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Philadelphia CLUW Benefit for Women Against Abuse

03.18.12

by John Mason

The Philadelphia chapter of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) held its annual benefit event to support Women Against Abuse, a shelter for battered women and children staffed by UAW members, at the assembly hall of Workers United, 22 South 22nd Street, on Thursday, March 15, 2012.

People attending the event brought donations of cash, toiletries, diapers, gift cards ( no Wal-Mart), linens, towels, pillows, blankets, stationary supplies, 2012 calendars, and laundry detergent, among other things; a fifty-fifty drawing took place. Refreshments were served.

Part of the program was the film Union Maids, a documentary of three women working to organize unions in Chicago during the Great Depression of the 1930’s.

Kathy Black, President of Philadelphia CLUW, greeted everyone, saying, “This is our fourteenth annual benefit (for Women Against Abuse), which provide the only shelter services exclusively for victims of domestic violence in our city, and it’s staffed by UAW women.”

Jeannine L. Lisitski, Executive Director of Women Against Abuse, spoke of the center’s work: “Now, more than ever, “she said, “your support really allows us to continue our life-saving services. Over the last couple of years, we’ve seen a lot of government funding cuts. This type of community support is really important to us, and important towards working to end family violence in out community.”

Women Against Abuse, said Lisitski, is raising funds for a three-million dollar rehabilitating and expanding its housing; she added. “We’ve seen the requests for safe housing go up, skyrocket, over the past few years.”

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