Did you know there are currently 11,000 survivors of politically motivated torture living right here in San Diego? This is a frightening but real statistic that is being compassionately addressed by a local non-profit organization called Survivors of Torture International (SURVIVORS). Since 1997, this amazing organization has been helping survivors and their families recover from their traumas through a holistic program that includes mental health, psychiatric and social services, as well as medical case management. SURVIVORS empowers these vulnerable individuals to reclaim the strength and vitality that were stolen from them by brutal dictators and governments and allows them to become self-sufficient and healthy members of our community. In addition, SURVIVORS educates professionals and the public about the plight of torture survivors and their families, and advocates for the abolition of torture throughout the world.
Every year, SURVIVORS holds a fundraising luncheon, called Helping Survivors Heal, to raise money to continue its mission. This year, more than 400 people attended, and the Coronado Democratic club was well represented at a table for 10, organized by Susan Enowitz. The luncheon was held on September 14 at the DoubleTree Hotel Hazard Center. Those who attended enjoyed a delicious lunch and were inspired by how SURVIVORS is creating a safe haven for torture survivors and helping them rebuild their lives. Most memorably, we heard inspiring and heartrending stories of resilience from some of the survivors themselves. There was not a dry eye in the house. All of the money donated at the luncheon will go directly to SURVIVORS’ programs and its clients.
To learn more about SURVIVORS, visit the website at www.notorture.org.
If you need transportation to our meetings or events please let us know. Although we seldom have evening events some people find night driving difficult. Please do not hesitate to call Frank King at 992-8929, or any other board member and we will provide transportation for you.
Members of the club are always welcome to attend our Board meetings. This is an opportunity to meet and interact with board members and also a chance to gain an insight into the issues facing the club. Of course your comments and suggestions are always welcome.
Our next Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 5th in the library’s small conference room opposite the computers. Since the conference room has limited seating please call Frank King at 992-8929 or email him at [email protected] to reserve your seat.
The Club’s next general membership meeting will be held on Sat., Nov. 4 in the Winn Room of the Coronado Public Library. The meeting will begin with coffee and light snacks at 10:30 am; the business portion will be called to order at 11:00 am.
Our program for November will feature our Assembly member, Todd Gloria. He will discuss the Legislature’s accomplishments for 2017 and his agenda for 2018. The presentation will include time for questions and answers.
Also scheduled to appear is Matt Brower, who is challenging censured Judge Gary Kreep for Superior Court. He will introduce himself and seek our endorsement.
We look forward to a most interesting program, and to recognizing the important work that our representatives in Sacramento do every day to advance the interests of all Californians.
– Frank King
Our President, Ron Mandelbaum is resigning his office as of September 16, 2017 the date of the next General Meeting. In accordance with our bylaws the board has appointed our Vice-President, Frank King to the office of President and Tom Bernitt to the office of Vice-President effective as of that date.
These appointments must be ratified by the membership, which will be sought at the September 16, 2017 meeting.