Update: In light of the weather forecast, we’ve postponed our Clothesline Project on the Green (originally scheduled for September 13) to our rain date of Thursday, September 20.
August 20, 2018—On September 13, 2018 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (rain date: September 20), healingSPACE is hosting its annual Clothesline Project on the Green in Hackensack across from the Bergen County Courthouse to raise community awareness of violence against women, men, and children and demonstrate to survivors that they are not alone.
The Clothesline Project, now in its 25th year, features thousands of t-shirts created by survivors of sexual violence, domestic violence, child abuse, and death as a result of personal violence. Creating shirts promotes healing by providing survivors and their loved ones with an avenue to break the silence. Visitors can participate by creating their own shirts and pledging their support for the community’s anti-violence efforts. The event is free and open to the public.
To commemorate Clothesline’s 25th year a midday program beginning will begin at 10:30 am will feature community dignitaries and partners.
healingSPACE, Bergen County’s only Sexual Violence Resource Center, will be joined by diverse partner organizations also committed to raising community awareness, providing resources, and ending violence.
To date, the growing list of partners includes: Bergen Community College Office of Violence Intervention Prevention Center: bergen.edu/current-students/student-support-services/vip; Bergen County Alternatives to Domestic Violence: co.bergen.nj.us/428/Alternatives-to-Domestic-Violence; Bergen County Clerk’s Office: bergencountyclerk.org; Center for Hope and Safety: hopeandsafetynj.org; Displaced Homemakers Center @ Bergen One-Stop: onestop.bergen.org/displaced-homemaker-one-stop; Felician University: felician.edu; Garden State Equality: gardenstateequality.org; National Council of Jewish Women Bergen County Section: ncjwbcs.org; New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking: njhumantrafficking.org; Northeast New Jersey Legal Services: northeastnjlegalservices.org; Ramapo College Office of Violence Prevention: ramapo.edu/student-affairs/ovp; Wafa House (wafahouse.org); and Women’s Rights Information Center: womensrights.org.
“Throughout the year, healingSPACE and partners large and small from corner stores to universities display our Traveling Clothesline Project to bring awareness to people directly in their communities in the course of their day. The Clothesline Project on the Green, where we display thousands of t-shirts created by survivors of violence and their loved ones, turns up the volume on this message,” says YWCA Bergen County CEO Helen Archontou. “Survivors are every age, gender, race, ethnic group, sexual orientation. Preventing violence is a concern for each and every one of us. The Clothesline Project on the Green is an opportunity for the community to come together, share stories, and show their support for all of the important work in this area.”
YWCA Bergen County healingSPACE is grateful to sponsor Suez and also thanks Westy Self Storage for providing Clothesline transportation.
Visit ywcabergencounty.org/event/clothesline-project-on-the-green-2018 for more information, or contact Clothesline Facilitator Anthony Torres at 201-881-1754 or [email protected].
About YWCA Bergen County
YWCA Bergen County (ywcabergencounty.org) is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. The organization is one of the area’s largest provider of childcare services, a recognized leader in health and wellness, and operator of healingSPACE, Bergen County’s only Sexual Violence Resource Center. Celebrating nearly a century of commitment to the community, today YWCA Bergen County improves the lives of thousands of women, girls, and families with the generous support of its donors (ywcabergencounty.org/get-involved/donategive). Follow YWCA Bergen County on Facebook (@YWCABergenCounty), Twitter (@YWBergen), Instagram (ywca_bc), and LinkedIn.