Domestic Violence Billboard with Ross Mirkarimi Quote up for Everyone to See

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Erin Browner
Activists use a billboard to correct Mirkarimi's point of view on domestic violence
You might notice a new billboard on the corner of Harrison and 10th streets during your commute today -- you may even recognize a face on it.

A local domestic violence group unveiled its new Ross Mirkarimi-inspired billboard Thursday afternoon, which references Sheriff Mirkarimi's disturbing quote in response to his own domestic violence allegations.

The billboard says: "Domestic Violence is NEVER private matter," and is there to remind commuters passing by Harrison Street that there is help for victims of domestic violence.

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Erin Browner

​More than 50 people attended the unveiling of the new billboard -- which cost $4,000, paid for by community donations -- some chanting "si se puede" ("yes we can"). Members of La Casa De Las Madres and others in the community published their photos on the billboard.

"Having your face up there helps to identify this as a human matter," said Katherine Berg of La Casa.

Activists are gladly using Mirkarimi's infamous quote when he claimed claims he physically abused his wife, Eliana Lopez, was a "private matter, a family matter" to make their case that "domestic violence is a community and health matter."

"One in four women experience domestic violence by partners or ex-partners," said Leni Marin, vice president of Futures Without Violence.

Last year, police received more than 100,000 calls statewide reporting incidents of domestic violence, according to Kathy Moore, associate director of California Partnership to End Domestic Violence.

La Casa is $1,100 away from funding a second billboard with the same message in Spanish.

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Behindthe Bluewall
Behindthe Bluewall

It can not be said enough. The lettering SHOULD be billboard-big. The thought needs to be in people's heads. This isn't just for the sheriff. It's for all domestic violence. No one, especially people who are law enforcement and/or leadership positions, should be so backwards in their thinking. Domestic violence is a crime. Period. Write it across the sky. Paint murals on the buildings. Sidewalk art, and t-shirts. Megaphones and telephones. Tell it. Domestic violence is NEVER a private matter. 

Here in Tacoma Washington our city officials made the decision to ignore allegations against our police chief, David Brame, by his wife Crystal - saying to the media that it was a "private matter." The next day the chief committed murder suicide and stole Crystal's life, robbing their children of both parents, leaving a brain matter mess for colleagues to clean up, costing the city millions of dollars in multiple lawsuits. How PRIVATE was it then? Not very. (When your San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White's husband called the police to report she had hit him in the head with a heavy glass mug, it was brushed under the rug, and referred to publicly as a "private matter" that she will take care of.)

I would like to see a billboard like this, at least one, in every city.

coppersmom
coppersmom

and what do you do for a living? produce billboards?

Guest
Guest

Regarding Tacoma Murder:

It was a horrible tragedy and particularly bad for the children. I hope a thing like it never happens again. I ask will this billboard help to prevent such a thing? Mirkarimi has turned into a political matter for his opponents.

By putting up a billboard these "activists" become a party to the fight. Why not get involved in a less political way. Are they out to reduce DV or jump on a band wagon.

Guest
Guest

This whole episode reminds me of the Clinton debacle with the Special Prosecutor. The Republicans always opposed the Special Prosecutor. So as soon as they had a chance they abused it so badly that everyone agreed it should go.

Now the right wingers are abusing DV laws so badly people will demand reform. Basically showing by example how badly the law is written. These "DV activists" unwittingly help this by jumping on the bandwagon and proving their point.

Guest
Guest

"Futures Without Violence" has a ton of stuff about violence against women but not one word about violence against men. It seems pretty sexist to me. No wonder an anti-men group jumps at the chance to trash a man even one who is friendly to them. Good job! Attack all men without hesitation to at least see if they are guilty first. Makes you a lot of allies.

Guest
Guest

The "activists" will simply alienate a lot of people. Including those like me who truly respect the right to be considered innocent. I have no use for people like Berg or Moore who rush to judge others. Wait until it is my turn to vote and you bet I will remember.

MsUnderstanding
MsUnderstanding

Would it have been better if the billboard would have read " Be careful whom you lay down with for they may not really want you". Ross is a decent man who loves his son and that woman he was forced to marry is the thorn in his side.

Guest
Guest

 Well said Mirkarimi has taken reponsibility for his son. Unlike so many people who do not. The "holier than thou" critics do not know the facts but are all to convict him. Maybe because it makes them feel like they are "responsible" buy hanging Mirkarimi.

coppersmom
coppersmom

I think this tiny handful of activists who could better have used ten thousand dollars to help relocate someone who really needs it...these folks have some big cognition problems also..perhaps if they looked up the definition of the word"quote".

Guest
Guest

Yes but the whole thing is about railroading Mirkarimi. Not helping victims or children. Very much the opposite they are hard at work  to create new victims. These "activists" give real dedicated activists a bad name.

At the minimum they should wait and not taint the jury pool. Instead they jump in without any knowledge of what happened. What is so hard about giving people the same rights they would want for themselves.

coppersmom
coppersmom

well of course..but sometimes the lure of a "cause" perceived or otherwise and connecting your organization to a sensational news item to make money.. blurs simple common sense....advantage Mirkarimi and family..which is a good thing.

coppersmom
coppersmom

Just one major problem with this story. Your headline screams that the billboard quotes Ross Mirkarimi. It does no such thing.. He never said that"domestic violence is a private matter" and you know it..lousy attempt at journalism

Longnlat
Longnlat

Come on the guy deserves all that's coming to him for some of the most silly legislation he's authored, karma makes a full circle, get over it...

coppersmom
coppersmom

to what legislation do you specifically refer?  faster pussycat faster..cough up that hairball.

Longnlat
Longnlat

come you apparently know his history..knuclehead, I'm not wasting my time  listing all his indiscretions....

Guest
Guest

 Why are you insulting another poster? It says more about you than any other person.

coppersmom
coppersmom

well you are free to remain the expert on "knucleheads" don't waste your time learning to spell either.

Gshieman
Gshieman

  These activist groups and critics may very well have misunderstood what Mr. Mirkarimi was referencing with the quote.  He is one of the brightest people working in City Hall, and would probably not make a claim like that about "actual" domestic violence.

   It is very likely that he was referring to the fact that all/most married/unmarried couples have serious arguments and spats..that could be called fights (and that do not involve domestic violence).  Critics are using this situation to further their own goals and agendas... and some of the most vocal are people that can be recognized as vociferously and hatefully anti Ross Mirkarimi long before this incident allegedly occurred.

  

Erdoc
Erdoc

Oh please.  Ross Mirkarimi is one of the most judgmental, close minded, liberal nutjobs we have ever had on the Board of Stupes.  One liberal trope after another.  No opinion of his ever supported by evidence.  Ban plastic bags, ban handguns for law abiding citizens (note he had 3) and on and on and on.  

He meant exactly what he said, and that's why it's now on a billboard. 

coppersmom
coppersmom

but...he didn't say what's on the billboard..perhaps an eye check for you?

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