Week Ending March 5, 2005

What a wonderful experience witnessing the presentation by Rachel from Sojourner Truth House on Violence Reduction at the Tony Lee Sanctuary Monday February 28.

Sojourner Truth House is a shelter for abused women and children and offers programs for victims and perpetrators alike. They offer services such as Domestic Violence Hotline, Batterers Anonymous-Beyond Abuse, Domestic Abuse Victim Advocates, Belle Resource Center for Women and Children, Job Readiness Training and Community Education.

Rachel spoke to a very respectful and receptive crowd and I commend her for her work in the field. Kudos to Dorothy Jackson for her work behind the Violence Reduction Program. And I thank the people at the Tony Lee Sanctuary for welcoming me and I hope to visit again in the future.

Jodi Kessel Lyon

Week Ending February 26, 2005

My first thought after working on this project for the past few weeks is the amazing number of people and organizations in Milwaukee committed to ending domestic violence. In taking on the topic it seemed a daunting task to even make a dent in the fight against violence. But the more warriors in the fight I come in contact with the more I realize every person involved is making a difference. One person at a time.

Carmen Pitre’s name is one that keeps coming up again and again in fighting the good fight. She is currently the Executive Director of Task Force on Family Violence. I look forward to meeting her and learning as much as I can from her years of experience and expertise.

I thank MacCanon Brown, Executive Director of Repairers of the Breach, for returning my voicemail message on a Friday evening and inviting me to visit the Tony Lee Sanctuary. That phone call alone shows me her commitment to the cause. The Tony Lee Sanctuary is Milwaukee’s only daytime shelter serving approximately 120 people a day. Dorothy Jackson is running a one year project to reduce violence. It includes a presenter every Monday at the center from 11:00–12:00 followed by a half hour discussion. Victims and perpetrators alike are making pledges to Dorothy to give up violence as part of their life. Ms. Brown’s warmth and kindness made it easy for me to say yes, I would love to attend as many of the presentations as possible.

I’m energized about my project and am looking forward to meeting more people this week and especially to visiting the Tony Lee Sanctuary.

Jodi Kessel Lyon

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