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I am pleased to announce that COVE is expandingto a new, parallel group that will be called "Men C.A.N. (Community ActionNow)". We believe that a vital part of raising awareness and preventingviolence against women is to have a group of men who are supporters of thecause and would like to build skills and gain knowledge that will allow them tomake strides in the effort to end this violence.

MenC.A.N. is conceptualized as a group that would hold weekly meetings at the BookMark on Thursdays at 8:00 a.m. (with additional options being held in theevening) --in these meetings we will discuss issues, take part in collective educationin opposing gender violence, and discussing how to build our presence atevents. 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 holdingevents. Our first planned event is to hold a table at Friday Night Live.

Wehave a community focus, believing that a team of men who have pledged to endthis gender violence and are willing to support that pledge within thecommunity will be an engaging force. We believe in using a"bystander" approach to engage other men in choosing respect aboveviolence. We will be taking an effort to challenge negative cultural attitudesregarding women, including popular thought that frames gender relations as"men vs. women" as opposed to harmonious co-operation for a bettercommunity.

Ihope that you take an interest and join this group. The amount of involvementcan be directly related to the time you can give. If you only can come to ameeting or two a month, that's fine, but if you can come to all meetings aswell as all events and lead outreach initiatives, that's also great. We simplywant to bring our male supporters together to help strengthen the localcommunity.

Our first meeting will be held on Thursday, June13, 2013 @ 8:00 a.m. at the Bookmark in Ludington.  Please feel free to attend just to see whatour plans are for this group.  There willbe no obligation to join.  


Thankyou and looking forward to seeing you at our first meeting!


With respect,


Donald A Lyons III                                           Jamie Catlett, COVEVolunteer Coordinator

From the Ludington Daily News - December 19, 2013


Men CAN (Community Action Now) was the brainchild of Jamie Catlett. "Shegathered different people in the community to help her get it started,” saidsteering committee member Brad Reed. "She comes to every meeting and it is hervision we are following.”

The group aims to bring everyone together to build communities that are freefrom 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. It’s a collaboration of reallygreat men in the community getting together to do this.”

"It was just an idea I had,” Catlett said. "Everyone was willing to contributeto it.”

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.

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