My Sister's Place seeks to end domestic violence and empower survivors to live healthy, independent lives free from violence and abuse. (Courtesy of My Sister's Place DC)
My Sister's Place seeks to end domestic violence and empower survivors to live healthy, independent lives free from violence and abuse. (Courtesy of My Sister's Place DC)

The U.S. Minority Chamber of Commerce, a national business organization in northwest D.C., announced its “No More” initiative, commemorating National Domestic Violence Awareness Month with the announcing of the national summit that shed light on different experiences with domestic violence, sexual assault, harassment and abuse.

The organization has joined forces with one of its steering committee members, Agape Seed of Love, Inc, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, to recognize families as survivors.

“Our business association is dedicated to work with members and partners on different community issues, If we want to end the epidemic of domestic violence in our minority culture, we must listen to and learn from all survivors,” Doug Mayorga, chamber CEO, said in a news release.

Based in the District, the chamber has operation centers in Miami, Atlanta, New York and Puerto Rico.

“This initiative is a national voice to make a call about the Domestic Violence Awareness Month and beyond, we are working with our partners to use the power of media, volunteers and of grassroots organizing to encourage greater awareness and action,” Mayorga said.

Edgar Gomez, the CEO of the new organization, Agape Seeds of Love in Miami, said his group is “very proud and confident about our mission to assist vulnerable families in this evil sickness affecting our community with compassion for all survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse and assault, regardless of their gender identity or expression of origin.”

“We are committed to assist survivors in different capacities to change the page for a new development and compassion,” Gomez said.

Each day Agape Seeds of Love counts as part of a different experience in its community about domestic violence, said Daniela Jordan, the organization’s executive director.

“To me, the greatest privilege as a director is being able to channel and express human stories that can empower and inspire others to survive and continue their life for a better opportunity,” Jordan said.

The partnership affords residents with still another resource to combat the ills of domestic violence.

Earlier, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act of 2018, a bipartisan piece of legislation introduced by Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.).

In response to the passage of her bill to reauthorize the primary federal funding source to support emergency shelter and assistance for victims of domestic violence and their families, Moore cited the recent testimony of Christine Blasey Ford against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

“Dr. Ford’s brave testimony helped uplift sexual assault and violence in the nation’s zeitgeist,” Moore said. “Congress must respond to this fierce energy for justice and equality for women by enacting critical legislation like [the legislation] to protect victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse and to ensure that resources are available when they need help.”

For more information, go to https://mpdc.dc.gov/page/domestic-violence-resources.

Stacy M. Brown is a senior writer for The Washington Informer and the senior national correspondent for the Black Press of America. Stacy has more than 25 years of journalism experience and has authored...

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