What Empowering Women of Color Means to Me

Last year IMPACT received an anonymous donation of $35,000. The note enclosed said that the donor wanted to support the leadership of women of color in the Empowerment Self-Defense field and that they wanted the money to go toward increasing the salary, benefits, and professional development of the Executive Director.

I had a lot of feelings in that moment: disbelief (I seriously wondered if the check was real), shock, happiness, relief, and eventually, that deep feeling of acknowledgement. I am here, in a field dominated by people who do not look like me, and someone else not only thinks that it is important that I'm here, but their checkbook does too. 

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Community Celebration and Other News!

Happy Summer! We hope the start of summer (or at least, summer weather) means you have some fun and relaxing plans in the works - AND that you will make IMPACT part of your summer plans! Read on to hear about what we've got planned for the next few months!

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Living with ferocity and joy

I found IMPACT at a time when I was struggling with a lot of uncertainty and fear - I had survived an assault and was looking to regain a sense of agency and control in my life.

I'm outdoorsy, I'm stubborn, I consider myself to be a very strong and capable person. Yet when it came down to knowing how to defend myself against an attacker, I found that I was petrified by fear. While the threat of an attack was already scary, freezing and feeling an overwhelming feeling of helplessness was worse. That feeling of helplessness followed me around for months after I was attacked and seemed to affect everything I did. I knew the only thing that would make me feel better was to learn how to defend myself against future assailants, and a quick web search led me to IMPACT.

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IMPACT helped me see the power in myself!

IMPACT is on my holiday list because they've helped me see the power in myself. I took the LGBTQ Self-Defense Class in 2018 to feel prepared to defend myself from street harassment or sexual assault. What I was not expecting was to heal from my past experiences, to be friends with people who empower me, or to trust my body to defend itself instead of just lying down without a fight. 

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2018 REALLY KICKED GROIN!

This holiday season we feel so grateful to YOU, our community, for your support. It is only with YOUR energy, enthusiasm, and support that we are able to push harder each year toward the goal of a safer community for everyone. 

Please join us in celebrating OUR shared 2018 achievements!

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I want everyone to know they can feel safe

I’m a confident black woman, but I’ve lived an overly cautious life because the world isn’t interested in my safety. History has taught me to be polite, protect my body, and be strong when it inevitably beats you down. All my defenses didn’t stop me from experiencing street harassment and an assault by a partner. I was tired and angry, so when a self-defense class was mentioned to me I jumped at the opportunity. 

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Sarah's Giving Tuesday Wish

I’m a strong, outgoing, and independent woman and have traveled by myself both nationally and internationally. On June 17th of this year, I was attacked and beaten while I was on a run by myself in San Francisco. This random attack made me afraid to leave my apartment alone. I was surprised at just how much this brutal attack affected the way I moved in my world.

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Jessica's Holiday Wish List

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February 2018

We hope your 2018 is off to a great start! It's been an exciting time for us - on top of offering our usual public classes, we've been busy bringing IMPACT classes to young people in schools and libraries from Palo Alto to Point Reyes! We're so thrilledl to have these opportunities to help young people find their voice and set healthy boundaries at a young age.

Keep reading to see what else we're up to!

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Look What We've Done!

Dear Community,

Thank you for being a part of the IMPACT community. Your support has meant so much to us this year. Over the past several weeks we have been sharing some inspirational stories from our graduates and now I wanted to share with you some of our accomplishments as an organization (below). I hope you think of these as your accomplishments too.

Also, I wanted to remind you that there are only FIVE MORE DAYS to support us with a 2017 contribution. Your tax-deductible gift will ensure that we can continue our work of building safer communities into the next year and beyond. You will be supporting our efforts to give more scholarships than ever, to support our upcoming suited instructor training, and many more projects we have planned. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW! I know that together we can build a safer community for everyone.

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