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  •  An interesting try in that direction (4+ / 0-)
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    Our mayor has called for a rally of 10,000 men this Saturday, to stand against domestic violence.
    http://www.dallasmenagainstabuse.com/

    One of our columnists wrote

    Rawlings’ “real men don’t hit women” approach frames domestic violence not as a “women’s isssue,” nor as an earnest, gender-neutral, vegan-greens-and-Birkenstocks lefty crusade.

    Rather daringly, this campaign squarely targets the beer-swillin’, sports-lovin’, pickup-drivin’ dudes in the room. It says: Hit a woman, you lose your man card.

    It acknowledges the solidarity of the fraternity but seeks to redefine its terms. It doesn’t pretend there isn’t a boys’ club, but it says that if you hit your wife or your girlfriend, we’re throwing your butt out. It threatens the very thing that insecure men most fear losing before their peers: Their masculinity.
    http://www.dallasnews.com/...

    "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

    by Catte Nappe on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 12:39:29 PM PDT

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    •  Wow. This is interesting. What propmpted this? (2+ / 0-)
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      Used to live in Dallas. thanks.

      "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money." -- JC, Matthew 6:24

      by Chi on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 03:26:20 PM PDT

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      •  Several things prompted it (2+ / 0-)
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        Some ugly local examples. Newtown, even. And recently the mayor has revealed he's got close personal relatives who have been victims, although so far he hasn't shared details.

        The city’s response came days after a man was accused of killing his estranged wife in a UT Southwestern parking garage. Police say Karen Cox Smith, 40, was gunned down by Ferdinand Smith on Jan. 8 while an abuse warrant was outstanding for his arrest. He had been accused in December of trying to strangle his wife.

        Police say Smith’s slaying is part of the troubling trend of domestic violence murders, which jumped from 10 to 26 between 2011 and 2012. So far this month, police have reported four in Dallas, as well as several others in surrounding areas, including the murder-suicide of an estranged couple outside their daughter’s birthday party Saturday in Grapevine.

        Rawlings’ chief of staff said the mayor had been troubled by recent violence, including the Connecticut school massacre and the uptick in local domestic violence deaths. Smith’s death spurred him to action.

        http://www.dallasnews.com/...

        This  one happened last fall - she was on 911 as she was attacked, killed and died. The tapes of the 911 call just recently came out. It was two days before police entered the home and found her body.

        Most of the news coverage of Deanna Cook’s August murder has been rightfully focused on that horrific final 911 call that Cook made as she was fatally attacked.
        http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/...
        Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said some of his family members have been victims of domestic violence, which serves as motivation for his recent push to make men more aware of abuse.
        "I've had some very, very close family members," as well as friends and co-workers, who have faced domestic violence, Rawlings told the newspaper.
        http://abclocal.go.com/...

        "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

        by Catte Nappe on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 04:46:51 PM PDT

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