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The meaning of this African proverb is that the health of the black community is dependent upon the health of its individuals. Our name says it all:
Healing: "to free from grief, troubles, evil, to make sound, well, healthy"
Roots: "an essential or basic part, to become settled or established"
Village: a community of individuals, social-service providers, businesses and community and faith-based organizations who work to empower black women and their families

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Just see NO!

Eleven years in the making, this ground breaking, feature length documentary - NO! - explores how the collective silence of acts of sexual assault adversely affects African-Americans. The Portland premiere also includes a panel discussion featuring community leaders addressing the unique issues that women of color face around the issue of sexual assault and encouraging dialogue, healing and reconciliation

When: Monday, July 16, 9 a.m. - Noon
Where: PCC's Cascade Campus, 705 N. Killingsworth St., Moriarty Arts & Humanity Auditorium (Room 104)
Sponsors: Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, PWCL, PCC, Healing Roots Center, and the Tri-County Sexual Assault Task Force

Here's what other community influencers have said about the film:

If the Black community in the Americas and in the world would heal itself, it must complete the work [NO!] begins.” Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author, The Color Purple

"Heartbreaking, personal and ultimately empowering... NO! is a painstaking compilation of Black women's testimonies about sexual assault and domestic violence. Not only does Simmons' groundbreaking film breaks a pervasive deadly silence, it reaffirms the power of a Black woman's truth." Joan Morgan, Author, When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: A Hip-Hop Feminist Breaks It Down

''’NO!’ is a film that is about more than sensational exposure. ‘NO!’ seeks resolution to a painful crime that has been shrouded in silence for too long in the Black community." Dwight Williams, Executive Producer, ‘Hustle & Flow’ and ‘Baby Boy’

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