In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, UNSILENCED: Behind The Wall will be a multi-genre, multi-generational gathering on Saturday, October 27, 2018, featuring guest speakers, performances, and a signature highpoint, the “Purple Passion Fashion Show.” The program will begin with Tracy Chapman’s 1988 song, Behind The Wall, which speaks to a story of a neighbor hearing the sounds of ongoing domestic violence, and then, one night, silence. After the panel discussion, the program will transition into a celebration of life.
About the Hosts: TPP Grantee, Tomorrow’s Girls and Women is a non-profit organization that provides self-care, mentoring, and community service programs that can change the world. Net proceeds from this event will benefit Delaware County-based, Purple House Project. More information about UNSILENCED can be found at www.tomorrowsgirls.org.
In response to the “Me Too.” Movement’s original purpose of creating a range of opportunities that offers healing for survivors of sexual violence, Tomorrow’s Girls & Women, along with For Women Collective will answer Tarana Burke’s call to “speak to the needs of a broader spectrum of survivors.”
“Tarana has challenged all individuals, regardless of identity, to tackle the necessary work of inviting survivors to acknowledge their trauma, and more importantly, to cultivate joy,” states Debra Powell-Wright, founder of the For Women Collective ensemble. “Our group was created to use artistry as a means to be messengers of sometimes difficult conversations. We want to be a portal, a safe space for the healing process to begin.”
Pat McLean-Smith, founder of Tomorrow’s Girls and Women states, “We will raise our voices, speak our minds, and stand our ground.” With Tarana’s blessing of this program under the Me Too umbrella, we will welcome men, women, and children to join us as we each serve as physical reminders to our friends and family members that we will no longer be silent. Being a survivor is our super-power!