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May 17

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Anti-Domestic VIolence Activism


QUOTE from a survivor.

Anti-Domestic VIolence Activism

Volunteers are needed at your local women's abuse shelter to
      * Answer crisis lines;
      * Work with the children;
      * Help with community education;
      * Provide transportation (such as going to court, work, health care)
      * Work on the newsletter;
      * General office support answering phones, typing, etc.
In addition to needing people volunteers, "things" are also needed. (Phone the shelter to find out how and where to take the donations because most shelter locations stay hidden because of men with guns and violence in their fists, those who want to claim their possessions, i.e., their women.)
      * Canned and fresh foods;
      * Bedding such as sheets, pillows, and blankets;
      * House and office furniture and supplies;
      * Toys and games;
      * Personal hygiene items and over-the-counter medicines.
Money is always needed for general operation, legal and medical emergencies, and medical prescriptions for women and children, etc. Most shelters have enough clothing although your club may provide "leaving the hospital" sweats for rape victims. Make the going home outfits nice. It's not a time for a woman to wear something ugly or cheap. Some older women's clubs often make up going home kits - your local shelter or the police department can tell you what needs to be in it besides love and caring. To donate time, material or money, call the Domestic Violence shelter in your area. Your local police department will know the phone number (but make sure it isn't one of those religious places who require abused women to take religious lessons that instruct woman to obey her man so he doesn't have to beat her. They actually exist! There's one where I live right now.) By the way, if you don't know the shelter phone number that's proof that they desperately need help to get the word out - so volunteer!
      That unanswered cry for help in the night may be yours the next time . . . 1-800-799-SAFE is the National Domestic Violence Hotline (Call for information on domestic violence, emergency shelters, legal advocacy, assistance programs, social services, and batterers' programs for any place in the country). The NO-CHARGE FEDERAL HOTLINE for domestic violence help is 1-800-799-7233 (1-800-799-SAFE). The call will NOT appear on your phone bill.

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B. 05-17-1873, Dorothy M. Richardson, British novelist who was an early developer of the stream of consciousness technique. Best known for her novels collectively titled Pilgrimage (1915 to 1938) which chronicles a woman's search for her identity.

B. 05-17-1874, Bertha Kalich, Austrian-born Yiddish actor. Forced to flee Europe because of anti-Semitism, this star of the European Yiddish stage soon became the premier singer and then dramatic actress of the Yiddish stage in New York. Her talent soon interested Broadway and after intensive English lessons, she starred in more than 14 plays. Because of the scarcity of good roles for older women in American drama, she returned to the Yiddish stage in 1927.

B. 05-17-1903, Lena Levine, gynecologist, psychiatrist, pioneer in marriage counseling and in the birth control movement.

B. 05-17-1906, Zinka Milanov, U.S. singer with Metropolitan Opera, 1937-1966.

B. 05-17-1911 Maureen O'Sullivan, U.S. actor best known as "you Jane" from the Tarzan movies.

B. 05-17-1915, Bertha di Vito-Delvaux, Belgium composer of eight operas, several concertos, nine ballets and many symphonic compositions and songs. She taught at the Conservatoire Royal de Liege (1938) and won many awards including Grand Prix de Rome (1943), and several gold medals.

B. 05-17-1918, (Märta) Birgit Nilsson, Swedish operatic soprano, celebrated as a premier Wagnerian interpreter at Bayreuth, the Metropolitan Opera, and opera companies around the world. Sweden issued a postage stamp in her honor.

Event 05-17-1971, The first law in the United States to ban sex discrimination in employment is passed by the Washington State legislature.

DIED 05-17-1996, Mary Rosamond Haas, noted scholar of native Indian (First People) languages who during the 1940s and 50s recorded the speech patterns of the remaining native settlements in California. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was emeritus professor at the University of California.

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      "... one woman's unanswered abuse diminishes every woman."
            -- anon

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