“The greatest tragedy or our time is not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
One of the “good people” right here on our own staff staunchly refuses to stay silent, our very own Cindy Dyer. Cindy has a proven record of not staying silent. She spoke up for victims in court as an Assistant District Attorney in Dallas Texas. She spoke up for all women as the Director of the US Department of Justice’s Office on Violence against Women. And since 2008, she has spoken out against Gender Based Violence for Vital Voices, where she is currently Vice President of Human Rights.
Here’s a perfect example of how not to stay silent. On November 1st, 2014, Cindy gave a talk at TEDxSMU. The theme of the conversation for this day-long event was “Strangely Familiar.” Cindy spoke about an issue that might be better termed “sadly familiar”: domestic violence – a prevalent problem the whole world over.
Cindy calls on men and boys to be a part of the solution to ending domestic violence by telling them that it isn’t enough for them to be non-violent themselves. They must “demand non-violence among their brethren,” as women cannot solve this problem alone.