2nd Annual Take Back the Night – Paducah, KY

Take Back The Night to be hosted by A Community of Women, Inc. The event will be held Saturday, November 9, 2013 at Etcetera Coffeehouse, 320 North 6th Street, Paducah, Kentucky. We will gather for an evening of inspiration and empowerment. Speakers will be Mary Foley, Director of the Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center; Samuel “Snacks” Hawkins, performance poet; Griggori Tyler Taylor, performance poet; Ali Havens, soloist; and Grace Yocum, performance poet.

Take Back The Night is an event held by organizations dedicated to helping women achieve safety and empowerment. However, this night is not for women only. We encourage men, women, and children of all ages to attend. Violence is a dark part of society that affects us all. Take Back The Night seeks to end sexual violence in all of its forms including sexual assault, sexual abuse, dating violence, and domestic violence. These events empower survivors (men, women and children) in the healing process and reminds us all of our responsibility in bringing about change. Take Back The Night’s goal is to create safe communities, raise awareness, and take back our streets.

Please come and join us. One voice becoming many can make our homes and streets safe again. Together we can make a difference.

For more information, contact Denese Peebles at (270)519-7988, Morgan Hall at (270)559-5928, or acommunityofwomeninc@gmail.com. You can also check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/communityofwomen.

1st ANNUAL TAKE BACK THE NIGHT

Take Back The Night Rally to be hosted by A Community of Women, Inc. The event will be held Thursday, November 15, 2012 at First Christian Church of Paducah. We will gather for an evening of inspiration and empowerment. Speakers will be Deputy Sheriff Matt Carter, McCracken County Sheriff’s Department; Jennifer Villarreal, Program Manager at the Center for Community Supports for Four Rivers Behavioral Health; Samuel “Snacks” Hawkins, performance poet; Griggori Tyler Taylor, performance poet; Ali Havens, soloist; and FCC Praise Team.

Take Back The Night is an event held by organizations dedicated to helping women achieve safety and empowerment. However, this night is not for women only. We encourage men, women, and children of all ages to attend. Violence is a dark part of society that affects us all. Take Back The Night seeks to end sexual violence in all of its forms including sexual assault, sexual abuse, dating violence, and domestic violence. These events empower survivors (men, women and children) in the healing process and reminds us all of our responsibility in bringing about change. Take Back The Night’s goal is to create safe communities, raise awareness, and take back our streets.Please come and join us. One voice becoming many can make our homes and streets safe again. Together we can make a difference.

For more information, contact Denese Peebles at (270)519-7988, Rachael Krueger at (270)366-6124, or acommunityofwomeninc@gmail.com. You can also check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/communityofwomen.

5th Annual Take Back the Night — Metropolis, IL

Fifth Annual Take Back The Night March and Rally to be hosted by A Community of Women, Inc. and Guardian Family Services. The event will be held Thursday, October 4, 2012. The march will start at 6:30 p.m. from Guardian Family Services, 117 West 10th Street, Metropolis, Illinois to the Massac County Courthouse at Superman Square. If you are unable to attend the march, we will gather at the Courthouse for an evening of inspiration and empowerment. Speakers will be Jane Etheridge, Director of MSU Women’s Center; Regina Varvel, Survivor; and Samuel “Snacks” Hawkins, Spoken Word poet.Take Back The Night is an event held by organizations dedicated to helping women achieve safety and empowerment. However, this night is not for women only. We encourage men, women, and children of all ages to attend. Violence is a dark part of society that affects us all.

Take Back The Night seeks to end sexual violence in all of its forms including sexual assault, sexual abuse, dating violence, and domestic violence. These events empower survivors (men, women and children) in the healing process and reminds us all of our responsibility in bringing about change. Take Back The Night’s goal is to create safe communities, raise awareness, and take back our streets.

In case of rain, the ceremony will be held in the large courtroom at the Massac County Courthouse.

Please come and join us. One voice becoming many can make our homes and streets safe again. Together we can make a difference.

For more information, contact Denese Peebles at (270)519-7988, Rita Gower at (618)524-4357, or acommunityofwomeninc@gmail.com. You can also check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/communityofwomen or Guardian Family Sevices’ website at http://guardianfamilyservices.net/.

Receiving Lois Lane Award

Lois Lane and D

“If a girl wants to be a legend she might as well go ahead and be one.” Calamity Jane

This is our president and fearless leader’s favorite quote, and maybe her mantra now too. Since Denese was recently presented with the “Lois Lane” Award in our little town’s not so little Superman Celebration, she’s well on her way to legend status.

This is a big honor! In the article announcing D as the recipient, there’s a quote that reads “Whatever is needed to be done, Denese will always step up to the plate!” I couldn’t agree more. She’s brought that tenacity and can do attitude to the board of CoW.

I googled Lois Lane and Wikipedia (which is always right) says she’s “tough as nails”, “Superman’s intellectual equal”, and “able to handle herself in a dangerous situation.” I think Lois would definitely hang out with the CoW ladies because that’s pretty much an average day for us.

I think the biggest thing women can learn from Denese and Lois Lane is you don’t have to be Superman to make a difference.

Much Love,
Morgan

P. S. You can check out the article written by the Metropolis Planet - Peebles named 2012 Lois Lane Award Recipient

Girl Up has arrived

I want to thank Trooper Bridget Rice, Samuel Hawkins II, Tishaunda Higgerson, and Ali Havens for helping to make the night such a success. You moved us, you entertained us, and you made us think. Read More »

It’s time to Girl Up

Girl Up is just around the corner. Flyers are out, bios have been gathered, programs are in the works, goodie donations for the girls are being picked up, our soundtrack is amazing as always, decorations (or camouflage as the case may be) are ready, and the exhaustion is preparing to set in… But wait! The event hasn’t even started yet!
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We have arrived!

We are here!! A Community of Women is rockin’ it! The website is up and running, and we are kicking it in gear. It’s going to be a busy year. From helping girls find their voice at Girl Up events to walking beside the woman who needs a word of encouragement to find her path at Take Back the Night. We are promoting empowered women – young and old. We are here to let you know you are not alone. But, we need you to be there too.
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Girl Up

To save a woman, you must first save the girl.

And so, Girl Up was born. Every girl should realize her value. She should know that her potential has no boundaries. She should feel confident in saying no to any situation that makes her uncomfortable. She should feel good about herself and accepting of those around her. And, she should have the freedom to express her ideas, opinions, and beliefs without fear of being rejected or judged.
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A Community of Women

If a girl wants to be a legend, she might as well go ahead and be one.
- Calamity Jane

I love this quote. How apropos? This sums up the essence of the women in CoW. Calamity Jane was visualizing us, her sisters, as the words rolled out of her mouth. I think we need billboards to declare that every girl, every woman, has the right, ability, and responsibility to step outside of the box she has been placed in and become the Legend she is meant to be.

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