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Beth Leventhal interviewed for JewishBoston.com

Beth Leventhal interviewed for JewishBoston.com

Our  Executive Director at The Network/La Red, Beth Leventhal, was recently interviewed for a piece in JewishBoston.com titled The Debrief: Midrash with Beth Leventhal.  The interview was done with Mimi Arbeit who opens the article with this: 

“I had tea with Beth Leventhal, a 54-year-old Jewish lesbian who is the director of The Network/La Red. As we stood up to leave, she commented that she had told me a lot more stories than she has in other interviews because she associates telling stories with Jewish learning and culture—the midrash, or oral tradition. Here are some of her stories.”

Read more of the article The Debrief: Midrash with Beth Leventhal here.

 

 

 

The Network/La Red Announces Leadership of the Massachusetts Learning Community

Boston, MA – The Network/La Red announces leadership of the Massachusetts Learning Community. The Learning Community, a two-year-old peer-learning group for community organizers from several local domestic and sexual violence programs, was a project of Close to Home, a Dorchester-based organization working to foster community-wide responsibility to prevent and reduce the impact of domestic violence. After a restructuring process through which Close to Home made the decision to transition the Learning Community to another organization, the MA Dept. of Public Health awarded leadership of the project to The Network/La Red (TNLR) effective July 1st 2014.

Recognized across the Commonwealth and nationally for innovative approaches to organizing and service delivery to address partner abuse in LGBQ/T communities, TNLR is well positioned to grow the Learning Community and the practice of community mobilization to address domestic and sexual violence in Massachusetts and beyond. “Although we are saddened by the changes at Close to Home and will miss their leadership,” said Tre’Andre Valentine, TNLR’s Director of Community Engagement, “TNLR is honored to be entrusted with this new stage of the Learning Community.”

The Learning Community convenes community organizers from The Network/La Red, Close to Home, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, Fenway Health’s Violence Recovery Program, and REACH to support and deepen community-based strategies to end domestic and sexual violence.

“TNLR has always taken a survivor-led organizing approach to addressing partner abuse,” added Valentine. “We are excited about expanding the conversation about community mobilization statewide, and continuing the invaluable work of Close to Home of creating an environment where organizers can learn from each other strategies, successes, and challenges.”

If you are concerned about your relationship or the relationship of a friend or family member, call The Network/La Red’s free and confidential hotline at 617.742.4911 (voice), 617.227.4911 (tty).

#iwantaworld launch event photos

#iwantaworld launch event photos

The launch party for #iwantaworld took place at One Financial Center in Boston. Over a hundred domestic violence and sexual violence service providers, LGBQ/T community members, and allies gathered together to support the campaign.

Speakers at the event included Councilor Ayanna Pressley, Carl Sciortino, and Rev. Irene Monroe who shared both their powerful visions of a world without LGBQ/T partner abuse and sexual violence as well as how the issue effectedthem personally. You can watch recordings of the event on the #iwantaworld campaign website.

Check out some of the event photos below and  see more #iwantaworld event photos here.

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The #iwantaworld campaign has been launched!

The #iwantaworld campaign has been launched!

After introducing the #iwantaworld campaign at Somerstreets and several Massachusetts Pride events, the launch party for #iwantaworld took place at One Financial Center in Boston. Over a hundred domestic violence and sexual violence service providers, LGBQ/T community members, and allies gathered together to support the campaign.

The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness about sexual and domestic violence in LGBQ/T communities and to get service providers and community members to engage in envisioning a world without that violence. The vision of #iwantaworld is meant to inspire action in both LGBQ/T communities and in domestic violence and sexual violence services.

Speakers at the event included Councilor Ayanna Pressley, Carl Sciortino, and Rev. Irene Monroe who shared both their powerful visions of a world without LGBQ/T partner abuse and sexual violence as well as how the issue effected them personally. You can watch recordings of the event on the #iwantaworld campaign website.

The following Domestic and Sexual violence programs signed on the campaign as champions in supporting LGBQ/T survivors.  They have shown a commitment to including all LGBQ/T survivors and commit to continue to strive to be more welcoming:

Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery, Center for Women and Community, DOVE, Inc., Family and Community Resources Inc., HarborCOV, HAWC, IMPACT Boston, Renewal House, REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, Safe Passage, RESPOND, The Second Step, Transition House

The following Domestic and Sexual violence programs signed on the campaign as Supporters. They have commited to take specific steps to become  more LGBQ/T inclusive:

Casa Myrna, DV/SA Program of Newton Wellesley Hospital, Community Advocacy Program at CCHERS, HAVEN at Massachusetts General Hospital, Elizabeth Freeman Center, Independence House, Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, Voices against Violence, YWCA of Central MA, YWCA of Greater Lawrence

You can get involved in the campaign by taking a photo or video of yourself or making a video and tagging #iwantaworld or @iwantaworldma or by submiting your entry online at iwantaworld/janedoe.org.   Check out the #iwantaworld website for more information on how to submit.

Here are two examples of contributions to the #iwantaworld campaign, but you can see more at: iwantaworld/janedoe.org and follow the campaign on twitter or Facebook.

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Photos from Boston Pride

Photos from Boston Pride

We had a great time at Boston Pride this year!  Thanks to Jane Doe and all our volunteers and supporters who came out to march with us!

Pride 2014

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Join us at the #Iwantaworld Launch event

Join us at the #Iwantaworld Launch event

June 24, 2014 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM

One Financial Center, 38th Floor, Boston

Join TNLR and Jane Doe as we welcome Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, AIDS Action Committee Executive Director Carl Sciortino and Rev. Irene Monroe for a night of celebration.  Come find out how you can be involved in the #iwantaworld campaign.  Join us for refreshments and hors d’eovuers and connect with others who want to promote a world free of violence and abuse in LGBQ/T relationships.  Make a proud statement about valuing and respecting LGBQ/T individuals and communities.  We’ll have everything you need to create your own video, photo or art submission for the campaign.

The event is free and open to the public.  The building is next to South Station.  RSVP Requested but not required.  Building security requires that you present a valid Photo ID.

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AutoStraddle article features The Network/La Red

AutoStraddle article features The Network/La Red

A recent article in the AutoStraddle titled, “In Our Own Voices”: Making Partner Abuse Resources Work for Queer Survivors” featured the work of The Network/La Red and our mission to be survivor-led.  The article also included information on two agencies we work with on a national level, NCAVP and In Our Own Voices.  The article feature an interview with our Community Programs Coordinator, Katie Atkins, as well this photo from Boston Pride.  Read the full article here.

 

New T-shirts for Pride

New T-shirts for Pride

Check out the design for our new supporter t-shirts for Pride:

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Donate $15 or more and get a FREE TNLR supporter t-shirt at our table at Boston Pride!  While you are there you can also get your photo taken for the #iwantaworld campaign!