I thought October was only for celebrating Halloween but the month has many observances including Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Filipino American History Month.
Jen Primous, the founder of P.U.M.P.S. FOR WOMEN, INC. a women’s society whose focus is on women’s empowerment and women’s issues, took the stage at the Domestic Violence Awareness Day held at the Podesto Teen Impact Center on October 11. She introduced the event as more than entertainment or something meant to discourage.
Jen organized the day to offer hope, support and empowerment leading to action and taking control of your own life. Her goal is to use her gifts/talents/resources and be an asset to our community, to support our community and more importantly assist in making a positive impact/set an example for women and generations to come. Jen’s comments were followed by song (Mercadies Watson) and spoken word (Cruzita Whiteley) and a message from a life coach (Otha Mobbs) that said that people do what they see.
The play, “For Colored Girls…”, co-directed by Val Acoba and Jen Primous, delivered a powerful message of how lives can be tragically affected by violence. This is a topic that touches us all – how we relate to each other, whether positively or negatively, and the choices we make. A dance tribute concluded (Stasia Mobbs).
When I asked Judy Williamson, a Stockton Arts Commissioner who attended, to reflect about the play she said, “I thought they did a terrific job! Difficult material done extremely well – such an important topic – years ago when written – and even today! How far have we come, or not?”
The event made an impact because there was straight talk combined with all forms of art – music, song, dance, poetry and theater – not evading a sensitive topic but rather shining the light on it.