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Fight the Fear Campaign

Melinda Johnson
Executive Director, Fight the Fear Campaign

I am the Executive Director of the Fight the Fear Campaign, a community based violence prevention initiative based in Seattle and funded by Brandi Carlile's Looking Out Foundation. http://lookingoutfoundation.org/campaigns/fight- the-fear/. Our mission is to provide free self-defense training to spread the tools and philosophies of the Empowerment Model of Self-Defense.

By engaging the expertise of several local self-defense experts, such as Joanne Factor and Michelle McVadon, we have been able to provide free self-defense trainings in schools, community centers, senior centers and social service agencies around the region. In 2014 we were able to serve almost 50 organizations.

This March we also launched a Teach the Teachers movement with a free weekend intensive for schoolteachers and counselors. Koré Grate and Sonya Richardson joined our local team of instructors for an amazing weekend at a beautiful retreat center on Whidbey Island near Seattle. There we were able to impart the basic tools of teaching self-defense to 45 public school teachers. With the continued support of the Fight the Fear Campaign those teachers and mentors will be taking the empowerment model of self-defense back into their communities.

Now we are taking the campaign on the road with Brandi Carlile’s tour. In the first wave of the tour I am delighted to be teaming with Clara Porter, Jaye Spiro, Teddie Linder, Carmel Drewes, Lauren Taylor, and Martha Thompson to offer free Fight the Fear Campaign self-defense workshops hosted by these distinguished and esteemed instructors..

I am beginning to line up the second wave of our workshops for the summer. Through the Looking Out Foundation, in conjunction with Brandi Carlile's 2015 tour, I have a budget for bringing free self-defense trainings to as many cities as we can, To find teachers near our target cities, I am reaching out to the NWMAF and PAWMA community. This will be a great opportunity to promote the philosophy of NWMAF and PAWMA to local schools and organizations. We encourage workshop hosts to promote the workshop locally - boosting awareness of local self-defense teachers is one of our goals.

For each workshop scheduled the Fight the Fear Campaign is able to provide:

  • Promotion of the event and of the host school or organization on the Brandi Carlile website and social media.
  • Enthusiastic supporters at Brandi Carlile's local concert who will sign people up for the workshop.
  • Financial compensation for the host’s expertise and time.

Below is the list of cities where Brandi Carlile will be performing. Please help me spread the word and further this great work!

Brandi Carlile Tour Dates (dates in bold are already covered)
  • 7/22 Vienna, VA
  • 7/27 Pittsburgh, PA
  • 7/28 Cleveland, OH
  • 7/30 Grand Rapids, MI
  • 7/31 Highland Park, IL
  • 8/4 Bayfield, WI
  • 8/5 Fargo, ND
  • 8/12 Spokane, WA
  • 8/13 Boise, ID
  • 8/16 Salt Lake City, UT
  • 9/12 Troutdale, OR
  • 9/13 Jacksonville, OR
  • 10/9 New York, NY
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