A Call to Coaches: Developing Young Men of Character – September 20th

Registration is open for A CALL TO COACHES – Atlanta, a FREE educational training event where coaches are empowered to build young men of character, to promote healthy, respectful manhood, and to decrease violence and discrimination against women and girls. 

Click here to register.

Speakers for A CALL TO COACHES – Atlanta include:

Troy Vincent
Former NFL Player
Executive Vice President of Football Operations, NFL

Joe Burns
Former NFL Player
Founder, Rising Seniors Foundation

Takeo Spikes
Former NFL Player
Author, “Behind the Mask”

Courtney Alexander
Former NBA Player
NBA/NBPA Consultant

Dwight Hollier
Former NFL Player
Vice President, Wellness and Clinical Services, NFL

Andrew Provence
Former NFL Player
Senior Field Staff, Athletes in Action Atlanta 
Chaplin, Georgia State University

Tony Porter
Co-Founder, A CALL TO MEN

Dr. Le’Roy Reese
Associate Professor, Morehouse School of Medicine
Board Chair, Men Stopping Violence

Men At Work Training – June 2016

June 8th, 2016 – June 10th, 2016
Men Stopping Violence (MSV) is pleased to announce our new curriculum: Men At Work: Building Safe Communities. Men At Work is an innovative and multi-disciplinary curriculum that: explores male violence against women in an accessible manner, challenges men to take responsibility for their actions, and provides the educational experience necessary to become allies in ending violence against women. In this three-day training, MSV will provide participants with the knowledge and tools needed to implement Men At Work. Join us in Atlanta for three days of transformation!

What You Will Receive

* Men At Work Instructors’ Manual
* Men At Work Students’ Manual
* Men At Work Facilitation Training
* Men At Work Curriculum Implementation Training

This training has been approved by the Georgia Commission on Family Violence for 20 FVIP hours.

Recommended Hotel

For your convenience, in terms of price and transportation, Men Stopping Violence recommends the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Atlanta-Emory University for your stay.

Training Cost
$495: Includes three-day training, a students’ manual, and an instructors’ manual. An $800 value!

Please contact Lee Giordano at 404.270.9894.

For future trainings, click here.

Because We Have Daughters Training – August 2016

August 19th, 2016 – August 20th, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia

Men Stopping Violence has developed a comprehensive training on how to facilitate and administer the BWHD program.  This training is being offered to a wide range of agencies and organizations including faith communities and social service agencies.

By the end of the training participants will be able to:

  • Utilize the skills necessary to facilitate a BWHD program
  • Identify and address key issues in conducting the BWHD program
  • Summarize the seven core values of BWHD
  • Describe and implement the structure and process of a BWHD session
  • Create BWHD activities to be used in their local BWHD program

The training costs $250 and you will receive:

  • A detailed facilitation guide
  • A model BWHD session
  • An instructional DVD
  • A template to help design your own BWHD session

About Because We Have Daughters

Because We Have Daughters helps men: deepen their relationships with their daughters; connect with other dads around parenting issues; learn more about the obstacles girls and women face in our society; and acquire tools to challenge social and cultural norms that create unsafe situations and spaces for women and girls. This is all done through fun and engaging activities. BWHD is particularly designed for girls between the ages of 8 and 15 and their fathers.

To register or for more information, please contact Lee Giordano at 404.270.9894.

Community Based Solutions to Preventing Male Violence Against Women

May 19, 2016
11 am-12:30 pm EST and 7-8:30 pm EST

This webinar will introduce MSV’s Community Accountability Model for intervention and prevention of male violence against women. Based on 30 years of practice, and an ever evolving vision for what will transform our communities into places safe for ALL women and girls, the Community Accountability Model can be used to assess current programmatic efforts, identify community allies, and to strengthen both prevention and intervention efforts with men.

The National Organization for Victim Assistance is hosting this webinar.

Examining Sexual Violence on College Campuses: Discussion at Emory University – April 13th

Men Stopping Violence staff will be facilitating a discussion about sexual violence and how it relates to patriarchal values. The event will take place in Winship Ballroom from 6-7:30 in the evening. The ballroom is located in Dobbs University Center; you can find directions to it here. Come out and join us for a lively discussion!

Speakers Bureau Facilitation Workshop – April 12th, 2016

The topic of the third part in Men Stopping Violence’s Speakers Bureau Facilitation Workshop will be Facilitation Techniques for Attending to Oppression and Bias. The workshop will take place in MSV’s training room, Suite 109. Light snacks and drinks will be provided.

Please contact Lee Giordano by April 8th to RSVP or to request a DVD copy of a previous workshop.

For an outline of a previous workshop, click here.

Rise Again: A Group Singing Songbook – March 5th

From the creators of the beloved songbook Rise Up Singing, comes its much-anticipated companion Rise Again: A Group Singing Songbook. In celebration, The Rise Again Tour will hold a singalong concert on Saturday, March 5th, 7:00pm, at the Atlanta Friends Meetinghouse, 701 West Howard Avenue, Decatur GA 30030.

The concert will benefit the Global Village Project, a school for teenage refugee girls in Decatur GA, and The Carry It On Fund, a new fund supporting projects that continue the work and mission Pete & Toshi Seeger.


Creators of Rise Again, Annie Patterson & Peter Blood, will lead songs from the book. They will be joined by Atlanta’s own Elise Witt, Joyce & Jacque (Joyce Williams & Jacque Howard), and percussionist Phyllis Free.

Annie Patterson & Peter Blood are advocates of group singing as a way to build community and promote peace and justice. 30 years ago they approached Sing Out!, a folk song magazine founded by Pete Seeger, about publishing a songbook with words, chords, and sources (but no music) to 1,200 well-known songs for use by lay musicians and in group singing. Pete and Toshi Seeger persuaded Sing Out! to take on the project, and Seeger’s manager helped secure the song licenses from major publishers. Over 200 musicians, including Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Judy Collins, James Taylor, and Bruce Springsteen, donated the use of their songs for the book.

Rise Up Singing quickly became an underground best-seller, selling well over half a million copies by word of mouth. Pete Seeger, who played a central role in the development of the book, declared, “It is making a qualitative difference in music in America.” Rise Up Singing has helped to spur a renaissance of group singing, with hundreds of groups holding monthly or even weekly singalongs and song circles in churches, synagogues, libraries and pubs across North America.

Following the publication of Rise Up Singing, Pete Seeger urged the creation of a second songbook with the same format as its predecessor but with even more inclusion of genres that were not heavily represented in the original book. Through the years, he regularly sent Annie Patterson and Peter Blood suggestions for songs to include in the second volume, lobbying for a balance of song genres and subjects, and for the songs to reflect a message of empowerment and positive change through community music making. Shortly before his death, Pete Seeger wrote the preface to Rise Again.

Every page of Rise Again: A Group Singing Songbook reflects the vision of Pete Seeger, who did not believe in artificial boundaries like “folk music”‘ and constantly encouraged Patterson and Blood to center their work on songs he referred to as “people’s music”– songs about real life experiences that real people enjoyed singing together.

Rise Again: A Group Singing Songbook is a treasure trove of lyrics and chords to 1,200 well-loved songs spanning genres as diverse as British Invasion, blues, country, jazz, Motown, composed folk, traditional ballads, gospel, Broadway, early rock ‘n’ roll, alternative/indie artists, “pub songs” and much more.

Rise Again: A Group Singing Songbook may be purchased in advance of the Rise Again Atlanta Concert from the Rise Up and Sing website and picked up at the concert. Songbooks may also be borrowed or purchased at the concerts (while supplies last).


WHEN: Saturday, March 5th, 7:00pm.

WHERE: Atlanta Friends Meetinghouse, 701 West Howard Avenue, Decatur GA 30030.

TICKETS: $20 in advance / Sliding scale at the door

INFORMATION: Elise Witt emworld@mindspring.com (404) 297-8398


TO PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE:  Visit the Rise Up and Sing Website at https://www.riseupandsing.org/events/rise-again-atlanta

NOTE: Tickets at the door will be on a “suggested donation” basis. No one will be turned away because of inability to pay the full amount suggested.

CONCERT SPONSORS: Carry It On Fund * Atlanta Friends Meeting House  * Friends School * Global Village Project * Atlanta Shambhala Center * Oakhurst Baptist Church * Global Growers * Grandmothers for Peace * Democratic Socialists of Atlanta * Georgia WAND * New Jim Crow Action Group * Moving in the Spirit * Atlanta Area Friends of Folk Music * Men Stopping Violence * Congregation Bet Haverim *

Men Stopping Violence Joined Rose Scott and Denis O’Hayer on Closer Look

Ulester Douglas joined Rose Scott and Denis O’Hayer on Closer Look on October 26, 2015. Ulester addresses men’s responsibility for involving themselves in the prevention of male violence against women, how Men Stopping Violence measures effectiveness, and interpersonal violence in gay relationships. To listen to Ulester’s segment, click here.

The Mask You Live In – Screening and Discussion

hu-MAN Up, along with partners HollaBack Atlanta, One Billion Rising Atlanta and Men Stopping Violence present The Mask You Live In. This powerful documentary follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.


Media, peer group and even adult pressures encourage boys to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women and solve problems through conflict. These toxic gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues. The film ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise healthier boys and help men break free from the constraints of hypermasculinity, which we’ll further examine in a brief post-screening discussion.

Proceeds from the screening will benefit hosting organizations.

To purchase tickets, click here.

Men Stopping Violence Trains in Mauritius and Sechelles

Lee Giordano, Men Stopping Violence’s Director of Training, recently completed a training series in Mauritius and Seychelles. MSV was invited by the United States Embassy of Mauritius and Seychelles to share its approach to engaging men with professionals in the two countries through the United States State Department’s Speakers Program. Lee spent five days in Mauritius and three in Seychelles.

On Monday, August 31, 2015 Lee met with Ambassador Shari Villarosa, the current Ambassador to the Republic of Mauritius and the Republic of Seychelles. In this meeting, the Ambassador shared that the Embassy sees gender based violence as one of the most important issues that they can help address in both Mauritius and Seychelles. Following that conversation and with an added sense of importance, the action packed schedule began.

In five days in Mauritius Lee conducted full and half day training for local Non-Governmental Organizations, police officers, the Ministry of Gender Equality, and the Gender Based Violence Cell of the Municipal Council of Curepipe. Overall, Lee spoke with almost 300 people. Trainings covered a range of topics including Community Based Accountability, Men Stopping Violence’s Core Principles of Engaging Men, Tactics of Abuse and Control, and Interventions with Men Who Batter. The week concluded on a high point with a session of Because We Have Daughters with local fathers and daughters. Priya Beegun, Cultural Affairs Specialist at the Embassy in Mauritius, said that this session was the highlight of the trip so far and people have begun asking for more training on Because We Have Daughters following the session.

Seychelles held a similar schedule for Lee as did Mauritius. Over three days Lee spoke with over 200 people from Non-Governmental Organizations, the police, the military, healthcare workers, therapists, and the Ministry of Education covering similar topics as he did in Mauritius. The trip once again concluded with a moving session of Because We Have Daughters hosted by the National Council for Children and attended by local fathers and daughters. After the BWHD session in Seychelles, Ruby Pardiwalla, Director of the National Council for Children, shared, “As an observer, I found myself getting emotional and teary eyed listening to the fathers say that this is the first time they had taken time to listen to and understand where their daughters were coming from. I have bumped into a couple after the session and they are still talking about it and asking when we are having the next session and to remember to include them”.

Men Stopping Violence is currently pursuing an opportunity to return to Mauritius and Seychelles to conduct a more in-depth Because We Have Daughters training.