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.

Because We Have Daughters Training – January 2016

January 29th – 30th, 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.

Building Bridges, Making Connections: Coordinating a Community Response to Domestic Violence

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Men Stopping Violence will be participating in the Office of the DeKalb County Solicitor-General’s 5thannual community symposium entitled Building Bridges, Making Connections: Coordinating a Community Response to Domestic Violence. 

This half-day symposium and resource fair will be held on WednesdayOctober 21, 2015, from 8:00 AM until 12:30 PM at the Manuel Maloof Auditorium located at 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur, Georgia.

Facilitation Tools for Addressing Sexual Violence as a Tactic of Control

September 29, 2015

Lee Giordano will be presenting a workshop entitled Facilitation Tools for Addressing Sexual Violence as a Tactic of Control at the 2015 Georgia Commission on Family Violence BIP Conference.

Sexual violence accompanies physical and psychological violence as tactics used by men referred to Family Violence Intervention Programs, but is often de-emphasized in comparison. A de-emphasis on sexual violence may be a result of facilitator discomfort discussing the issue or a lack of understanding about how sexual violence relates to other abusive tactics. In this workshop, Men Stopping Violence will share its definition of male sexual violence, explore tactics on the spectrum of sexual violence, and provide tools to help facilitate open, accountable discussions on sexual violence in Family Violence Intervention Programs.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be better able to:
1. Identify tactics of sexual violence used in intimate partner relationships.
2. Explore reproductive coercion as a tactic of psychological and sexual violence.
3. Implement facilitation strategies that lead to open discussion and accountability regarding tactics of sexual violence.

Speakers Bureau Orientation

September 22, 2015

Men Stopping Violence is excited to announce the creation of its Speakers Bureau. The goal of the Speakers Bureau is to develop a network of trainers who will share MSV’s approach and analysis with our community. Participation will build public speaking skills, workshop development skills, and knowledge about violence against women. Membership in the MSV Speakers Bureau will provide opportunities to educate metro Atlanta communities about MSV’s services and violence against women. Participants will also be provided pathways to facilitate Because We Have DaughtersTactics and Choices, Men at Work: Building Safe Communities, and the Men’s Awareness Program Presentation. All genders welcome.

For more information or to RSVP for the Orientation contact:
Lee Giordano

Men Stopping Violence Speakers Bureau Orientation
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
6:30 – 8:00pm
@ MSV Office
2785 Lawrenceville Hwy. Suite 112
Decatur, GA 30033

Principles and Practices of an Intersectional Approach to Engaging Men in Preventing Male Violence Against Women

April 23, 2015 Ulester Douglas will present a workshop at the Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance annual conference.

Workshop Description:
The issue of men’s role and responsibility in the women-lead movement to end violence against women remains thorny. One of the many tensions is the reality that men are both the primary perpetrators of violence against women as well as potential allies to women–This tension is especially evident when organizing to engage men in our prevention efforts. Inherent in these strains are issues of social locations such as race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, class, ability and other status. The goal of this workshop is to offer organizing principles and strategies for engaging men that are informed by these reinforcing identities.