SisterSong and the Free Marissa Now Campaign have partnered to organize the "Standing Our Ground: Raising Our Voices against Reproductive Oppression and Violence against Women" weekend in Jacksonville, FL this July 25-28.SCHEDULE Friday, July 25th - 9:30am- 4:30pmRJ 101 Training - Open to the community of Jacksonville and for activists who haven't had the chance to experience SisterSong's premier training! 5:30pm-7:00pm - Meet & Greet at the Host Hotel (Crowne Plaza) Saturday, July 26th - 9:00am- 6:00pmRJ Institute at Host Hotel Panel Discussion Topics include:• RJ & the Criminal Justice System• RJ & the Child Welfare System• RJ & Violence Against Women• So You Want to Talk About "Modern Day Slavery"?• Doing Collectively What We Can't Do Individually!• Southern Call to Action!Sunday, July 27th - Free AfternoonTake time to explore the city and rich history of Jacksonville 7:00pm - Free Marissa Now Benefit Concert Monday, July 28th - Direct Action - 8:00am Meet at Host Hotel to March to Duval County CourthouseFor questions regarding the weekend, contact us at 404-756-2680 or email.
Lauren Book, founder of Lauren’s Kids, was a victim of childhood sexual abuse for six years at the hands of her nanny. Armed with the knowledge that 95 percent of sexual abuse is preventable through education, Lauren has worked to turn her horrific personal experience into a vehicle to prevent childhood sexual abuse and heal survivors by starting Lauren’s Kids. Lauren’s Kids encourages victims to “shine a light in dark places” and “shed the shame.” Lauren’s Kids is based in South Florida and educates adults and children about sexual abuse topics through in-school curriculum, a 24-hour Crisis Hotline and speaking engagements around the country. Lauren’s Kids holds an annual, statewide “Walk in My Shoes” event, which brings together survivors and advocates on a walk across Florida to raise awareness and promote supportive legislation. Lauren’s Kids also holds annual fundraisers such as the Eric Reid and Tony Fiorentino Golf Tournament and VIP dinner that raise funds for the organization. Eric Reid and Tony Fiorentino are the TV broadcast voices of the Miami Heat.Learn more.
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