Awareness + Action = Social Change

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month; whether you are doing paid/volunteer work in a Domestic Violence Program or going it alone in your struggle to disrupt the patriarchy, your efforts are critical.

You, dear visionary and brave souls, are part of a larger movement to undermine domination and oppression and replace it with compassion and radical connection. This is good stuff, and we are so glad you are here.

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Our friends at the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, and Move to End Violence are allies in this work too, and have a wealth of resources to help you stay present, connected, and moving forward this month and in the future.

The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence has cooked up some delicious webinars this month: October 11 “Keeping your Cup Full: Self-Care is Essential to Trauma-Informed Advocacy”, will offer strategies for dealing with daily work related stress, increase awareness of the issue of vicarious trauma, and provide ideas in order to gain organizational support to help sustain and support those working with survivors of trauma.

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Also check out the October 25 “Girls for Gender Equity: Centering Girls of Color within the Racial and Gender Justice Movement of the 21st Century”, where you can learn about two organizations’ radical and visionary approaches to promoting racial and gender justice and the critical importance it has to addressing and preventing domestic and sexual violence. Download NRCDV’s entire #DVAM2016 events flyer here.

The National Network Against Domestic Violence sponsors the National Week of Action October 16-22. NNEDV invites you to add your voice to the national conversation by participating in National Week of Action activities, such as: Conversation Sunday, Media Monday, Tie-in Tuesday, Write-in Wednesday, #PurpleThursday, Film Friday, and Shout-out Saturday. Check out the multitude of additional NNEDV #DVAM2016 ideas and offerings here.

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Finally, and perhaps most importantly, let’s talk about you. This work is long-haul, expansive, heartbreaking, life-giving, joyous, and hard, and we need you here—really here—for the long-term. To make that happen, resilience is key. Move to End Violence promotes self-care as a core practice of movement building, and has an abundance of resources, like the 21 Day Self-Care Challenge to help keep your batteries fully charged so you can show up in all your glorious awesomeness Every. Single. Day.

Kate McCord is the Communications Director for the Action Alliance, a member of the National Domestic Violence Awareness Project Advisory Group, and is currently participating in Move to End Violence’s work with state coalitions to interrupt state violence against communities of color.

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Meet Cortney Calixte

Why do you do this Anti-Violence work?
For some reason Anti-Violence work has appeared in my life over the years in one way or the other and no matter what my other interest may be, I find myself in the same place. So, I think there is a reason for being here and I am going to take in as much knowledge I can and hopefully I can help something or someone in the process of figuring it out.

What would you like to learn your first year on your new job?
I want to be a sponge and I want to be able to provide the necessary services to the places that need them.

What is the latest book you’ve read and would you recommend it?
Dreams of my Father– Barack Obama. I related to Barack’s struggle to be his authentic self in a position and in a society where being black can cause you to have more than one identity because you are in fear that your authentic self is not a safe space.

 

Describe the magazines on your coffee table?
I would normally have random knowledge books on my coffee table. Books that tell you why ancient society’s made batteries out of clay pots. Random information and conversation starters.

If you had one box for all your stuff, what would you put in it?
My whole life and all of my experiences. You didn’t say how big or small the box could be.

 

 

What would be the title of your autobiography?

“I don’t know how I got here but I’m going to make the most of it: A guide to learning when you are lost.”

What is the most incredible view you have ever seen?
Whatever I am looking at when I wake up.  No amount of anything can explain that.

Lastly, what excites you most about your new job at the Action Alliance? 
The opportunity to be a part of an organization that sees the need for a better life and a safe life for people facing violence.

Cortney Calixte is an intern at the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence. She is working toward her Master’s in Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University. 

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Meet Emily Robinson

Why do you do this Anti-Violence work?

In a world that often silences and disbelieves survivors, supporting those who are experiencing the effects of violence feels like the most important, urgently-needed work I could be doing. I am so happy and honored that I am able to be there for people experiencing trauma; to hear their stories and to validate their humanity and their feelings.

What would you like to learn your first year on your new job?

I want to learn more about the various programs across Virginia, the communities they serve and the different types of help they offer. I hope to always be improving my advocacy skills so I can give folks who call the hotline the best possible support.

What is the latest book you have read and would you recommend it?

I just finished a book called The Medieval Home Companion, written by a Frenchman as a guide for his young wife in the 14th century. I would not recommend to folks who are not already interested in medieval domestic life. Though, if you have been searching for an inscrutable recipe for linen-stamping ink made from oak galls and axle grease, definitely hit it up.

 

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If you were a vegetable what would you be? Why?

This is the most challenging question in this interview. A bell pepper, maybe? They’re super versatile and guinea pigs love them.

 

 

Describe the magazines on your coffee table?

There are always a lot of 90s-early 2000s zines on my coffee table, and I have a huge collection of old Maximum Rock and Roll magazines from that era, so those are always around. I usually read Terrorizer and Decibel (metal magazines), and have a subscription to TapeOp, a magazine about home recording. I love corny/trashy history magazines, too – the kind that treat Richard III like a teen heartthrob.

What are the 3 things you love about Virginia?

  • Richmond is one of the great American metal cities. So many of the best metal bands in the world right now are from right here (Inter Arma, Cough, Windhand, Prisoner…).
  • I am proud to live in a city where so much great community organizing, anti-violence work and resistance is happening.
  • I am from Tennessee, but a lot of my ancestors came to America from England via Virginia in the 17th century. I like being able to research that piece of my family’s history at places like the Library of Virginia.
  • It is wonderful to live somewhere with a truly great, free art museum like the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

 

What is the most incredible view you have ever seen?

It’s maybe not the most “incredible” –- it’s not from a great height or across a vast expanse, etc. —  but my favorite view is Primrose Hill in London.

Lastly, what excites you most about your new job at the Action Alliance? 

I love how the staff here looks out for, cares about, and celebrates one another in very sincere ways.

Emily is a Hotline Crisis Services Specialist at the Action Alliance. She volunteers with Girls Rock! RVA and Knoxville Girls Rock Camp, and is a board member of the international Girls Rock Camp Alliance. She is a musician, knitter and armchair medievalist.

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To inquire about submissions for blog, please check the submissions page for requirements or email colson@vsdvalliance.org