Uniting against domestic violence

first_imgOctober is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but chances are you didn’t realize that.That’s because women who have been battered or sexually assaulted are an underserved community; immigrant victims even more so. A conversation in the Schlesinger Library’s Radcliffe College Room, titled “Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault: It’s Everybody’s Business,” explored the topic on Monday, Oct. 25.While 14 percent of Massachusetts residents are immigrants, they make up 26 percent of domestic violence deaths. For many immigrant women, staying alive is a daily struggle.Sharing case studies, personal anecdotes, and chilling statistics, four leaders from local organizations that provide services around domestic violence discussed the realities and challenges inherent in delivering services to such a disenfranchised group. The leaders included Susan Cayouette, co-director of Emerge, Counseling and Education to Stop Domestic Violence; the Rev. Susan Chorley, director of Renewal House, the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry; Carline Desire, executive director of the Association of Haitian Women in Boston; and Maureen Gallagher, policy director of Jane Doe Inc.The panel discussion was hosted by Community Works, a cooperative made up of 33 local grassroots organizations devoted to social and economic justice; all the participating speakers are members of this group. Co-founder Fran Froelich stated their mission simply, “We seek not only to alleviate suffering, but also to eliminate the causes for that suffering; to speak up for people who have no voice and help them find their voices.”The event also marked the opening for research of the Kip Tiernan Papers, initially given to the library in November 2006. Kip Tiernan, BI ’89, founder of Rosie’s Place and the Boston Food Bank and co-founder of Community Works and the Poor People’s United Fund, “has long been a paragon of social justice,” said Marilyn Dunn, executive director of the Schlesinger Library and librarian of the Radcliffe Institute.Tiernan herself, who at 84 continues to be a tireless advocate for the downtrodden and disenfranchised in Boston and beyond, advised that—when fighting for social and economic justice—it’s important to realize the importance of passion, rage, and faith. But not the type of faith you might think: “I have faith in us,” she said.Incidentally, the monthlong Community Gifts Through Harvard campaign, which kicks off next week, raises roughly $1 million each year in donations from the University community. Two thirds of that goes to support local nonprofit agencies like Community Works. If you’d like to join the local fight for social and economic justice, please remember Community Works when giving through Harvard.last_img read more

Cross Country Finished 14th and 15th in the Walt Disney World Classic

first_imgCross Country Finished 14th and 15th in the Walt Disney World Classic Oct. 6, 2007ORLANDO, Fla. – The West Florida Men finished 14th as a team, and the Women finished 15th as a team in the 12th Annual Walt Disney World Classic this past Saturday in Orlando. The meet was one of the largest Invitational races of the year, as 327 runners from 45 teams competed in the men’s 8k race, and 366 runners from nearly 50 women’s teams competed in the 5k event, run in muddy conditions.Coach Matt Dobson was pleased overall as he discussed the race. “The team had a great showing. The race conditions were amazing, rain all day Friday and through the night. So it was like running in a swamp for a lot of the course. What impressed me the most about the team, especially the women is that even with the tough conditions they ran pretty good times. So, I know where their conditioning level is and now it is time to fine tune as we prepare for the conference championships in less than two weeks.”Senior Diana Sitar (Las Vegas, Nev.) was the top finisher for the women in the 5k run, crossing the finish line in 39th place with a time of 19:17. Freshmen Josh McEachin (Tallahassee, Fla.) was the first finisher for the men, with an 80th place finish in 27:41 for the 8k (5 mile) event. The men ran as a strong pack, as the top six Argos finished within 50 seconds. Immediately behind McEachin, was Eric Mayes (Jr. / Pensacola, Fla.) in 84th place with a 27:47.Senior Jordan Theuerkauf (Wausau, Wisc.) placed 98th in 28:03, while teammate Nicholas Maedel (Fr. / Orange Park, Fla.) was right behind him in 99th place with a time of 28:04. Justin Gates (Jr. / Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) rounded out the scoring for the Argos with his 116th place finish in a time of 28:27. The Argos team score for the men’s race was 450, as they outscored regional rivals Florida Tech and Valdosta State. South Dakota was the team champion with 108 points, while Nicolas Kering of Chattahoochee Tech was the overall winner in 25:04.For the women, Margaret Harter (Jr. / Milton, Fla.) also finished under 20 minutes for the 5k run, as she placed 58th in 19:38. Kelli Midden (Fr. / Boca Raton, Fla.) was 108th in a time of 20:26, while Rebecca Thielemann (Sr. / Dunnellon, Fla.) finished in 130th place with a 20:40 time. Rounding out the team scoring for the women was Katherine Ragia (Jr. / Daytona Beach Shores, Fla.) in 193rd place with a time of 21:44. The women’s team score was 466, as they outscored regional rivals Valdosta State and Florida Tech. The University Tampa was the Women’s team champion, and they were lead by Laura Woznicki, who was the overall women’s winner in a time of 17:41.Also competing for the Argos in the 8k run, was Andrew Maedel (Fr. / Orange Park, Fla.), who finished 123rd in a time of 28:32. Three other freshmen finished for the men, as Reynolds Griner (Tallahassee, Fla.) was 156th in 29:06, while Sean Jansen (Lutz, Fla.) was 163rd in 29:10, and Jared Black (Tallahassee, Fla.) was 173rd in 29:41. Also finishing for the women was Senior Lindsey Failing (Pace, Fla.), who completed the 5k run in 22:54.So far this season, the men’s record against D-II schools and below is 40-8, while the women’s record is 42-7. Dobson explained, “It’s been a good year despite all the injuries. We hope to have (Brian) Gowin (Sr. / Pensacola, Fla.) back for conference, and will fill a complete women’s team, if the rehabilitation goes well for those women that have been injured.”The Argos will run in an intersquad meet at home this weekend, to prepare for the Gulf South Conference race on October 20th, which will be run in Hoover, Alabama. Print Friendly Version Sharelast_img read more

PB, Broward Sheriff’s Officers Among Youngest to Die of COVID-19

first_imgIn addition, among Broward County’s coronavirus-related deaths, Bennett was only the third person under age 40. Meanwhile, Diaz Ayala was the youngest to die in Palm Beach County.A photo on the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office Facebook page shows emergency responders at JFK Medical Center along with a gurney covered by the American flag and a photo of Diaz Ayala.“We love you and know you are all doing the very best,” the Sheriff’s Office wrote.Bennett called off sick from work on March 23 and checked into a hospital the next day. He tested positive for COVID-19 on March 27, Tony said.The sheriff added it is unclear how or when Bennett contracted the virus, as schools had closed 10 days before he became sick.We are sad to announce the passing of our dear Sergeant Jose Diaz Ayala. Sgt. Diaz Ayala, 38 years of age, died today as a result of battling COVID-19. Sgt. Diaz Ayala was battling other underlying health issues before he contracted COVID-19. -We have the watch from here brother. pic.twitter.com/HYJsF0eKLh— PBSO (@PBCountySheriff) April 4, 2020 Most younger people with the virus experience mild symptoms, if they notice symptoms at all.As far as those who experience severe symptoms or do not survive, health officials believe those patients could receive a larger exposure to the virus. They could also have underlying medical conditions, such as heart disease, lung disease, hypertension or diabetes, or an immune system weakened by lack of sleep or poor nutrition.As of Saturday afternoon, 11,545 people in Florida had tested positive for the virus, with an official death toll of 195.Palm Beach County has more deaths than any county in the state with 35, followed by 32 in Broward and 31 in Miami-Dade. In addition, Miami-Dade had 3,890 cases as of Saturday evening. Broward had 1,765 and Palm Beach County had 954. Two South Florida law enforcement officers in their 30s died over the weekend from coronavirus.First, 39-year-old Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Shannon Bennett passed away late Friday evening, a week after he was diagnosed, the Sheriff’s Office announced Saturday.Later on Saturday, the Palm Beach County Sheriff Office announced that 38-year-old Sgt. Jose Diaz Ayala, who had been dealing with other health issues, had also died of COVID-19.Bennett, who was a 12-year veteran of the Broward Sheriff’s force, had been a school resource officer at Deerfield Beach Elementary School since January 2019, according to Sheriff Gregory Tony.Diaz Ayala had worked as a corrections deputy in Palm Beach County until being promoted to sergeant in January 2016.The men became two of the youngest people to die of the virus in the state. Only four percent of the patients who have died were younger than age 45, according to the state health department.Deputy Shannon Bennett was a 12 year veteran of the Broward Sheriff’s Office; an out and proud gay law enforcement deputy; a school resource officer who protected and mentored the young students at Deerfield Beach Elementary; a man in love to be wedded later this year. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/QcqMc31gCd— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) April 5, 2020last_img read more