You are invited to join Alianza—the National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence for a video screening of Si Podemos/Yes We Can - Beyond Domestic Violence: Achieving Financial Independence (28-minute documentary, produced by Albuquerque-based Arnold Trujillo Production).
The video features several domestic violence survivors who were able to break away from violent and abusive relationships and are now living financially independent lives that are free of violence. The women have wonderful lessons and knowledge that will inspire not only victims of domestic violence, but also other women who want to make a better life. They tell us about the enormous challenges they had to overcome, and talk about the strength, support, and opportunities that helped them on their journeys to rebuild their lives and become successful business owners.
Women featured in the video include, Cecilia Baca owner of Cecilia’s Cafe; Gloria Carrillo, owner of Gloria’s NM Burritos & More; Dawn Maestas, owner of Lazarus LLC, Laser Tatoo Removal; Kate Padilla, Socorro, NM artist, bookmaker and artis; and the four co-owners of MIJAS Restaurant, a non-profit co-op doing business in Olympia, Washington. Several of the women will be on hand to greet you and answer questions.
The video, accompanies a curriculum produced as part of Alianza’s Financial Independence for Survivors of Domestic Violence Training Project. Alianza will conduct several trainings in various parts of the country, including Albuquerque on April 25 & 26, 2012. The training project, which is funded by the Office on Violence Against Women/US Department of Justice, will prepare domestic violence organizations to assist survivors of domestic violence who want to become financially knowledgeable and start their own businesses.
The women featured in the video agreed to share their stories because they want to help other survivors who are looking to create safe, healthy, and thriving futures for themselves and their children. They not only tell us about the enormous challenges they faced and had to overcome, but they talk about the strength, support, and opportunities that helped them on their journeys to rebuild their lives and become successful business owners.
Alianza is part of a national effort to address the domestic violence needs and concerns of under-served populations. It represents a network of Latina and Latino advocates, practitioners, researchers, community activists, and survivors of domestic violence. Alianza’s mission is to: promote understanding, initiate and sustain dialogue, and generate solutions that move toward the elimination of domestic violence affecting Latino communities, with an understanding of the sacredness of all relations and communities.
We encourage businesspeople and service providers to join us and learn about how you can help survivors become financially independent and create safe, healthy and thriving families.
For the video screening & reception, please RSVP @ firstname.lastname@example.org by April 16, 2012. To sign up for the training, please visit our website at www.dvalianza.org
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We Have Many Beautiful Traditions—Domestic Violence Is Not One of Them
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