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One Billion Rising Nantucket style!

Full house at One Billion RisingOn February 14, 2014 many Nantucketers gathered in the Studio at The Dreamland for the first annual One Billion Rising event on the island.  Originally planned to start at the Atheneum Garden with a march to the Dreamland for the second half of the program, organizers decided to hold the entire event at The Dreamland due to the weather.

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The hour-long program, much of which was translated into Spanish by Carla Zenis, A Safe Place’s bilingual advocate, began with remarks by A Safe Place’s Executive Director, Kat Robinson Grieder. Kitty Pochman shared a message that One Billion Rising’s founder and inspiration, Eve Ensler, had sent to the organizing through Wendy Schmidt:

Dear Amazing Women,
I have heard from Wendy that you are cooking up a massive rising in One Billion Rising Michael Pearson Images_2Nantucket and I wanted you to know I am so deeply with you and so moved to hear of the extraordinary energy you are calling up for a world where women are safe and free. I have been traveling all over the world and this One Billion Rising for Justice will be massive. So many are coming together, women
, men, children, old young, 200 countries, villages, towns, cities, islands to end this violence and call for justice  and love. Please know I am with you and I send my heart,
Eve Ensler

The rest of the program included a video from last year’s OBR events worldwide, a dance presentation by a troupe of girls from the Boys and Girls Club, a spoken word performance by students from the Girl Band at One Billion Rising EventUMass Boston Nantucket Semester, a proclamation from the Board of Selectmen and live music. One of the most emotional parts of the program were the Rising Statements made by members of the community, some of whom were representing organizations such as A Safe Place, Strong Girls Yoga, Peers Promoting Action and Awareness, Nantucket Boys and Girls Club, Nantucket High School, Nantucket Police Department, Self Love Org and Man Up Nantucket.  The program ended with applause and spontaneous dancing to the beat of Girlband.

Organizers were thrilled with the turnout: the Studio was packed with community members from every sector of the Nantucket population.  standing room only crowd spilled into the hallway outside.  All those in attendance were moved by displays of passion, strength, trust and mutual support.

One Billion Rising Lisa frey Images_14A Safe Place is grateful for so many leaders in the community who came to Rise with the survivors who attended.  The support and love shared during the event showed us all that the power to change society and stop gender violence exists here.

Nantucket Joins One Billion Rising for Justice

1 Billion Rising February 14One Billion Rising is a rapidly growing worldwide movement designed to raise awareness about sexual violence, and to call on governments around the world to help bring justice to survivors of gender violence.

At 5p.m on February 14, 2014, Nantucketers will gather in the Nantucket Atheneum courtyard to stand in solidarity with over one billion people in more than 200 countries across the world, who are calling for an end to violence against women and girls. After gathering in the Atheneum courtyard, participants will march together across the street to the Dreamland Theatre to: watch a short video, listen as people rise to speak out against gender violence, and enjoy hot cocoa with fellow islanders.

Please rise with us on February 14.

A Safe Place co-sponsoring One Warm Coat drive with PPAA and access Nantucket

Nantucket High School’s Peers Promoting Action and Awareness (PPAA) is holding a coat drive for One Warm Coat this month.  We are happy to be joining the students and access nantucket in the effort to collect warm coats and clothing for our greater community.

PPAA Coat Drive January 2014

Look for collection boxes at the front entrance of the high school, at the access nantucket office, here at A Safe Place and at the Fire Department.  The response has been generous so far, and we will continue to collect coats until January 31st.  

Thanks so much to everyone who has donated already – the community has really rallied and shown the PPAA that they really can make a difference to those in need during the cold of winter.

January Book Club Selection

Selected books contain themes related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking as a basis for discussions about healthy and unhealthy relationships. The meeting is an informal gathering with light refreshments and engaging conversations. If you are interested in joining this group or for more information, please contact Jennifer Frazee at 508-228-0561 or email Jennifer@asafeplacenantucket.org.

A Safe Place’s book selection for January is Wonder by R.J. Palacio.  Book club will meet on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 from 5:30-6:30pm at the A Safe Place office, 5B Windy Way.

Description from Amazon.com:Wonder, by R.J. Palacio

I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

Give the gift of hope and resilience

All of us at A Safe Place wish you and your family a happy, healthy and safe holiday season.  Thank you for the many ways you support our mission throughout the year, it means so much to so many.

With winter approaching, it can be an especially challenging time for our clients and resources on the island are scarce. We hope that as you enjoy the holiday season you will consider giving to support the lifesaving services at A Safe Place in honor of your friends and family.Tis the season to give

When you give $25 or more you can designate the gift in honor of a friend or family member who will receive a personalized card letting them know that you made a gift to A Safe Place in their honor.

Thank you for helping make Nantucket safe for everyone.

Sincerely,

The staff of A Safe Place, Inc.

Enter our raffle at Christmas Stroll!

Saturday, December 7th we will be at the Christmas Marketplace in the Stop & Shop parking lot raffling off this amazing basket overflowing with Nantucket Favorites.  Items have been donated by many generous local businesses and all proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets will benefit A Safe Place!

Stroll 2013 RaffleThe basket is worth well over $200 and contains plenty of items to keep for yourself or give as gifts to off-island friends.  Raffle tickets will be sold from 10am – 2:40pm for $10 each and we will draw a winner at 2:45pm.  You do not have to present to win!

Stop by our table to enter, and since it’s going to be a chilly day we’re also selling hand warmers that will make the rest of your stroll in the cold much more pleasant.  Make sure to come early, there’s a limited supply!

 

December Book Club Selection

Selected books contain themes related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking as a basis for discussions about healthy and unhealthy relationships. The meeting is an informal gathering with light refreshments and engaging conversations. If you are interested in joining this group or for more information, please contact Jennifer Frazee at 508-228-0561 or email Jennifer@asafeplacenantucket.org.

A Safe Place’s book club selection for December is I Am the Central Park Jogger by Trisha Meile. Book club will meet on Tuesday, December 17th from 5:30-6:30pm at the A Safe Place office, 5B Windy Way.

 

For the first time since the brutal assault in 1989 — a crime that stunned New Yorkers, the nation, and the world — the Central Park Jogger reveals her identity and tells the story you haven’t heard, the journey of a young woman who turned horrifying violence and certain death into extraordinary healing and triumphant life.

Trisha Meile, Author of I Am The Central Park Jogger

Trisha Meile, Author of I Am The Central Park Jogger

 

It is the end of a long workday
and she is out for a run.

Shortly after 9:00 P.M. on April 19, 1989, a young woman jogs alone near 102nd Street in New York City’s Central Park. She is attacked, raped, savagely beaten, and left for dead. Many hours later, she is found lying in the mud, her body thrashing violently.
When the young woman — soon to be known around the world simply as the Central Park Jogger — arrives in the emergency room, her body temperature is 85 degrees, she is comatose, and she cannot breathe on her own. She has a fractured skull and has lost so much blood that the doctors can’t understand why she is still alive.
I Am the Central Park Jogger recounts the mesmerizing, inspiring, often wrenching story of human strength and transcendent recovery that involved a family, a hospital, a city — in fact, an entire nation — of supporters.
Even today, more than a decade after the attack, the Central Park Jogger is still in the news. As she writes this story, the headlines scream jogger once more. Startling new information about the crime emerges. Because of the nature of her head injuries, she remembers nothing of the attack. Whether one man or several nearly took her life, the damage was done.
And for the Central Park Jogger, the crime was not the climax but the beginning of her journey. This indelible, moving, tough-minded self-portrait weaves the stories of ER workers, doctors, nurses, investigators, family, colleagues, friends, and strangers into a haunting narrative of courage, survival, and healing against seemingly impossible odds.
She tells us who she was — a well-educated young woman working on Wall Street — and who she is now. Post attack, she must relearn to read, write, add, subtract, tell time. Once a distance runner, she must learn to walk again. She was a woman who guarded an unhealthy secret that defied treatment until after the violence, when it magically healed; a young professional who worked twelve- to fourteen-hour days but who, post attack, had the courage to reclaim her life and focus on what matters most.
Once comfortable in a high-pressure corporate boardroom, she is a woman who has had to learn to talk again, and is now a powerful and inspiring speaker. She is not the woman she was — physical and cognitive “deficits” linger — yet she is stronger and more alive than she has ever been. The event meant to take her life gave her a deeper one, richer and more meaningful.
Meet Trisha Meili, the Central Park Jogger.

Monthly Book Club – November 2013

Selected books contain themes related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking as a basis for discussions about healthy and unhealthy relationships. The meeting is an informal gathering with light refreshments and engaging conversations. If you are interested in joining this group or for more information, please contact Jennifer Frazee at 508-228-0561 or email Jennifer@asafeplacenantucket.org.

A Safe Place’s book club selection for November is I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai . Book club will meet on Tuesday, November 19th from 6-7pm at the A Safe Place office, 5B Windy Way.malala-book-cover

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize. I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons. I AM MALALA will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.

Monthly Book Club – October 2013

The Round HouseSelected books contain themes related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking as a basis for discussions about healthy and unhealthy relationships. The meeting is an informal gathering with light refreshments and engaging conversations. If you are interested in joining this group or for more information, please contact Jennifer Frazee at 508-228-0561 or email Jennifer@asafeplacenantucket.org.

A Safe Place’s book club selection for October is The Round House by Louise Erdrich. Book club will meet on Tuesday, October 29th from 6-7pm at the A Safe Place office, 5B Windy Way. There are two copies available of the book at our office.

From the Back Cover:

National Book Award Winner

One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and thirteen-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe’s life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared. While his father, who is a tribal judge, endeavors to wrest justice from a situation that defies his efforts, Joe becomes frustrated with the official investigation and sets out with his trusted friends, Cappy, Zack, and Angus, to get some answers of his own. Their quest takes them first to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe. And this is only the beginning. Written with undeniable urgency, and illuminating the harsh realities of contemporary life in a community where Ojibwe and white live uneasily together, The Round House is a brilliant and entertaining novel, a masterpiece of literary fiction. Louise Erdrich embraces tragedy, the comic, a spirit world very much present in the lives of her all-too-human characters, and a tale of injustice that is, unfortunately, an authentic reflection of what happens in our own world today.

Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse: How are they connected?

In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Allie PhillipsPeople & Pets: Predicting and Preventing Human and Animal Abuse

Allie Phillips, with the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), will be speaking about the connection between animal abuse and domestic violence. Ms. Phillips, is a nationally-recognized author, attorney and advocate for animals and vulnerable victims.

This event is a collaboration between A Safe Place and Nantucket Safe Harbor for Animals.

Wednesday, October 2nd

7:00pm — 9:00pm

Unitarian Meeting House, Hendrix Hall, 11 Orange Street

Dessert reception to follow lecture.

Ms. Phillips will also be offering a free training session to human and animal protection agencies, professionals, and the public on the same subject on October 3rd from 10:00am to 12:00pm at Sherburne Commons Retirement Community, located at 21 South Shore Road.

For more information call Kristen Brock at (508)228-0561.

ABOUT ALLIE PHILLIPS:

Allie Phillips, with the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) is a nationally-recognized author, attorney and advocate for animals and vulnerable victims. Ms. Phillips is the director of the NDAA’s National Center for Prosecution of Animal Abuse and deputy director of the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse. She is a legal expert on the linkage between violence to animals and people, therapy animals helping crime victims, animal protection and prosecution, and human-animal interactions. Her work has been featured on The Today Show, and in The Washington Post, USA Today, Denver Post, Cat Fancy Magazine, Chatelaine Magazine (Canada), Colorado Public Radio, Washington Public Radio, and dozens of national animal radio talk shows.