Resolution J757-2013

Honoring Vera House upon the occasion of celebrating its 19th Annual White Ribbon Campaign



  • Mar 12, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Mar 6, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring  Vera House upon the occasion of cele-
brating its 19th Annual White Ribbon Campaign

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize  and  pay
tribute  to those institutions within our community that help to protect
community members and educate the public  on  issues  of  importance  to
everyone; and
  WHEREAS,  Primary  among  such  institutions are those who, year after
year, diligently seek to empower those in need,  promote  a  culture  of
equality and respect, and assist families in crisis; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, it is  the  intent  of  this  Legislative  Body  to
commend  Vera  House  upon  the  occasion of celebrating its 19th Annual
White Ribbon Campaign, recognizing its importance to our  community  and
the  integral  role  this fine institution has played in the lives of so
many; and
  WHEREAS, In 1977, Vera House was established in Syracuse, New York; it
was formed by Sister Mary Vera, CSJ,  who,  together  with  a  group  of
concerned  citizens, saw a need in the community to provide an emergency
shelter and services for women in crisis; and
  WHEREAS, What began in 1977 with modest services for women has greatly
expanded; and
  WHEREAS, Today, the mission of Vera House is to end all  domestic  and
sexual violence, to assist families in crisis, to support those affected
by  domestic and sexual violence to live safe, self-sufficient lives, to
empower women and children, and to promote a  culture  of  equality  and
respect in relationships; and
  WHEREAS,  On January 1, 2005, Vera House merged with the Syracuse Rape
Crisis Center to combine programs and staff in order to provide  quality
services "together for hope and healing"; and
  WHEREAS, The many services offered by Vera House include: outreach and
advocacy  services,  domestic violence education programming, children's
counseling services, the Syracuse Area Domestic Violence Coalition,  and
a domestic violence education program for male perpetrators of violence;
  WHEREAS,  This  year  2013  marks  the 19th consecutive year that Vera
House has conducted its White Ribbon Campaign; and
  WHEREAS, The White Ribbon Campaign traces its roots to  Canada  where,
on  December  6,  1989,  an  enraged  gunman  roamed  the  corridors  of
Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique for 45 minutes and killed 14 women; and
  WHEREAS, The incident, which became known as  the  Montreal  Massacre,
became  a  galvanizing  moment  in  which  mourning  turned into outrage
towards violence against women; and
  WHEREAS, The shootings raised male awareness  about  violence  against
women, which had formerly been viewed as a "woman's issue"; and
  WHEREAS,  The  White  Ribbon  Campaign  began in Canada on December 6,
1990, the first anniversary of the Montreal Massacre; and
  WHEREAS, The Campaign is led by concerned men who invite  all  members
of the community to wear a ribbon to help end domestic and sexual abuse;
  WHEREAS,  The goal of the Campaign is to raise awareness among men and
community members of violence against women, and  to  support  organiza-
tions  that  deal with the consequences of men's violence against women;
  WHEREAS, Vera House brought the White Ribbon Campaign to Syracuse from
Canada and conducted its first campaign in 1995; and

  WHEREAS, From April 12 through April 21, 2013,  thousands  of  Central
New  Yorkers  will wear a white ribbon or wristband, as a promise to the
community that there is no excuse for abuse; and
  WHEREAS,  By  wearing a white ribbon during the Campaign, men acknowl-
edge the important role they must play in the  effort  to  end  violence
against women; and
  WHEREAS, During the Campaign, thousands of individuals in the Syracuse
community  are  hard at work raising both funds and awareness to support
Vera House; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor  Vera House upon the occasion of celebrating its 19th Annual White
Ribbon Campaign, and to recognize  its  staff  and  volunteers  as  they
undertake  the  White  Ribbon Campaign and give full endorsement to Vera
House and the effort to eliminate domestic abuse; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Randi Bregman, Executive Director, Vera House.


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