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