A few posts back I mentioned about publicity. So much of the good that is going on with Roller Derby is virtually unknown, and yet someone like Kim Kardashian is followed by millions (not just on TV and media, but literally with 6.9 million following her on facebook and 10.9 million on twitter). And if she and her family are examples of what America is or should be, maybe the Iranians should just come in and set us straight!
And we have literally thousands of Derby people worldwide who are not only skating at their own expense, but doing so much good work in their communities and lives that they deserve so much more.
And then we have Lori Milkeris who has become such a symbol to all of us. To be beaten and disfigured within an inch of her life by someone she loved and trusted, and now going through the ordeal of surgery and getting her life together, trying to complete her college degree, raising her children and just existing. And even when her tormentor was sentenced to a long prison term, it has not given her closure but, because of her compassion has caused her even further anxiety.
But she is making it through all of this, and has the love and help of thousands of Derby sisters and brothers. And because of her and others in Derby, we now have, thanks to Rhea, Derby against Domestic violence on facebook, with over 2300 who have joined and many who have been helped already.
Kristine Milkeris-Smith, Lori’s sister, has been there to help take care of her, but is now back home with her own family, but is devoting herself to continuing to help and to further get the word out about domestic violence. She has created purple message bracelets that sell for $2 each to help with Lori’s continuing surgery. Please go to Lori aid 2011 on facebook or to Kristine’s site (her name).
Please note that at Lori aid 2011 by the photo of the bracelets, there is a link to make a donation through paypal….any amount is great.
And in Doug Martin and my booth at the WFTDA Championships I will be selling the bracelets and taking checks for Lori. If you don’t want to come by and see me just for the wonderful person I am, at least make certain you stop by to aid a Derby sister who needs your help now.
This societal ill is endemic both within Derby and certainly without. Many leagues are working to inform and educate their members and outreach to the community through women’s shelters and more. And there are organizations that men can join who have engaged in violence or want to stop it. And it is not only limited to violence against women. Men and children are also victims.
Roller Derby is often what our life is all about; not just the game, but the empowerment, the closeness with others, with doing good for our community. When you are at the penultimate event of the year in Derby: the WFTDA Championships, or you are watching on WFTDA.com or listening on Derby news network, add to your good feeling by helping someone who really needs you.
I have asked Lori to be my second Derby wife at Rollercon next year, and she has accepted! I hope you understand dear Val and Judi.