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"We need to wake people up to the attitudes and actions that continue to keep victims at risk and our cities, towns and cultural communities unsafe." ~ Paulo Pinto, MPA, Executive Director, MAPS - Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers

Jane Doe Inc. and The Network La/Red Ask Everyone To Imagine A World Free of Sexual and Domestic Violence

Jane Doe Inc. and The Network/La Red will launch their new collaborative campaign to address sexual and domestic violence in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer and Transgender (LGBQ/T) Communities on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 5:30 PM.  A sneak peak of the campaign will be revealed at Boston Pride this Saturday, June 14.

This first-of-its-kind in the nation social media movement on this issue invites people from across Massachusetts to express themselves creatively through multiple artistic media, including video, spoken word, music, visual art, or writing, and to complete the thought, “I want a world…” As our social platforms and website go live at the launch event, participants can begin sharing their vision of a world without violence in LGBQ/T communities.   Over twenty member organizations from Jane Doe Inc. have signed on as either Champions or Supporters of this campaign to demonstrate their commitment to providing culturally appropriate and accessible services to the LGBQ/T communities.

WHO:  Long-time advocates and supporters of LBGQ/T rights and anti-violence efforts, Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, AIDS Action Committee Director Carl Sciortino, and Rev. Irene  Monroe will join us as our three keynote speakers.   Attendees will have access to a video and photobooth as well as artistic space to develop their own submission for the campaign.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 from 5:30PM-7:30PM

WHERE: One Financial Center, 38th Floor, Boston MA, 02111

ADMISSION: This event is free and open to the public. Your RSVP is strongly requested to iwawma@janedoe.org. Due to building security, a valid photo ID is required upon entry.

 

ABOUT US:

Jane Doe Inc. is the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, a non-profit advocacy and membership organization of nearly 60 community-based sexual and domestic violence agencies. Offering unparalleled leadership in Massachusetts, JDI works to change the way society views and reacts to sexual and domestic violence in ways that make our communities safer today and for future generations. The Coalition operates from a gender analysis of sexual and domestic violence within a social justice framework. JDI recognizes the intersections of oppression and the critical roles of organizing and advocacy in transforming social norms.

The Network/La Red is a survivor-led, social justice organization that works to end partner abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, BDSM, polyamorous and queer communities. Rooted in anti-oppression principles, their work aims to create a world where people are free from oppression. TNLR strengthens communities through organizing, education, and the provision of support services.

A central aspect of the # I Want A World Campaign is the expansion of accessible services for LGBQ/T survivors and victims. JDI member programs were asked to apply as either Champions or Supporters as a way of demonstrating their readiness and commitment.

Champion organizations have made their services and programs fully LGBQ/T inclusive, have attended one or more LGBQ/T trainings, and are committed to on-going inclusive screenings and trainings. Our champions currently include Center for Prevention and Recovery, Center for Women and Community, DOVE, Inc., Family and Community Resource Inc., HarborCOV, IMPACT Boston, Renewal House, REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, RESPOND, Safe Passage, The Second Step, and Transition House.

Supporter organizations have committed to working towards meeting criteria in The Network/La Red’s LGBQ/T assessment by December 2015. Our supporters currently include Casa Myrna, DV/SA Program of Newton Wellesley Hospital, Community Advocacy Program at CCHERS, Elizabeth Freeman Center, Independence House, Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, and Voices against Violence YWCA of Central Massachusetts, and YWCA of Greater Lawrence.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

For more information or questions, please contact Toni Troop, Director of Communications of Jane Doe Inc.   Phone: 617-557-1807   Email: TTroop@janedoe.org

 

 

 


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