BENEFITING: Center for Anti-Violence Education
EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2011
HOURS PLEDGED: 26
I want to live a bold life. One of my goals on this path is the NYC marathon. I qualified for 2011 through the 9+1 program with the New York Road Runners. To make the experience that much richer, I want to run for a purpose. I've spent the last few months considering which organization to run for, and after a conversation with a friend, I found out that the Center for Anti-Violence Education (CAE) in Park Slope, Brooklyn had to consolidate their children's programs due to a lack of funding. Immediately, the decision was made. CAE has a powerful mission that it has taken very seriously for over 35 years through self-defense and empowerment programs for women, children, and the LGBT community.
My early childhood was plagued with trauma and violence. This lead me to a career in social work, and through my work in child abuse and neglect prevention, I see how violence in families is generational. Parents who are aggressive and forceful with their children, have children who are just as aggressive and forceful in school. However, parents don't seem to understand their actions are way stronger than their words, and thus telling children not to fight, while modeling violence at home, is just not effective.
Having lived in both genders, I understand the struggle of being a woman. I know the fear of walking down an empty block. Of wanting to feel more comfortable on my own, but knowing that it's safer in numbers. Now as a man in society, I rarely think about these things. There's a certain sense of safety I now have in my body. Yet, I hear stories from clients in my psychotherapy practice of day to day interactions that include harassment, aggressiveness, violence, abuse, and sometimes even rape.
A very strong component of both my work and my personal journey involves a search for peace. I consider it an honor when clients reach out to me to help them heal. I have had several people in my life greatly affected by the work of CAE. I, like CAE, strongly believe that people have a right to feel safe in their bodies.
Please support me in running the NYC marathon on November 6, 2011. You can do this by:
1. Donating!!! (I have a lofty goal of raising 4,000.)
2. Working on your own non-violence.....
3. Coming to NYC in November to cheer me on!!
4. Praying that it doesn't rain on race day.
Thank you so, so much!