In the current landscape, we cannot take anything for granted when it comes to advocating for the rights of all survivors and our efforts to shift the culture that tolerates and reinforces inequities, racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, xenophia and other forms of oppression.
It's for these - and so many - reasons that Jane Doe Inc. has endorsed both the Trans and Queer Liberation Rally in Boston on January 14th and the national and Boston-based Women's Marches for America on January 21st. We invite you to join us at these critical gatherings as we show our solidarity with those who have been targeted with hate speech, threats and violent acts and organize to secure the gains we have made and continue to advocate for change that supports healing and justice for survivors and communities.
Saturday, January 14: Trans and Queer Liberation Rally
2-5pm, Massachusetts State House
Saturday, January 21: Boston Women's March for America
Convenes at 11am
Boston Common, corner of Beacon and Charles Streets
Watch for more details about these and other events.
In the coming months and years, the need for strong advocacy, effective resistance and creative solutions will be more important than ever.
For the past 18 months, JDI has been actively engaged with our members and other stakeholders to participate in planning for the first procurement of state funding for sexual and domestic violence services in ten years. The procurement process is how the state determines what services it will "procure" through contracts. While not all services are paid for with state funding or federal funding passed through the state, this process has a significant impact on the makeup of services and programs in the Commonwealth. JDI will continue to work closely with our membership to advocate for the needs of survivors, particularly those from unserved, underserved and inadequately served communities.
JDI has gathered information relevant to this process. Read more...
Thanks to Bob Kraft and the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, JDI launches new "Initiative for Safety and Justice: Advancing Advocacy, Organizations and Leadership"
On Friday morning December 9, 2016 almost 100 people - including Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, WRD Co-Chair and Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, representatives from our Lead Sponsor Bank of America, Peter Smith from the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association, advocates teachers, businesses, and others - gathered to help launch the 10th anniversary of Jane Doe Inc.'s White Ribbon Day Campaign. We couldn't be more thrilled by the response and the excitement to help us go both broader and deeper with this year's campaign.
Couldn't join us in person? Watch the program through Facebook Live!
Get ready for White Ribbon Day itself on Wednesday, March 1 at 1pm at Faneuil Hall.
Every month we plan to introduce you to one of the amazing White Ribbon Day Affiliates. These organizations, companies, schools, faith institutions and government entities, have pledged to promote the values of the White Ribbon Day (WRD) Campaign.
This month we are featuring The Center for Hope and Healing in Lowell, MA. One of the earliest Affiliates to sign on, CHH has taken the conversation to the barber shop and commnity gatherings, engaging men and boys in deep, powerful and transformative work.