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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Wednesday, October 8, 2014

2020 A Year Without War

2020 A Year Without War and the Coalition Against Gun Violence Sponsored Documentary Film,
Tough Guise 2: Violence, Manhood & American Culture

2020 A Year Without War (2020 AYWW) and the Coalition Against Gun Violence (CAGV) co-sponsored a Town Hall Community Forum and presented the film, Tough Guise 2: Violence, Manhood & American Culture, on 9/28/2014 at the Santa Barbara City College BC Forum. The documentary explores misogyny and why men are so frequently the perpetrators of violence. Jackson Katz, PhD, the creator and writer of the film, was on hand for questions and answers.
Following the film, a panel moderated by State Senator Hannah Beth Jackson discussed gender violence and ways that women and men can improve communication and mutual awareness. Panel discussants included Dr. Katz, Assemblymember Das Williams, Santa Barbara City Councilmember Cathy Murillo, Toni Wellen, CAGV Co-Chair and Marriage Family Therapist, 2020 AYWW members, Melisa Ashbaugh Johnston and Norm Johnston, and Professor Joe White, founder of 2020 AYWW and Chair of the Philosophy Department at SBCC.
The panel discussed the pervasive issue of violence against women in our culture. “All of us must question stereotypical gender roles and encourage American women and men to question our cultural expectations. It is often true that abused women and abusive men have two things in common, low self-esteem and a lack of self-assertion skills. Seeking help can change a life,” said Toni Wellen. Melisa Ashbaugh Johnston provided a millennial female’s perspective, “Respectfulness and intelligence are two qualities that many women find sexy in men, qualities we should celebrate in our society, not denigrate.” Professor White addressed how violence in our society bears upon the 2020 AYWW goal of achieving a global ceasefire in the year 2020. “After being involved in this program it appears the vast majority of crime and violence comes from men. A year without war will not be possible without some serious reflection on the part of men,” he said.
Wrapping up the event, Assemblymember Das Williams said, “It was an honor to be a part of this powerful program that examined how our society sets up expectations for and then suffers from the consequences of masculinities and violent behavior. I look forward to working with the sponsoring organizations on future events to amplify the conversation on gender violence.”
For more information about CAGV go to www.sbcoalition.org, and for information about 2020 AYWW go to www.ayww.org.

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