Saturday, March 31, 2012

Music + Movement :: April - Awareness & Action Against Abuse


April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month. I believe everyone deserves to grow and live in safe and healthy environments, whether at home, school, work or anywhere else in our world. I'm a loved one of a survivor and I share our story here:

This is why I'll be participating in SAAM and inviting you all to greater awareness and action during the month of April.
This is not a women's issue. It's a human issue and it's everybody's business.

I'll be playing music at the Mall of America Rotunda on Saturday, April 28th, 2012, 1:30pm, to stand with the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Demand the Change for Children. This will be a family friendly event that will include the Women's Drum Center, The Smooch! Project and youthrive! Check out the full program, lineup and details here!

Join us if you're in the Twin Cities. If you're elsewhere in the country and the world, check out the movement and see how you can be involved!

I also submitted my photo to the gallery. You can too!

Follow me on twitter at @heatherlynmusic and check out my Lists. You can subscribe to the List entitled "End Sexual Violence" that follows over 70 individuals and organizations working to prevent and end domestic, dating and sexual violence. They are from all over the country and even beyond. They provide resources for survivors and loved ones and ways to team up with others dedicated to prevention.

Peace and all the best to you and yours!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Thrilled to be bringing my guitar to the National Service Learning Conference!

The National Youth Leadership Conference and Youthrive LIVE!
(regional affiliate of PeaceJam International)
are teaming up for the ultimate Service Learning and Youth Leadership Conference!
Register for the whole thing or, at least,
join us for the open-to-the public plenary session
where I'll be playing my guitar and singing my songs
and, most importantly,
you'll get to here from Shirin Ebadi,
an extraordinary woman, leader and deserving Nobel Laureate.

Read more about her below and at the link provided.
Link to further info and register at the links above!
And I'll send out more reminders and info as needed via facebook and twitter.

Plenary Session and Public Address
4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Explore youth service as a force that spans cultural and national boundaries. Don't miss Shirin Ebadi. Ebadi was awarded the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to promote human rights, in particular, the rights of women, children, and political prisoners in Iran. She is the first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, and only the fifth Muslim to receive a Nobel Prize in any field. Ebadi was one of the first female judges in Iran.

Singer and Song-Artist

"A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song."
~ Chinese Proverb