Events

Sol Horizon with Lungs and Limbs: a SAAM fundraiser for Verity!

~ CELEBRATING SURVIVORS WITH SOL HORIZON AND LUNGS AND LIMBS AT LAGUNITAS ~

 

Verity, Sonoma County’s sole rape crisis center, is throwing an end-of-the-month event: Celebrating Survivors! This fantastic bash is made possible in huge part because of the folks at Lagunitas Brewing Co and Second Octave, a local entertainment enterprise, for donating their time and talents to help us put on the event.

 

 

Survivors of sexual assault, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, and rape experience a great deal. Verity is there for all survivors and their families who want our support. We want to take a night to Celebrate Survivors and advocates, and to encourage community support in whatever form it takes! We appreciate all of the ways that our community supports survivors. We want to celebrate the survivors who are a part of our community! All money raised from admissions and raffle ticket sales go directly to Verity. All money from beer sales at this Lagunitas-based event will also go to Verity, with all the proceeds from wine sales also coming our way! We will also be accepting any and all donations throughout the course of Sexual Assault Awareness Month; all donations will be used to augment Verity programs.
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Voted “Best World/Reggae band” in the North Bay Area, Sol Horizon seamlessly fuses roots reggae with rock, funk, and world music stylings. Anchored by veteran musicians, Sol is renowned for energetic live performances and their lyrical content, which centers on themes of peace, community, sustainability and the re-vitalizing power of nature. The band moves feet and inspires minds, creating a positive musical experience that continues to attract fans from across the globe.

Lungs and Limbs are an alt pop band from the San Francisco Bay Area. Known for their thick, hip-hop-and-80’s-inspired beats, cowboy guitar licks and hook-laden vocals, the quartet’s debut EP Lifelike (2015), written and recorded in a horse stable, garnered positive press from critics in the Bay Area, Boston, LA, Germany and beyond. Do the Bay describes Lungs and Limbs as “…a tight, clean sound that is refreshing to hear in a sea of lo-fi garage rock that seems to sometimes dominate the local music scene in SF.”

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Want to learn more about Sexual Assault Awareness Month? Join us at any one of the events listed on our public calendar: http://www.ourverity.org/calendar/

Admission to this celebration is $10 in advance, $15 at the door. The price of admission includes one raffle ticket to win a basket of goodies donated by members of our local community. Want to donate goods or gift cards to be raffled off? In exchange for donations, your company could be a sponsor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month! Please email Caitlin at communications@ourverity.org for more information.
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Verity’s mission:
We, the people of Verity, working in cooperation with the community, strive to eliminate all forms of violence, with a special focus on sexual assault and abuse. Sexual assault is an unacceptable form of oppression, which is destructive to the lives of the survivors, their families, and their friends. Verity facilitates healing and promotes the prevention of violence by providing counseling, advocacy, intervention, and education in our community. We support social justice and equality for all adults and children who have been sexually assaulted. We are committed to ending sexual violence by working to eliminate the conditions that cause or tolerate it. We realize that the process to end the violence in our communities includes a collaboration of individuals, groups, and organizations. We are an active partner in that effort as a member of the community.

Verity was founded in 1974 as Women Against Rape, a grassroots organization for those traumatized by the rape of women. The agency included a phone number that women and survivors of assault could call for emotional support. Our crisis line is still the only one of its kind in Sonoma County, and it operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Today Verity is managed by a Board of Directors numbering up to 12, with daily activities performed by an 18 person staff and a volunteer base of 60 plus active members. We cannot do this alone, so please come out and support us and celebrate the hard work of our volunteers and staff as you Celebrate Survivors!

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If you can’t make the event, please feel free to donate online at squareup.com/store/OurVerity to help us continue to support survivors.

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StoryCorps at Verity!

Late last year, StoryCorps staff members reached out to the Verity team and asked us if we’d like to have a recording day at our office. On Valentine’s Day, 2017, they came to our office in Santa Rosa to record 7 of our staff members and our Board Chair in various conversations about all sorts of topics.  Here is a little bit about what they do, and why they do what they do:

StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.

We do this to remind one another of our shared humanity, to strengthen and build the connections between people, to teach the value of listening, and to weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that everyone’s story matters. At the same time, we are creating an invaluable archive for future generations.

We are so honored and humbled to be a part of this project, and we look forward to sharing some of the snippets of recordings with you! Some of these recordings will be in the Library of Congress for years and years to come; other recordings will become treasured parts of families and only be used internally. Either way, this has been a wonderful and cathartic experience for everyone involved. Thanks for thinking of us, StoryCorps!

Regardless of how you are involved with Verity, thank you for being a part of our story!

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Girls Circle Group Starting February 9th

Girls Circle is a group for young women ages 14-19 to discuss relationships, social media, friends, and other topics that affect young women. The group meets once a week at Verity on Thursdays from 3:30PM – 5:00PM starting February 9th, 2017 and running through the end of March.

One of our most common (but always so impactful!) client comments about our Girls Circle groups is that it’s the one place where these teenage clients feel trusted, heard, and valued by an adult in their lives. If you know a teenage woman who could benefit from this program, we’d love to enroll her!

This group is always free to attend and always confidential! Food, activities, and discussion are held at our main office on 835 Piner Road, Suite D, Santa Rosa CA 95403.

Contact Amanda at 707-545-7270 ext. 14 or asilva@ourverity.org for more information.

 

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Screening of “Inocente” and panel discussion, January 28

For Immediate Release

Academy Award Winner
“Inocente” Launches Social
Justice Film Series January 28

Congregation Shomrei Torah’s Social Action Committee opens its fifth annual Social Action Goes to the Movies on January 28 with “Inocente,” an inspiring coming of age story of a 15-year-old homeless and undocumented girl who refused to give up her dream of being an artist.

Theme of the 2017 series is: “Sparks of Hope: Healing Through Innovation and Creativity.” “Inocente” won an Oscar for Documentary Short Subject. It shows the transformative power of art. The film’s star, Inocente, will be a special guest at the showing. A panel discussion following the film will feature: Lisa Manthe, Clinical Director, New Directions/Child Parent Institute; Lisa Fatu, Program Manager, Youth Crisis Services, Social Advocates for Youth (SAY); and Meagan Pugh, Art 2 Heart, Somatic Art Therapist.

Other films in the series are: “Catching the Sun,” a New York Times Critic’s Pick about climate control, Feb. 25; and “Homes for the Homeless—A Better Way,” a snapshot of homelessness and some new solutions, March 25.

All films are on Saturdays at 7 pm. The events are open the public. Free but donations are accepted. Congregation Shomrei Torah is located at 2600 Bennett Valley Road in Santa Rosa.

The film is sponsored by Shomrei Torah’s Social Action Committee. Co-sponsors include Catholic Charities, Restorative Resources, Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) Center for Spiritual Living, Social Concerns Group of Christ Church United Methodist, First Congregational United Church of Christ, Advocates for Social Justice of Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Rosa, Outreach and Service Commission of First United Methodist Church, Redwood Forest Friends Meeting, North Bay Organizing Project, Homeless Action!, Congregation Beth Ami, Congregation Ner Shalom, Congregation Shir Shalom, Social Action Committee of B’nai Israel, New Directions/Child Parent Institute, Verity, and Community Housing Sonoma County, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Sonoma County. Many of the sponsors will have materials to hand out.

The Social Action Goes to the Movies series was honored in 2015 with a special Honorable Mention award from the Union of Reform Judaism’s Religious Action Center in Washington, D.C.

For more information, contact Shomrei Torah, (707) 578-5519

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The Long Night Film Screening

The Sonoma County Human Trafficking Task Force is pleased to present a special screening of the award-winning documentary film, The Long Night, at the Finley Community Center on January 25, 2017 at 6:30 pm.

The Long Night won both national and international accolades including World Press Photo’s 1st prize for Long Feature, National Press Photographers Association’s 1st place for Best Use of Multimedia, and Pictures of the Year International’s Documentary Project of the Year. Watch the trailer here: http://www.thelongnightmovie.com/

Human trafficking is happening in our community and it is vital that the members of this community become aware of the problem and take action to stop it.

Set in Seattle, Washington, the feature documentary film The Long Night gives voice and meaning to the crisis of minors who are forced and coerced into the American sex trade. The film weaves together the stories of seven people whose lives are forever changed by domestic minor sex trafficking.

The Long Night is not themed to advocate a solution. Instead, it submerges the viewer in the experience of Natalie and Lisa surviving the life; for Tom and Nacole watching their daughter slip out of their hands; for Andy, and his fellow police officers, trying to create a more just system.

Filmed and directed by award-winning photojournalist, Tim Matsui, produced by MediaStorm, and supported by The Alexia Foundation, The Long Night is an intimate and visceral testimony to those who have lived this crisis.

For more information about the screening of The Long Night, SCHTTF@sonoma-county.org

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Heroes in Heels, a fundraiser for the Sonoma County Human Trafficking Task Force

The Junior League of Napa-Sonoma is proud to present “Heroes in Heels,” an event focused on raising awareness of human trafficking. We hope you will join us in supporting this important cause in our community! Tickets include wine & brew pours and appetizers. Attendees will experience a memorable evening of socializing, a silent auction and a wine cellar raffle (four cases of premium wines).

Then for the real entertainment, we will move to the theater to watch our “Heroes” walk the stage and become Champions for Human Trafficking Awareness!

This event will take place on Saturday, January 14th from 7pm – 10pm in the East Auditorium at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. Buy tickets soon before they sell out!

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YWCA is Screening Audrie and Daisy for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

One of our fabulous partner organizations, the YWCA of Sonoma County, will be hosting a screening of the new film Audrie & Daisy on Thursday, October 20th at 6:30 PM at the lovely Roxy Stadium in downtown Santa Rosa! This event has generously been sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. Our very own Chris Castillo will be on the panel afterwards to discuss what this film means for the Sonoma County community.

This film is being showcased to highlight the amazing work of our joint program, Coaching Boys Into Men. If you have questions about this program, you can contact Zach Neeley at zneeley@ourverity.org!

We hope to see you there on Thursday, October 20th! We expect it to be a real treat.

Our friends at Futures Without Violence say it best:

“If you want to know where locker room talk begins, look no further than your local middle and high schools. 

“In the new Netflix documentary, Audrie & Daisy, we meet Daisy Coleman and Audrie Pott, two 14-years-olds who were sexually assaulted by high school athletes who they thought were friends. Audrie had even known the boys since middle school, and not only did they assault her, they continued the abuse by distributing photos and video among their classmates.  

“It’s time to recognize that verbal and physical behavior that demeans women and girls starts long before adult men talk about their sexual conquests. It begins in boyhood.

“From an early age, most boys receive very few positive messages about how to feel and express their emotions,how to have healthy relationships, and how to develop positive values around sexuality and consent. We believe Audrie & Daisy can be a transformative tool for change, that stories like theirs have the potential to improve and save lives — one locker room, one school, and one community at a time.”

 

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Verity’s Second Annual Fundraising Breakfast!

We love our 14 Sponsors!

We love our sponsors

We are so lucky to have 14 amazing sponsors!

This year’s breakfast is “Un Brindis a la Curación, la Esperanza, y los Héroes ~ A Toast to Healing, Hope, and Heroes.”

This event is exclusively by invitation only and will take place on November 3rd, 2016. If you are interested in attending this fundraising event, please email Caitlin Quinn at communications@ourverity.org for more information. The fundraiser is free to attend, and we will have a variety of ways for attendees to donate!

Verity’s second annual fundraising breakfast is able to happen in large part because of the support of our amazing sponsors and the hard work of our Board of Directors.

As you know, Verity’s goal is to end sexual violence.  As a community partner and a supporter of our mission, you understand how critical it is for all of us to make the commitment that sexual violence, and all forms of violence, will not be tolerated. We are all community agents of change.  We know that with your help we will eliminate sexual violence in our generation.  On November 3rd  we will come together in solidarity as we raise our voices in a toast to all who have been impacted by sexual violence for their strength and their healing for they are our community’s heroes. We want these women, men, children and youth to know that we are passionate about making the world better and safer for each of them. Together we will move toward a bright future for Verity and our community so that we can continue to provide services that promote safe, compassionate, and supportive healing.

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