5BLAW | Brooklyn, NY
Copaphelia never made it to heaven, the underworld or the nunnery so most nights she wanders aimless, looking for some hay nonny nonny. Her hobbies include despair, slant rhyme and the kind of crazy that just gets better with touch. Never one to protest too much, she’d rather just hump.
By day: Lilly Bechtel
A graduate of Bard College, she has published in "Field Notes", in the anthology Creating Behind the Razor Wire: An Overview of Arts in Corrections in the U.S. and the online periodicals The Brooklyn Rail, The Faster Times and elephant journal. Ms. Bechtel is currently offering Trauma-Sensitive yoga classes at a veteran’s hospital and working on a book concerning the role of yoga in recovery from PTSD. She blogs about the phenomenon of ladies arm wrestling CLAW USA and The Faster Times, is one of the proudest, if not the brawniest, member of the Brooklyn League.
Throwing an arm out for:
Founded in 1974, The Center for Anti-Violence Education (CAE) develops and implements comprehensive programs for at-risk communities throughout New York City. Through a unique combination of education, physical training, and leadership development, CAE empowers individuals to break cycles of violence in their lives and communities. We work primarily with adult and teen women, LGBT individuals, and survivors of violence, and provide programming tailored to the specific needs of each group. Topics include bullying, relationship abuse, sexual harassment, and bias crime—and our programs help individuals build the skills and strength to prevent, heal from, and respond to violence. At CAE, individuals learn to find their voices, build self-esteem, and break through the fear, shame, and isolation caused by abuse. Furthermore, CAE’s programming is uniquely accessible: we offer free childcare, free programs for survivors, and sliding scale fees.
Each year we partner with over 70 community organizations throughout the city to reach individuals where they are. Since inception, CAE has had an extraordinary impact: we have trained over 200 women to become self-defense instructors, and have reached over 52,000 people of diverse incomes, ages, racial and ethnic backgrounds, gender identities, sexual orientations, and physical abilities in New York City and across the country. One young woman said of CAE, “This class was an amazing and empowering experience. I feel like my self-esteem has jumped 10 spaces higher than when I started.”