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Dorothy Irene Height

Santa Rosa City Council Update

Feb 3, 2018
by Elaine B. Holtz

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Services available for Women experiencing sexual harassment or domestic violence: In light of the #MeToo and Times Up Movement I thought it was important to let the women of Santa Rosa/Sonoma County that they are not alone if they had an issue with sexual harassment or domestic violence. The Family Justice Center of Sonoma County (FJCSC)/Santa Rosa office fjcsc.org/ in collaboration with organizations that advocate for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence provide comprehensive services, centered on and around the victim, at one location. According to the center’s Executive Director, Wes Winter, “staff from an appropriate organization is available on site to meet the clients which makes it easier to get the help that is needed.” The center is committed to assisting survivors of: Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, Child Abuse, Elder Abuse and Stalking.

Potential clients first visit the center and talk with a navigator who finds out what services that person needs. For example, if a woman comes in and needs help with a sexual assault experience in the work setting she would be referred to Verity (www.ourverity.org, founded in 1974 as Women Against Rape)

If it is a domestic violence situation that person might be referred to the YWCA (scfymca.org) . If it is a domestic violence or sexual harassment claim made by a senior citizen they would work with an advocate from the Council on AgingHot Lines are available:

YWCA 707-546-1234 and Verity 707-545-7273.

All services are free of charge and are available to all who live in Sonoma County or who live outside of Sonoma County but were victimized in Sonoma County. Services are provided whether or not a police report was made. The FJCSC is located at: 2755 Mendocino Ave. Suite 100.  

Santa Rosa Women’s Rally and Gathering, annual celebration of “The Women’s March” After two weeks of intense organization spearheaded by Leslie Graves, coordinator of the Wednesday Night Market in Santa Rosa, over 4,000 people gathered in Santa Rosa’s Courtyard Square to celebrate the anniversary of the Women’s March that happened on January 20, 2017. Those in attendance included, men, women and children from varied backgrounds all there to listen to speakers and express their frustration over the current United States government.

Speakers included Susan Fekete, a co-founder of Indivisible Sonoma County, Sonoma County Hispanic Chamber President Jenny Chamberlain, Sonoma County 3rd District Supervisor Shirlee Zane, Sonoma County 5th District Supervisor Lynda Hopkins, City of Santa Rosa Vice-Mayor Chris Rogers, CA State Senator Mike McGuire and Chops Teen Club Executive Director Lorez Bailey. A most inspiring presentation was made by Santa Rosa Students: Milo Thompson, Kelly Fleischer, Morgan Berghoff who talked about the process and courage it took for them to talk to the Santa Rosa School Board to change the dress code at their school. Students were introduced by Board President, Jenni Klose.

“After an extremely successful Women’s Rally and Gathering on Saturday it’s time for a, call to action to register folks to VOTE!!” Graves said. You can register on at vote.sonoma-county.org/ or call the register of voters at 707-565-6800 if you have any questions. For those who want to help register voters go to the link or the website. Contact the Sonoma County Democratic Party and get on their email list as a volunteer to receive updates and learn more sonomademocrats.info/ - link to volunteer is on their website page on the right hand side.

February is Black History Month, a time for a celebration of achievements made by African Americans and their role U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history. Since 1976, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme.

The Black History Month 2018 theme, “African Americans in Times of War,” marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and honors the roles that black Americans have played in warfare, from the American Revolution to the present day. Two interesting events at the Santa Rosa main library, February 8 from 1-2pm there will be a Great Books Discussion: “Go Tell It on the Mountain” by James Baldwin was an African American writer and social critic. On February 24 from 12-2: 30 pm there will be a Black History Month Film Series: Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975. This documentary presents archival footage of notable civil-rights activists like Angela Davis, Eldridge Cleaver and Stokely Carmichael, as well as recent interviews with artists and historians on the Black Power movement. Library Location:  211 E St, Santa Rosa 707-545-0831

Something to think about: “I want to be remembered as someone who used herself and anything she could touch to work for justice and freedom….I want to be remembered as one who tried.”  Dorothy Irene Height (March 24, 1912 – April 20, 2010[) was an American administrator and educator who worked as a civil rights and women’s rights activist, specifically focused on the issues of African-American women. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004. 

Happy Valentine’s Day.

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