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May 20, 2013
State denim drive collects 1,900 items for women's causes

130519-denim-drive.JPGThe final tally is in: Government employees at 20 state and local departments and four Sacramento-area businesses collected 1,916 pieces of clothing during last month's Denim Drive.

Many of the donated items go directly to victims of violent crime and abuse, while others will be sold in thrift stores that fund assistance services, including WEAVE, Yolo Co Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center., and La Casa de las Madres in San Francisco.

The annual drive is inspired by Denim Day, an observance that started 12 years ago to protest an Italian court's decision overturning a rape conviction because the victim was wearing jeans.

Here's the roster of this year's Denim Drive government- and private-sector sponsors:

State and local government:


  • Governor's Office

  • State & Consumer Services Agency (SCSA)

  • Office of the Treasurer

  • Department of General Services

  • Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development

  • CalPERS

  • Sacramento County District Attorney's Office

  • California Emergency Management Agency

  • Department of Consumer Affairs

  • Department of Housing and Community Development

  • California Highway Patrol

  • California Technology Agency

  • California Department of Human Resources

  • Department of Health Care Services

  • Department of Developmental Services

  • Emergency Medical Services Authority

  • State Compensation Insurance Fund

  • California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board

  • California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

  • Medical Board of California


Sacramento businesses:

  • La Bou - 1122 11th street

  • Café Connection - 1007 L Street

  • Ambrosia Café - 1100 11th St.

  • Vallejo's Restaurant - 1100 O Street

PHOTO CREDIT: Candy Larsen (left) of the California Victim Compensation program delivers denim collections to Diana Stantz, Director of the Yolo County Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center. Photo courtesy California Victim Compensation Program

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