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"
Directors from more than 40 organizations have participated so far in the executive leadership forums and have reported back that they are stronger leaders because of being convened, that they have developed networks of support with one another and that they have expanded their thinking about how to approach this evolving field.
Creating Opportunities, Fostering Activism: JDI's Internship Program A Success and Benefit for students and Coalition
Each semester JDI is fortunate to have tremendous interns from colleges and graduate schools at the Coalition. These interns contribute so much on a range of projects, research and activities. Our goal is for each to leave with increased skills and experience and a deeper understanding of and commitment to the social justice issues at the core of our work.
Read about our spring 2016 interns!
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.