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ALC – Five Principles of Community Organizing

How can DeafHope organize from the bottom up?


[image description: photo of powerpoint slide “Five Principles of Community Organizing 1. Identify and understand the community 2. Advocate/organize bottom up 3. Sustain the community 4. Expand the community 5. Strike balance between outcome and process]

ALC – Reflecting on our Messages

At ALC today, DeafHope EDs are discussing with other DVSV organizations how we are contributing to community dialog.  What messages are we trying to share? What are the underlying or unintentional messages? We are thinking a lot about the videos that we post.  What are your thoughts?


[image description: photo of a flyer with green, black and red block colored background, a black and white photo of a woman at the top, she has a bandana over her head and her hand is up to her mouth as if she is shouting. Large red text is next to her Stop Rape (that is the message she is calling).  Below that in black text “10 Top Tips to End Rape 1. Don’t put drugs in women’s drinks. 2. When you see a woman walking by herself, leave her alone. 3. If you pull over to help a woman whose car has broken down, remember not to rape her. 4. If you are in a lift and a woman gets in, don’t rape her. 5. Never creep into a woman home through an unlocked door or window, or spring out at her from between parked cars or rape her. 6. USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM! If you are not able to stop yourself from assaulting people, ask a friend to stay with you while you are in public. 7. Don’t forget: it’s not sex with someone who’s asleep or unconscious – it’s RAPE! 8. Carry a whistle! If you are worried you might assault someone ‘by accident’ you can hand it to the person you are with, so they can call for help. 9. Don’t forget: Honesty is the best policy.  If you have every intention of having sex later on with the woman you are dating regardless of how she feels about it, tel her directly that there is every chance you will rape her. If you don’t communicate your intentions, she may take it as a sign you do not plan to rape her and inadvertently feel safe. 10. Don’t rape. Looking for information and ideas on how to campaign against rape? Check out the following website:]



ALC – Today’s important lesson


[image description: black text on cream background that says “There is no social change without social engagement – for a community to create change, the citizens must first demand change.”

ALC – DVSV is a Social Issue, does our language reflect that?


[image description: powerpoint slide that says “What is the role of support/education groups? Identify words or phrases that frame violence against women as an individual/psychological issue (blue poms) Identify words or phrases that frame violence against women as a social problem (purple poms).”  On a table in front of the projected slide is a large clear glass vase filled with big soft pom-pom balls.  There are mostly blue ones, a few purple.]

ALC – Learning from our history


[image description: large white poster paper is taped along a conference room wall.  The first paper is titled 2015 and has yellow post-it notes with handwritten messages: NFL response to VAW, Campus organizing The Hunting Ground, Transgender bathroom use laws, anti-bullying programs.  The next papers are titled 2010s, 2000, 1900s, they are covered in text and images (not legible) describing the history of the domestic/sexual violence movement.]

ALC – Understanding our Movement


[image description: black and white photo of four African American women standing in a doorway, smiling. They are wearing 1960’s style dresses.  White card below the photo shows black text: ROSIE HEAD and ELESE GALLION (the two women on the right, standing in the center door after the April 1969 Freedom Democratic Party Countywide Meeting) were among the first five Milestone young adults to staff the Community Center.  Both were in their twenties when the Movement and outside workers sparked them.  Bothe were living with their parents (Rosie also with her children) when the Greenwood meetings started.  Elese attended the 1963 meetings, worked with the ’64 outside volunteers, then trained to run the center in 1965. Work at the Community Center included running programs for children, coordinating health, clothing and welfare programs, responding to harassment, legal and emergency issues and voter registration.]

DeafHope EDs at Advocacy Learning Center

Good morning from Minnesota! DeafHope is at the third training event for the Advocacy Learning Center.  This week we are focused on community advocacy.  Stay tuned for more!


[image description: black text on cream paper “Without community, there is no liberation.” Audre Lorde (1934-1992) Audre Lorde was a Caribbean-American writer, poet, librarian and activist]

DeafHope & Advocacy Learning Center

We are thrilled to have been chosen for an 18 month immersion program to elevate DVSV advocacy services. Through the Advocacy Learning Center, we are working with DVSV agencies from around the country to talk about our work to end violence against women. Our Empowerment Directors are in Minnesota for a few days, our third in person meeting – stay tuned for more updates!


[image description: training poster showing a painting by Mali Kouanchao of three women of color raising their hands up together toward a swirling backdrop of blue sky, red mountains and green landscapes. The conference title is shown: The Advocacy Learning Center, a force for change. Welcome. Praxis International, Office on Violence Against Women, Manavi]

#TBT Deaf Mothers – Happy Mother’s Day!

In 2001, Michael Peterson took a series of beautiful black and white photographs of Deaf mothers to raise money and awareness in support of DeafHope services to end domestic and sexual violence.  These photographs are hung in our office and we want to share them with you today.  We honor of Deaf mothers everywhere, thank you for your endless love and care in our communities!

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Upcoming Events

October 2016

  • Deaf Access for Survivors webinar: Oct. 5 10a
  • DVSV Training Must attend all three days: Oct 14, 15 & 16 9-5p