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Brandi Carlile is fired up and ready to Fight The Fear as she prepares to take her grassroots campaign on the road.

This summer sees Brandi Carlile embarking on a major headlining tour in support of her 5th studio album THE FIREWATCHER’S DAUGHTER. Carlile, who has earned her reputation as a formidable and engaging live performer, is prone to audience participation. However, this time she is inviting her audience to participate in a very unique and empowering way.  Carlile donates $1 from every concert ticket to The Looking Out Foundation, which in turn helps fund grassroots organizations and campaigns. This summer marks the launch of the Fight The Fear Campaign Tour (FtFC). (FtFC) is a community oriented violence-prevention initiative, providing training for women and girls in basic self defense skills including awareness, de-escalation, boundary setting, assertive communication, and fighting techniques - as well as access to resources for survivors of violence or abuse. The goal of FtFC is to make self-defense available to as many people as possible.  FtFC was inspired by the life and loss of Teresa Butz and her surviving partner Jennifer hopper, victims of a home invasion, rape and murder in South Park, Seattle in 2009. Carlile recalls the “devastating impact it had on the local community, particularly women who no longer felt safe in their own homes”. She expressed her frustration “I knew something had to be done but I didn’t know how to reach out”. The answer came when this violent crime led to the serendipitous meeting of two minds. Butz had been a long time fan of Carlile’s music, so as part of Hopper’s healing process, she reached out to Carlile. together they launched FtFC to empower and help vulnerable at risk communities realize their own strength, learn how to defend themselves and “Fight The Fear”. Carlile sees her summer tour as an opportunity to take FtFC Nationwide by offering free Self-defense workshops wherever her tour bus stops. Fans will have the opportunity to register at her concert and attend a free workshop in their city the following week. Carlile predicts that the impact and ripple effect of FtFC will be hard to quantify “You can’t count the statistics of the attacks that won’t happen because of the women we are empowering”. Carlile said that too often, women and girls don’t stand up for themselves in the face of dangerous situations because they have been raised to be demure and accommodating. “The time to be quiet and cute is over,” she said. “That belongs in your parents’ and grandparents’ generation.”  FtFC will be partnering with with Prevention.Action.Change to coincide with the first stop in Portland, ME on THE FIREWATCHER’S DAUGHTER Tour on May 22nd.  Please visit Fight The Fear Campaign Tour for more information and a list of participating venues and organizations.
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Fight The Fear Campaign Tour

Fight the Fear Campaign and Prevention Action Change are offering a free training in awareness, de-escalation, boundary setting, assertive communication, grab releases and fighting techniques – as well as access to resources for survivors of violence or abuse. Free Self Defense Workshop open to women and girls 16+ Date: May 23rd  Time: noon - 2pm Location: Maine Ballroom ,614 Congress Street Portland, ME Register by email:  ftfcampaign@gmail.com Check us out at: Fight The Fear Campaign Check out our local partner at: Prevention Action Change EMPOWER YOURSELF Because You're Worth Defending  
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Calling all Brandi Carlile fans, activists and likeminded changemakers…

The Fight The Fear Campaign is going on tour with Brandi Carlile this summer and we need volunteers! We are taking our Fight The Fear Campaign (FtFC) Nationwide by offering free self-defense workshops wherever Brandi’s tour bus stops.  FtFC provides training in awareness, de-escalation, boundary setting, assertive communication, grab releases and fighting techniques – as well as access to resources for survivors of violence or abuse. Our self-defense workshops are open to women and girls ages 16+. Fans will have the opportunity to register at Brandi’s concert and attend a free workshop in their city the following week. We are recruiting two volunteers per show to join our FtFC Street Team. You will be armed with iPads to sign up as many people as possible and distribute information about FtFC. Selected Street Teamers will be provided with a ticket to Brandi’s show, a limited edition FtFC Street Teamer T-shirt and an amazing opportunity to make a difference in your community. In addition, the FtFC Street Teamer who signs up the most people will win a VIP concert ticket package for any Brandi Carlile show in 2016. All we ask is that you are knowledgeable, enthusiastic and inspired by our campaign. We are currently recruiting FtFC Street Teamers for the following concerts: 5/22 -  State Theatre, Portland, ME 5/23 – Palace Theatre, Albany, NY 5/29 -  Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI 5/30 – Egyptian Room – Old National Theatre, Indianapolis, IN 6/6 – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater, Austin, TX 7/22 – Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA 7/31 – Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, IL Please visit Fight The Fear Campaign Tour for more information and a list of participating venues and organizations. To apply to be a FtFC Street Teamer, please contact info@lookingoutfoundation.org with the following information: Name: Age: Show interested in attending (city, ST): Contact phone #: Contact email #: Q1: Why are you interested in helping the Looking Out Foundation and the Fight the Fear Campaign?
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Free self-defense class on Sunday April 19th...

The Fight The Fear Campaign is offering a free self-defense class on Sunday April 19th from 3-5pm.  Open to all women ages 12 and up. Please join us for this empowering class held at Seattle Integrated Martial Arts  4159 Fauntleroy Way, Seattle, WA 98126. - Fight The Fear Team
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Free self-defense class on Sunday April 19th in Seattle

The Fight The Fear Campaign is offering a free self-defense class on Sunday April 19th from 3-5pm.  Open to all women ages 12 and up. Please join us for this empowering class held at Seattle Integrated Martial Arts  4159 Fauntleroy Way, Seattle, WA 98126.. - Fight The Fear Team
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FTFC Teach The Teachers Weekend Workshop

This past weekend 50 educators gathered together at IslandWood on Bainbridge Island (WA) to learn from some of the best instructors of the Fight the Fear Campaign. This 2-day "Teach the Teachers" Workshop was funded entirely by Brandi Carlile's Looking Out Foundation. As a result of this intensive training, these educators can now take what they learned back into their schools and communities to help youth feel more confident, strong, empowered and safe. Thank you to Melinda Johnson and all the educators who attended! - Fight The Fear Campaign Team
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Teach The Teachers Free weekend workshop

Teach The Teachers Violence Prevention Through Empowerment Self-Defense Free weekend workshop. Skills you will gain and be able to pass on to your community: Self-defense concepts, philosophy and physical skills. Developing confidence and voice through assertive communication. Break into the assumptions and habits that let violence into young peoples' lives March 28th - 29th 2015 At Islandwood on Bainbridge Island For Teachers, mentors and counselors To apply, please email: ftfcampaign@gmail.com - Fight The Fear Campaign Team  
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Girls Can Do

Our very own Fight The Fear Campaign Director Melinda Johnson will be presenting a 3 minute FTFC demo and hosting a table at a 'Girls Can Do' event at Benaroya Hall this Saturday February 7th. Click here to get your tickets for what promises to be an inspiring day. The Mission of Girls Can Do is to inspire a generation of possibility thinkers. To Encourage young women to have big dreams and pursue them. After all, what you want to do in life is always your best option, and anything is possible if you expect it. The purpose of Girls Can Do event series is to host events around the country and the world, at low to no cost for young women and girls. Our events are special days where girls come to engage, connect, and share experiences with amazing women speakers who are pursuing their dreams. We also partner with local organizations focused on girls programing to provide “next steps” for newly inspired Possibility Thinkers.
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Fight The Fear Campaign goes National!....

School counselors say one of the top concerns among high school girls is fending off unwanted sexual advances. Two teachers in the Issaquah School District decided to fight that fear, and their efforts could inspire schools across the country to do the same. Click here to read the Komo article in full.
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