A Word From Mark
Dear Friends of WTLC,

Women’s History Month is an annual celebration honoring the contributions of women to American history, culture, and society. With the strides toward equality that women have made in recent years, it is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that a whole month dedicated to women’s achievements is no longer needed. At the time of the conception of Women’s History Week, activists saw the designation as a way to revise a written and social American history that largely ignored women’s contributions. Today, Women’s History Month gives us the opportunity to acknowledge these women’s struggles, celebrate their achievements and vision, and renew our commitment to continued gender equality.

When it comes to history, the story of women is largely one of exclusion, silence, absence and bias, and we need a month (at minimum) to counter the unbalance. Women have always been there, influencing human civilizations and the rise and fall of nations. Modernity hasn’t made women great; women made women great. The need for us to make an extra effort to learn about women who have played important roles in history continues. 

So this Women's History month, we encourage you to learn a woman’s name. Know her history. Know what she did, how she did it, and why she did it. Shining a light on women’s contributions to the chronicles of human history makes us equal humans, equally worthy of being remembered for our deeds. Women’s History Month matters because women’s history needs to matter to us.
With appreciation,

Mark
COVID-19 and the Courtroom: Domestic Violence Survivors Adapt to Virtual Hearings
A few weeks ago, as Waanda was working with WTLC’s Legal Advocate to prepare for her upcoming in-person restraining order hearing, her Advocate recommended that she reach out to the court to make sure everything was on track for the hearing. During their meeting, Waanda made the phone call from a WTLC landline, since she did not own a phone, and to her surprise, the judge’s clerk let her know that the hearing had been changed from an in-person format to now being entirely remote and virtual.

This came as a shock to Waanda because the information had not been updated online and she hadn’t received any notification from the court, as this was a fairly last-minute change. While Waanda was thankful that her Advocate recommended her to call the court, Waanda felt concerned because she didn’t know how she was going to attend the virtual hearing.
Young African American women at the March on Washington, 1963. Photograph: Courtesy of the Bob Adelman Estate
The veil of violence against women has been lifted - or has it? 
Just years before the first nationally recognized celebration of the labors of women and their contributions to society came to be each March, the Battered Women’s Movement of the 1970’s coexisted among several other civil rights and social justice movements of the time. Most, if not all, of these movements were supported and guided by the efforts of women, who, behind the scenes, were responsible for uplifting the dominant male voices of the struggles; feeding protesters, providing childcare, and community organizing were critical to the success of these movements.

Without the physical strength of women, with an extended burden on women of color, whose very real issues were so often left out of the struggles’ main focus and priorities, the Black Power, Chicano, LGBTQ, labor and white feminist movements of the time could have easily weakened. Thanks to the steadfast emotional labor of these women behind these powerful movements, the fight for progress persisted.
$113,155 Raised in Support of Healthy
Teen Relationships on Love Is Giving Day!
Thank you to everyone who supported Love Is Giving Day on February 10th!

Together, 10 organizations and 487 donors came together to raise a collaborative $113,155 in support of healthy teen relationships in Orange County.

WTLC had set an agency goal of raising $15,000. By midnight on February 10th, you—our friends, families, neighbors, and community partners—had brought in $21,045 to support our teen dating prevention program. This program works within our community to provide youth with the knowledge and resources to maintain safe and healthy relationships now and throughout their lives.

Thank you for helping us create a safer Orange County for future generations!
Last month, we recognized our "Best Director" sponsors who chose to support our programs at the $2,500 level even after our Golden Age of Hollywood event was cancelled in March.

Thank you to Pacific Premier Bank, (*corrected logo), PepsiCo, Premier Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Buena Park, RDM General Contractors, James Le & Mark Lee, and an Anonymous Donor for your commitment to the survivors in our community!
You're invited to join WTLC's Healthy Masculinity Program - a 9 week program in which youth and adults are invited to explore aspects of hypermasculinity. Participants will learn about how hypermasculinity has attributed to domestic violence and human trafficking and ways to intervene to prevent future violence.

Contact Francisco Barron, Prevention Education advocate at 714-992-1939 ext. 114 or email fbarron@wtlc.org for more information and to register.
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