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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Upcoming Events: April is SAAM

In case you did not know, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). MOCSA is taking part this year in the calendar events listed below but I wanted to highlight three as great ways men can be involved:

1) Sunday April 5th the Kansas City Wizards are playing host to the San Jose Earthquakes and will be honoring SAAM by having their players sign "Men As Allies" pledges as well as filming a YouTube about the pledge. For ticket infomation please visit the Kansas City Wizards online ticket office.

2) Saturday April 25th, Kansas City Free Health Clinic (KCFree) and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., are co-sponsoring a 3 on 3 basketball tournament and health fair at the Niles Home for Children called "Call the Shots". The tournament for youth 13-18 years old will run from 1-4pm. Food and prizes will be awarded to the winners! At the tournament, the Kansas City Free Health Clinic, Good Samaritan Project and the Kansas City Health Department will offer FREE STD and HIV TESTING to persons age 13+. Incentives will be offered to those who test.

3) Tuesday April 28th, MOCSA & the YWCA of Kansas City, KS, will be having their 2nd annual "Speaking Out: Empowerment Through The Spoken Word" poetry event at 7:30pm. Poetry is not for everyone, but I can tell you firsthand from taking in the event last year that there is something freeing and inspiring in hearing men and women speak out against sexual violence from the stories of their own life experience.

Other events on the MOCSA Calendar include the following:

Thursday April 2nd
2009 Crime Victim’s Rights Art Show
Johnson County Central Library, 4pm-6pm

Saturday April 4th
Create Your Own Reality: Free of Sexual Violence
Gifted Hands, Crown Center 6pm-9pm

Sunday April 5th
Wizards Game
Community America Ball Park 2pm-4pm

Tuesday April 7th
Take Back the Night
UMKC 6:30pm

Thursday April 16th
Community Festival
Harmon High School 6pm-7:30pm

Saturday April 18th
Health Fair
Paseo Baptist Church 10am-2pm

Saturday April 18th
Rock Out- Reach Out Benefit Concert
Crosstown Station 6pm – 11pm

Saturday April 18th
Walk a Mile in her Shoes
Liberty High School 8:30am

Saturday April 25th
KCFree 3 on 3 Basketball Tourney “Call the Shots”
Niles Home for Children 1pm-4pm

National Crime Victims Week
April 26th through May 2nd

Tuesday April 28th
Speak Out: Empowerment through Spoken Word
YWCA of Greater KC 7pm-9:30pm

Thursday, April 30th
Women’s Political Caucus Discussion
The Writer’s Place 7pm

Please come out and join us in any and all of these events as we step up and speak out against sexual violence in the Kansas City community.

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