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Women’s History Month Trivia Night – March 29 in Oakland!

Hello Advocates!

 

As many of you know, March is Women’s History Month. In recognition, we will be hosting our 4th Annual Women’s History Month Trivia Night#WHMTrivia15 is a time to recognize the contributions of women locally, nationally, and globally and raise awareness about a great cause- BAWAR! The event will take place on Sunday, March 29 at Kingston 11 Cuisine in Oakland. Doors open at 4:30pm and trivia starts at 4:50pm (sharp). Tickets are $18 per person. All proceeds benefit Bay Area Women Against Rape, and its work to end sexual violence, abuse, and exploitation.

How can you support? Well, there are four ways:

Get the word out! Tell your friends, family, colleagues, next door neighbors, etc. You can also invite people via the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/431175210382481/.

Form a team! Get your friends, family, or coworkers to join your team. You can write a check to BAWAR, pay via Paypal on the event website (http://www.whmtrivia.org/), or pay via credit card, cash, or check at the event. However, tickets will sell out fast, so the sooner you register your team, the better.

Get donations! We are looking for donations and sponsorships, including raffle prizes, door prizes, giveaways, and larger donations/sponsors. All donations over $50 will get acknowledgment in the program and on the website, and any donations over over $100 will have their logo added as a supporter (over $500 is considered a co-sponsor). Let us know, and we’ll send you a donation letter for businesses.

Volunteer! We are looking for five volunteers to help set up, register and welcome guests, and act as judges and scorekeepers. If you are interested in helping, please contact me at christopher@bawar.org or whmtrivia@gmail.com.

If you have questions, please feel free to let us know. Last year was a phenomenal success, and this year will be even better! We are looking forward to your participation and support.

Tax Check-off Flyer

Tax Check-Off Is Here But We Need Your Help

Tax Check-off Flyer

Dear Ebridge Members:

I am thrilled to announce that the California Sexual Violence Victims Service Fund is included on the 2014 California State Tax Return. Our legislative success means that through this tax check-off together we can now raise money specifically for the work done by California rape crisis centers!
As part of CALCASA’s focus on creating new California funding streams for sexual assault intervention and prevention, we secured the assistance of former Senator Mark DeSaulnier as author of the bill (SB 782) and actively worked with legislators to gain their support by educating them on the urgency of this funding mechanism. Many of you assisted by sending support letters, meeting with legislators at the local level and making phone calls when needed. We now need each of you to work equally hard to ensure that we retain the check-off.
The tax check-off requires that we meet and maintain a threshold of contributions, otherwise we will be removed from the tax form. CALCASA staff alone cannot make the passage of SB 782 a longstanding success.  We need to very thoughtfully work together over the long-term. We need to make the tax check-off opportunity a daily conversation and embed it in all of our materials, talking points, and social media efforts. As President Obama said at the Grammy Awards “It’s on us.” 
Here is an opportunity for each of us to take our frustration over the lack of funding for services and education and direct it at becoming part of the solution. Please consult with your Executive Directors about how you or your organization may develop a plan. CALCASA will host a web conference next Thursday February 19, 2:00 pm, wherein we will outline our plan. We ask that you participate.  In the meantime, here is what we ask you to do now.
Today we need each of you to: 
  • Send an email blast to all of your contacts notifying them of the tax check-off opportunity (see the attached flyer in PDF and PDF formats)
  • Attach the following banner to your Facebook pages and websites (see attached
  1. Join the Tax Check-off Web conference on Thursday, February 19, 2pm to learn more about this fund and obtain additional tools (no need to register) 
    Join: https://calcasa.ilinc.com/join/pcxtkpt
    1-888-447-7153 Passcode; 229 252

 

 

Together we can create a new funding stream!

Sandra Henriquez, Executive Director
California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA)
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Thank You Inner Wheel of San Leandro

In 1993, Inner Wheel of San Leandro came to us with the offer to supply new clothing to rape survivors who go through the forensic exam where their clothing is taken as evidence.

Inner Wheel International is one of the largest women’s volunteer organizations in the world. They are in 103 countries, have 3,895 clubs and over 100,000 members.  Inner Wheel U. S. A. members spread friendship, understanding and encourage personal service.

For more than a decade, Inner Wheel of San Leandro has been providing sexual assault survivors with “Kare Kits” which include new sweatpants, sweat shirts, underwear, socks, prepasted toothbrush, wipes, a comb and a healthy snack (donated by Clif Bar).

What Survivors say: “Really, for me?”, “You mean I can keep them?” “They are so cozy; it feels like a big hug.”  Speaking with a survivor a week later, “I have been wearing the sweats you gave me every day; they are only thing I feel safe in.”

Thank you Inner Wheel of San Leandro for showing survivors that the community cares!

 

Thank you to the Inner Wheel San Leandro members appearing in the pictures above:

Susan Russello
Shirley Davini
Gloria Vasconcellos
Linda Mahadevan
Renie Bartolini
Carole Rogers
Kathi Gaab
Lola Chase
Kristina Seher
Rosanna Malcom
Adrienne Gilmore
Susan Hollister
San Francisco FBI Bay Area Women Against Rape

BAWAR Staff Receives FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award in Washington, D.C.

San Francisco FBI Bay Area Women Against Rape On April 4, 2014 in a formal ceremony in Washington D.C., BAWAR was the recipient of the Director’s Community Leadership Award from FBI San Francisco.  The award was for the work done in Oakland and Alameda county by BAWAR’s SEM program to combat sex trafficking of minors and adults, and BAWAR is one of 56 agencies nationwide to be recognized for their hard work in education and preventing crime and violence.  This award could not have been accomplished without our numerous community partners, Oakland Unite, Cross Bay Collaborative, law enforcement, the district attorney’s office, and concerned citizens. IMG_20140404_114829 For coverage of the event, see the FBI press release and Oakland Unite’s website. To learn more about BAWAR’s SEM proram, visit bawarsem.org. .

SFSU Wind Ensemble Donates Concert Proceeds to BAWAR

BAWAR would like to give a big thank you to San Francisco State’s Wind Ensemble for its fundraiser for BAWAR.  On Thursday, March 20, 2014, the Wind Ensemble held a world premiere of “Dreams Haunt Me”, a piece composed and conducted by Brad Hart for a friend of his who is a survivor.  As an article in the Golden Gate Express says,

The piece, haunting and dark, conveys the feelings of the girl left traveling this unwarranted journey and coping with the new feelings and insecurities it carries. By the end of the song, the audience was on their feet, shouting “bravo” as Hart bowed and was thanked for presenting a powerful piece that so many people could relate to.

Thank you again to the San Francisco State Wind Ensemble for its support of sexual assault survivors.  To read more about the concert, go to the Golden Gate Express article.

BAWAR’s Pat Mims Receives the 2014 Freedom House Stewardship Award

Pat Mims, the program coordinator of BAWAR’s SEM Program, has received the 2014 Freedom House Stewardship Award.  BAWAR has enjoyed collaborating with Freedom House in the guidance and support of human-trafficking survivors since 2010.  In their letter to Pat, Freedom House wrote:

Your leadership in building awareness in the community about commcercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) and the need for more direct services is commendable.  Freedom House also appreciates your sharing your expertise as a presenter during its shelter volunteer training programs…”Hope and a Future” is this year’s Gala theme.  Your tremendous work at BAWAR is providing both to young women and children.

Pat will be recognized for his and SEM’s work at the Freedom House 5th Annual Gala on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Foster City. .  For more information about the Gala or to buy tickets, visit Freedom House’s Events page.

For more information about the SEM program, please visit bawarsem.org.

BAWAR Receives California Association of Black Lawyers Community Service Award

BAWAR has received the 2014 David Cunningham Community Service Award from the California Association of Black Lawyers (CABL) for its work providing support and advocacy to people who are at risk for or who have been sexually and/or commercially exploited, via its SEM program.  On March 22nd, 2014 at 6pm at the Oakland Marriott Center, BAWAR will be presented the award during CABL’s Installation Dinner & Gala.  To learn more about the award, the dinner and CABL, read the letter BAWAR received below.  This award could not have been accomplished without our numerous community partners, Oakland Unite, Cross Bay Collaborative, law enforcement, the district attorney’s office, and concerned citizens.

To learn more about the SEM program and services provided, click here.

2014 Cunningham NonProfit Community Service Award - BAWAR

BAWAR Receives FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award

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On January 30th, 2014 from 10am to 12pm at the Alameda County Family Justice Center, BAWAR was the recipient of the Director’s Community Leadership Award from FBI San Francisco.  The award was for the work done in Oakland and Alameda county by BAWAR’s SEM program to combat sex trafficking of minors and adults, and BAWAR is one of 56 agencies nationwide to be recognized for their hard work in education and preventing crime and violence. The director of the SEM program, Pat Mims, will be flown to the FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. in April to participate in a formal ceremony to acknowledge  BAWAR’s work.  This award could not have been accomplished without our numerous community partners, Oakland Unite, Cross Bay Collaborative, law enforcement, the district attorney’s office, and concerned citizens.

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For coverage of the event, see the FBI’s press release as well as articles on Claycord.com and Oakland Unite.