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January 21, 2011

Award-winning Author L.Y. Marlow believes that violence doesn't have to be a part of our world. She stands not alone. Influential world leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi have proven that change can come about through nonviolent means even in the face of violent opposition. Inspired by the 50th and 30th memorial anniversaries of Gandhi and King respectively and now also honoring Cesar Chavez, "A Season for Nonviolence" has advanced their vision of a peaceful world annually for 14 years.

From January 30 to April 4, 2011, The Gandhi King Chavez Season for Nonviolence, a national 64-day educational and media campaign, will demonstrate that nonviolence can heal and empower lives and communities.

To open up the ceremony on February 2, 2011, L.Y. Marlow, author of "Color Me Butterfly," founder of the non-profit organization Saving Promise and a contributing member of the Survivor Central Blog will be delivering the keynote address at this inspiring event.

Her speech, "Speak Out, Unite, End Violence Against Women," will focus on the widespread issue of domestic violence across America and the world.

Marlow herself is part of a family with four generations of mothers and daughters who combined have been surviving abuse for more than 60 years. When L.Y. Marlow's granddaughter was threatened by domestic violence, Marlow made a promise to stop a fifth generation from the abuse and to help prevent others from experiencing domestic violence in their lives.

The Survivors Club has asked L.Y. Marlow a few questions about this upcoming event.

TSC: How will your address help promote nonviolence?

L.Y. Marlow: "Through encouraging a need for greater awareness and prevention and imploring society and our communities to embrace an attitude of nonviolence. By sharing my story, I hope to inspire other survivors to break free from violence."

TSC: What does "A Season of Nonviolence" mean for survivors of domestic abuse and other violence?

L.Y. Marlow: "It means that we all will begin to embrace a culture of nonviolence and survivors of domestic abuse or any kind of violence will no longer feel ashamed to speak out. Domestic violence and violence as a whole is the number one social issue of our time and we must move towards change."

TSC: How does the event unite survivors together in a community?

L.Y. Marlow: "It unites survivors simply by creating a platform for them to stand together and take action. I believe that when our forefathers promoted 'nonviolence' they were promoting for us to be a better people, to do away with the violence that plagues our communities. If we are ever going to be a better people, we must embrace and practice the teachings of nonviolence."

Domestic violence is a serious problem in America. These violent attacks which most often come from a spouse, parent or child are the most common causes of injury to women ages 15 to 44. Victims of violence not only suffer physical injuries but have a higher risk of being diagnosed with depression or anxiety.

Approximately 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner each year, according to the American Bar Association. In 2000, 1,247 women and 440 men were killed by domestic violence, reports the source.

If you support nonviolence, below you can find information including a video to help you get involved this year.

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