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Move to End Violence is Looking for its Next Movement Makers

Dear friends,

Greetings from Move to End Violence! It’s been ages since you first sat down to talk with us during our stakeholder research for this project, but your wisdom has been held close and continues to greatly inform our work each step of the way.  We can’t thank you enough for all you did to help lay the foundation for this program. We are writing with an update and a request for a little more help!

Movement Makers Flex Their Social Change Skills. We hope you’ve been keeping track of the cohort’s progress on MEV’s blog, On the Move. The reflections from our third cohort convening in India were particularly engaging. (Please feel freeto contribute and encourage others to do so as well – we want this to be a dynamic space for movement leaders to share thoughts and strategies for moving forward.)

Last week we wrapped up our fourth convening in Washington, D.C. where MEV’s pilot Movement Makers focused on strengthening social change skills and continued to contemplate strategies for building this movement. Joining the ranks of our esteemed fireside chat guests, Gloria Steinem, Grace Lee Boggs, Salamishah Tillet and Aruna Roy, Monique Hoeflinger made a guest appearance at our fireside chat where she expertly guided the group through her experience running the marriage equality campaign for Equality Maine in the service of movement building. Clips from her inspiring and thought-providing talk will be on the website soon.

With the support of the truly fabulous faculty team, Movement Makers further developed their capacity to craft strategic campaigns to help end violence against girls and women. In the coming weeks, the Movement Makers will be sharing their journey on the blog, so be sure to check in often.

Our Search for Movement Makers Has Begun. Believe it or not, it is time to begin selecting the second Cohort! MEV’s pilot cohort of Movement Makers has laid the groundwork for this initiative through visioning, re-defining the problem, and beginning to think about what it will take to end violence against girls and women in the United States. The next cohort, to be selected by Fall 2012, will continue this important work.

We’re looking for visionary and inspired leaders who are aligned with our shared vision and committed to ending violence against girls and women through social change. Everything you need to know, including details about the 2 year opportunity, who should apply, and how to apply is on the web. The application went up today and is live for one month.

You all were so helpful in recruiting the pilot cohort we’d love your help in promoting this opportunity and encouraging talented individuals to apply. Please advise anyone you encourage to apply to list your name on the application. If there are folks you strongly recommend we consider, please drop us a line with their name, email, and a short statement of why you think they’d be great for cohort 2.

Thanks so much for your continued support,

Jackie Payne

Where Do You Stand? Campaign Launches Nationally

Nate_Bronstein_Web"Gentleman, this is our time.  Today, right here, right now.  It is our time to take a stand and stop violence across the country.  We are here to say, that enough is enough and sexual assault and violence against women is not just a women’s issue.  We all have our reasons for being here, our unique and varying stories.  But somewhere along the line we found one another and turned our causes into movement.  And as our movement grew, we broke down the silos among our communities and our universities.  And what happens here will not end at this event in DC.  We have this chance to make a difference to ensure that 100% of our society mobilizes for this cause.  We have this chance to find ways to make our campus safe, to find ways to create a culture of action and not just talk.  Every campus needs to make this a priority and engage as many men as we can.  As we stand, so must others.  And to this mission we will be unrelenting, unyielding to a culture of violence.  We are not just men of families, or friends, or peace, we are Men of Strength."

-Nate Bronstein, American University Men of Strength

On Tuesday January 31, Men Can Stop Rape launched its national bystander intervention campaign WHERE DO YOU STAND? in Washington, DC. About 30 area high school and campus MOST Club members gathered at Georgetown University to discuss bystander intervention strategies and how men can prevent and respond to gender-based violence and sexism. Holly Kearl from the American Association of University Women spoke to the importance of men learning the skills to be active and positive bystanders when they see incidents of violence, especially physical and sexual assault, harassment, and stalking. Nate Bronstein of American University Men of Strength energized the room of high school and college students with the speech above. The students then role-played different bystander intervention situations and came up with strategies to safely and effectively intervene.

Check out our press release about the event, our WHERE DO YOU STAND? page with more information on the campaign, and our shop for WHERE DO YOU STAND? materials. Don't miss our limited time package deals to save over 20% on our training, banner, floor graphic, posters, postcards, and wristband.



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