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Tahoe SAFE Alliance | On the move, the mountain and the mission

Signs, shouts and smiles call for an end to violence against women.

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — More than 100 community members, dressed in black, red and white, took to the downtown Truckee train station parking lot, stepping Flash Mob Dance-style to “Break the Chain.”

Truckee High School students, Inner Rhythms Dance Studio, and Tahoe Truckee residents joined the Feb. 14 global movement “One Billion Rising” with Tahoe SAFE Alliance, a nonprofit organization working to reduce the incidence and trauma of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse in the Tahoe Truckee region since 1985.

Statistics tell us one in three women will be beaten or raped in their lives.

One Billion Rising For Justice is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely … a call to survivors to break the silence and release their stories — politically, spiritually, outrageously — through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, and testimonies, according to http://www.onebillionrising.org.

“Women take care of us, and the world needs to take better care of women,” said Mike Rogers, longtime resident, supporter of a resource secure community, and Peacevolution member.

“And, I have a daughter, a mother, and sisters,” he said.

The downtown event brought infants, toddlers, teens, mothers, sisters, brothers and fathers together — united in a stand against violence against women.

“Dance is a powerful agent of social change,” said dance instructor Jeannie Pitts-Knipe. “This project is a way to reclaim our bodies in a joyful, positive, simple act … one silly dance bringing people together.”

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Support Tahoe SAFE Alliance through its Ski Days at Sugar Bowl, March 30 through April 4, 2014.

Sugar Bowl has generously donated all-day lift tickets to support TSA’s mission. Sugar Bowl Ski Days tickets are priced at $40 — a huge all-day lift ticket savings.

Tickets are available for pick up on Sunday, March 30, 8 a.m.-noon at the Tahoe SAFE Alliance table at Mt. Judah Lodge at Sugar Bowl. After Sunday tickets may be picked up in the Special Tickets Office.

For additional information on Ski Day call 775-298-0010 or visit http://tahoesafealliance.org/ski-day-tickets.

Find Sugar Bowl Ski Resort at http://www.sugarbowl.com.


Tahoe SAFE Alliance invites you to take an eight-week Crisis Intervention Training beginning April 8.

Graduates receive a certificate of completion and are recognized as able to work in Crisis Intervention and Peer Counseling. This will allow volunteers to contribute in any of the Tahoe SAFE Alliance client-based programs including the 24-Hour Community Help Line, the Children’s Program, the Violence Prevention Program, and the Safehouse Program.

Topics covered during the training include: the basics of domestic violence and sexual assault, cultural diversity, substance abuse, legal issues of domestic violence and sexual abuse, acquaintance rape, child abuse, suicide, peer counseling and crisis intervention techniques.

TSA encourages men and women to volunteer, whether it’s giving clients important information when they need it 24 hours a day or guiding and empowering children through positive role-modeling, creative self-expression, education and support.

The full calendar and volunteer application are available at http://tahoesafealliance.org/help-us/volunteer. Send an e-mail to jessica@tahoesafealliance.org by March 21 to apply.

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