I am pleased to announce that COVE is expanding
to a new, parallel group that will be called "Men C.A.N. (Community Action
Now)". We believe that a vital part of raising awareness and preventing
violence against women is to have a group of men who are supporters of the
cause and would like to build skills and gain knowledge that will allow them to
make strides in the effort to end this violence.
C.A.N. is conceptualized as a group that would hold weekly meetings at the Book
Mark on Thursdays at 8:00 a.m. (with additional options being held in the
evening) --in these meetings we will discuss issues, take part in collective education
in opposing gender violence, and discussing how to build our presence at
events. This presence will be established by things that range from the simple,
such as distributing t-shirts and hats, to the more involved, such as holding
events. Our first planned event is to hold a table at Friday Night Live.
have a community focus, believing that a team of men who have pledged to end
this gender violence and are willing to support that pledge within the
community will be an engaging force. We believe in using a
"bystander" approach to engage other men in choosing respect above
violence. We will be taking an effort to challenge negative cultural attitudes
regarding women, including popular thought that frames gender relations as
"men vs. women" as opposed to harmonious co-operation for a better
hope that you take an interest and join this group. The amount of involvement
can be directly related to the time you can give. If you only can come to a
meeting or two a month, that's fine, but if you can come to all meetings as
well as all events and lead outreach initiatives, that's also great. We simply
want to bring our male supporters together to help strengthen the local
Our first meeting will be held on Thursday, June
13, 2013 @ 8:00 a.m. at the Bookmark in Ludington. Please feel free to attend just to see what
our plans are for this group. There will
be no obligation to join.
you and looking forward to seeing you at our first meeting!
Donald A Lyons III Jamie Catlett, COVE
From the Ludington Daily News - December 19, 2013
Men CAN (Community Action Now) was the brainchild of Jamie Catlett. "She
gathered different people in the community to help her get it started, said
steering committee member Brad Reed. "She comes to every meeting and it is her
vision we are following.
The group aims to bring everyone together to build communities that are free
from violence against women, children, and men.
Catlett said she first sought the help of Donald Lyon in starting the group.
"Donald Lyon was hugely instrumental in getting this launched, she said.
"Everyone on the steering committee contributes. Its a collaboration of really
great men in the community getting together to do this.
"It was just an idea I had, Catlett said. "Everyone was willing to contribute
Steering committee members are Noel Niemann, chair; Jamie Catlett, co-chair;
Brad Reed, Adam Johnson, Ben Spore, Bradley Moody, Robert Waite, Wally Cain,
Chris Ward, A.J. Storck, Steve Bieniek and Jim Scatena.
Reed said Men CAN is a vital part of the community.