Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Raise awareness, and take action to end violence in our community

YWCA invites you to attend these activities.

Sunday, October 19: Day of Remembrance

All city faith-based outreach initiative—remembrance of victims of violent crimes.

Monday, October 20: Protecting Our Children

Children in early learning programs will work together to create murals expressing “What a Safe Place Means to Me?” Three of the posters will be displayed in the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh downtown lobby.

Tuesday, October 21: Making Our Schools Safer

12:00 – 2:00 p.m. YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, 305 Wood Street, downtown, Resource Room, 1st floor

The Chief of Police for Pittsburgh Public Schools, Bob Fadzen, and safety dogs, Max and Quincy, will do a presentation. A light lunch will be served.

Wednesday, October 22: Eliminating Racism and Hate Crime

George Simmons, of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, will speak about bullying, harassment, discrimination and hate crimes in Pennsylvania. Check out: www.ywcapgh.org for location details.

Thursday, October 23: Facing Violence Among Men

12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Robert Morris University, 600 Fifth Avenue, downtown, Art Gallery, 1st floor

Paul Spradley, Assistant Director of Student Life for Multicultural Affairs, will speak about the impact of violence on young men and your role in prevention. A light lunch will be served.

Friday, October 24: Confronting Violence Against Women

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Carlow University, 3333 Fifth Avenue, Kresge Theatre, Grace Library Hall

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Point Park University, 201 Wood Street, JVHAuditorium, 2nd floor

Elizabeth Kirschner explores the trauma of domestic violence, reading from her book of poems, My Life as a Doll. (Autumn House Press, 2008)

Complimentary copies of the book will be available in limited numbers.

Saturday, October 25: Alternatives to Violence

11:00 – 2:30 p.m. Pittsburgh Peabody High School, 515 Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh

Violence awareness event presentation by RaShall M. Brackney, Commander, City of Pittsburgh, Bureau of Police, Zone 1 Station…Lunch will be served.

October 19 – 25, 2008

The Week Without Violence is an annual event sponsored by the YWCAduring the week of October 19 – 25, 2008. YWCAGreater Pittsburgh’s 13th annual campaign is entitled “Creating Peace in Our Community.” The objective of the Week Without Violence is to focus attention on practical, sustainable non-violent alternatives. Each day of the week focuses on an aspect of this community‑wide problem.

All presentations are free and open to the public.

To register for an activity, please call 412–255–1258.

Sponsored by

The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh thanks the following Week Without Violence collaborative organizations:

Alle Kiski Area Hope Center

Carlow University

CASA (Court Appointed Service Advocates)

Center for Victims of Violence and Crime

Crisis Center North

District Attorney Stephen Zappala’s office

Family Resources of Western Pennsylvania

GLSEN: Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network


Partners of Murdered Children of Western PA

Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR)

Pittsburgh Public Schools

Point Park University

Robert Morris University

Safety Kids

The Honorable Bill Peduto’s office

United Way of Allegheny County

Women Against Abusive Relationships (WAAR)

Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh


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