Eirene, the Goddess of Peace runs for unofficial mayor in support of The DoVe Project

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July 01, 2019
For Immediate Release
June 30, 2019
 
Island activist runs for unofficial mayor in support of ending domestic violence on Vashon
 
Eirene, the Goddess of Peace (embodied by Lynann Politte), is running for unofficial mayor of Vashon in support of Vashon’s DOVE Project.
 
The DOVE Project provides advocacy to survivors of domestic violence on Vashon Island through support and direct services. The organization’s goal is to use prevention, education, and training to build a community in which abuse is eliminated and personal empowerment is promoted.
 
Politte, an island activist and producer known for her provocative work in support of feminist causes, has previously raised money for Vashon’s domestic violence organizations. In 2002, she debuted the first island production of The Vagina Monologues, raising $15,000 for a former domestic violence organization on Vashon. In 2003, the proceeds of her second production of The Vagina Monologues benefitted Vashon Youth & Family Services’ young women’s teen circle. In 2010, she produced and starred in her original one-woman show, Eve Was Framed … a comedy about misogyny, as a benefit performance for The DOVE Project.
 
“This is how I can contribute,” Politte says. “I so honor the advocates and staff who work directly with the individuals and the skill in which they do that. My skill – if you want to call that – is to put myself out there to raise money. I do that by speaking, performing, and producing events.”
 
As a feminist and activist, Politte’s focus is on the rights and well-being of women and children.
 
“My passion is empowering women and supporting them to be all they can be. It is probably not surprising that I believe our patriarchal culture is rife with systemic sexism and a lot of other ’isms,” she said. “That intolerance breeds violence.”
 
“I really don’t understand a culture that undermines women,” she added. “Women give birth to humanity. They are the major caregivers of children and the elderly. Women sustain the continuance of the human race. Why would a society that wants to maintain its existence belittle and beat down women? A cultural change needs to happen.”
 
That cultural change is part of DOVE’s mission which states “DOVE is a catalyst for social change fostering zero tolerance for interpersonal violence. We do this by providing individualized support to empower survivors and through cultivating focused prevention education that inspires community action.”
 
The only research proven way to stop the cycle of abuse is by educating ourselves and our community about healthy relationships and ways to hold each other accountable,” says Heidi Jackson, Executive Director for DOVE,  “I have hope that we can change our culture stigmas to embrace the idea that abuse is no longer an option." 
 
Eirene (pronounce ‘Ear-RAIN-na) was the personification of peace in Greek mythology. She was the daughter of the gods Zeus and Themis.
 
“I chose Eirene to embody what we are striving for – a non-violent world for everyone,” Politte said.
 
Vote for Vashon’s Unofficial Mayor by placing money in canisters at island businesses. Each dollar is worth one vote. You can also drop off donations to the DOVE Project office. Eirene will also be out and about meeting people and collecting donations. You can also donate online by visiting this site: vashondoveproject.org/donate
 
“A vote for Eirene is a vote for peace,” Politte said.
 
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Lynanne Politte, Eirene, the goddess of peace