White Ribbon Day Campaign Co-Chair Jarrett Barrios explained why cities and towns have been invited to join this campaign, “By issuing a proclamation, our municipalities are making a public pledge to be part of the solution in ending violence against women.  I reached out to these men because I know that they share my belief and commitment that as men we have a critical role to play in supporting survivors, holding offenders accountable and preventing violence.”

JDI will host the 6th annual statewide Massachusetts White Ribbon Day on Thursday, March 7, 2013.  For more information about the campaign, visit:  www.janedoe.org/whiteribbonday.

Please consider providing a link on your online version to view the 2013 WRD PSA featuring Barrios and Co-Chair Daniel F. Conley, Suffolk County District Attorney:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMBgXMt8WSM&feature=share&list=FLHRShJbZFltp41cOQ1hPF2A

Contact:
Toni Troop, JDI: 617-212-7571 or ttroop@janedoe.org
Jeanne Cristiano, ARC: 617-274-5222or jeanne.cristiano@redcross.org

 

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