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The Silent Witness National Initiative invites you to honor Sheila Wellstone and her tremendous work in reducing domestic violence in our country. She was tragically killed in a plane crash with Senator Paul Wellstone on October 25, 2002.

As of July 4, 2005 we have distributed over 475 shawls. This is an amazing project. It touches the hearts of so many people.

Renee Youngberg is the Sheila Shawl National Coordinator.

She will moderate the online group, write What’s Up with Sheila’s Shawls? for the Silent Witness newsletter, connect and respond with others by email, encourage new volunteers to join as State Coordinators and Volunteer Knitters, Also Renee will to receive and distribute scarves, shawls and yarn, respond to inquiries and requests by phone, email and here at the group, offer support and assistance to State Coordinators and Volunteer Knitters.

Renee will be here to answer questions, make suggestions, and offer help and support as best we can.

Together, we support domestic peace.


We’ve created a new online discussion group (see link below) to give us all a safe place where we can share together about all the different aspects involved in creating, collecting and distributing Sheila’s Shawls and Paul’s Scarves. (This is an email discussion group, and not a chat room.) I hope others will find this kind of forum helpful and meaningful. Here’s the link to the online discussion group:

Please note: there are no apostrophes in the group names, as yahoo does not allow them, though Sheila’s Shawls and Paul’s Scarves are the ‘real’ names of the groups and the projects 😉

If you have any kind of problem accessing either group, please email me directly at — and I’ll see what I can do to help. If you would prefer a direct-link invitation to the group, just let me know and I’ll happily send you one.

And, of course, if you know of any others who are interested in this work, please email me and let me know so I can contact them and invite them to join the new groups too. Thank you for helping build a strong network.

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