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SHVAM  2014 Calendar of Events:


November - December 2014

Women Survivors of Homicide Occupy the Boston Police Headquarters

1:00 - 4:00 pm

Location: Boston Police Department, 1 Schroeder Plaza, Boston, MA, United States

Description: On June 23rd and September 9th the Women Survivors of Homicide Movement (WSOH) met with Commissioner Evans and Superintendent Robert Merner. We were promised a room and told we would be allowed to personalize it for meetings with advocates and homicide detectives. Presently meetings are held in an extremely small interrogation room where murder suspects are interviewed and a camera is mounted on the ceiling. On October 28, 2014, the Boston Police Department invited our organization to view a room only to be told that it was no longer available. We consider this a major setback in fostering a working relationship between law enforcement and the community. This situation has left us no choice, but to occupy the Boston Police Headquarters every day until the original agreement is honored. Occupy the Boston Police Headquarters with us!

Boston Police Headquarters, 1 Schroeder Plaza - Across from Ruggles Station

Front Entrance Area. Mondays 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Tuesdays 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Wednesdays 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Thursdays 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Fridays 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Also make a daily call to the Boston City Hall and the BPD Homicide Unit in support of Women Survivors of Homicide Movement's request!

Mayor's Office: 617-635-4500, Commissioner Evans: 617-343-4500

Contact Name:  Mary Franklin

Contact Email:

Event Sponsor(s): Women Survivors of Homicide Movement (WSOH)


Tuesdays, November - December 2014

 I'm Every Woman Radio & TV Show

Time:  2:00 - 3:00 pm


  Listen on Boston Praise Radio and learn more about the Women Survivors of Homicide Movement (WSOH). "This show is empowering and informative; by WSOH and for WSOH!" Watch on ROKU TV

http://t.colqtHD3Dj via YouTube.  Live calls at: 617-282-0685

Contact Name:  Mary Franklin

Contact Email:

Event Sponsor(s): Women Survivors of Homicide Movement (WSOH)



November 20 - December 19, 2014

The Melvin Bernard Franklin Very Merry Christmas Foundation

Location: 4560 Washington Street, Suite 316, Roslindale, MA

Description:  We are entering the 3rd Melvin Bernard Franklin Very Merry Christmas Foundation. Our goal is to make children from four families impacted by homicide a little happier by supplying their entire Christmas toys. We want you to play a huge part by donating toys and gift cards for boys and girls between 2 and 12 years old. Please no guns, knives, or toys that represent violence. All toys must be collected by December 19th.
Contact Name: Mary Franklin

Contact Phone:  857-600-1623

Event Sponsors: Melvin's Mission
Contact email:


November 20, 2014

Dialogues on Trauma & Resiliency

Time: 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Location:  Mattapan Health Center, 1575 Blue Hill Ave. Mattapan, MA

Description: This series of conversations will focus on the following topics:

What is trauma? How trauma impacts individuals, groups, and communities. Identifying strengths and resources for those who have been impacted by trauma. Identifying Mental Health/Wellness Resources and Support Services. Registration is encouraged but not required.

Contact Name: Shawn Bodden, Violence Intervention Coordinator

Contact Phone: 617-898-9037

Contact Email:

Event Sponsor(s): Mattapan health Center, VIP, Defending Childhood, Violence Prevention


November 22, 2014

Daniel Paul Taylor's Thanksgiving Dinner

Time:  2:00- 4:00 pm

Location: NAACP Mall of Roxbury, 330 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Roxbury, MA

Description: To all my families and friends of Homicide Violence, Please come and enjoy a wonderful early Thanksgiving Dinner with us!!! Come out and join us at NAACP. The first chartered branch in the nation established 1911 in Boston, MA. This year in President Michael Curry, vision "the first chartered branch of Boston as they celebrates 103 year, will host Thanksgiving Dinner, for the people of Boston, MA. We are thanking President Michael Curry and his staff for providing, programs that will enhance the NAACP, leaders who are the backbone in the communities.

Event Sponsor(s): NAACP

Taking Care of Each Other

5:00-8:00 PM
Join us for a special holiday gathering.
The holidays can be a bittersweet time for many of us.  Join LIPSTICK as we celebrate and support each other.
Survivors—bring a memorial keepsake of your loved ones. Providers—bring your organization’s information to share. Everyone—bring the guys and kids too!
Music. Food. Support. Understanding. Community. Us.
Academy Homes
2908 Washington Street
Roxbury, MA
RSVP Ruth: (617) 818-1477
“Taking Care of Each Other” event is sponsored by MassHousing and Thaddeus Miles.
Operation LIPSTICK is women helping women to stop gun trafficking.

December 3, 2014

Holiday Wreath-Making

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Location: Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, 15 Christopher Street, Dorchester, MA

Description:  We will supply all you need to create a holiday wreath or keepsake in remembrance of your loved one.  Bring a photo, memorial button, or memento of your loved one.  Open to individuals and families living in the aftermath of homicide.  Please join us for dinner, wreath decorating, and remembrance. RSVP requested but not required.

Contact Name: Jason Harmon          

Contact Phone: 617-667-5658

Contact Email: 

Event Sponsor(s): The Homicide Support Services Project: a collaborative project of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute.



December 6, 2014 

Honoring Survivors - Educational Presentation & Information for Families and Friends of Homicide Victims

Time: 12:30 - 3:00 pm          

Location: Cape Verdean Adult Day Health Center, 34 Hancock St. Boston, MA

Description: FOURTH ANNUAL FAMILY EDUCATION & INFORMATION DAY: HONORING ALL SURVIVORS OF HOMICIDE - MURDER VICTIMS. In fond memory of our beloved ISABEL M. DE CARVALHO, who was brutally assassinated on September 17, 2014, Victim of organized drug crime, as retaliation against her daughter K.T.  the Inspector of Criminal Investigation of Judicial Police and Coordinator of drug trafficking operation, in Cape Verde.

Presentation: Psychological effects of homicide-murder: Loss, grief, trauma, justice seeking, healing journey, the value of Early Intervention. Children with serious behavior problems may turn into adult felons. Violence is weakness:  Poem - The Ultimate Weakness of Violence, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Benefits Available for Families of Homicide Victims: Victims' compensation application assistance and other survivor's support services. 

Information/Materials/Resource Table: Resources for Survivors, Homicide - Murder statistics, Domestic Violence Facts, "School to Prison Pipeline", Bullying, Deportation, Immigration, Citizenship, Legal Resources,  Free legal Clinics, Mental Health  Counseling / In-Home Therapy providers, Family Support Resources, Adults & Youth training and employment resources, Food pantries, Crisis and emotional support helplines

Contact: Ester, 857-544-7286

Contact: Djenane, 857-225-3490

Contact: Luisa, 857-261-7944

Contact Email:

Event Sponsor(s): Nourish and Connect


December 11, 2014
Louis D. Brown Peace Institute Open House

Time: 4:30 - 7:30 pm

Location: Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, 15 Christopher St. Dorchester, MA

Description: Drop in and see the Peace Institute's new location, visit with survivors, providers, and community members. Light dinner.

Contact Name: Britta Chidester

Contact Phone: 617-825-1917

Contact Email:

Event Sponsors: Louis D. Brown Peace Institute

December 11, 2014
We Are All Touched by Gun Violence

Time: 7:30 - 9:30 pm

Location: First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough St. Boston, MA

Description: Candlelight Vigil for all victims of gun violence

Contact Name: Ellie Miller


Event Sponsor(s): Mass Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence


Thursday, December 11, 2014
Community Candle Lighting
6:00p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Location: 72-74 E. Dedham Street Boston 02118

We recognize that the holiday season can be difficult when remembering a loss. We invite you to come and share about those you are remembering. The evening will include readings, ritual, a community project, and refreshments. Participants will also have the opportunity to take home a candle to keep through the holiday season.

Contact Name: Kate Tetuan
Contact Phone: 617-512-8681
Contact Email:
Event Sponsor(s): This event is sponsored by Wediko Children's Services
RSVP required


December 12, 2014

Steven's CircleFamily Dinner

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Location: Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, 15 Christopher St. Dorchester, MA

Description: Dinner and celebration for the students and families of Steven's Circle - a survivors' leadership group at the Dever-McCormack School. Closed Event.

Contact Name: Alexandra Chéry

Contact Phone: 617-825-1917

Contact Email:

Event Sponsors:

Louis D. Brown Peace Institute and Dever-McCormack School


December 13, 2014

Open House Party - Melvin's Mission

Time: 2:00 - 6:00 pm


4560 Washington St. Suite 316, Roslindale, MA

Description: Melvin's Mission -Supporting Women Survivors of Homicide Day Program - MUSIC, DANCING, FOOD AND DRINKS in the lower lobby entrance. Come and see for yourself.  A place where the lives of women surviving the homicide of someone are transformed into purpose and power.  Our mission is to build self-esteem as well as mind, body, and spiritual wellness for women struggling with the impacts of a homicide.  Our goal is to introduce tools that will support, rejuvenate, and empower women during and after completion, by creating a Purpose for the Pain which will benefit themselves and other women survivors of homicide. No RSVP Necessary

Contact Name:  Mary Franklin

Contact Phone: 857-600-1623   

Contact Email:


December 14, 2014

Gone but Not Forgotten Dinner

Time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Location: Morning Star Baptist Church, 1257 Blue Hill Ave. Mattapan, MA

Description: Dinner follows 11:00 AM service. Dinner, Encouragement Speakers, and the Word.

Contact: Marilynda Whitney, 857-719-1247,  

Contact: Deborah Jones, 617-669-7530,

Event Sponsor(s): MSBC Healing & Encouragement Survivors of Homicide Ministry


December 18, 2014

Christmas Party for Children of Survivors

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Location: Morning Star Baptist Church, 1257 Blue Hill Ave. Mattapan, MA

Description: Face painting, arts & crafts, food, Santa with Gifts. Pre-registration of children required.

Contact: Marilynda Whitney, 857-719-1247,

Contact: Deborah Jones, 617-669-7530,



January 15, 2015

Name of Event: Can We Talk?

Time: 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Location: Roxbury Presbyterian Church, 328 Warren St. Roxbury, MA

Description: Are you experiencing trauma or loss? You are not alone! Our community is more than the violence in our streets, more that the grief in our hearts. Come share your voice, share your story. Let's heal together. Light dinner served at 6:00pm, discussion and sharing begins at 6:45. Childcare is available. RSVP requested. Please let us know if you will need childcare when you RSVP.

Contact Name: Florence Huffman

Contact Phone: 617-445-2116

Event Sponsors: Our Voices, Our Stories: : The Cory Johnson Trauma Education Project, Roxbury Presbyterian Church Social Impact Center, Still Harbors and Partners Health Care.


Not Too Late to Host an event! You can help out by holding an event in your community, provide a collective art space, make cards for survivors with your youth group, dedicate a spiritual service in your place of worship church, and host a dialogue or invite us to present at your local police department, crime watch/community group. Use your imagination. All events are free and open to the public, please call the respective organization for more information regarding a specific event you want to attend or support. Send your information to  Or fill out this form! Let us know what you are doing. 

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