In the wake of the Orlando shooting a few weeks ago, all I wanted was for it to not be real — for it to disappear and vanish. I wanted to talk to my family members who are both Latino and gay, but didn’t have the words. I felt numb. Then I thought about my colleagues. Was it appropriate to ask work-related questions to my coworkers who were directly and indirectly affected by this tragedy? Should I set these aside until after I checked in with them on this attack?
We need to be mindful of what we feel and what action we need to move forward, individually and collectively, with compassion and love — especially in times when our entire world is shaken. I have so many questions that can’t all be answered in one sitting, but hopefully they garner a space for reflection for you as an individual and for your organization as a whole working toward social justice.
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Vermont Press Releases
Montpelier, Vermont, July 15, 2016: The Vermont Pride Center has become a member organization of the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. The Pride Center provides free and confidential services to LGBTQ survivors of domestic and sexual violence, hate violence, and anti-LGBTQ bias or abuse through its SafeSpace Program. The Vermont Network is the leader of the movement to end domestic and sexual violence in Vermont, representing fifteen non-profit organizations which provide direct services for victims and survivors in communities across the state.
Categories: In the News domestic violence, ending violence, hate violence, LGBTQ, LGBTQ survivors, pride, Pride Center, SafeSpace Program, sexual violence, survivors, Vermont Network, Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, Vermont Pride, Vermont Pride Center, violence against women
Earlier this month, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, took away all the committee assignments of Assemblyman Roger Hernández, D-Baldwin Park, after a judge granted a restraining order sought by Baldwin Park Councilwoman Susan Rubio, his ex-wife.
Rendon’s decision is welcomely decisive. The backlash to then-Senate President Darrell Steinberg’s slowness to punish three senators credibly accused of major wrongdoing in 2014 led to Proposition 50, a state ballot measure approved in a landslide last month that allows the Assembly or Senate to suspend members without pay and benefits with a two-thirds vote.
Categories: In the News Anthony Rendon, assault, Assembly, Assemblyman, awareness, domestic violence, restraining order, Roger Hernández, sexual assault, sexual violence, violence, violence against women
The new law makes it clear that prior convictions count even when they were tried in a municipal court such as Denver, Aurora or Lakewood — a point of confusion for some jurisdictions until now.
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The NFL on Tuesday will announce $10 million in funding over the next five years to a coalition of non-profit organizations working to prevent sexual violence.
The first phase of the NFL’s donation to Raliance, the coalition between the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, will go into effect on July 1, with the awarding of 27 grants worth $50,000 each to a variety of organizations across the country and one in Guam.
The Supreme Court struck down Texas’ restrictive abortion laws on June 27 in one of the most important abortion-related cases in years.
The Court ruled 5-3 in the case known as Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which served to clarify the 1992 decision Planned Parenthood v. Casey. That case concluded that while the states are free to regulate abortion, they cannot place an “undue burden” on women’s constitutional right to abortion.
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