Guest:  Shannon Barry, Executive Director, DAIS (Domestic Abuse Intervention Services)

DAIS (Domestic Abuse Intervention Services) will hold its annual Celebrate Independence Luncheon on Tuesday, June 19, at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center. Each year at this popular event, DAIS expands the circle of abuse awareness by presenting a keynote speaker who provides light on a new area of domestic abuse.

This year, Infamous Mothers founder, Sagashus Levingston, social entrepreneur and community educator, will share stories of women who have moved from living on the margins of society to triumph over their circumstances. Who are these Infamous Mothers? They are teen mothers, women with multiple children by multiple men, women who smoked crack, prostituted, and all the other things that polite society shuns. Today they are making a difference and changing the world in the work they do as counselors, professors, entrepreneurs, artists and so much more. Their issues are in the center of discussions on women’s rights.

On this program, Shannon Barry describes the dynamics of this year’s program and how DAIS continues to expand its services to ensure the safety and well-being of domestic violence survivors and their families. DAIS works to change societal attitudes that perpetuate violence and the abuse of power.

To purchase tickets or tables for the Celebrate Independence Luncheon, go to