Saturday, March 14, 2009

Angie Zapata: ensuring forms of justice!

This email comes from the amazing staff of the Colorado Anti-Violence Project. I'm reproducing parts of it here so that folks can help ensure that an accurate and loving memory of Angie Zapata is preserved. Justice is clearly a tricky issue (how often do prison sentences actually correspond to a recreation of a less-violent more understanding self?) but Angie's memory and her family's right to respectful media coverage and supportive community can not be overlooked. Moreover, while I do have concerns for whether Andrade will ever understand his crime - I am more concerned about whether communities in Colorado and around the world will understand that our lives are beautiful and have value, and that our communities are powerful.

I worked with the staff of CAVP directly after Angie's horrific murder, and I'd like to talk more about that experience when I'm able. For now, however, here are tips on how to let the Zapata family know that Angie is in all of our hearts. What I love about these is that they work at every level. No matter where you are in the world, what your financial situation is, you can find an action that will help preserve her memory and is do-able in your current situation. Really, there are no excuses:
  • Respond to Media Coverage of the Trial
    • Join the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's (GLAAD)
      Rapid Response Team. A Media Essentials training will be scheduled soon for the last full week of March. GLAAD's regional representative will send out more information soon. Contact CAVP if you'd like to be notified. E-mail CAVP
    • Write letters to editor of local and national papers during trial coverage.
  • Offer carpool rides from Denver to Greeley Courthouse during the trial
    • The eight day trial of Andrade will begin on April 14, 2009 and takes place in Courtroom 11 of the Weld County Courts at 901 9th Ave in Greeley. We would like to provide as much community support to Angie Zapata's family and friends as possible by packing the courthouse during those days.
    • If you are need a ride or would like to offer a ride to Greeley from the Denver-Metro area, please contact Kate Bowman at 303-202-6466 (work), 303-798-0790 (cell) or by e-mail.
  • Donate and/or prepare healthy snacks, food and drinks for community members attending the trial
    • Contact Andy Stoll at the Lambda Community Center 970-221-3247 or by e-mail if you would like to make a donation.
  • Join the Colorado Anti-Violence Program for evenings of discussion, meditation and dinner
    • In an effort to support our community members in maintaining a positive and healthy emotional and mental space around the trial, CAVP will be hosting two evenings of discussion, meditation and dinner. Discussion will be facilitated by CAVP staff and meditation by Marti Engelmann.
    • March 18th from 6-8:30 pm
      April 7th from 6-8:30 pm
      • Dinner provided March 18th.
      • April 7th, please bring a potluck dish if you plan to attend
    • For more info or to RSVP contact Crystal Middlestadt at 303-839-5204 or by e-mail.
    • We encourage you to participate if you are even slightly considering attending any trial dates, you would like to find other ways to support people going to the trial or you have an interest in participating in creating this type of space regardless of your involvement with this case.

      Make a Financial Contribution

      Mail a check to:
      Colorado Anti-Violence Program
      P.O. Box 181085
      Denver, CO 80218

      Give online through the Colorado Non-Profit Development Center
      Donate now!
      Please be sure to designate the donation to "CAVP".

      • $25 provides one hour of court accompaniment for a survivor of domestic violence.
      • $100 provides one night of safe shelter and food for a victim of partner abuse.
      • $250 provides for a daylong training on hate crimes against the LGBT community for service providers.
      • $500 provides training for 150 students and faculty to makes schools safer for youth of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
      • $1000 keeps the statewide crisis hotline available to victims of hate violence, sexual assault, random violence and partner abuse for 3 months.

      2009 Volunteer Training Schedule

      Currently, CAVP is looking for new volunteers to become a valuable part of the organization. There are many ways you can get involved, including completing administrative tasks, community outreach, building referral databases, and staffing the 24-hour crisis hotline.

      General Orientation
      The general orientation will provide you with all of the tools you'll need to be an amazing volunteer with CAVP. This is also a great way to see if the CAVP crisis hotline is right for you.

      The next general orientations will take place in July & October.
      July training:
      Two weeknights, July 13 and 15 from 6-9pm. You must attend both of these dates.
      October training:
      One full-day training, October 3 from 8:30am-5pm.

      Crisis Hotline Training
      Because the crisis hotline training is about 30 hours long, you will be making a considerable time-commitment to both the training and to the hotline itself. Hotline shifts are a half week long, and you will carry a pager for 24-hours a day. When people call the hotline, they will leave a message and the pager will then go off. You must have access to returning that phone call within 20 minutes of the call. If you have any questions about how the hotline can fit into your schedule, please let us know.

      The next crisis hotline training will take place in October. For additional information about the Colorado Anti-Violence Program or to sign up for the volunteer training, please contact Kelly Costello bye-mail or 303-839-5204. Feel free to pass on this message on to anyone you think might be interested in volunteering.


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