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The Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) is hosting its Annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Tribute on Saturday, October 23, in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). The event will occur from 1-4 p.m. at La Placita, 1524 E. Grand Avenue in Des Moines.

 

This year’s Tribute will include live music, guest speakers, children’s activities, Catrin and Catrina Contests, and hot chocolate and pan dulce – traditional Dia de los Muertos treats. The Coalition invites the community to join them in remembering the names, faces, and stories of individuals who have lost their lives to gender-based violence. Attendees are welcome to bring a photograph of a loved to place on our ofrenda (alter) to honor and elevate the stories and names of individuals who have been taken from their families and communities too soon.

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As advocates for social change, we know that all forms of violence and oppression are interconnected and directly impact the ability of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) to be safe.

Video and eye-witness accounts to the arrest of the young high school student once again put a spotlight on the excessive response BIPOC receive when they gather together – even with a permit AND permission – to protest. Here in Iowa and across the country, we have seen a pattern of violence aimed at silencing BIPOC protestors that has been re-traumatizing for so many who have experienced systemic violence and inequality their entire lives. What kind of message does this send to young people about their right to speak out and have their voices heard? Are the rights of individuals to speak freely and assemble only guaranteed for certain words and certain people?

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We are in a #CRISIS4IAVICTIMS

Published: March 8, 2021

Together, state and federal funds support Iowa programs serving victims of violent crime. Federal funds increase the capacity of programs to provide more comprehensive services, but state funds support staff and operational costs. Currently, federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grants are the largest source of funds supporting crime victim services.

 

However, a devastating 35 percent cut in federal funding in state grants through the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) means a $6 million decrease in federal victim services funds to Iowa this year. This massive cut in federal funding for state grants through VOCA means 5,000 fewer crime victims will receive services from Iowa programs in the new fiscal year (FY22) and more than 23,000 fewer will be served the following year (FY23). That is why it is imperative that Iowa Legislators invest at least $7.5 million in state crime victim service programs NOW!

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