Monthly Newsletter

September 2015

DID YOU KNOW?

Homecoming Parade this Friday September 25th!

Interested in walking in the Parade with us? Email Jerie, or show up on Friday no later than 6:15 pm: sign up table will be at 11th & University - ask for Office of Student Affairs.


If you are planning on bringing friends with you, please let us know so that we can make sure we have enough T-shirts!

DVAM Kickoff Event Monday October 5th!

Come visit us on either side of the Washington Ave. Bridge - get some Hot Apple Cider and a purple heart sticker so that you can tell us what your healthy relationship looks like!

Next Volunteer Meeting: October 10th!

All Saturday meetings begin with Direct Service from 10-11:30, EVERYONE 11:30-12:30, SPV'S 12:30-1:30 and VPE's 12:300-2:00. Place TBD. Thanks!!


Future Volunteer Meeting Dates: November 14, January 23, February 27, April 2 and the Recognition Celebration on Friday, April 29th.

LACI GREEN - October 28th!

It's official! Laci will be here in October! If you haven't heard of Laci before, she is a YouTube star who uses her channel to educate and create conversation around social issues - especially related to sex! We will be giving you a little taste of Laci every month until she comes in October - you're welcome ;)
Just Say NO to Abstinence Only!

TAC Corner - Volunteer Profiles!

Meet Tia!

Name and position at TAC

Tia F, Legal Advocacy Coordinator


Favorite thing about advocacy work

My favorite thing about advocacy work is having the opportunity to be a positive force for change. Being an advocate is to ensure that we don't just address the symptom, but rather the root cause of the issues; and therefore by doing so, we ensure that there is a positive impact in the long-term. I became an Advocate to be a catalyst to foster change and to create hope; where hope didn't exist before.


Where is your favorite place to eat on campus so far

Burrito Loco


Do you have any pets

I have two dogs, a lab and a hound mix


What is your favorite inspirational quote

My favorite quote is: I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

~Maya Angelou

Research: The More You Know

"Safe Harbor/No Wrong Door" in Minnesota

In 2011, Minnesota added the definition of sexually exploited youth (SEY) into child protection codes, increased the penalties against commercial sex abusers or purchasers, and directed the Commissioner of Public Safety to work with stakeholders to create a victim-centered, statewide response for sexually exploited youth. Effective August 1, 2014, the state now excludes SEY under the age of 18 from the definition of delinquent child. Thus, if youth engage in conduct that relates to being hired, offering to be hired or agreeing to be hired by another individual to engage in sexual conduct, they will no longer be charged with a crime for this act. In addition, Minnesota is in the process of implementing a state service model called “No Wrong Door”, which makes resources and services available for SEY, including regional navigators, housing and shelter, comprehensive services, and training and protocol development.

Infographics from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC):

TRAINING AND EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Webinar: Assessing Patterns of Coercive Control, Part 1: A Basic Skill for LGBT DV Advocacy

Date: Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Pacific

This session offers an exciting introduction to the Northwest Network’s tool and analysis on assessing patterns of power and control in abusive relationships. Developed over 20 years of work with LGBT survivors of intimate partner violence, the Northwest Network’s approach to assessment continues to be a fundamental consideration and practice for any organization hoping to create relevant, accessible support for LGBT individuals, as well as broadly expanding our capacity to holistically respond to the experiences of all survivors. Register Here

Webinar: Beyond Criminalization

Date: Tuesday, November 10th, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Pacific

On July 16th, 2015, President Obama became the first sitting president in U.S. history to visit a prison. As the President noted, the United States accounts for only 5% of the world’s population but 25% of the world’s prisoners. 1 in 100 Americans is behind bars in this country. These facts indict all of us working for just, safe and loving communities. The President’s visit is an opportunity to amplify the work of so many activists and change makers who have steadfastly demanded the repeal of mandatory minimums, mandatory arrests and the war on communities of color, Native Americans and poor white people waged through these practices. Over the past 30 years, our movement to end domestic and sexual violence has been used to give moral authority to the massive build-up of prisons and inmate populations. As advocates, we know this is wrong, but we have not acted collectively to stop this misuse of our aims. Instead, we have ignored the consequences of reporting and arrest on our civic institutions and in the lives of so many survivors. This webinar is designed to discuss in practical terms why mandatory arrest and reporting does not result in justice or safety for survivors of domestic violence and to propose concrete actions programs and advocates can take to disentangle their work from the criminal legal project. The discussion will be designed around anti-violence advocates based in community organizations (non-profits and independent organizations). Register Here

Webinar: Assessing Patterns of Coercive Control, Part 2 Practical Skills and Implementation

Date: Tuesday, November 24th, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Pacific

Part 2 in a 3 part series on “Assessing Patterns of Coercive Control in Abusive Relationships”, this session expands from analysis and framing to skill-building, practical implications and program implementation. The Northwest Network’s Assessment Tool will be introduced in detail, using advocacy stories and participant exercises. This session will also address the myriad considerations for implementation, including approach & intention, documentation, debriefing, etc relevant for programs who are interested in increasing their competency in serving LGBTQ survivors and integrating a broader practice of assessment into their service delivery. *participation in “Assessing Patterns of Coercive Control in Abusive Relationships: A Basic Skill for LGBT DV Advocacy” highly encouraged. Register Here

Webinar: Assessing Patterns of Coercive Control, Part 3: Practice and Program Implementation

Date: Tuesday, December 8th, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Pacific

Part 3 in a 3 part series on “Assessing Patterns of Coercive Control in Abusive Relationships”, this session continues to offer opportunities to engage in skill building and practice with the Northwest Network’s assessment tool. Using real-life examples, role-play, observation and hands-on exercises, participants will deepen their understanding and build capacity to conduct assessments. This session will also address the myriad considerations for implementation, including documentation, intake policy best practices and organizational considerations relevant for programs who are interested in increasing their competency in serving LGBTQ survivors and integrating a broader practice of assessment into their service delivery. Register Here

Community Training (Fliers Attached)

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Research and Learning

EVENTS

Art Illuminating Human Rights

Thursday, Sep. 24th, 6pm

2400 3rd Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN

September 24

The evening will tackle race and civil rights in the United States. Following a gallery tour, Jonathan Odell, author of Ms. Hazel and the Rosa Parks League, will join in a conversation with Duchess Harris, chair of Macalester College’s American Studies Department, and the audience.


October 22

Spoken word artist and community activist Abdi Phenomenal will perform. Born in Mogadishu, Somalia, he is a second-generation poet who is reviving the great poetic tradition of his forefathers through his perspective in a diaspora tongue. Cultural objects will be used to explore human rights issues raised through his art.

December 3

Mia educators and The Advocates’ experts will celebrate trans voices through conversations in the galleries with objects telling stories about LGBTI rights. The tour will be followed by authors and poets reading from their latest works; Andrea Jenkins, author of The T is Not Silent, will be featured.


All events begin at 6 p.m. at
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota


This is a free, ticketed event. Space is limited.
Make your reservations by calling 612-870-6323,

or RSVP here: https://tickets.artsmia.org/ItemShow.aspx?Dep=suTD+hqfe54aElTpUJkMcQ==&Cat=Mtep1YjDa6ioZGNMPP/v/A==&It=MaiNkcLs3HCQrOYac/DuZg==

Fall 2015 Women’s Human Rights Film Series: "Lady Valor"

Thursday, Oct. 15
6:30 p.m.

Hamline Midway Library
1558 W. Minnehaha Ave.
St. Paul, MN

THE MASK YOU LIVE IN + Panel Discussion

Monday, October 26
7:00 PM

The Fitzgerald Theater
10 East Exchange Street
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Fall 2015 Women’s Human Rights Film Series: "The Mask You Live In"

Thursday, Nov. 19
6:30 p.m.

Highland Park Community Center Auditorium
1978 Ford Parkway
St. Paul, MN

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JOBS

Breaking Free, Inc. Open until filledCommittee Against Domestic Abuse Alexandra House, Inc.
Sexual Violence Center. Open until filled
Tubman. Open until filled
Cornerstone Advocacy Service. Open until filled
Cornerstone Advocacy Service. Open until filled
360 Communities. Open until filled
360 Communities. Open until filled
360 Communities. Open until filled
Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Open until filled
Women of Nations. Open until filled
Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Open until filled
Crisis Resource Center of Steele County. Open until filled
HOPE Coalition. Open until filled
Tubman. Open until filled

Position Title​: Powerful Choices Coordinator

Position Title​: Powerful Choices Coordinator

Apply by:​ To be considered in the initial review, applications must be submitted by 5pm Friday, September 25th.

Position will be open until filled.

Start date​: Negotiable - ideally start date would be October 26th, 2015

Position type:​ Full-time, 40 hours/week, exempt position

For more info, please visit: www.powerfulvoices.org

BEYOND EXPECTATIONS & SALUTATIONS

There have been some changes around the office!


We are welcoming Sarah F. as Step Up student staff, Jackson R. as our Mens Engagement student staff and Tia F. as our new Legal Advocacy Coordinator (along side Becky)! If you haven't stopped in to say hi yet, please do soon!


As Sarah F. joins us as our new Step Up staff, we say goodbye (kind of) to Bronte S. Thank you so much for all your hard work, Bronte, and we are so excited that you're staying on as an office advocate!!

YOUR MOMENT OF ZEN

Yoga Time with a Cute Chihuahua

Folks! Please don't forget how important self-care is! You deserve to feel like your best you