Arson destroys Women With A Vision office

Here's a video and note from Women With A Vision, of which I am on the Board, regarding the break-in and fire we experienced last night. Please stay tuned for more information. [Update 5/29/12: here's the official statement from Women With A Vision]:

Late at night on May 24th, 2012, someone broke into the office of Women With A Vision in New Orleans and set a fire. The extent of the damage is not fully known, but we lost tens of thousands of dollars worth of office equipment and educational material, and must find a new home.

We want everyone to know that everyone in the Women With A Vision family is safe. The work will continue. This is not going to stop us from speaking out for people who don't have a voice. This just gives us more fuel to continue to fight for justice and for people in our community.

Please visit our website for the latest information on how to support Women With A Vision as we are rebuilding: ‪‬

Rosana Cruz is Associate Director of VOTE (Voice Of The Ex-offender). Previously Rosana worked with Safe Streets/Strong Communities and the National Immigration Law Center. Prior to joining NILC, she worked with SEIU1991 in Miami, after having been displaced from New Orleans by Katrina. Before the storm, Rosana worked for a diverse range of community organizations, including the Latin American Library, Hispanic Apostolate, the Lesbian and Gay Community Center of New Orleans, and People's Youth Freedom School. Rosana came to New Orleans through her work with the Southern Regional Office of Amnesty International in Atlanta.