Healing Breakfast Wraps Stop the Violence for 2016

Cliff Berkowitz / Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 @ 9:55 p.m. / Activism

The Eureka Woman's Club once again was the place for the Stop the Violence campaign's"Healing Breakfast." There were delicious pastries from Ramones, a cornucopia of KHUM Blend Coffee from Signature, live music from Anna Hamilton and great speakers.

The morning started of with a Wiyot Prayer from Cheryl Seidner (my apologies for cutting off the first part in the recording). Then we took our wireless mic around the room to introduce all the people and groups representing the resource tables. Anna Hamilton then played a set. Our panel discussed this year's campaign in depth. Then it was time for our key note address for the morning. This time it was delivered buy my partner this campaign for the past 20 years, Shari Johnson. 

Then it was time to give out the awards. Each year we give money to an organization on the front lines of helping our community. This money comes from the Stop the Violence Fund, which is managed by the Humboldt Area Foundation. This year we gave a check in the amount of $930 to The 7th Generation Fund. Unfortunately, no one from the organization was able to make it, so we will mail it to them. 

Then Karyn Thomas from Signature Coffee, made a sizeable donation of $500 to the Stop the Violence Fund. Karyn, you are amazing!

Then Oceana Madrone, who does the Healing Quilt Project in which people from all over, including the Healing Breakfast, draw on quilt squares. Those squares are then made into a quilt and it is given to a deserving person each year. This year, Oceana gave out 2 of them. The first to Sister Juna from the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (who was unfortunately not there to receive it in person), and our keynote speaker this year, Sheri Johnson. She was very surprised and touched.

Our panel, consisting of Cheryl Seidner of the Wiyot Nation, Maryann Hayes Mariani, of North Coast Rape Crisis Team, myself, and my wife Amy Berkowitz, co host this year, wrapped up the event with some poignant and hopeful thoughts.  Anna Hamilton then did one more song (off air) for the people in the room.

This was a very special campaign this year. I thank everyone who so generously gave of their time to be a part of it. The entire Healing Breakfast was recorded and it here for you to listen. Also, if you haven't yet, please take the time to listen to the rest of this 3 week campaign which is all archived on the Stop the Violence Page. Just click on the Stop the Violence logo



Cheryl Seidner Speaks

Panel & Audience

Anna Hamilton Sings

Sheri Johnson's Keynote

Quilt Time!

Sheri Gets a Quilt