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AFGE's Support Our Sisters Provides Bras for Domestic Violence Survivors

Support our Sisters collects bras for women transitioning from victims to survivors of domestic violence.

Amanda Schroeder, AFGE District 11's National Women’s Advisory coordinator and member of Oregon Young Emerging Labor Leaders (YELL), sends us this. 

AFGE District 11’s October Support Our Sisters community outreach project is just around the corner. October is both domestic violence awareness month and breast health awareness month. This action is being supported by several fellow unions.

AFGE District 11 has begun a community outreach where we will be collecting brand new bras (tags must be attached) for our sisters out there who are transitioning from victim to survivor, and are using our various domestic violence resource centers. Several fellow AFL-CIO unions are supporting this community outreach project with commitments to have collection bins in their facilities.

Check out Support Our Sisters Facebook group for more information on how to get involved and help. 

Our goal is to collect 10 new bras from every local, to be distributed to domestic violence shelters, resource centers and halfway houses throughout District 11 (or your respective district). These bras should be purchased by members, or collectively, if determined by the local membership to do so. 

Bras collected from each local will go to a shelter located in that local. To do this, contact needs to be made with the local domestic violence shelters or resource centers so we can coordinate the logistics of pickup and delivery.

Throughout AFGE District 11 (target), which includes Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Montana, Okinawa and Guam. Several other unions have committed to this community outreach project within our district and outside. I am hoping that eventually, SOS will positively impact our sisters nationwide. Several AFL-CIO fellow unions collaborated with us last year, to include USW here in the Pacific Northwest.

This collection will take place annually during the month of October. 

Domestic violence affects our sisters out there from all walks of life, regardless of age and size. When purchasing a new bra in support of this project, we must remember our sisters who are:

 • Nursing

• Pregnant

• Plus-sized (there has been a great demand for this style of bra)

• Pre-adolescent

• Athletic

In 2011, Support Our Sisters was a brand-new community outreach project, and with October being both breast health awareness month and domestic violence awareness month, we have a unique and exciting opportunity to provide for a most basic need for our sisters out there as they transition from victim to survivor. Last year was a bit chaotic, but the SOS Domestic Violence Community Awareness Project provided more than 300 bras to sisters transitioning from victim to survivor. Please support us to ensure that this annual community outreach project will be successful and will show our communities that AFGE District 11 and other unions do care about the communityand are committed to working families, from the bargaining table to the dinner table. 

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