FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, September 28, 2018
Contact: Marisela Felix
Director of Development + Marketing
(520) 370-8539
mfelix@ywcatucson.org

Candidate Forum: An Evening of Conversation About Domestic Violence, Violence Against Women, And Stalking

[Tucson]This inclusive and non-partisan event centers the voices and experiences of survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking in seeking justice and safety.

All Republican, Democratic, and third-party candidates for Governor, Attorney General, CD2 House of Representatives have been invited to attend as speakers. The forum will be moderated by Mari Herreras, Organizing & Advocacy Director for YWCA Arizona – STAT-Stand Together Arizona Training & Advocacy. The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions. Free registration is available on Eventbrite and Facebook. Refer to the event for a list of candidates who have pledged to attend.

The Candidate Forum will be held on Monday, Oct. 8th at The Loft Cinema, 3233 East Speedway Boulevard, Tucson, AZ 85716 and begins promptly at 6:30pm – 8:00pm, doors will open at 6:00pm. This is a free event, open to the public.

As co-organizer of the Candidate Forum, Alba Jaramillo, J.D., Director of Women’s Workforce Initiatives & Latina Leadership Institute emphasizes the event’s importance in that, “One in five women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime, with one in three women in the United States will experience intimate partner violence, and one in six women will experience stalking. Despite the alarming statistics of gender-based violence in the United States, the majority of survivors are failed by the criminal justice system. In this forum we want the candidates to share their views on systematic barriers in the criminal justice system that are observed in Arizona, and their proposed solutions for just state and federal legislation including public policies to protect survivors and hold perpetrators accountable.”

The Candidate Forum is co-sponsored by Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse, Indivisible Tohono, Moms Demand Action – AZ, The National Organization for Women – NOW, Southern Arizona Gender Alliance – SAGA, YWCA Latina Leadership Institute – LLI, YWCA Southern Arizona, and YWCA Arizona – STAT-Stand Together Arizona Training & Advocacy.