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This July, we celebrate our Founding Mothers!
CCADV Staff share their favorite readings, inspirations, and leaders in the movement. Check it out!
Public Policy Update
The 2015 Legislative Session recap. Read about it!
Upcoming Trainings
Lots of great trainings and other events this month. Check 'em out!

July is...

A Time to Celebrate our Roots!
(This Intro Written by Lydia Waligorski, CCADV Public Policy Director)

At the impressionable  age of 19, I had the good fortune to begin volunteering at the second oldest domestic violence shelter in the Nation; The Women's Center in Carbondale, Illinois where I was well trained in the history (her story) of the movement and grounded in feminist theory. One of the first things expressed to the volunteer training class was confirmation that The Woman's Center was a feminist agency and not only was the Center unapologetic in their statements, they owned it proudly.  The Advocates taught us well that equality was not something to politely ask the oppressor to change in their own time but was a substantial change that would take thoughtful, purposeful MOVEMENT building to create. 

The Founding Fathers we celebrate each July began a movement and helped create America. The Founding Mothers of the feminist movement created safe places for women and children to explore a life lived without violence. They wrote essays and articles, and spoke out in consciousness raising groups. They organized, and they eventually  opened doors. They opened the doors of shelters, and they opened doors of opportunity for all of us who follow. We celebrate our Founding Mothers who, like our Founding Fathers, were not perfect, but who bravely dared to make positive changes on behalf of us all. 

This month, we're sharing some of our staff's favorite readings, resources, and (s)hero stories. Please enjoy them and SHARE them!

Ellen Pence: Rock Star of the Battered Women’s Movement

(from I Am Unbeatable)
Ellen knew that our culture produces men who batter and men who rape and that ultimately the culture must change. 

Change never comes easy. The institutions Ellen demanded change from were deeply entrenched. The administrators of these institutions believed there was little addition they could do, because domestic assault cases were unlike other criminal behavior. They argued that the personal nature of an intimate relationship made it difficult to intervene, unless the injuries were egregious. They claimed that domestic assault victims were different—these women were uncooperative and they recant. These same detractors added that battered women frequently provoked their abusive partner in what they called “domestic disputes.”

Privately Ellen would rage at the injustice. She had held the shaking body of a woman with her face split open at the hands of a jealous boyfriend. She gave support to a woman who was repeatedly raped by her drunken husband. She comforted little children who saw their father strangle their mother into unconsciousness. Ellen absorbed these women’s life experiences and told their stories to a community. She was relentless—she was convinced that life didn’t have to be like this for so many women.

'Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics'
by bell hooks

“In a culture which holds the two-parent patriarchal family in higher esteem than any other arrangement, all children feel emotionally insecure when their family does not measure up to the standard. A utopian vision of the patriarchal family remains intact despite all the evidence which proves that the well-being of children is no more secure in the dysfunctional male-headed household than in the dysfunctional female-headed household. Children need to be raised in loving environments. Whenever domination is present love is lacking. Loving parents, be they single or coupled, gay or straight, headed by females or males, are more likely to raise healthy, happy children with sound self-esteem. In future feminist movement we need to work harder to show parents the ways ending sexism positively changes family life. Feminist movement is pro-family. Ending patriarchal domination of children, by men or women, is the only way to make the family a place where children can be safe, where they can be free, where they can know love.” 
― Bell Hooks, Feminism Is for Everybody: Passionate Politics 

IN THE PROLOGUE of bell hooks' (she intentionally does not capitalize her name) book 'Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics', she admits that people are always asking her to define feminism and bell hooks states (this is a paraphrase) "If I could write a pamphlet explaining feminism to everyone who asked me about it and to everyone who needed to know, it would be this book." The book is small, only about 40 pages and I have owned and subsequently given away to friends and colleagues several copies over the years.
CCADV's Itty Bitty List of Suggested Readings
(the whole list would fill a library!):

New Legs for 'This Bridge Called My Back'
The 1981 feminist classic "This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color" is getting new legs thanks to a March re-release by SUNY Press. Now in its fourth edition, the anthology has influenced generations of women-of-color activists. In the early '80s it served as a call to action and a reflection of how many felt. Today it's an interesting testament to the progression of a movement.

Advocacy on Behalf of Battered Women
by Ellen Pence
This chapter provides a history of advocacy in the battered women's movement and analyzes the dilemmas facing legal advocates today in relationship to overspecialization of job duties; a shift from institutional advocacy to individual advocacy within the domestic violence field; and the tendency of shelter programs to become a part of the social service system rather than standing outside of that system.

A Tribute to Susan Schechter: The Visions and Struggles of the Battered Women’s Movement
by Fran S. Danis
The battered women’s movement lost a great leader and visionary when Susan Schechter died of endrometrial cancer in 2004. Schechter’s legacy reminds advocates for battered women of how efforts to develop safe places for battered women began, the context of those times, how far we have come, and how far we still have to go. Her pioneering work in the area of the overlap between child maltreatment and adult domestic violence and services to children who are exposed to domestic violence has left the social work profession with a challenging agenda that must be met to create safety for all women and children.

How Anti-violence Activism Taught Me to Become a Prison Abolitionist
by Beth Richie
"Sometimes we learn our most profound political lessons in the contours of our everyday activism.  This is certainly the case for me as I recount my journey as a Black feminist activist working to end gender violence for the past 20 years, during which the United States was engaged in building itself up as the world’s leading prison nation."

“Native women have survived, Indian nations have survived, because of our beliefs and teachings.”
–Tillie Black Bear

Wa Wokiya Win (Tillie Black Bear), Sicangu Lakota, is known as the Grandmother of the Battered Women’s Movement, for her leadership spanning almost four decades. This leadership resulted in the passage of the Violence Against Women Acts, from 1994 to 2013. Tillie’s understanding of social change, organizing, movement building, and leadership are her living legacy.

The United States has been blessed with the leadership of many great women; such leadership is often found across communities and generations. Tillie Black Bear is one such woman. A member of the Sicangu Lakota Nation and Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Tillie believed in the teachings of White Buffalo Calf Woman. One of the first teachings White Buffalo Calf Woman brought to the Lakota people was that even in thought, women are to be respected. Her steadfast leadership was rooted in the clarity of her beliefs and dedication to Native peoples and women.

(From NIWRC)
Ana Castillo: Massacre of the Dreamers: Essays on Xicanisma
(from CCADV's Kristiana Huitron)
I found Ana Castillo's book, 'Massacre of the Dreamers', only about in 2010. It was written in 1994. It was at that point that what I had been reading in mainstream psychology based scholastic speak, also had meaning in indigenous terms; that the indigenous souls knew stuff sometimes by conversing with spirit and ether and ancestors whereas the scholar/scientist/gringo needed to measure and prove something into existence. I found that labels are truly important. 

I began to label myself as a Xicana. Based on the reasoning of Ms. Castillo, “A crucial distinction between labels we have been given by officials of the state and our won self-naming process is that only doing the latter serves us. The very act of self-definition is a rejection of colonization.” So as an act of naming and claiming my power and my place in my own history as my herstory, I declared myself as an indigenous Xicana of Colorado earth to continue to release myself from the bonds of oppression (I pretend that one day I will be completely free while I still breath in this body on this earth).

(Author Ana Castillo)

Your Coalition in Action: CAIA 2015

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Dear Members,Supporters, and Friends,

It felt really good heading into summer after wrapping up a Colorado Advocacy In Action (CAIA) Conference with record breaking attendance and stellar evaluations! As with past events, the fourth annual CAIA Conference was an opportunity to renew old acquaintances and form new ones, to check-in with our members about our accomplishments over the past year and share what is on the horizon for CCADV, and, of course, to build up our capacity to better address domestic and sexual violence through learning new information and skills. As we take what we have just learned forward to advance our common cause, it is important to reflect on how that new information builds upon and enhances what we already know to work well with survivors. So, we are taking this opportunity to reflect back on the tried and true practices set forth by the "founding mothers" of our anti-violence movement by sharing some of our favorite literature, history, and thoughts by those who laid the groundwork for all of us.

We hope you enjoy this classic collection curated by CCADV staff and we hope to see you June 6th - 8th in Vail for the fifth annual Colorado Advocacy In Action Conference!

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Public Policy Update

Hello Members and Colleagues,

We have officially wrapped up the 2015 legislative session. I have prepared the 2015 Legislative Report, which briefly gives a quick synopsis of the new laws and a quick reference sheet of the bills that did not pass. You will see a new feature in this familiar format called Advocacy Tips. These are quick tips and background information designed to be helpful for those of you in direct service who may benefit from the new law or be asked to explain it to others. 

As you read the document and certainly as you work through the new laws in the course of your advocacy, please do not hesitate to call me or email me if I can be of assistance. Technical assistance is one of the benefits of your CCADV membership and we are here to help you anytime you may have question. 

Thank you all for the tremendous work you do: never doubt you are saving lives and know you are my (s)heroes. 


Latin@ Outreach Project 

Monica Ramirez is known for the Bandana Project and as the director of Esperanza: The Immigrant Women's Legal Initiative of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which was a project dedicated to eradicating sexual violence and gender discrimination against farm-worker and low-wage immigrant women. We were thrilled to have her as the keynote speaker for the Colorado Advocacy In Action 2015 conference. After finishing her speech, she was surrounded by admirers and sisters in the work as she left the stage. 

Advocates took pictures with Ms. Ramirez (pictured above with CCADV LOP Coordinator Iztel Olivas) wanting a momento not only of the feeling of meeting Monica, but also of the message that she carried to the attendees. She carried a message of hope, courage, and leadership. She shared about the advancement of the cause, the work, and of the women we serve. She spoke of the courage of women who are often left in the margins and shadows of our society; about that courage as a motivator for herself and for all of us. She spoke of the need for a light to be shone on the stories and struggles of those who society often wants to ignore; that shining that light is a strategy for undoing the violence we fight collectively. 

That morning before Mónica Ramirez went on stage she shared a message of hope also for sister Latina advocates doing the work. Here are some notes from that conversation, as shared with our own Latina advocate here at CCADV, Kristiana Huitrón. 
To find out more about CCADV's Latin@ Outreach Project, contact Kristiana Huitrón.
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Upcoming Trainings


July 9:  How does sexual and domestic violence prevention better leverage local health, justice, education and community sectors (PC)
This web conference will build on findings from a recent analysis for the Defending Childhood initiative about the role of multiple sectors in preventing children and young people's exposure to violence. Guests will share joint strategies identified as the most promising for health, education, justice and the community. A discussion will follow on the value and challenges of bringing together multiple sectors.
12:00pm MDT

July 14: CCADV's Brown Bag Discussion Series #7: Cycle of Violence: Which Model? Consequences? Impact? Answers? (CCADV)
Join us as advocates, educators, and survivors, or those who support survivors, as we take a look at the evolution of the tools we use in our work to end gendered violence. We will look at a more inclusive model of a cycle of violence that addresses the individual, institutional, and cultural levels of the problem along with helping us to address batterer generated and life generated risks. This model takes into account cultural, linguistic, and other factors that affect marginalized communities and individuals. Therefore, it is an empowering model for all.

For more information, please contact Kristiana Huitron
12:00p MDT
Register Now

July 15: Suicide Awareness and Intervention (Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute Inc.)
This webinar provides viewers with a general overview of the issues surrounding suicide. Topics related to myths, risk factors and warning signs will be explored. The final portion of the webinar will walk participants through a suicide assessment and intervention process with the goal of assisting participants to better identify and assist those at risk of suicide.
12:00pm MDT

July 29: Addictions and Mental Illness – Understanding the Relationship (Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute Inc.)
This webinar highlights understanding co-occurring disorders as a spectrum of experience and looks specifically at the possible relationships between addictions and mental illness. The role that trauma can play in co-occurring disorders is also reviewed. Understanding this relationship between addictions and mental illness is key for caregivers to begin to assist in recovery.
12:00pm MDT
Do you have an upcoming training?
Or another event you want to share with the CCADV community?
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Upcoming Live Trainings and Events

August 14, 2015: The State of Latino Affairs in Colorado: Connecting the Dots (CLLARO)
The Colorado Latino Leadership, Advocacy and Research Organization (CLLARO) will be hosting a conference entitled, The State of Latino Affairs in Colorado: Connecting the Dots on August 14, 2015 at the Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. The purpose of the conference is to 1) engage policy stakeholders and leaders from the public and private sectors to learn about the CLLARO strategies and initiatives; 2) share ideas for developing concrete steps to move them forward; and 3) gain commitment to execute the strategies and initiatives.
Location: Denver, CO

September 10-11: Sports Culture: Advancing Its Role in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention (A Call to Men)
A CALL TO MEN is a leading national violence prevention organization providing training and education for men, boys and communities.
Location: Charlotte, NC

October 14-15: 14th Annual Pikes Peak Region Domestic Violence Summit 
"We have an amazing line up again this year. Keynote speaker will be Rickie M. Houston from A Call to Men."
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Check out community events hosted around Colorado 
on our website:

(Or post your own event on our website calendar: http://ccadv.org/submit-event/)
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*Fees and Transportation Costs for Civil Protection Order Hearings: A Guide for Judges in Colorado
Best practice guidelines for courts assessment of fees and costs to individuals seeking a protection order.

*New and Amended Rules: Charitable Solicitation and Campaign Finance
The Secretary of State permanently adopted rules concerning charitable solicitations and campaign and political finance. 

*DIFRC offering new support group (Denver area)
Denver Indian Family Resource Center is starting a support group for American Indian/Alaska Native women that have experienced/are experiencing domestic violence. If you know anyone that might be interested please have them contact Stevi directly at 720-500-1011 or by email at sgray@difrc.org. 

News and Other Information

*Call for Nominations
NNEDV is now accepting nominations for the annual Diane Reese “Excellence in Advocacy in the Movement—D.R.E.A.M.—Award.” The DREAM Award honors an individual who incorporates and demonstrates the spirit and promise of true advocacy in all aspects of life—one who emulates Ms. Reese’s commitment to clear and ethical communication, (her) eagerness to collaborate in the spirit of true partnership, and (her) deep respect for the dignity, worth, and humanity in each one of us. 

*SCOTUS Decisions (courtesy of FWV)
By now, you know that the Court upheld marriage equality and the Affordable Care Act. But do you know why those decisions—along with the housing discrimination case—are so important to survivors of domestic violence?
  • Now that LGBT couples everywhere can get married, the door is open to fortify existing laws that support and protect all abused spouses.
  • The Affordable Care Act includes health care services that empower victims of domestic and interpersonal violence.  And the subsidies and credits that make those services affordable to all are especially important to low-income survivors.
  • The Fair Housing case that was decided early last week will allow advocates to use "disparate impact" claims to protect the housing rights of domestic violence survivors, who are often evicted and even blamed for the attacks they endure.

*At long last, a state EITC in Colorado
Last week's announcement at the Joint Budget Committee that the June forecast shows state revenue exceeding the TABOR limit by $220.9 million means that Colorado's Earned Income Tax Credit will be triggered on. Permanently. This is the most significant contribution to the economic well-being of low- and moderate-income families in Colorado in decades. More than 350,000 Coloradans will be helped by the state Earned Income Tax Credit. More info to come.

*Call for Study Participants
Qualified participants who complete both the initial survey and follow-up surveys will be entered into a raffle to win one of four $25 Amazon gift cards.    
My name is Carrie Yeager and I am a doctoral student at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. I am studying clinical psychology with an emphasis in trauma.  For my master's thesis I am studying how people benefit from an online trauma recovery web intervention. This intervention is designed to help individuals improve coping and recovery from traumatic events and is made freely available to those who participate in the study. The web application has been beta tested with a local domestic violence shelter (TESSA) with encouraging results.  In order to complete my thesis I am asking you to please participate in the study and to forward this information to those who you think may benefit from using a trauma recovery web intervention (using the bcc line for email addresses to ensure participant privacy). This is important research that will help in the future development of engaging and effective online interventions for trauma survivors.
If you are interested in participating, here is a link to the study:

*Call for Interview Participants
I am in my last year and am collecting data for my dissertation research which is where you come in. For my dissertation, I am studying the role of DV advocates and organizations in policy change and policy implementation. I’d like to interview current or former mangers (with 3-4 years of experience working in the field of domestic violence advocacy) about their challenges and successes implementing domestic violence policy. Please email me or call me if you would be able to chat with me for about an hour. Kimberly Wiley (850) 566-7130 or Kkw12@my.fsu.edu
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