Domestic Violence Community Forum – October 5th

Please join Men Stopping Violence at Sevananda Natural Foods Market, as we discuss the problem and propose solutions to one of the biggest threats to the health and well-being of our families and communities.

The community forum will be facilitated by MSV’s Executive Director, Ulester Douglas. It will take place on October 5th, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. at 467 Moreland Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. Admission is free.


This community forum is part of MSV’s partnership with Sevananda as their Be the Change Partner for the month of October (Domestic Violence Awareness Month). Make sure to also examine MSV’s display board and information sheets near Sevananda’s checkout lines. You can also support MSV any time you check out by rounding to the nearest dollar, or contributing a specific amount.

The Art of Change – September 22nd

On September 22nd, 2016, Men Stopping Violence will be hosting a night of poetry and music to end violence against women at Emory University. From 7:30-9:00 p.m., hear readings from renowned poets Jericho Brown, Cecilia Woloch, and Theresa Davis, in addition to a performance by Emory’s co-ed A Cappella group Dooley Noted. The event, which is in partnership with Volunteer Emory, will be held in Glenn Memorial Church, in Room 216 (Fellowship Hall). Marlow’s Tavern will be providing food.

For more information and to see performances see the information on each performer below.

The pricing is as follows:

Advance tickets:       $30 General Admission; $12 Student

At-the-door tickets: $35 General Admission; $15 Student


(Cambridge, MA - April 21, 2010) - Jericho Brown, who teaches creative writing as an assistant professor of English at the University of San Diego, is a Radcliffe Fellow, working on his second collection, ìThe New Testament.î The manuscript includes poems chronicling the lives of television news anchors who came to popularity in the 1980s and their reporting on the AIDS epidemic. He is pictured in the Radcliffe Gymnasium before his poetry reading. Staff Photo Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard University News OfficeJericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in The New RepublicThe New Yorker, and The Best American Poet. His first book Please (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award, and his second book, The Copper Canyon (Copper Canyon 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named one of the best books of the year by Library JournalColdfront, and the Academy of American Poets. He is an associate professor in English and creative writing at Emory University in Atlanta.

To see a video of his work, please click here.


cecilia-wolochCecilia Woloch is a poet, writer, teacher, and traveler based in Los Angeles but “on the road” across the US and Europe six months each year. She has published essays, reviews, fiction and six award-winning collections of poems—most recently Earth (Two Sylvias Press, 2015) and Carpathia (BOA Editions, 2009). Her second collection,Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem, was published in French translation (Tzigane, le poème, Gitan, Scribe-l’Harmattan, 2014) and has been adapted for multi-media performances in the U.S. and Europe. Her first novel, Sur la Route, appeared from Quale Press in 2015. Her honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, Chateau de La Napoule Retreat for Artists, CEC/ArstLink International and the Center for International Theatre Development.

To see a video about her work as a professor, please click here.


theresa-davisBorn into a family of writers and entertainers, Theresa Davis was drawn to the arts. She has expressed her artistic abilities in several mediums. She designed and created Ebony Angels (a line of hand-crafted dolls) , Mental Notes (hand-crafted books) and started a clothing line for children. A classroom teacher for over 20 years, she currently teaches poetry to youth and adults in the Atlanta Area. In 2002, Theresa joined forces with her mother and brother to form the spoken word performance group MoDaSo (Mother/ Daughter/ Son) and released two music CD’s This is for Family and The Uncivil War. She has self published several (7) collections of poetry including Rock Star Poet,Head Games and Simon Says.

To see a video of her poetry slam, please click here.



Dooley Noted is one of Emory University’s co-ed A Cappella groups! Founded in the fall of 2006, Dooley Noted arranges and performs a wide variety of songs spanning several decades and genres. The group is completely student run with an executive board that makes sure the group keeps true to its mission. Be on the lookout for Dooley Noted at performances like First Friday, Barenaked Voices, and their semesterly concerts!

To see a video of their work, please click here.

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 (404) 297-8398


TO PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE:  Visit the Rise Up and Sing Website at

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.