FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12 – 18 – 12
Local Mothers’ Organization Gathers Community for Grieving and Action
EVENT: Transforming Sorrow Into Action:
A Community Gathering of Solidarity, Support and Song
WHEN: Friday Dec 21, 2012
10 am – 11:30 am
WHERE: Edwards Church
297 Main St Northampton, MA
In response to the devastating acts of violence which took the lives of 20 innocent children and their brave teachers and principal last Friday, MotherWoman, a local non-profit that supports mothers and families, invites the community to a gathering in which we can express our sorrow, hear from local clergy, find solace in music and take action on behalf of ending gun violence.
Internationally known recording artists, The Nields, and the local women’s choir, WINGS, will lead us in song. There will also be a call to action which will include an opportunity to join together in insisting that our legislators take a stand and lead us in developing a substantive plan to end gun violence in the U.S.
“As a mother I am grieving with the families who lost cherished children and loved ones. MotherWoman wants to bring the community together to share our feelings and transform our grief into action. We need to stop these senseless acts of violence. This is the MotherWoman way – to gather our community, share honest feelings, draw strength from each other, and take action to create change.” Annette Cycon, Founder of MotherWoman.
Rabbi Nancy Flam will offer a prayer. Other community organizations, such as Safe Passage, The Cooley Dickinson Midwifery Center, The Yoga Sanctuary and the Haydenville Congregational Church are also co-sponsoring this event. More will join in the coming days. This event is free and open to the public.
MotherWoman’s mission is to serve all mothers and families in Western MA by supporting and empowering mothers, building community safety nets and impacting family policy. Beth Spong, MotherWoman’s Executive Director, says “Through our support groups, training programs and political action, we’re working to ensure that every mother has access to the support she needs in her community.”
MotherWoman programs include:
· Mothers Groups - Led by trained facilitators, these support groups offer places to talk openly about the challenges of parenting, gain support and build community.
· Facilitator Training – A 25-hour training which provides diverse community leaders and professionals with the skills needed to offer new MotherWoman Support Groups.
· Community-based Perinatal Support Model – Creates a comprehensive safety net for mothers by building Coalitions of medical, mental health and social service professionals who serve mothers and families in the four counties of Western MA.
· Professional Training – Teaches medical and social service providers about the complex mental health and socio-political factors involved in the crisis of postpartum anxiety and depression.
· Policy and Advocacy – Nonpartisan advocacy program organizes mothers, fathers and caregivers to take action on policy issues impacting families.