October 2019 Newsletter
Letter from CSVANW's Interim Executive Director
Our people hold a beautiful understanding of change. Right now, our communities are transitioning into the fall season full of harvesting and dancing in preparing for the winter changes ahead led by the teachings of our elders and wisdom of our ancestors. 

Alongside our communities, the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women (CSVANW) is embracing our change and I would like to thank everyone who has supported CSVANW through our transition and growth. Last May, we promised we would work to critically examine what is needed to further the vision of CSVANW. We have continued to hold honest and critical conversations to discuss the transition and direction of CSVANW. This  #DVAM   October we are excited to share where our healing journey has led our team, members and community. 

CSVANW reconstituted our  Board of Directors   who are moving tirelessly to strengthen and guide the mission of our organization. We are working with an  outside firm   to facilitate a five-month long mindful and strategic search for our next executive director. We have redesigned our  website   and added the  Advocate’s Corner   to streamline resources to our Members. 
The most exciting change, is that while we move through our five-month timeline, CSVANW is uplifting our value of shared leadership. When I was appointed this amazing opportunity in May, I committed to three months because I knew my ability to stabilize CSVANW would not be longer than a few months of diligent, focused and intentional work. We have just passed the three-month mark and all of our successes have not been without Kim Benally co-directing the entire time. It is well-known that Kim and myself share many responsibilities equally. We balance the work of CSVANW as we have for three years working together. With this, I would like to formally introduce Kim Benally as Co-Director of CSVANW. 

So, join our team as we embrace change. Come out and run at our Annual  #iWillRunForHer 5K , stop by our offices for our  Member Halloween Party , or get involved with us online as we kickoff October campaigning of  #1Thing .   

We look forward to seeing all of you somewhere in your communities this month.

In Solidarity, 
Join us this October for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), as we support those who are breaking the cycles of violence and honor the resiliency of our tribal communities. This month CSVANW joins the Domestic Violence Awareness Project (DVAP) for their unified message around #1Thing. Change can start with only #1Thing. One person’s actions may seem insignificant, but together a communities’ collective #1Thing can lead to real social transformation.
CSVANW at NCADV's 18th National Conference on Domestic Violence

September 16-18, 2019
Washington DC

Our Advocate Project Coordinator and Project & Media Assistant both attended the the NCADV's 18th National Conference on Domestic Violence in Washington DC.
Southwest Butterflies Retreat

September 20-21, 2019
Albuquerque, NM

We were blessed to be in the space with our young people and continue the conversation of protecting our communities and empowering our LGBTQ2S+ relatives during out two-day Southwest Butterflies Retreat. Thank you to all our attendees and our sponsors who made the event possible.
Recognizing & Responding to the Impact of Childhood Trauma

September 25, 2019
Albuquerque, NM

We held our Recognizing and Responding to the Impact of Childhood Trauma training in Albuquerque, with Donna Lucero as our guest speaker. The training was intended to provide an opportunity for participants to develop a greater understanding of trauma's impacts in all aspects of life and lending an explanation as to why childhood trauma is a public health issue with lasting impact.
Guest Panelist at the 5th Annual NAACP Albuquerque Civil Rights & Diversity Conference

September 27 , 2019
Albuquerque, NM

Our Sex Trafficking Project Coordinator, Cheyenne Antonio, was a guest panelist with Lynn Trujillo, Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Indian Affairs Department, and Derrick Lente, NM State Representative, to discuss Missing and Murdered Indigenous relatives at the 5th Annual NAACP Albuquerque Civil Rights & Diversity Conference.
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September 2019 DONORS
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Saturday, October 12, 2019
4th Annual #IWillRunForHer 5k
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
9169 Coors Blvd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120
This year we are proud to announce the  #IWillRunForHer Virtual Run . CSVANW believes in access and inclusion and we want you to participate even if you cannot make it to the event.

You get to choose the starting line wherever you are. Run, jog, or walk at your own pace and on your own terms. The purpose of this #IWillRunForHer Virtual Run is to stand in solidarity wherever you are. 

So, join us and dedicate your run, jog, or walk to those affected by domestic violence and sexual violence in our families and communities.
November 12 - 15, 2019

More information will be made soon.
MMIW Earring Exhibit
 October 11, 2019
DVAM Community Event
 October 23, 2019
DVAM Community Event
 October 2, 2019
Haven House Mayor's BBQ
 October 12, 2019
VAWA: "Community Healing Through Courageous Conversations" Convening
 October 9-11, 2019
Men's Night Out
 October 24, 2019
Here is a link to a press release generated by the FBI on their 2018 Crime Rate Statistics Report. The link to the actual report is at the bottom of the press release. They have included numbers that also factor in crimes committed on Tribal Lands. I hope that this information aids in the amazing work that you all are doing to help create safer communities in our region.
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