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What is Stop The Violence?

2016 marks KHUM's 21st Stop The Violence campaign. 

Over the years this campaign has tackled thorny social issues that most communities deal with, but generally don’t talk about and sweep under the rug.

This year the campaign will be dealing with:

• Male Privilege: This year’s presidential campaign brought to the forefront the fact that male privilege can be the basis of much domestic violence. Men who abuse have been shown to feel entitled to, better than, and have social permission to do what they want with women. But aside from the obvious, this is attitude ingrained into society in more subtle ways, such as unequal pay for the same work and lack of women in political office.

• Indigenous Rights: Standing Rock has put this in the headlines as of late. Our local indigenous community has be galvanized in their support of the Sioux tribe with regard to this issue. Humboldt County has one of the largest indigenous communities in California. We will explore how this support is manifesting, issues of cultural appropriation and support organizations. 

• The Violence of Poverty: Those at the bottom of socioeconomic ladder have long been subject to violence. We will explore how hard it is to get out of poverty due to traps in the system such as not being able to get a job if you don’t have a home address. We will look as what is being done locally to help people get out of that trap and into productive lives.

Previous issues the campaign has dealt with over the years have included domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, acquaintance rape, spousal rape and white privilege, among others.

Each morning, we will bring in guests at 9 am for a one-on-one discussion on a specific aspect of the week’s topic. These interviews will take place Tuesday through Thursday. Then each Friday from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. there will be a two-hour panel discussion in which the community is encouraged to call in with questions.

The event concludes with a “Healing Breakfast,” which will be held on the morning of Friday, Nov. 18 at the Eureka Woman’s Club. There will be a live panel of speakers, resource tables from help organizations from throughout the community, free pastries from Ramone’s Bakery and coffee from Signature Coffee, live music by Anna Hamilton, and more. Plus, at this event the Stop the Violence Campaign will present a check to a deserving organization from the Stop the Violence fund, managed by the Humboldt Area Foundation.





Archived Interviews:

All of the interviews will be archived here as they air so you can listen and share when it's best for you.

WEEK ONE: TOPIC: Male Privilege

11-1 Amy Berkowitz: My co-host for this year (my wife Amy) and I go over this year's campaign in detail.




11-2 Kate Black - Emily's List: This morning I spoke with Kate Black, VP of Research at Emily's List. This is an organizationnwhosee solepurposee is to help get pro choice women elected to office. 



11-3 Paula Arrowsmith Jones, North Coast Rape Crisis Team. This morning Paula and I talked about how Male Privilege contributes to sexual assault. The bragging of the republican presidential candidate in the Access Hollywood video has brought this issue to the forefront. Sexual assault is any uninvited sexual act such as groping. This is discussed in depth.










11-4 Male Privilege Panel Discussion. This week's topic was discussed in detail, and in many different aspects for 2 hours by our panel. I and my co-host for this, my wife Amy Berkowitz were joined by Paula Arrowsmith Jones, from the North Coast Rape Crisis Team, and Maxwell Schnurer, from Humboldt State University. The subtopics included, equal pay for women, the political arena, bias, and stereotypes among others.


Week 2: Indigenous Right & Cultural Appropriation

11-8 Chris Peters, President of the 7th Generation Fund. We spoke of the mission of the 7th Generation Fund, their stand and participation in the Standing Rock protests, their mission to protect the earth, and the cultural appropriation of both national and local sports teams among other topics.


11-9 McKayla Alvarnaz. We talked about the more subtle form of institutionalized racism called cultural appropriation. The adaptation of an oppressed minority's cultural trappings by society at large is offensive to whose culture is being appropriated. Things such as team mascots as "Redskins" or "Indians" are starting to get notice. But more subtle forms of this happen every day. 


11-10 Ryan Jackson, Hoopa Tribal Chair. The Hoopa Nation has taken a very active role in standing with the Sioux at Standing Rock, sending over 150 people there to be part of the protest. Jackson and I also talked about US/Tribal relations, now and historically. We also took a spectacle look at how a Donald Trump presidency will affect indigenous sovereign rights.


11-11 Indigenous Right & Cultural Appropriation Panel Discussion. In this week's panel discussion I was joined in the KHUM studio by my co host for this year, my wife, Amy Berkowitz. Also on the panel, Chris Peters, President of 7th Generation Fund and by Ted Hernandez, Chairman and Assistant Cultural Director of the Wiyot Nation. This conversation focused largely on violence toward Mother Earth in what seems like a mutual suicide pact of extractive policies. We also deal with racism and violence toward native peoples. We also spoke of local history and where we are today among other things.


Week 3: The Violence of Poverty

11-15 Connie Lorenzo & Randy Weaver of The Job MarketGetting out from the crush of poverty can be tough. The Job Market is a wonderful resource to help people get back into the world of employment. It can also help those who are "underemployed." There are many people who are working hard, many times in several jobs and still can not make ends meet. 


11-16 Anne Holcomb and Jenny Quigley. Anne Holcomb, the executive director of Food For People, spoke of food insecurity and the fact that the vast majority of those how seek help from the food pantries are working family who are struggling to make ends meet. Jenny Quigley is a graduate student at HSU in the department of Social Work. She has been working for the last year to set up a food pantry on the campus of College of the Redwoods. Today, is it's soft opening.


11-17 Betty Chinn. Betty Chinn has be a champion for those at the bottom rung of the economic ladder here in Humboldt County for the past 32 years. Over the years Betty and here organization have given a helping had to lift hundreds of people out of poverty and into employment and productive lives. I personally find Betty Chinn to be one of the most inspiring people I have ever met. Betty has become a voice for the homeless here in Humboldt and her work as become a template for other communities.


11-18 The Healing Breakfast

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 this page.



Cheryl Seidner Speaks

Panel & Audience

Anna Hamilton Sings

Sheri Johnson's Keynote

Quilt Time!

Sheri Gets a Quilt