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Alianza Board of Directors Message

Le damos gracias al universo por ser parte de este gran esfuerzo y por nuestras familias y amistades que cruzan fronteras y barreras por la causa de vivir en amor.  [We give thanks to the universe for being part of this great effort and for our families and friends who cross borders and barriers to try to live in love.]

As Patricia Castillo, an Alianza board member who has worked for many years in the Latino community in San Antonio states, "our people have a knowing that comes from generations that tells us instinctively that the perfect launching pad to do this work is by working together, Hombres y Mujeres, working together Juntos/Juntas por nuestra reverencia a la familia, a la cultura, al respeto, a nuestra fé, al amor, a nuestros hijo/as. Eso es nuestra historia, nuestro espíritu, descendencia y herencia. Es el legado y la lucha que nos han puesto en las manos para cultivar, proteger, criar y lanzar al mundo."  [..working together, men and women, out of reverence for the family, the culture, for respect, for our faith, for love, and for our sons and daughters. That is our history, our spirit, our legacy, our heritage. It is the birthright and the struggle that they have put in our hands to cultivate, protect, nurture, and launch into the world].  Alianza wholeheartedly agrees.
Executive Director's Message

As the holidays grow near and as we approach the end of another year, it is good to take some time to reflect on the many blessings we have received and the lessons we have learned through the challenges that have confronted us.

Personally, I had not anticipated being back at Alianza in 2010, but here I am. Not only am I grateful for the opportunity to return to an organization that is so dear to my heart, but I am thankful for having a job.

Unfortunately, the holiday season will find many individuals and families struggling economically-unemployed, underemployed, or just struggling to make ends meet. Others may be coping with depression, drug or alcohol abuse, health problems and/or violence in their homes or relationships.

For them the holidays may not be a happy time, a time to look forward to. Studies indicate that depression, drinking and drug abuse tend to escalate during the holidays. And while specific statistics may not be available, domestic violence organizations and police stations report a rise in calls and referrals right after the holidays.

Those of us who are able to, let us extend a helping hand to those less fortunate, whether family, friends, neighbors, clients or co-workers.

In addition, please remember the non-profit organizations that work hard year round to make a difference in people's lives. Make giving to a DV organization a priority. To make a donation to Alianza
Alianza would like to thank our extended Alianza familia for making our work possible-our funders, donors, partners and allies.

-- Adelita M. Medina

Alianza's Training Travels: 19,405.58 Miles in 4 Months
Alianza staff has been trekking around the country for the last few months delivering trainings for Domestic Violence advocates and other service providers who work with Latino women, men and children. We want to share some of our training experiences.
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What People Are Saying About Alianza's Trainings
"This is a quick note for now to say a huge THANK YOU for your visit to Reading and all the wisdom, knowledge and understanding you brought with you for our group. After you left we stayed to talk about next steps; the enthusiasm in the room was amazing and exciting to see! I'm sure we'll be reaching out again - soon. You'll be hearing about great things happening in Reading!"

Prevention Education Director Berks Women in Crisis
Reading, PA

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Order Your Holiday Gift-Alianza's Cookbook:
Through December 31, 2010, we are having a special sale.
  • For every cookbook you purchase at the reduced holiday price of $20, receive FREE Shipping &Handling (S&H), a $3 value
  • If you purchase more than one cookbook, receive FREE S&H, plus 10% off each book.
  • If you order five or more cookbooks, receive FREE S&H, 10% off each book and a FREE Sabores poster for your kitchen ($15 value). Each poster has been autographed by Latina artist, Eva Ruiz.
  • Posters are also on sale as gifts for $15. Order three or more and the price drops to $12.
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Alianza Goes to the White House
On October 27, Adelita M. Medina, Alianza's Interim Executive Director, traveled to Washington, DC, to join dozens of advocates at an event in the White House marking Domestic Violence Awareness Month. During the event, President Barack Obama and Vice President Biden highlighted the Obama Administration's unprecedented coordination and cooperation across the entire government to protect victims of domestic and sexual violence and enable survivors to break the cycle of abuse.
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President Announces New Initiatives to Protect Victims of Domestic and Sexual Assault
On October 27, 2010, the Obama Administration announced an unprecedented coordination across the federal government, including several initiatives by several agencies to protect victims of abuse and provide resources for families and communities to prevent abuse. The initiatives demonstrate a broad, comprehensive response to reducing violence against women. Specifically, these concrete actions include steps to:
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How To Help
DonateAs a non-profit organization, Alianza relies primarily on government funding. Only a small percentage of funding for domestic violence comes from foundations and corporations, and despite Latinos being the largest ethnic minority in the country, Latino-serving organizations receive a very small percentage of all foundation and corporate funding.

Unfortunately, too many of our families and relationships are being torn apart by intimate partner violence. Our children are growing up experiencing or witnessing violence in their homes and are being scarred, sometimes for their entire lives.

If we are to build strong and thriving communities we need to create safe and healthy families.

To do this assertively, we need to build support in our own communities. Businesspeople and other professionals can be an important source of support. Please reach deep into your pockets or pocket books and help Alianza build safe and healthy families and communities.
Alianza Thanks Donors
Alianza extends a special thank you to the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, for making our Training and Technical Assistance and Online Resource Center possible through Grant numbers 2010-ET-S6-K017 and 2009-TA-AX-K067. Opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations expressed herein are those of the organizers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

Alianza would also like to thank the following businesses who made donations during 2010:

Albuquerque Donors: Garcia's Kitchen; Budget Bridal shop; I Do I Do Bridal; Brides By Demetrios; Bridal Elegance By Darlene; Precious Moments Bridal; Bessie's Gift Shop & Craft supplies; Walmart; Lozoya Studios (Fine Photography/fotografía fina)

Florida Donors:  Bride's of America; Yummy cakes & More
Alianza Receives $450,000 OVW/ARRA Grant Award
October 2010 - OVW awarded Alianza a three-year grant in the amount of $450,000. The goals and objectives of the grant are to help Latina survivors of domestic violence gain economic independence through financial literacy, the organization of women's work cooperatives, and assistance with seeking funding resources. Alianza's Economic Independence Project, funded through this grant, will include the development of a train-the-trainer financial independence curriculum (with modules on financial literacy and on the development of women's economic cooperatives); a series of training workshops using the curriculum; the provision of technical assistance; and help with locating funds and other resources.
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The Start of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence -- November 25 International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
By resolution 54/134 of 17 December 1999, the UN General Assembly designated November 25 as International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designated to raise public awareness about this critical issue. November 25 has been observed by activists against violence since 1981. On this day in 1960, 3 young women--Minerva, Patria, and Maria Teresa Mirabal, were brutally assassinated in the Dominican Republic at the behest of the Dictator Rafael Leónidas Trujillo.

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White House Council on Women and Girls (CWG)
On March 11, 2009, President Obama signed an Executive Order creating the White House Council on Women and Girls. In his remarks at the signing, the President underscored that the purpose of the Council is "to ensure that each of the agencies in which they're charged takes into account the needs of women and girls in the policies they draft, the programs they create, and the legislation they support. To learn more about CWG resources for women and girls: You can also Sign up for the Weekly Women's Update

Recent CWG Highlights
The President's meeting with Equal Pay Advocates
Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, blogs on an inspiring meeting with leading advocates that have been working tirelessly for the passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act.

The Importance of Equal Pay for Women
Terrell McSweeny, Domestic Policy Advisor to the Vice President, writes about the importance of equal pay for women and argues against the idea that the wage gap exists because women are mothers.
December 2010
In This Newsletter
Training Travels
Training Testimonials
Cookbook Sale
Alianza Goes to White House
Intiatve to Protect Victims
How To Help
Thanks Donors
$450,000 Grant Award
16 Days of Activism
White House CWG

Alianza currently offers training in Support and Empowerment Group Facilitator Training, Working with Men and Boys to Eradicate Domestic Violence, Train-the Trainer Financial Independence Workshops, and On the Road to Social Transformation.

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The Family Violence Prevention Fund and the National Institute on Justice announce a new publication, Batterer Intervention: Doing the Work, Measuring the Success: A Report on the December 2009 Experts Roundtable, prepared by Lucy Salcido Carter. The report helps advance the dialogue on how and why to work with abusive men so that women and children can live lives free of violence and fear. The following served as advisors and/or developed papers and presentations: Etiony Aldarondo, Edward Gondolf, Barbara Hart, David Adams, Jeff Edleson, and Deni Carise.

SPLC Report

Injustice on Our Plates is a new investigative report by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). It exposes the unconscionable exploitation and shocking array of abuses endured by poverty-stricken immigrant women working in the U.S. food industry.  Download the PDF Now!

For information on numerous Immigrant Justice Cases filed by SPLC (Agenda Area: Immigrant Justice)
Speaking Out: Latino Youth on Discrimination in the United States

Latino youth are coming of age at a time when anti-immigrant and anti-Hispanic sentiment is high and rising. The environment in which we raise our children matters. Blatant discrimination, racial profiling, and ethnic stereotyping have consequences for young people. American children of immigrants have historically played an important role, and their future and potential are the dreams that drive their parents' sacrifice and hard work. The study shows that across the nation, Latino adolescents receive stereotypical and discriminatory messages. In spite of these challenges, Latino teenagers remain optimistic.  Visit NCLR Publications

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