A map of Alaska with the Aleutian & Pribilof Islands region highlighted.
Organization: Unalaskans Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence
City: Unalaska
Region: Aleutian & Pribilof Islands
Program Area: Human Services \ Domestic violence
Grants Received:
2014: $25,000  2002: $15,600
2006: $11,750

The hardness scale

Mission Statement
Unalaskans Against Sexual
Assault & Family Violence, Inc

Organized & committed to provide immediate safety, support, advocacy, education, information, and referral services in order to promote empowerment, safety, health, and well-being, to improve the quality of life in the Aleutian/Pribilof Region.

"Like one stone
on a beach of stones
linked through you to all the rest"

         -Lucy Dougall

In pocket or lunch pail, or later
In an extra thermos,
for years he smuggled
through the guarded gate--
tailing mounds tiered
as eroding temples, Anaconda,
Anamex, the sign changing
but the job, the sub-broiled
open pit the same.

A photo of the remodeled Unalaskans Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence shelter.

Except Sundays and strikes
most days he drove a spiraling road
to the crater's center.

What he brought back: rocks,
a fire-able offense,
salvaged from the blasts,
the smelter where tons
rendered a pound or so of pennies.

Drusey swirls of malachite,
clusters of quartz, milky
calcite, fools gold, azurite,
ragged sheets of native copper,
An interior photo of the remodeled Unalaskans Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence shelter. verdigris veins of chrysacolla in cuprite.

Fractured chunks turning to gravel
in my tumbler or when I try
to saw and grind them--
prodigal lapidary, youngest son
between his hand up
and his raging slap and fists.

I still keep a crate
of specimens intact,
my father's beauty and brittleness.

Jerah Chadwick has lived on the Aleutian Island of Unalaska for 24 years, where he first came to raise goats and write, living in an abandoned WWII military outpost, 8 miles hike from town. Since 1988, he has taught for and run the UAF Aleutian extension program, and since 1989, he has served on the board of directors of Unalaskans Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence (USAFV), which he currently chairs. He is known locally as a community activist, has served on the boards of many nonprofit organizations, is a tireless fundraiser, etc.; he is also well known for his poetry, which has been published internationally. A 2nd edition of STORY HUNGER, his first full-length collection, was released by Salmon Publishing of Ireland in 2005, and he was appointed to a two-year term as Alaska State Writer Laureate in October 2004.