Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month

 

Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month (SHVAM) 

Inform, Influence and Impact Policy

Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month (November 20-December 20) is a month-long effort to educate the public and policymakers about the impact of murder on families and communities and recognize the diverse contributions of the survivor’s movement.

 

Get Involved

  1. Host an event for survivors and/or providers to create a space for remembrance, healing, empowerment and action.
    Send your information to alexandra@ldbpeaceinstitute.orgOr fill out this form!
     
  2. Attend one or more events taking place during SHVAM.

    SHVAM Opening Ceremonytinyurl.com/shvam2016opening
    Monday, November 21, 2016
    9:30am-12:00pm

    MA State House, Grand Staircase
    24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02133 

    SHVAM Closing Ceremonytinyurl.com/shvam2016closing
    Tuesday, December 20, 2016
    9:30am-12:00pm

    Roxbury Presbyterian Church
    328 Warren St, Roxbury, MA 02119
     

    Monday, November 14, 2016                        
    Remembrance Forum for Homicide Survivors
    6:00PM- 8:00PM              

    An evening for reflection, commemoration and support                                                              
    1483 Tremont St., 2nd floor, Boston       
    Organized by BCYF, Boston Police Homicide Unit, center for Homicide Bereavement, CVRT, Boston Medical Center               
    Contact: Marivelle Crespo or Holly Aldrich            617-343-5543 or 617-591-6123    Marivelle.crespo@pd.boston.gov           
    Registration required.
     

    Sunday November 20, 2016        
    An Evening of Healing, Hope and Encouragement in observance of Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month
    4:00PM-7:00PM               

    Service will be from 4:00pm-5:00pm with dinner to follow. Guest speakers will be Chaplain Clementina M. Chery and Boston City Councilor at Large Ayanna Pressley.                                               
    Morning Star Baptist Church
    1257 Blue Hill Avenue
    Mattapan, MA 02126
    Organized by:    Healing and Encouragement Survivor Ministry   
    Contact: Marilynda- 857.251.1627 / Genie- 857.269.5610 Marilynda- 857.251.1627 / Genie- 857.269.5610  
     

    Sunday November 20, 2016      
    Pedal for Peace - Fundraising Indoor Cycling Ride
    12:00PM-1:00 PM                           

    To kick off Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month and in memory of my dear baby brother Anthony Carvalho, please join me while we PEDAL FOR PEACE on Sunday, November 20th, 2016 at 12:00pm at
    REV'D INDOOR CYCLING at The Patriot Place in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

    If you’re coming, plan to arrive thirty minutes prior to ride time. The ride is for 45 minutes, followed by a short reception. Parking is free. There will light food and drinks, and raffle tickets for amazing gift baskets, all worth between $100-$200 each! Everyone who buys a seat for the ride and attends, will also take home a goody bag!

    Tickets are $40 each and seating is limited to 30 bikes...100% of the money raised goes to the RIP Fund of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute! 

    Patriot Place Parking Lots 22A & 23A are best for attending class. Parking is free!               

    Organized by: Pedal for Peace - In Memory of Anthony Carvalho     
    Contact: ​Ashley Carvalho   508-916-8288     ashley.carvalho@ymail.com       
    Registration required  www.revdindoorcycling.com
     

    Sunday November 20, 2016
    "Remembrance" Opening Ceremony    
    2:00PM -5:00 PM

    Wear and display a purple peace ribbon.                              
    The Worship Center
    205 Middle Street
    New Bedford
    Organized by:    Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month Committee- New Bedford
    Contact: Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month Committee- New Bedford     
    508-993-8500     obvdcbr@yahoo.com    
                   

    Sunday November 20, 2016      
    Remembrance" Alberto 'Tito' Gonzalez Jr. Family Vigil and Walk                
    6:00 PM-8:00 PM                             

    Corner of Hillman and Spruce Street
    New Bedford    
    Organized by: Survivors Homicide Victims Awareness Month Committee- New Bedford               
    Contact: New Bedford Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month Committee 2016            
    508-993-8500     obvdcbr@yahoo.com    
     

    Sunday November 20, 2016
    “Remembrance” Closing Community Vigil In Loving  Memory of all Victims           
    5:30 PM-8:30 PM             

    Corner Delano and South First Street
    New Bedford
    Organized by: New Bedford Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month Committee 2016                 
    Contact: New Bedford Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month Committee 2016              
    508-993-8500     obvdcbr@yahoo.com                    

    Monday, November, 21, 2016        
    “Remembrance” West End Neighborhood Association Meeting                
    6:30PM -8:30 PM

    Open Discussion: On Our Youth                                
    Temple Landing Community Room
    New Bedford    
    Organized by: New Bedford Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month Committee 2016                 
    Contact: New Bedford Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month Committee 2016              
    508-993-8500     obvdcbr@yahoo.com

    Tuesday, November 29, 2016   
    “Remembrance” Vigil, Walk, AJ Gomes Neighborhood Association Meeting        
    5:30 PM- 8:30PM

    At 5:30 A walk from our Peace Garden to The Gomes School for a community discussion at 6:30.
    Survivors Peace Garden
    Russell Street   
    New Bedford

    Organized by: New Bedford Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month Committee 2016                 
    Contact: New Bedford Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month Committee 2016              
    508-993-8500     obvdcbr@yahoo.com

     

    Monday, December 5, 2015          
    AJ Gomes Neighborhood Association Monte Playground Christmas Tree Lighting
    5:30 PM-8:00PM

    Monte Playground
    New Bedford

    Organized by: New Bedford Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month Committee 2016                 
    Contact: New Bedford Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month Committee 2016              
    508-993-8500     obvdcbr@yahoo.com
     

    Tuesday, December 6, 2016
    Holiday Wreath Making

    1st session  4:30PM – 6:00PM;  
    2nd Session  6:30PM – 8:00PM

    For survivors of homicide victims, this time of year can be especially hard. Join us at the Peace Institute as we come together in solidarity and celebrate our loved ones and the holidays.  
    Dinner will be provided.  
    Please bring a photo, button, or memento of your loved one to incorporate into the wreath if you wish to do so.

    Location: Peace Institute, 15 Christopher St. Dorchester, MA 02122

    RSVP required by Friday 12/2 to Amete Reda: 617-667-5658 areda@bidmc.harvard.edu 
     

    Wednesday, December 7, 2016
    We are Better Together& The Spot for Life Presents "Healing the Heart" In Honor of Survivors of Victims Of Homicide Month                 
    5:30PM -8:30PM              

    Ruth Rollins and Kim Odom Speaking about our Journey of our Hearts Healing from two mothers effected by gun violence . Introducing the work we are doing in honor of our love ones that have been effected by gun violence..                                                               

    New Academy Estates 
    2918 Washington St 
    Roxbury Mass 02119      

    Contact: Ruth Rollins ruthrollins@comcast.net   Kim Odom kimodom1@yahoo.com        

    Wednesday, December 7, 2016  
    “Remembrance” Raymond P. Andrade Albert “Rocky” Lopes Omar Bey Family Vigil
    5:30 PM-8:30 PM 
                
    Corner Acushnet Ave. and Griffin Court
    New Bedford
    Organized by: New Bedford Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month Committee 2016                 
    Contact: New Bedford Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month Committee 2016              
    508-993-8500     obvdcbr@yahoo.com
     

    Saturday, December 10, 2016
    Mass for Murdered Children and their Families
    9:00 AM-11:00AM                           

    Participants are invited to bring pictures of their loved ones to the Mass and place them in the Altar area.  Also, if a family has lost a young person through disease, they can bring a picture to the Mass. During the Mass each person will have a candle which can be lit at various times during the Mass.  Families’ spoken prayers can be offered during the Mass. After Mass there will be a Reception and opportunity to share in the Church Hall.  It is provided by the Faith/Justice group from Milton and Quincy.                                                      
    St. Patrick Church- lower level. 10 Magazine St. Roxbury, MA 02119        

    Organized by: St. Patrick Church
    Contact: Father Waldron              (617) 445-7645   StPatrickRox@comcast.net        
     

    Saturday, December 10, 2016     
    Healing and Encouragement Christmas Giveaway
    2:00PM -6:00 PM                             

    Children who are survivors of homicide victims are invited to receive a free gift for Christmas. Must register children by November 30, 2016.                                                
    Morning Star Baptist Church
    1257 Blue Hill Avenue Mattapan, MA 02126
    Organized by : Morning Star Baptist Church Healing and Encouragement Survivor Ministry
    Contact: Marilynda          857-869-1627     Registration required.

    Wednesday, December 14, 2016       
    “Remembrance” Community Vigil In Loving Memory of all Victims                           
    5:30 PM-8:30PM    
              
    Monty Playground
    Acushnet Ave.
    New Bedford
    Organized by: New Bedford Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month Committee 2016                 
    Contact: New Bedford Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month Committee 2016              
    508-993-8500     obvdcbr@yahoo.com    
     

    Tuesday, December 13, 2016     
    Just Checking In           

    6:00-9:00PM

    Men that are experiencing the loss of a loved one, and are taking time to care for the needs of others and have neglected your own needs, please come and join us as we seek difference resources that will help us on our journey to wellness for we are "The Forgotten Greivers" and yes, the ladies are definitely invited. And bring your sons.                                
    Dudley Cafe
    5 Warren St
    Boston  
    Organized by: The Spot/HoodFit              
    Contact: Ronald Odom  857-869-4907     Ronaldodom7@gmail.com          

    Friday, December 17, 2016        
    17th Annual Christmas with Bobby          
    2:00 PM-5:30PM

    A holiday celebration for children ages 1-12. We welcome all parents and all community members to join us in support of our wonderful children. Space is limited. You must register by December 12 with the number of children and their ages.                                 
    Kroc Center
    650 Dudley Street
    Dorchester, MA 02125
    Organized by:    The Bobby Mendes Peace Legacy           
    Conact: Isaura Mendes 617-372-1588     bobbymathew1972@yahoo.com
    Registration required

     

    Friday, December 17, 2016        
    Holiday Bazaar          
    10:00 AM-3:00PM

    Annual Winter Bazaar. Table cost $25-50.                              
    Hiram Youth Development Center
    98 Tablot Ave
    Dorchester, MA
    Organized by:  Sisters of Trinity      
    Conact: Mayra 617-407-9754  Cynthia 617-905-1300 Fanny 617-346-9267
    Registration required

    Friday, December 23, 2016     

    Tribute Toy Drive In Memory Of Rashad Lesley-Barnes
    10:00AM-4:30PM                            

    A tribute toy drive focusing on children who have been impacted by homicide/violence. Our mission is to turn sorrow and pain - into peace and positivity. By brighten up a child's life during the holiday season.                                                           
    Boston Library-Dudley Branch
    65 Warren Street,
    Roxbury MA 02119         

    Organized by: The Barnes Family             
    Contact: TieAsia Barnes 6179228528         TieAsiaBarnes@gmail.com          
    This is a closed event

     

  3. Represent your city/town at the annual Opening Ceremony.  Service Providers are asked to bring materials for resource tables
  4. Promote SHVAM calendar of events to your networks and/or add to your newsletters, calendars or websites.
  5. Support the work of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute.  Donate or volunteer.

 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

A PROCLAMATION

His Excellency Governor Charlie Baker

WHEREAS, murder victims are loved and grieved by mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, husbands, wives, partners, grandparents, aunts, uncles, extended family members, friends, neighbors, classmates and colleagues across the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, all families of murder victims deserve to be treated with dignity and compassion; and

WHEREAS, surviving family members need coordinated, compassionate, and consistent support and services in the immediate aftermath of a murder and ongoing opportunities for healing in the months and years afterward; and

WHEREAS, survivors of homicide victims experience overwhelming grief, isolation, and despair especially during the holiday season;

WHEREAS, survivors of homicide victims want to remember and honor their loved one’s lives regardless of the circumstances surrounding their death; and

WHEREAS, survivors of homicide victims are using their tragedies to inform, influence, and impact public policy so that all living children can grow up in a safe, peaceful community; and

WHEREAS, survivors and the providers who serve them use the 7 Principles of Peace (Love, Unity, Faith, Hope, Courage, Justice, and Forgiveness) as a foundation to guide them on their journey toward healing; and

WHEREAS, the leadership of survivors of homicide victims is essential to interrupting cycles of retaliatory violence and promoting peace in our state; and

WHEREAS Survivor-led initiatives across the Commonwealth are transforming the way society responds to homicide;

Now, Therefore, I, Charles D. Baker, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim November 20th – December 20th, 2016, to be Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

                                                                                By His Excellency

                                                             

History of SHVAM

On September 28, 2000, Argeo Paul Cellucci, then Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, signed into law "An Act Providing for the Annual Observance of  Survivors of Victims of Homicide Awareness, " making Massachusetts the first State in the country to set a side a time for survivors of homicide victims.

This act was introduced with House Bill 5093 by Massachusetts State Representative Marie St. Fleur (D-5th Suffolk District), and Massachusetts State Senator Cheryl Jacques (D-Needham). On behalf of Survivors of Homicide Organized for Change (SHOC) an ad hoc committee that is made up of a diverse group of organizations and individuals.