Issue 57
July 2020
Advocacy Media Fund:
Messaging to Save Lives
Domestic violence is rising in Memphis during the COVID-19 health crisis, just as we warned in mid-March.

Aggravated assaults reported to Memphis police during June were 991, up 6% over last June.

What’s worse – in the first six months of this year, nine of our neighbors were murdered by an intimate partner: a spouse or ex-spouse, a boy- or girlfriend or ex-lover. Nine 2020 homicides were intimate partner out of 10 domestic violence (family or relationship-based) murders so far.

That compares to 11 IPV homicides in all of 2019: nine already this year.

Our response to this tragedy within a tragedy is to pivot our work from physical events and distribution of powerful posters and info cards. Instead, we are founding the Advocacy Media Fund to increase production and broadcast of Memphis Says NO MORE messaging and awareness education online and in other media.

You can help those who are hurting, whose lives are in danger. You can call for help if you see or hear violence happening.

You can share this powerful 30-second video that encourages those who are safe in isolation at home to help domestic abuse survivors who are not safe at home:
Customized for our community in partnership with the national NO MORE team, the video was created by award-winning global production company Great Guns for MRM McCann and edited locally by Splash Creative.

While we work for lasting systemic change, as we have since the Women’s Council's founding in 2003, we must also continue to serve those who have yet to be treated equitably and equally. Our work is powered by a board and staff that includes women of color, seniors, survivors of gender violence and poverty; close advisors include LGBTQ women, Latinx leaders and youth.

We need your help to push this life-saving message out to the thousands who need to see it. Please, make a donation today.
VOTE for safety from guns
American women are 11 times more likely to be shot and killed than women in other developed countries. Additionally, homicide is the second leading cause of injury-related deaths among pregnant and postpartum women, and the majority of these homicides are carried out with firearms.

Join and support the work of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Contact Erika Kelley , Tennessee chapter leader and visit this website for information on gun sense candidates for 2020.
Local suffragist featured
in new book
Memphis’ own Mary Church Terrell is among leaders featured in Finish the Fight! — a history of the American suffrage movement written by six writers from the New York Times specifically for middle-grade readers. It makes an excellent gift for anyone as we celebrate the 100 th anniversary of the battle to win the vote for women. Telling the stories of women from diverse backgrounds – black, Asian, Native American, Latinx and more – who helped lead the fight for suffrage, it is subtitled: The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote.

Order it from Novel bookstore at (901) 922-5526 .

Read our Women of Achievement essay about Mary and other local suffragists and see her stop in the Memphis Women’s Legacy Trail on Beale Street. Find the trail guide on our website .
Women vote early
(by August 1 st !)
Women must vote.

Violence hits women every day – economic violence and physical and sexual violence.

On the job – we are injured when we are paid wages lower than men who are doing the same work with the same training and experience.

Women are paid less than men in every age group and across all education levels. Women continue to be more likely to be poor. And if they are poor, and particularly for women of color, they are likely to have responsibility – alone – for housing, feeding and clothing children. During this pandemic and economic collapse, women account for more than half of jobs lost as shutdowns of school and child-care force many to quit to manage children.

As reported in The Washington Post , “Because many people of color have jobs that are deemed essential, the lack of child-care access becomes yet another side effect of the pandemic that has disproportionately affected American minorities."
This economic violence should not be tolerated. It is against the law to pay unequal wages. Wage discrimination is illegal.
And yet thousands of companies –thousands of employers – knowingly pay women less, every day. Companies are breaking the law every day.

Women must vote and vote for leaders who will strengthen fair wage laws and – just as importantly - strengthen the agencies that enforce those laws!

VOTE to protect and strengthen women’s access to fair wages at work.

Many women also face violence every day at home.

Violence against women is rampant in our city and county and country. Our president, our vice president and our Congress are essential to keeping money flowing to critical services that help women who are trapped in this violence and to prosecute and hold batterers accountable.
We must vote to put leaders in place at every level, including the Tennessee legislature and in Congress, who care about our wages, care about fairness and care about our safety.

Fight violence against women – fight for women. VOTE!

Vote early by Aug. 1 or on Primary Election Day Aug. 6.

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