Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Dreamweaver Marketing News, YWCA Week Without Violence: October 16 – 22, 2016

YWCA Greater Pittsburgh

CONTACT:  Chaz Kellem
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh

Work Against Violence
Week Without Violence: October 16 – 22, 2016


PITTSBURGH, PA (October 13, 2016):  YWCA Greater Pittsburgh invites the public to work against violence during the 21st annual Week Without Violence: October 16 – 22, 2016.

The Week Without Violence is a signature initiative created by the YWCA USA 21 years ago to mobilize people in communities across the United States against all forms of violence, wherever it occurs. YWCA Greater Pittsburgh joins YWCAs nationwide in hosting local Week Without Violence events that raise awareness about and put an end to violence in all forms.

“The facts are appalling,” said Chaz Kellem, Senior Director of Advocacy for Race and Gender Equity, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh. Kellem refers to the statistic showing that 46 women are shot to death every month by a current or former partner in domestic violence-related homicides. “This week, choose to stand up. We cannot continue to lose our family and friends to violence.”

“Violence should not be the answer to our problems,” said Magdeline E. Jensen, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh. “As a community, we must come together and look for alternative solutions. That’s what the Week Without Violence is all about. I urge everyone to get involved.”

YWCA Week Without Violence gives you practical, sustainable, non-violent alternatives through a week-long series of events. For more information, call 412-255-1466 or go to


Sunday, October 16: Day of Remembrance
Show your support for individuals whose lives have been lost to the daily reality of violence. Share a story, a memory or simply the name of a victim of violence by using the hashtag #YWremembers. Let them know we haven’t forgotten. 

Monday, October 17 - Fun with the Force
Mingle with police, SWAT team, bomb squad, K9 officers, and more. Learn more about safety and violence prevention through truck tours, viewing safety gear, games and interacting with our Federal, State and local first responders.
Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm 
Location: YWCA, Homewood Brushton Center, 6907 Frankstown Avenue

Tuesday, October 18 - You Belong to Me
YWCA, Prime Stage Theatre and Community College of Allegheny County collaborate to present a performance of You Belong to Me for local high school students. Discover the warning signs of dating violence and engage in dialogue about violence prevention.
Time: 9:30am - 11:30am
Location: CCAC Allegheny Campus, Foerster Auditorium (CLOSED EVENT)

Wednesday, October 19 - Purple Nail Project
Visit YWCA Greater Pittsburgh to "Proclaim in Purple" and paint one fingernail purple as a pledge (and conversation piece) to help end domestic violence and violence against women.
Time: 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
TWO Locations: 305 Wood Street, 15222; 6907 Frankstown Avenue, 15208

Wednesday, October 19 – Domestic Violence Kit Stuffing
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Pirates are teaming up to raise awareness around domestic violence prevention – by creating emergency kits for area domestic violence shelters and women’s programs. Special guests include members of the Pittsburgh Pirates staff and mascot team.

The organizations are asking for the public’s help with the donation of new/unopened mini hygiene and personal care items. Donations will be accepted until 8PM On Tuesday, October 18 at the YW’s Headquarters – 305 Wood St., Downtown Pittsburgh

Thursday, October 20 - Fight Like a Girl
This isn't a workout session!  It's a hands-on self-defense class that provides practical self-defense moves you'll feel comfortable using. All do-able for everyone - no age, height, weight, or strength limit! Come as you are - no gym clothes necessary. Led by Attorney Maria Danaher from the Ogletree Deakins Pittsburgh office. To register: call 412-255-1466; email
Time: 5:30-6:30 PM or 6:45-7:45 PM  
Location: YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, 305 Wood Street, 15222 

Thursday, October 20 - Southwest PA says No More
Discussion by Southwest PA says No More Campaign.
Time: 12:00-2:00 PM 
Location: YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, 6907 Frankstown Avenue, 15208  

Friday, October 21 - Law Enforcement Round Table
FBI will provide a brief presentation and lead discussion about hate crimes for local law enforcement and non-profit organizations.
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace justice, freedom, and dignity for all. We envision a community that advances education, opportunity, and equity regardless of gender, race, or background. For more information about YW programs and services, visit or call 412-391-5100. To learn about the YWCA Center for Race and Gender Equity, call 412-255-1466.

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