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With your help, we've made great strides in the movement to end domestic violence in Rhode Island. We now invite you to stand with us, our task force of domestic violence survivors (SOAR - Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships), and six member agencies (Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center, Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County, Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center, Sojourner House, Women's Center of RI, Women's Resource Center) on March 11 as we let local leaders KNOW that we must all come together to prevent domestic violence.
Future generations need us to do the work involved in creating healthy communities that are free of violence. Our children have a right to a peaceful world where the threat of domestic violence no longer exists. Building this future is our responsibility and can be our legacy.
So please join us as we propel our movement forward on this special day. Let our collective presence send the message that the statewide domestic violence community is strong and committed to this issue. NO MORE. Together we can prevent and end domestic violence.
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Abuse against nature exists everywhere in today’s society. Examples include the excessive use and depletion of natural resources, pollution of clean air, land and water, consumer rejection of the biodegradable Sun Chips bag because it was “too loud”, etc. What’s important to realize is that nature can live without humans and the abuse they provide, but humans cannot live without the domination of nature. Humans are nature’s messy and abusive room-mates.
Ecology studies the relationships between living organisms including human groups and their physical and social environments. Feminism is theory and methodology toward the political, economic and social equality of women and men. The term “eco-feminism” studies the relationship between ecology and feminism.
Activists in environmental and feminist movements began to realize in the late 1980s and 1990s that their goals for creating change are not quite so different. The oppression of women and the domination of nature in eco-feminists theories are connected and reinforcing. Eco-feminist Ynestra King said, “Life on earth is an interconnected web, not a hierarchy. There is no natural hierarchy; human hierarchy is projected onto nature and then used to justify social domination.”
The goal of eco-feminists is to erase the hierarchal division of people and their relationship with the earth. Diversity and equality can only exist where all living organisms are considered valued and important. Environmental and feminist movements want to do away with deeply embedded dualisms in the way people interact with each other and the environment. Dualism is bad because it creates binary thinking in which two groups are set in opposition: men vs. women, humans vs. nature, etc. As a result, one group is given the power to dominate the other.
Theorist Judith Plant said, “The ecofeminist's task is one of developing the ability to take the place of the 'other' when considering the consequences of possible actions, and ensuring that we do not forget that we are all part of one another.” Two completely different things, people and nature, when combined can make them both stronger as a team.
What is NO MORE? NO MORE is a new unifying symbol designed to galvanize greater awareness and action
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