Violence Free Colorado's Monthly eNewsletter
Violence Free Colorado's Monthly eNewsletter
News, Upcoming Trainings, Other Resources
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a look at international social justice solidarity
If 2020 showed us anything, it's that we're all connected as community. Whether friends and neighbors, colleagues or strangers, we all have a role in protecting and uplifting one another.
But connection goes beyond people - we're also connected through social justice movements and their expansion beyond our borders. The safety and liberation of all people around the world is tied to the work in our own communities.
Our fight for survivors' rights cannot ignore the scrutiny that dometic violence advocates face in other countries. As we advocate for women's rights, we should recognize the international voices of those  in mass protest as those rights are at risk. Solidarity with international racial equity movements are a boost to those here at home.
We can work to align ourselves as allies, not competitors, in social justice work. Together, we can discover new approaches to creating the world we seek, while making our movements stronger across our borders. 


Stalking Risk Profile: a list of anti-stalking legislation resources around the world
ESCR-Net: an overview of economic, social and cultural rights concerning basic conditions needed to live a life of dignity and freedom
Human Rights First: an independent advocacy and action organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals
We Social Movements: defending the right to decent work and social protection, combatting and preventing poverty and exclusion
International solidarity protests: a map and list showing locations for anti-racism and anti-government protests around the world

Coalition Updates

Roshan Kalantar, Associate Director
Roshan Kalantar
Associate Director

Executive Team Update

The Violence Free Colorado team is excited to welcome Roshan Kalantar as our new Associate Director!

Roshan comes to the coalition from Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence in Boulder. As the Shelter Program Director, she provided crisis intervention, counseling and case management; built community programs; and worked closely with other domestic violence programs and local, county and state agencies to leverage resources. 

With her broad knowledge of gender-based violence, advocacy and anti-oppression frameworks and practices, coalition-building, sense of humor and warmth, she's well positioned to step up as our Associate Director. Say hello at!  
Liz Stuewe
Training and TA Manager

Training and TA Update

Upcoming Brown Bags:
January Brown Bag: noon, Jan. 12
Surviving Your First Year of Advocacy - What You Really Need to Know

Presenter: Liz Stuewe, Training and Technical Assistance Manager, Violence Free Colorado
Join us for an honest conversation about the good, the bad, and the ugly of your first year of advocacy. Attendees will gain information to help them during their first year as advocates including: building your support system, taking an active role in supervision, creating healthy boundaries with survivors, finding a mentor, and recognizing secondary trauma. Register today!
Februrary Brown Bag: noon, Feb. 9
Deepening our Economic Justice Work in Colorado

Presenters: Kim Pentico, NNEDV Director of Economic Justice; Lindsay Christopher, Violence Free Colorado Housing Program Manager; Chance LeBeau, Violence Free Colorado Housing Program Specialist
Are you eager to learn more about how your organization can better support survivors on their path to financial stability? This webinar will include an overview of economic justice work and principles. It will provide advocates and domestic violence programs with knowledge, tools, and resources to identify financial abuse and support survivors to achieve financial stability. It will also explore ways to get involved in economic justice efforts in your local communities and take action. Register today!
Save the date!
Susan Blumenfeld, MSW, LCSW of the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health will present their module on Supporting Youth and Parents in Domestic Violence Programs from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 3-4. Look out for the registration link in early January!
Tamika Matthews
Community Impact Manager

Community Impact Team Update

Welcome to 2021! As we enter the new year, we'd like to remind you that our membership renewal process will begin this month. We know that members make up the coalition, and that we wouldn't exist without your support and partnership. We hope you'll continue with us in 2021 as coalition members. 

Additionally, we understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for everyone in 2020, and things don't just fall into place right away because it's a new year. We would never want dues to be a barrier to membership for anyone or any organization, so contact us to discuss your financial situtation as soon as possible if you need assistance.  

Got questions about the membership process? Contact Hannah Colter, Community Impact Specialist, at! 

Upcoming Trainings

Webinars and Web-Based Trainings

All trainings are Mountain Time
Jan. 13, noon: Advocating for Student Sexual Assault Survivors in Higher Education. Presented by the Victim Rights Law Center.  
Jan. 14, 11 a.m.: Tech-Facilitated Stalking Involving Military-Connected Victims. Presented by the National Organization for Victim Assistance. 
Jan. 14, noon: The Role of Systems and Community-Based Advocates. Presented by the Battered Women's Justice Project. Additional dates on Jan. 21 and 28.
Jan. 26, 1 p.m. Enhancing the Safety of Individuals Impacted by Stalking. Presented by the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence. 
Jan. 27, noon: Supporting Muslim Survivors of Abuse. Presented by Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence.

Resources and Other News

National Stalking Awareness Month
National Stalking Awareness Month logo
January is National Stalking Awareness Month
January 2021 marks the 17th annual National Stalking Awareness Month, an annual call to action to recognize and respond to the serious crime of stalking. 
To honor NSAM 2021, the Stalking Prevention, Awareness and Resource Center (SPARC) encourages the public to learn more about the prevalent, dangerous and frequently misunderstood crime of stalking; educate the community on the realities of stalking; and get the word about National Stalking Awareness Month. Find SPARC's resources here.  
Image of black Samsung cell phones and black iPad tablet
Image of black Samsung cell phones and black iPad tablet
TechSoup offers refurbished smartphones and tablets to assist with remote work
Now that remote work is the new normal, many organizations need devices to carry on their missions effectively wherever they are. TechSoup now offers certified pre-owned Samsung Galaxy 9+ smartphones, as well as tablets like the Apple iPad Air 2 with wi-fi and cellular connectivity.
Visit their online catalog to see all refurbished hardware.
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