End CSA NOW! EVENT – Save the Date

Join us in bringing awareness, prevention, and dialogue
to end child sexual abuse.

End Child Sexual Abuse NOW!

Saturday, April 19, 1:30 – 4:30pm
Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 9th Street, Oakland

As many of you know myself and 8 community members have been working to create an event that emphasizes the importance of community involvement to end child sexual abuse (CSA) and increase visibility of those impacted by it.

Please SAVE THE DATE. This event will include:

  • Discussions about current efforts being made to address CSA;
  • Community forum to bring voice to those impacted by CSA;
  • Special film screening of preliminary footage from You Me and the Fruit Trees;
  • Resources and information sharing;
  • Healing arts activity;
  • Most importantly, we want to bring visibility to this largely shrouded issue by leading a community march to the local city hall as a call to action!

Parts of the event will be filmed for the documentary my team and I are currently producing. It’s a character driven film that follows several survivors of CSA and includes leaders in the movement to end child sexual abuse as well as other community members impacted by CSA. For more information on this documentary please visit: Trailer

We are also thrilled and honored to share that the City of Berkeley unanimously passed our proclamation to recognize “End Child Sexual Abuse NOW!” as a day in Berkeley. We have a whole lot to celebrate and hope you can be there April 19th to celebrate with us!

Please share this invitation with your networks through social media, tweet it, post it and forward this post to your friends, co-workers and family.  Invite your friends on Facebook here:  End CSA EVENT

Stay tune for a list of speakers and more details.

Together we can end CSA!

Tracey Quezada –info@traceyquezadaproductions.com
Danielle Castro – Danielle.castro@ucsf.edu

Peddling Joy (Revisited)

Ever read the same book, watched the same movie (or YouTube video), or listened to the same song over and over again for the purpose of igniting that something inside of you that warms your entire being, not in the sense of unhealthy pining, but rather in that it touches the core of YOU?  It could be an association with a shared cause, which gives you a sense of belonging and purpose.  It could be a color that is the essense of your nature.  I’ve written about creating a space to feel the feeling of the accomplishment in preparation of achieving the goal here.  When we revisit these visual and audio aids we are creating that space.

Whatever you revisit to envoke that feeling of achieving a goal, which may simply be to have more joy in your life, I say revisit it as often as you need.   It has been my experience that fueling that “space” of joy and accomplishment is like nourshing your body of healthy food.  You need frequent small fill ups during the day.

This summer I have suggested, on more than one occasion, that the kids and I go on a bike ride.  There is an amazing trail just blocks from our home.  It always seemed that something has derailed us from our ride.  Finally this last weekend we (actually I) made the commitment to go on the 6-7 mile ride.  The kids were always prepared to drop everything to go.    Off we went.  I handed my daughter the camera.  She’s has such an amazing sense of frame and proportion with the lens.  Literally, as she rode she snapped shots,  over 100 in all.

I’m peddling (pedaling) joy here and recommending you assemble your own personal reminder of what joy means to you.  Revisit it as often as you must.  Here’s what you’ll need.

  • Digital Camera
  • Photo’s (new or existing)
  • “JOY” folder on your computer for collection purposes
  • Free online tool One True Media which is an easy way to make a montage with music

I’m not ashamed to say that I have lost count to how many times I have watched this video montage  of our bike ride.   I hope you’ll make your own and share with us. Your joy fuels my joy.  Let’s be in the business of peddling joy.