Week of Action
Monday, October 17th
Imagine a World Without Violence
When we envision a world without violence, we begin to build a path to creating that world. Help us raise awareness about gender-based violence, support survivors, and envision a world without violence!
Today, and all through the week, we ask you to:
- Take a Week Without Violence campaign selfie (or group photo) using one of our customizable signs, tag us on social and use #WWV22, and then tag 5 friends and challenge them to do the same!
Join us for this special week of offerings in our Health and Wellness Center.
All of our instructors are trained in a trauma-sensitive approach and understand the impacts of how trauma shows up in our bodies. To help you practice self-care as we walk through this week centering survivors of violence and honoring those Help Workers that support survivors ALL Community Classes are FREE! Click here to see a schedule of our community classes.
Tuesday, October 18th
Advocacy Day of Action | Capitol Hill Call-In Day
This Capitol Hill Call-In Day, we invite you to engage your Members of Congress by taking action online; calling your legislators; and engaging with these discussions on social media, using #WWV22 and tweeting at your Member of Congress.
Help ensure that survivor voices and concerns are at the forefront this election season. Engage with your state and local elected officials on this important issue. Click here for voter resources and a quick four-step action plan to make your voice heard.
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Wednesday, October 19th
A double dose of wellness
To help you practice self-care as we walk through this week centering survivors of violence and honoring those Help Workers that support survivors. Click here to see the entire week’s offerings.
Community Class: Gentle Yoga 2:00-3:00 pm
A gentle yoga practice incorporating qigong-inspired movements, breathwork, and gentle poses.
Community Class: Meditation 3:15-3:45 pm
Reduce stress, strengthen focus and attention, and expand your positive emotions through guided meditation.
Thursday, October 20th
National Town Hall
Join YWCA USA for a dynamic discussion on Centering Survivors of domestic and sexual violence, happening on October 20 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET. By centering survivors in our GOTV efforts and in our discussions about today’s most divisive issues – including gun violence and mass shootings, reproductive health restrictions, anti-LGBTQ+ laws, and police violence – we can bridge divides and build support among voters, candidates, and policymakers for the services and solutions survivors need to build safe and thriving futures.
This virtual town hall event will include speakers such as:
- Margaret Mitchell: CEO, YWCA USA
- Ruth Glenn: President and CEO, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)
- Francesca Rattray: CEO, YWCA San Antonio
- Terra Russell-Slavin: Chief Impact Officer, LA LGBT Center
More information will be coming soon, but this event wouldn’t be complete without your participation, so don’t delay and register today!
Friday, October 21st
Join us for an engaging Twitter chat from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET, hosted by our team at @YWCAUSA! We will be discussing how today’s most divisive issues impact survivors. Participate in the conversation on Twitter using #WWV22.
Saturday, October 22nd
Service providers, advocates, and activists in the fight to end gender-based violence all care deeply about these issues, and about the survivors, they help each and every day. Unfortunately, this work can also cause vicarious trauma for individuals as they work with survivors who have undergone serious trauma or can retraumatize individuals who are survivors themselves.
Taking the time to engage in healing and self-care as a provider, advocate, activist, or survivor is an integral part of your own mental and physical well-being and will help make you an even more powerful advocate for your causes and clients.