The Purple Reign Campaign blogs http://www.purplereigncampaign.org/blog en Know Your Worth http://www.purplereigncampaign.org/content/know-your-worth <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p>Hello, friends.  This is Eva (Evasius OfSeattle).  Purple has given me the honor of inviting me to share some of my experiences and perspectives on her blog.  I haven’t done anything like this before, and I don’t know how this sharing path will unfold.  Deadlines have never helped me write, which means I will post something approximately whenever I am led to.  *smiles*</p> <p>Last year, my partner Evo joined the Rain City Superhero Movement and I was brought into the fold.  I poked around everyone’s Facebook pages and surfed the web, picking up what the RCSM is all about.  I was introduced to Purple Reign’s page and her movement against domestic abuse, and I find her campaign very moving.  I wanted to get involved, but I didn’t feel like I had as much to contribute because I have never been hit by a man.  Then one day I was scrolling through wall posts on Purple’s Facebook page, and saw this picture:</p> <p> <img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/IMCE/VERBAL%20ABUSE.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="453" /></p> <p>Purple wrote, “Domestic Violence is more than just physical abuse.”</p> <p>I stared at it, blinking and dismayed, taking in the sheer strangeness of the image.  And then I had tears in my eyes as I realized I have been hit by a man.  I’ve just never classified it as domestic “violence”… but it messed me up just as much.</p> <p>I sat with this for a couple of weeks.  After taking it all in, I shared some of my story with Purple.  We started talking about the deeper issues.  You see it on the news repeatedly; most of these women say the same thing.  After they finally scrape together the courage to leave, the fog starts to lift.  They look back on their relationship and say, “I don’t know how I ever ended up in that situation. I never thought I’d let a man hit me.”  Even strong, confident, intelligent women who weren’t abused in their formative years get whittled down to nothing.  Why does this happen?  Why do we stay so long after ANY kind of abuse happens?</p> <p>The common thread in answering the “how did I end up here” question came down to this:  We allowed these things to happen because we did not know our worth.</p> <p>Emotional and psychological abuse is insidious.  Purple has cited that, in some ways, non-violent abuse can be harder to escape and cause more long term damage.  When someone crosses a hard line of physical contact, it is clear that this is not ordinary behavior.  Once a woman “sees the light” and leaves she can look back, isolate what was abusive, and not allow that to happen again.  It can be harder to recognize stuff that skulks around in the grey area.  If we don’t know and understand our value, the lasting damage from non-physical abuse is a sinister villain constantly lurking in the shadows. </p> <p>Women barely know how to treat themselves.  How can we know what we have the right to expect of our partners?</p> <p>We all have our confidence issues, self-doubts and insecurities.  I’ve never met a woman - no matter how beautiful, rich or successful - who does not struggle with her self-esteem.  It is par for the course of the American woman, and it is only getting worse as media presence continues to grow, pressuring us to compare ourselves with others.  I remember an interview I read in the 90’s with supermodel Cindy Crawford, where she said, “Even I don’t wake up in the morning looking like Cindy Crawford.”</p> <p>Playing on people’s insecurities is probably the biggest money-maker the American economy operates around.  We know that we are being presented with unrealistic imagery, yet we can’t seem to shake it entirely.  Steve Furtick says, “The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.”</p> <p>As a result of this conditioning, our internal dialogue is more venomous than anyone else’s criticism.  An emotionally abusive relationship just reinforces the cycle of devaluing ourselves.  We don’t realize it is wrong because our partner’s words are hardly original to us.</p> <p>Knowing and believing in one’s worth is a constant journey of discovery and healing.  This journey is different for different people.  For me, the most self-loving action has been simple, yet difficult:  I eschew media almost entirely.  I do not watch television.  I am selective about the movies I go to, and will and have walked out if what I am watching starts affecting me negatively.  I don’t touch almost any magazine.  I actively choose not to get sucked into the instant mood-breaking headlines and pictures I’m accosted with in the grocery checkout line.  This choice has been difficult at times.  We are drawn to enticing, “can’t-look-away” train wrecks.  This is a conscious decision that I must make, over and over again.  It’s weird to most people, which can be slightly isolating at times.  Not knowing what “The Kardashians” is until someone explains it to me makes me a bit socially awkward at times.  But here’s the thing:</p> <p>I FEEL BETTER.</p> <p>Even with this, I still struggle.  My internal dialogue can be absolutely horrid at times.  This journey is uphill, against the wind, and against the flow.  But I will never stop fighting for myself.  Although I have nowhere near mastered flawless application of this knowledge, I at least have developed a stronger grasp on my self-worth.</p> <p>We are all worthy.  We all have value.  Even those of us who haven’t been in an abusive relationship need to learn how to love and have grace for ourselves.  The word “grace” means “unearned favor”.  We are - by nature - valuable.  Self-love needs to be our reality, not our reward.  Loving ourselves is an active choice, a daily choice.  Ultimately, self-love is its OWN reward.</p> <p>Turning off the television may be too extreme for you.  You may take a different path to your betterment and self-discovery.  That is why I am sharing this.  Perhaps making myself vulnerable by sharing some hard-earned personal insight can be part of your self-nurturing experience, which is reward enough for anything that ever happened, that gave me something to say.</p> <p>Take care.</p> <p>~ <a title="Eva's Facebook Page" href="https://www.facebook.com/evasius.ofseattle?fref=ts" target="_blank">Eva</a></p> </div></div></div> Thu, 23 May 2013 09:15:01 +0000 Evasius 61 at http://www.purplereigncampaign.org http://www.purplereigncampaign.org/content/know-your-worth#comments What is a Real Life Superhero? http://www.purplereigncampaign.org/content/what-real-life-superhero <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <h2 style="text-align: center;">What it means to be a Rain City Superhero</h2> <div> </div> <div>Are you new to the Purple Reign Campaign page or to the RCSM/RLSH movement? Still trying to figure out what exactly, a 'Rain City Superhero' or a 'Real Life Superhero' is?  I can't answer for everyone, but this is what it means to me:</div> <div> </div> <div>I chose the symbol of a superhero because it stands for justice, courage, and service.  Plus it gives hope, renewing the dream inside us that not all people are bad.  Yes, there are people in this world who have the power, ability, AND the desire to help others! This is what it means to be a superhero in the real world.</div> <div> </div> <div><img style="border: 3px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/IMCE/DV_poster_characters_0.jpg" alt="Phoenix Jones &amp; Purple Reign" width="340" height="480" /></div> <div> </div> <div>I use a costume to raise awareness and bring attention to my mission: stopping domestic violence, abuse, bullying, and street crime. I'll tell you a secret....it works! I advocated for victims, spoke out against abuse and bullying, and stood up to crime before the 'Purple Reign' persona was born. But I didn't have the opportunity or the reach to help or inspire as many people as we do now - all thanks to the awareness the costumes have raised. Plus its fun to dress up! Who says service and volunteer work can't be fun and adventurous?!</div> <div> </div> <div>Personally, I prefer the term 'Everyday Hero' as opposed to Superhero.  It's more humbling and represents the average citizen raising up to fight injustice.  Most people have it within themselves to be someone's hero.  </div> <div> </div> <div>In addition to my own mission against abuse and crime, I hope to inspire people across the world to become active and campaign for a cause close to their own heart, with or without the costume of course. Each person's unique abilities and talents give them their 'Superpower.'  Some use these gifts selfishly, commit crime or hurt others, or sadly leave them to waste.  For some, their strength is simply in their passion for their cause. </div> <div> </div> <div>Members of the Rain City Superhero Movement have recognized the power within themselves to do good for others and stand as a public symbol, vowing to never be that person who stands by while bad things happen to innocent people.  To me, this is what makes someone a superhero. </div> <div> </div> <div>If you want to get involved with the Purple Reign Campaign or the Rain City Superhero Movement, <a title="Contact Purple Reign" href="http://www.purplereigncampaign.org/contact" target="_blank">please get in touch</a>!! I'd love to hear from you.  What is your 'Superpower' and what 'Cause' stirs up emotion inside your heart?? ♥</div> </div></div></div> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 17:06:32 +0000 Purple 59 at http://www.purplereigncampaign.org http://www.purplereigncampaign.org/content/what-real-life-superhero#comments Women's Attitudes Towards Domestic Violence http://www.purplereigncampaign.org/content/womens-attitudes-towards-domestic-violence <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Percentage of Women Who Believe its OK for Husband's to Hit Them</h2> <p> </p> <p>Unicef released the image below showing the percentages of international women who believe it is OK for their husbands to hit them. The chart ranges from as low as 6.2% in Serbia to as high as 90% in Jordan. These numbers are shocking. To read more indepth statistics about women who believe abuse is ok under certain circumstances, visit <a title="Women who believe Domestic Violence is ok " href="http://www.childinfo.org/attitudes_data.php" target="_blank">childinfo.org</a>.</p> <p>President Obama has just signed the <a title="VAWA - Fact Sheet - Purple Reign Campaign" href="http://www.purplereigncampaign.org/content/vawa-law" target="_blank">Violence Against Women Act</a> into law here in the United States, however, our mission is far from over. The world needs more heroes to stand up and speak out against abuse. Let this image of shattered glass and broken hope be your call to action. To join our campaign against domestic violence, <a title="Contact the Purple Reign Campaign" href="http://www.purplereigncampaign.org/contact" target="_blank">contact us here</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/IMCE/international-womens-attitudes-towards-domestic-UNICEF.jpg" alt="Women's Attitudes Towards Domestic Violence - Purple Reign Campaign" width="565" height="355" /></p> </div></div></div> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 18:07:25 +0000 Purple 58 at http://www.purplereigncampaign.org http://www.purplereigncampaign.org/content/womens-attitudes-towards-domestic-violence#comments VAWA is LAW http://www.purplereigncampaign.org/content/vawa-law <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Factsheet: The Violence Against Women Act</h2> <h4 style="text-align: center;">(as presented by whitehouse.gov)</h4> <p>Under the leadership of then-Senator Joe Biden, Congress recognized the severity of violence <span style="line-height: 1.538em;">against women and our need for a national strategy with the enactment of the Violence </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">Against Women Act in 1994. This landmark federal legislation’s comprehensive approach to </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">violence against women combined tough new provisions to hold offenders accountable with </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">programs to provide services for the victims of such violence.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.538em;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/IMCE/Obama%20VAWA%20Purple%20Reign%20Campaign.jpg" alt="Obama signs VAWA into law!" width="480" height="360" /></span></p> <p>VAWA has improved the criminal justice response to violence against women by:</p> <ul><li><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">holding rapists accountable for their crimes by strengthening federal penalties </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">for repeat sex offenders and creating a federal “rape shield law,” which is </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">intended to prevent offenders from using victims’ past sexual conduct against </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">them during a rape trial;</span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">mandating that victims, no matter their income levels, are not forced to bear the </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">expense oftheir own rape exams or for service of a protection order;</span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">keeping victims safe by requiring that a victim’s protection order will be </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">recognized and enforced in all state, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions within </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">the United States;</span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">increasing rates of prosecution, conviction, and sentencing of offenders by </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">helping communities develop dedicated law enforcement and prosecution units </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">and domestic violence dockets;</span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">ensuring that police respond to crisis calls and judges understand the realities of </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">domestic and sexual violence by training law enforcement officers, prosecutors, </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">victim advocates and judges; VAWA funds train over 500,000 law enforcement </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">officers, prosecutors, judges, and other personnel every year; </span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">providing additional tools for protecting women in Indian country by creating a </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">new federal habitual offender crime and authorizing warrantless arrest authority </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">for federal law enforcement officers who determine there is probable cause </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">when responding to domestic violence cases. </span></li> </ul><p>VAWA has ensured that victims and their families have access to the servicesthey need to <span style="line-height: 1.538em;">achieve safety and rebuild their lives by:</span></p> <ul><li><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">responding to urgent calls for help by establishing the National Domestic </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">Violence Hotline, which has answered over 3 million calls and receives over </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">22,000 calls every month; 92% of callers report that it’s their first call for help;• improving safety and reducing recidivism by developing coordinated </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">community responses that bring together diverse stakeholders to work together t</span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">o prevent and respond to violence against women,</span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">focusing attention on the needs of underserved communities, including creating </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">legal relief for battered immigrants so that abusers cannot use the victim’s </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">immigration statusto prevent victims from calling the police or seeking safety, </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">and supporting tribal governments in building their capacity to protect </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">American Indian and Alaska Native women.</span></li> </ul><p>VAWA has created positive change. Since VAWA was passed:</p> <ul><li><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">Fewer people are experiencing domestic violence. </span></li> <ul><li><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">Between 1993 to 2010, the rate of intimate partner violence declined 67%;</span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">Between 1993 to 2007, the rate of intimate partner homicides of females </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">decreased 35% and the rate of intimate partner homicides of males </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">decreased 46%.</span></li> </ul><li><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">More victims are reporting domestic and sexual violence to police, and reports </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">to police are resulting in more arrests.</span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">States have reformed their laws to take violence against women more seriously:</span></li> <ul><li><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">All states have reformed laws that previously treated date or spousal rape as </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">a lesser crime than stranger rape;</span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">All states have passed laws making stalking a crime; </span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">All states have authorized warrantless arrests in misdemeanor domestic </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">violence cases where the responding officer determines that probable cause </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">exists;</span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">All states provide for criminal sanctions for the violation of a civil </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">protection order; </span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">Many states have passed laws prohibiting polygraphing of rape victims;</span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">Over 35 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">adopted laws addressing domestic and sexual violence, and stalking in the </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">workplace. These laws vary widely and may offer a victim time off from </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">work to address the violence in their lives, protect victims from employment </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">discrimination related to the violence, and/or provide unemployment </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">insurance to survivors who must leave their jobs because of the abuse.</span></li> </ul></ul><p> </p> <p><em>Source: <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/vawa_factsheet.pdf">http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/vawa_factsheet.pdf</a></em></p> </div></div></div> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 21:54:23 +0000 Purple 57 at http://www.purplereigncampaign.org http://www.purplereigncampaign.org/content/vawa-law#comments Poster the City http://www.purplereigncampaign.org/content/poster-city <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: center; line-height: 1.538em;">Emergency Action Team Event: Poster the City, Stop a Sexual Predator</span></h2> <address> </address> <address>February 16, 2013<img style="float: right; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" src="/sites/default/files/IMCE/Screen-Shot-2013-02-12-at-3.09.56-PM.png" alt="North Seattle Sexual Predator Suspect Sketch" width="211.5" height="240" /></address> <address>Saturday 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm</address> <address>Greenlake clearing across from Starbucks (7100 East Green Lake Dr N Seattle, WA 98115 Look for Purple &amp; Gold balloons)</address> <p> </p> <p>As many of you are aware, there have been four recent attacks on women in North Seattle. Police are unsure if they are related or not, but three of the victim's descriptions of the suspects are similar. We have been putting up Warning Fliers which include a police sketch of one of the descriptions, a map where each of the attacks occurred, AND safety tips given by the Seattle Police Department. </p> <p>The Rain City Superhero Movement has put up/passed out roughly a 1000 fliers and we would like to get a few more thousand out there this weekend. Come meet us at Greenlake this Saturday at 1pm. We will be in the clearing across from Starbucks. Look for purple and gold balloons. Bring tape or a staple gun, warm clothes, and energy to poster the city! We'll have fliers for you to take and put up in your own neighborhood and to give to family and friends. </p> <p>We can keep our loved ones safer by making them aware of the attacks and offering safety tips. And most importantly, hopefully someone will recognize the sketch and notify the police. The Purple Reign Campaign, The Action Team, &amp; The Rain City Superhero Movement are taking a stand against sexual predators, help us send a message that our entire city is on the lookout.</p> <p>**If you do happen to see someone you suspect matches the description, call 911 and DO NOT intervene yourself. As much as we despise sexual predators, we will never act outside the law in our pursuit against them. We are not vigilantes, we choose to work with the police and within the confines of the law during all of our patrols and outreach events.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a title="Purple Reign's Action Team Event: Poster the City, Stop a Sexual Predator" href="https://www.facebook.com/events/422813397802445/" target="_blank">Click here to RSVP on Facebook Event Page</a></p> </div></div></div> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 18:21:46 +0000 Purple 56 at http://www.purplereigncampaign.org http://www.purplereigncampaign.org/content/poster-city#comments My Valentine http://www.purplereigncampaign.org/content/my-valentine <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong>My Valentine ♥ Phoenix Jones</strong></h2> <div> </div> <div>I'll share a little secret with my dear friends here.  Before I met PJ, I was focusing on myself - healing and therapy for trauma and abuse I had experienced in my past. I was becoming stronger and had started my training to become an advocate for victims of domestic violence. I wanted to share my newly found strength with others who were still in that dark place. I was persistent about staying single and had given up hope that there were any 'nice' guys left in the world.  Valentine's Day rolled around and although I cherished my independence - I vowed to wait for my 'Batman', my favorite superhero at the time. No more villains.</div> <div> </div> <div>A short time later, a friend asked me to volunteer as a 'date' at a charity auction. I was extremely nervous but said yes as it was for a cause dear to my heart. I invited friends to come as my back up team to rescue me from any bidding creepers! However, that was not necessary. A young athletic black man, with the freshest flat top I had ever seen got into a bidding war over me. He won the date by offering the highest bid of the night (later I found out it was close to an entire paycheck for him)! He was respectful, spoke eloquently, and took me by surprise with his charismatic demeanor. </div> <div> </div> <div>I didn't know who he was at the time but it wasn't long until secrets were spilled and I realized I had found my 'Batman'. Someone who loves and protects me, keeping me safe from the dangers in the world - all while encouraging me in my independence and empowering me in my quest for strength. I learned to never give up hope on whatever it is you desire in your life - even if it's your own 'Batman'. </div> <div> </div> <div>Healthy relationships are possible! They take some work of course, but its OK to set the bar high and wait for 'Mr. Right'.  I kicked my villain to the curb, learned to love and value myself, and set standards for who was allowed in my life.</div> <div> </div> <div>Phoenix, thank you for loving me unconditionally, keeping me safe, and restoring my faith in a world I nearly gave up on. You are now my favorite superhero, of course ;)</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> </div> <h3 style="text-align: center;">♥</h3> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Purple</h3> <div> </div> <div><a title="Phoenix Jones Purple Reign - Photo by Vortex Magazine" href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=410925009002375&amp;set=a.190778081017070.43817.171091756319036&amp;type=1&amp;theater&amp;notif_t=photo_comment_tagged" target="_blank"><img style="vertical-align: middle; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/IMCE/Phoenix%20Jones%20Purple%20Reign%20Vortex%20Magazine.jpg" alt="Phoenix Jones Purple Reign Vortex Magazine" width="320" height="480" /></a></div> </div></div></div> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 21:32:58 +0000 Purple 55 at http://www.purplereigncampaign.org http://www.purplereigncampaign.org/content/my-valentine#comments Voices of Heroes http://www.purplereigncampaign.org/content/voices-heroes <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <h2 style="text-align: center;">People around the world must hear your voice!</h2> <p style="font-size: 13px; font-weight: normal; text-align: start;"> </p> <p><img style="vertical-align: middle; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/IMCE/PJPRSeattle.jpg" alt="Be Your Own Hero - The Purple Reign Campaign" width="640" height="393" /></p> <div> <p style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal; text-align: start;"><span style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 20px;">Whether you are a victim, survivor, witness, or simply empathize with those who have been impacted by abuse, your voice can be a powerful tool. If you are passionate about putting an end to domestic violence, abuse, and bullying and </span></span><span style="line-height: 20px; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', sans-serif;">also have a talent for writing or blogging - now is the time to speak out! Give strength, inspiration, hope, and courage to those who have not yet found their voice. Be an 'Everyday Hero'.</span></p> <p style="font-size: 13px; font-weight: normal; text-align: start;">The Purple Reign Campaign is now accepting guest bloggers. Send an email to <a href="mailto:PurpleReignCampaign@gmail.com">PurpleReignCampaign@gmail.com</a> or use the <a title="Contact the Purple Reign Campaign" href="http://www.purplereigncampaign.org/contact">contact form</a> to be considered as a regular guest blogger on our website.</p> <p style="font-size: 13px; font-weight: normal; text-align: start;">Please include: <span style="line-height: 1.538em;">your name, </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">contact info, and a </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">writing sample or a link to blogs you've contributed to.</span></p> <p style="font-size: 13px; font-weight: normal; text-align: start;"><span style="line-height: 1.538em;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/IMCE/Abused%20Woman%20Purple%20Reign%20Campaign1.jpg" alt="Speak out Against Abuse - The Purple Reign Campaign" width="327" height="480" /></span></p> <p style="font-size: 13px; font-weight: normal; text-align: start;"><span style="line-height: 1.538em;"><br /></span></p> </div> </div></div></div> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 18:35:06 +0000 Purple 54 at http://www.purplereigncampaign.org http://www.purplereigncampaign.org/content/voices-heroes#comments Sharables http://www.purplereigncampaign.org/content/sharables <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong>Sharables by Shara</strong></h2> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a title="Follow this image to Sharables on Etsy" href="http://www.etsy.com/shop/sharablesBYshara" target="_blank"><img style="vertical-align: middle; border: 1px solid black;" src="/sites/default/files/IMCE/Sharables%20by%20Shara%20Purple%20Reign%20Campaign_0.jpg" alt="Shara, founder of Sharables" width="215" height="310" /></a><br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">I am always eager to introduce our readers to artists who support my cause: Helping victims of domestic violence, raising awareness and education so we can put an end to DV, and rallying community heroes to speak out against abuse and bullying.  This month, I want to introduce you to Sharables by Shara.  A small jewelry company based out of Arizona, run by a young mother who is also passionate about putting an end to domestic violence.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a title="Click this image to check out Sharables on Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/sharables" target="_blank"><img style="float: left; border: 1px solid black; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" src="/sites/default/files/IMCE/DSCN2952.JPG" alt="Purple Reign modeling the special edition PRC bracelet by Sharables" width="225" height="300" /></a></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Shara contacted me and wanted to help our campaign by donating all the proceeds of her special edition 'Purple Reign' bracelet.  The proceeds will go directly to victims in need of basic living supplies during their transition of escaping abusive homes and getting on their own feet. If you are in need of Christmas gifts for any of the women in your life, then I highly recommend checking out Shara's lovely jewelry which will also help someone survive domestic abuse.  The jewelry can be custom ordered and is priced very affordably. Shara recommends using it to decorate as household accessories in addition to wearing them as jewelry. I asked Shara to share a little about why she wanted to help and also about her background as an artist and mother.</span></p> <h4><strong><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">-What inspired or motivated you to contribute towards this particular cause and raise awareness about domestic violence and abuse?</span></strong></h4> <p><a title="Click to Purchase the Purple Reign bracelet on Sharables' Etsy store" href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/111627786/purple-reign-bracelet" target="_blank"><img style="float: right; border: 1px solid black; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sites/default/files/IMCE/Purple%20Reign%20Bracelet%20by%20Sharables.jpg" alt="Purple Reign special edition bracelet by Sharables" width="180" height="180" /></a></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">I have seen the affects and damage that domestic violence and abuse can cause a person. There are so many different ways to help these victims. The Purple Reign Campaign stands out in my eyes because they go above and beyond basic fundraising. This campaign goes out on the streets and to events - to the people, face to face - to raise awareness that is needed in order to help these victims. You just can't ignore a Super Hero with a cause if you tried! They inspire me to use my art to help support the victims and to raise awareness.</span></p> <h4><strong><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">-If you could share one message with your customers about domestic violence, what would that be?</span></strong></h4> <p><a title="Click to purchase the Galaxy bracelet by Sharables" href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/106415283/galaxy-bracelet" target="_blank"><img style="border: 1px solid black; float: left; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" src="/sites/default/files/IMCE/Galaxy%20Bracelet%20by%20Sharables.jpg" alt="The Galaxy Bracelet by Sharables" width="160" height="180" /></a></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Domestic violence can happen to anyone and in many different forms. Just because you cannot always see the bruises, does not mean that a person isn't experiencing domestic violence. Please do not be afraid to ask someone if they need help if you suspect they might be a victim. It might just save their life. Be bold, take a stand and pay attention to your loved ones.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></p> <h4><strong><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">-What is your jewelry making/art background and experience? What are your future goals in these areas?</span></strong></h4> <p><a title="Click image to purchase the Piano Stripes bracelet by Sharables" href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/106413828/piano-stripes-bracelet" target="_blank"><img style="float: right; border: 1px solid black;" src="/sites/default/files/IMCE/Piano%20Stripes%20Bracelet%20by%20Sharables.jpg" alt="Piano Stripes bracelet by Sharables" width="215" height="180" /></a></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Art has been my passion as long as I can remember. Drawing, painting, crafts, sewing, jewelry making, anything I can create using my hands is just my thing! I started making jewelry many years ago to give to others and have never stopped since. Just in the past year I have taken the steps to start selling my jewelry, it has been such a learning experience that I have grown from. I have also found that I can also help others through my business. In the future I hope to continue to take part in the PRC and other organizations that can change people's lives for the better.</span></p> <h4><strong><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">-As a mom, how do you involve your children in your art, business, and causes that are important to you?</span></strong></h4> <p><a title="Click image to purchase the Teal Orbit bracelet by Sharables" href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/106414858/teal-orbit-bracelet" target="_blank"><img style="float: left; border: 1px solid black; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" src="/sites/default/files/IMCE/Teal%20Orbit%20Bracelet%20by%20Sharables.jpg" alt="Teal Orbit Bracelet by Sharables" width="225" height="180" /></a></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">I am a mother of an eight year old boy and 4 year old girl, they are my life. Teaching my children the importance of art in their lives has been such a blessing. Leading by example, I strive to show them the importance of giving and helpful others by using the talents you have. I make jewelry because I love creating something that is going to bring pleasure to somebody else, it makes me happy to make others happy!</span></p> <div style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><strong><br /></strong></div> <h4><strong>Please check her out her other beautiful bracelets and necklaces on her website. Consider making a purchase to support an artist, mother, small business, and victims of domestic violence.</strong></h4> <div style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><strong style="text-align: center;"><br /></strong></div> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong style="text-align: center;"><a title="Sharables by Shara on Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/sharables" target="_blank">Sharables on Facebook</a></strong></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong style="text-align: center;"></strong><strong style="text-align: center;"><a title="Sharables by Shara on Etsy" href="http://www.etsy.com/shop/sharablesBYshara" target="_blank">Sharables on Etsy</a></strong></h2> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></p> </div></div></div> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 18:34:00 +0000 Purple 53 at http://www.purplereigncampaign.org http://www.purplereigncampaign.org/content/sharables#comments Women of Courage http://www.purplereigncampaign.org/content/women-courage <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <h2 style="text-align: center;">University of Washington Women's Center</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">WOMEN of COURAGE:</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><em>Braving New Horizons</em></h2> <p style="font-size: 13px; font-weight: normal; text-align: start;"> </p> <p><img style="display: block; border: 1px solid black; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/IMCE/Purple%20Reign%20UW%20Womens%20Center%20Women%20of%20Courage_1.JPG" alt="Purple Reign UW Women's Center Woman of Courage" width="260" height="480" /></p> <p style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal; text-align: start;"><span style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 20px;"><br />On Saturday November 3, 2012 I had the honor of being recognized by the University of Washington Women's Center 3rd annual gala, Women of Courage: Braving New Horizons.  This extravagant event took place at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle.  Ten other women were also honored for their dedication to social or political issues and for making a positive difference in these areas.  </span></span></p> <p style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 20px;">The expansive criteria for the award included:</span></span></p> <ul><li>Women who are braving a new horizon, either through younger generations or by inspiring new ways of thinking.</li> <li>Women who are pushing the envelope creating new, non-traditional or unconventional ways to approach or solve social or political issues.</li> <li>Women who are bettering society beyond their personal self.</li> <li>Women who have found alternative ways to advancing the "cause".</li> <li>Women who are changing political or social landscape with respect to gender, human rights, discrimination, injustice, socially accepted norms and customs, and personal liberty.</li> <li>Women who are demonstrating significant courage or bravery.</li> </ul><div><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><span style="line-height: normal;"><br /></span></span></div> <div><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><span style="line-height: normal;"><br /></span></span></div> <p><img style="border: 1px solid black; float: right;" src="/sites/default/files/IMCE/Purple%20Reign%20Phoenix%20Jones%20UW%20Women%20of%20Courage.JPG" alt="Purple Reign &amp; Phoenix Jones at UW Women's Center Women of Courage " width="241" height="460" /></p> <p style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal; text-align: start;"><span style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 20px;">The gala began with a sponsor/honoree reception where we mingled with the other women being recognized along with the generous sponsors of the Women's Center.  Everyone was quite stunning in their cocktail attire while Phoenix Jones (my husband) and I attended in our superhero suits at the University's request.  I felt a little out of place at first... but everyone so warm and genuinely interested in why I use the symbol of a superhero in my activism.  Many people approached me to offer congratulations, give thanks for my work, and asked to take pictures with us in our suits. I immediately began to feel at ease.  </span></span></p> <p style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal; text-align: start;"><span style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 20px;">During dinner (priced at $150 per plate!), the lovely Lori Matsukawa from King 5 News emceed and Lee Rhodes, founder of GlassyBaby, was the honored speaker of the evening.  The generous people in attendance pledged close to $144,000 towards the Women's Center!  These funds will be used to support programs such as Making Connections, NEW Leadership Puget Sound, Re-Entry, Lifelong Learning, Human Trafficking Research and Policy Development, and Gender Equity and Violence Prevention. </span></span></p> <p style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal; text-align: start;"><span style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 20px;">The presentation concluded with each of us honorees being invited on stage to be recognized for our achievements   Josephine Howell provided live musical entertainment and joined us on stage to sing Whitney Houston's "I'm Every Woman," which of course, got everyone in the mood for dancing the rest of the evening! </span></span></p> <p style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal; text-align: start;"><span style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 20px;">Here is an excerpt from my introduction at the event, including some areas of my work that I was recognized for:</span></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 20px;">In comic books, tragic events shape the rise of heroes. In the case of real life superhero Purple Reign, the abuse she overcame transformed her from victim, to survivor, to hero as she now dedicates her life to stopping domestic violence.  </span></span><br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" /><span style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 20px;">Purple and her husband, Phoenix Jones, are co-founders of the Rain City Superhero Movement, a team active in stopping violent street crime in Seattle, WA. The symbol of the superhero in their community activism separates them from the criminals, gives hope, and draws attention to causes that tend to be ignored.  As a survivor of violence, Purple took her community activism from the streets to a personal, domestic level.</span></span><br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" /><span style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 20px;">She founded a nonprofit, The Purple Reign Campaign, to raise funds and give resources to abuse victims. The PRC also engages the community through contests, art, silent auctions, and music concerts.  Purple has shared her message on TV shows such as New Day NW and Dr. Drew, was a guest speaker at GeekGirlCon, plus she’s brought in the help and support of celebrity Rainn Wilson.  Local shelters and safe-houses are the recipients of the donations. Purple also speaks about bullying at schools to reach children at a young age about standing up for others and the value of human life - all in an effort to stop the cycle of violence.</span></span><br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" /><span style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 20px;">In Purple’s eyes, it’s a matter of life or death that people are educated in speaking out against abuse. She says, </span></span><em><span style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 20px;">"When people stay silent, victims die. Abuse is not a private family matter. I was silent for too long and almost died. My neighbors heard my cries for help, yet they didn't call the police or come to my rescue.  It is our responsibility as human beings to speak up and help victims.  It’s time to STOP minding our own business and be someone’s hero. There are villains and heroes in the imaginary world of comics just as there are in the real world.  Lives are being lost and the world needs more heroes." </span></span></em></p> <p style="font-size: 13px; font-weight: normal; text-align: start;">I was humbled and proud to stand on stage with these inspirational and hard working women. Each one has a remarkable story and impact that she's made in our world. I encourage you to look them up. The other honorees (in order of introduction at the event): </p> <ul style="font-size: 13px; font-weight: normal; text-align: start;"><li>Justice Bobbe J. Bridge, ret.<img style="border: 1px solid black; float: right;" src="/sites/default/files/IMCE/large_Purple%20Reign%20Lisa%20Brodoff%20UW%20Women%20of%20Courage_1.jpg" alt="Purple Reign Lisa Brodoff UW Women of Courage" width="200" height="200" /></li> <li>Lisa Brodoff</li> <li>Colleen B. Brown</li> <li>Pepper Fewel</li> <li>Debbie Hugo</li> <li>Taryn Kama</li> <li>Senator Jeanne Kohl Welles</li> <li>Julie Pham, PhD</li> <li>Purple Reign</li> <li>Gaby Rodriguez</li> <li>Tracey Thompson</li> </ul><div style="font-size: 13px; font-weight: normal; text-align: start;"> </div> <div style="font-size: 13px; font-weight: normal; text-align: start;">Towards the end of the evening, Phoenix and I looked at each and I admitted I felt a little like a Bruce Wayne at a fancy charity event.  Thankfully, this is real life and no villains came in and busted up the event! Everyone in attendance were heroes in my eyes for supporting the Women's Center and for being actively involved in Women's Rights and Equality. </div> <div style="font-size: 13px; font-weight: normal; text-align: start;"> </div> <div style="font-size: 13px; font-weight: normal; text-align: start;">For more information on the UW Women's Center, please visit their <a title="UW Women's Center" href="http://depts.washington.edu/womenctr/">webpage</a>, <a title="UW Women's Center FB" href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/University-of-Washington-Womens-Center/132197136864905">Facebook</a>, and <a title="UW Women's Center Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/UWWomenCtr">Twitter</a>.</div> </div></div></div> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 18:19:37 +0000 Purple 52 at http://www.purplereigncampaign.org http://www.purplereigncampaign.org/content/women-courage#comments DV Awareness Month http://www.purplereigncampaign.org/content/dv-awareness-month <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <h3><span style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', sans-serif;">As many of you are aware, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Personally, I've vowed to involve as many people as possible in this campaign on a daily basis throughout my life. But this month in particular brings in an overwhelming number of participants and people interested in joining our cause!  </span></h3> <h3><span style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', sans-serif;"><br /></span></h3> <h3><span style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', sans-serif;">My message is simple: </span></h3> <ul><li>Don't be silent if you suspect someone is being abused. <strong>Silence Kills! </strong>Reach out and talk to them about your concerns.  </li> <li>Don't do it alone. Enlist the help of family and friends. Bring in a professional for guidance and therapy.  </li> <li>Don't push the victim into getting help. (They are already being abused at home, always speak to them with love and let them feel like they are making the decisions). If they are not ready to involve family and friends, <a title="Purple Reign Campaign Resources and Links and Hotlines" href="http://www.purplereigncampaign.org/Resources">there are many confidential resources and hotlines available by clicking here. </a></li> <li>Most importantly, call the police and involve the authorities if the victim is in immediate danger.</li> </ul><h3><span style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', sans-serif;"><br /></span></h3> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', sans-serif;">It's time to STOP minding your own business and SPEAK out against abuse. You can be someone's hero and help save their life!</span></strong></h2> <div><span style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', sans-serif;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/IMCE/Purple%20Reign%20Campaign%20Be%20A%20Hero%20Speak%20Out%20Against%20Abuse%20Domestic%20Violence.jpg" alt="The Purple Reign Campaign Be A Hero, Speak Out Against Domestic Violence &amp; Abuse" width="507" height="720" /></span></div> </div></div></div> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 15:00:00 +0000 Purple 51 at http://www.purplereigncampaign.org http://www.purplereigncampaign.org/content/dv-awareness-month#comments