Author: Maggie Vespa
After five days of deliberation, the jury’s verdict in the criminal trial of disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein traveled from coast to coast in an instant.
Alexxis M. Robinson-Woods was sitting in a meeting when she heard the news.
“My boss came in and knocked on the door, and then of course I started getting text messages and emails saying ‘Hey, did you see what happened?’” she said in an interview with KGW Monday.
Robinson-Woods is the program and services director for Bradley Angle, a Portland-based nonprofit that serves survivors of all kinds of violence and abuse, including sexual.
She called Monday’s verdict “a start.”
“I think it’s a start to saying that this is not OK. Regardless of how much power you have, how much money you have or the color of your skin for that matter, we’re coming into this [moment] where Bill Cosby [who was convicted of three counts of aggravated indecent assault in 2018] just ended up with the stuff that he dealt with. Now here it is, Harvey Weinstein is now being convicted of similar things,” she said.
“Now the power is no longer an issue. The color of their skin is no longer an issue. I think this will catapult things to start moving forward or, at the very least, might get some people to stop and think before they act.”
You can read KGW8’s full article here.
It’s Black History Month!! I’ve grown up in a world where white america has identified the black race. As a child schools didn’t know anymore than I did. So as I got older I vowed to only uncover the beauty in being Black…. Black History Month pays homage to the African diaspora of profound people throughout history…… So I would like to take the time and highlight the beauty of BLACK EXCELLENCE!
In 1967, African Americans were still called Negroes. That was the term used by civil rights leaders, by the respectable middle class, and by white people who had some modicum of respect for their fellow man. “Black” wasn’t an epithet, per se, but it was far from the preferred term, and was sometimes used as an insult. By the late ’60s, some efforts had been made to reclaim the word, and some inroads had been made. But James Brown blew things wide open with those five words: “I’m black and I’m proud.”
As uplifting as the language of the Civil Rights movement had been in the decade prior, the tone was one of equality—“we’re as good as you, we’re the same as you, we deserve the same treatment as you.” Brown’s statement was no less noble, but the tone was completely different. In this song, Brown loves being black, he’s proud of who he is, and he portrays his race as something to celebrate, not as an obstacle to work around. What’s more, Brown doesn’t simply ask the listener to feel the same way—he insists on it.
Bradley Angle had an incredibly successful holiday season in 2019! With the kindness and generosity of our donors and volunteers, we were able to provide holiday gifts to 87 adults and 157 children affected by domestic violence. Thank you to everyone who participated!
A post written by Kiera Hansen, Bradley Angle Community Based Services Manager
Through an incredible collaborative effort, I am pleased to report that Bradley Angle and Cascade AIDS Project (CAP) secured three-year grant funding through the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program and the Violence against Women Act (VAWA) to offer more services to HIV-positive survivors.
Survivors of domestic/intimate partner violence are at an increased risk for HIV. We also see HIV-positive individuals experience domestic/intimate partner violence at higher rates than the general population.
This new program is designed to help HIV-positive domestic/intimate partner violence survivors in the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan area connect with the housing and supportive services they need to live healthy and safe lives. The funds will be managed by the Portland Housing Bureau while CAP and Bradley Angle will administer the project’s day-to-day programming.
In the domestic/intimate partner violence field we know that lack of stable and affordable housing is often reported by survivors as being one of the primary reasons they stayed in a relationship that was not healthy for them.
In the HIV prevention field, research shows that once in consistent and safe housing, people living with HIV are more likely to:
We are thrilled about this opportunity to engage in a collaborative effort that bridges the gaps between these intersecting services and provide housing stability.
For more information on either of these programs contact:
With participant referrals contact:
A post written by Angela Frazier, a former Bradley Angle staffer and Tami’s daughter
I recently lost my mother, who experienced domestic violence in the latter part of her life. At the time, I was on staff at Bradley Angle. The Bradley Angle staff, my former colleagues and friends, and BA board members attended her service. I am so thankful for their support during this difficult time. But their support didn’t end there.
When presented with an opportunity to name a new program at Bradley Angle, my former colleagues chose to honor my mom. I never imagined they would do this and allow her legacy to live on. My family and I are truly humbled by this gesture. Knowing that a place will honor my mom and will continue to help survivors like her is unbelievable. I can’t thank Bradley Angle enough for the love and support they have shown my family.
I know what it feels like to not have a space for your life. It truly warms my heart to know that survivors will not only have a safe place, but a place to themselves. It is often that when a space in a shelter opens up there’s only one room for an entire family, but these apartments will allow families to have their own home… all to themselves. The shelter expansion will help even more families in Oregon who need to leave an abusive relationship. My family is thankful that these survivors will not experience the continued abuse that my mother dealt with: They have a place to go.
Knowing there are loving and caring people at Bradley Angle dedicated to ending domestic violence in our community, helps our family to heal. I find hope in seeing the good that comes from this program.
I look forward to hearing the stories of the people who are living in or leaving the program, to seeing the facial expressions of the parents and kids when they learn they have their own rooms and a safe place to live, and perhaps even planning a holiday meal with Damian Lillard’s personal chef, Kenneth James. But mostly, I look forward to starting a tradition to honor my mom on Mother’s Day by offering gifts and lots of love to the moms living in these apartments. That’s what I would do for mom.
Dear Bradley Angle Community,
This election has been challenging for so many of us. topics such as anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, sexual assault and misogyny were an unavoidable part of our local and national conversations.
As advocates–for ourselves and other survivors–many of us had been fighting to tell our stories for decades. But our voices were not centered in this long-overdue conversation and we were subjected to justifications and dismissals by abusers. As members of marginalized communities, many of us experience various forms of violence on a daily basis. This left many of us feeling alone, invalidated, hopeless, angry.
And the result of yesterday’s presidential election has underscored those feelings for many of us.
But today, we write to make it clear that we are in this together. We’re caring for ourselves, but we are also here to support you.
We want to acknowledge how triggering this election season has been and that there has been a recent increase of hate violence enacted against many members of our communities. We want to offer our support. If you need support around resources or to talk, cry, or rage with another, please give us a call. Renee Anderson can be reached at 503.595.9591 x. 302, Kiera Hansen is available at 503.595.9591 x. 323 and Robin Davis is available at 503.595.9591 x. 308.
Our partners at Call to Safety (503.235.5333) and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800.273.8255) are also available 24/7. The Trevor Project (866.488.7386) and Trans Lifeline (877.565.8860) are also available 24/7 for LGBTQ and trans people, respectively.
Please reach out if that’s what’s right for you.
With love and justice in our hearts,
Bradley Angle Staff
Dear Bradley Angle Community,
It’s already September. Don’t ask me how we got here.
I’m still waiting for those weeks of seemingly-endless sunshine that compel Portlanders to leave our desks behind and head to the lake. But since Labor Day has come and gone, so I suppose we’ll all put our uneven tans back in our tights (or whatever your leg-wear jam may be!) for nine more months of cloudy wonderment!
Summer months are usually Bradley Angle’s slow season, but this year was different. We have been very busy since June. Here are just a few of the things we were up to:
We’ve continued to on-board our new Executive Director, Jackie Yerby. If you haven’t had a chance to meet Jackie yet, feel free to send her a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. She’d love to hear from you!
Your generous support and a grant from the newly increased Victims of Crime Act Fund made it possible for us to replace all of the mattresses in our shelter with bed bug resistant products. This change has already improved the quality of life at shelter.
Chef Kenneth James made a great meal and kicked off an Adopt-A-Holiday program at Bonnie Tinker House! A few holidays are still waiting to be adopted, if you’d like to sign up!
Cat del Buono featured five survivors from Bradley Angle programs in her nationally-renowned art show, Voices, when it made its stop at Portland’s Blue Sky Gallery.
And Cascade Aids Project helped us kickoff a new program serving survivors of domestic violence who are also living with HIV or AIDS.
Your support made all of this amazing programming possible.
We are so lucky to have you in our corner, working hard for survivors.
Director of Development and Communications
A post written by Kristi Smith, Bradley Angle’s Shelter Manager.
Bed bugs! Those little guys create big time problems for folks once they take residence in mattresses, fabric couches, wooden bed frames etc. It has been reported that bed bugs are becoming more common in our city and can be picked up with very little effort while just commuting to work on the Max or finding a new treasure at a vintage store. As you can imagine, if bed bugs show up in shelters, there is no easy, or quick, solutions.
Domestic Violence shelters are no different in the havoc that bed bugs can create, but what can be different is the emotional impact that can have on survivors. Of course, being concerned for one’s safety is very important, but the kind of impact I am talking about goes even deeper. We have learned and are reminded very often in this work that survivors of domestic violence crave sacred space. Space that is theirs and free of the trauma that brought them to shelter in the first place. For many people who enter these doors, their personal rooms become their sacred space to be free of violence.