Battered by the Pentagon: The reality of military service for women and strategies for resisting violence against women by the U.S. military

Joanne Sheehan is regional coordinator for New England War Resisters League. She recently completed two terms as Chair of War Resisters International, only the 2nd woman to serve in that position. An organizer and nonviolence trainer, she has been active in many nonviolent campaigns. She has written about feminism and nonviolence, and was a co-author of “Battered By the Pentagon.” Joanne speaks about how she became a feminist through her work with the anti-militarism movement, the connections between the two and much much more!

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Conflicting identities, specifically as an anarchist, lesbian, feminist, and Jew, and the creation of collective visions and community with others

This talk was given at the “Spotlight on Anarchism Series” conference on October 2nd, 2008 at the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford, CT.

Martha is professor of Government and Women’s Studies at Smith College in North Hampton, MA and is the author of “Free Women of Spain: Anarchism and the struggle for the Emancipation of Women’ as well as numerous articles on feminism, families, and social change

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A Radical Feminist Perspective on Prostitution

Sam Berg, founder of Genderberg was born and grew up in New York but found home in Portland, Oregon. An activist, bicyclist, vegetarian, and a whole lot of other goody-two-shoes progressive type things, she currently shares living space with a beloved partner and three cats. In 2002 she co-founded S.H.A.G., Sexual Health Activist Group, to organize actions with young people for sexual education and reproductive rights, and in March 2004 she co-founded A.P.A.N., Antiporn Activist Network.
Lately Sam has focused her feminist energies towards sexual autonomy, bodily integrity and equal human rights for all women. Towards these ends she has dedicated herself to educating people about the inherent harms of sexual capitalism.

“I’ve got the stretch marks to prove even God didn’t anticipate the woman I would become.” -sam

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Feminism and Veganism

Lagusta Yearwood is an American-born vegan chef and activist. She runs Lagusta’s Luscious Vegeterian Home Meal Delivery Service, which delivers fresh healthy food from New Paltz to NYC, and makes vegan chocolate truffles which she ships directly to consumers and sells in select stores. In addition, she works on a wide variety of volunteer projects including her local Green Party and a member-owned food co-op she is helping to create. She also worked on the newest Bloodroot Cookbook set, “The Best of Bloodroot,” put out by Bloodroot Feminist Vegetarian restaurant in Bridgeport, CT. She lives with her three cats and her sweetheart, Jacob, in New Paltz, NY.

*****This show includes discussions on queering animal rights, cultural myths about veganism, culturally diversifying animal rights, a class analysis of the animal rights movement and of course, WHY WE CAN’T STAND PETA!. *****

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A Feminist Perspective on Hurricane Katrina/Women of Color and Reproductive Justice (2006)

Loretta J. Ross is the National Coordinator of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective, a network founded in 1997 of 76 women of color and allied organizations that work on reproductive justice issues. In 2004, Ms. Ross was Na?ional Co-Director of the April 25, 2004 March for Womenas Lives in Washington D.C., the largest protest march in U.S. history with more than one million participants. From 1996-2004, she was the Founder and Executive Director of the National Center for Human Rights Education (NCHRE) in Atlanta, Georgia.
Read A Feminist Perspective On Hurricane Katrina

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The Role of Film and Radio in Social Justice Movements (Plus a discussion about “The Old Women’s Project” and More)

Jennifer Abod, with a Ph.D. in Intercultural Media Education and Women’s Studies, is an award winning feminist media producer and professor who was part of the dawning of the second wave of feminism in the U.S. Co-founder and singer of the New Haven (CT) Women’s Liberation Rock Band and co-writer of “The Liberation of Lydia” the first feminist radio soap opera, she hosted and produced programs on community, public, and commercial radio in New Haven, Philadelphia and Boston for nearly twenty years.

> The first woman in Connecticut to host a nightly AM radio talk program, “The Jennifer Abod Show,” which she ran for four years. In 1988 she created Profile Productions to produce and distribute media featuring feminist activists and cultural workers, particularly women of color and lesbians who influence broad constituencies.
She created her first audio documentary, “Audre Lorde: An Audio Profile.” While working for several years as a media specialist for Digital Equipment Corporation, directing, writing and producing corporate audio and videotapes, she was determined to access the skills she would need to document women’s lives. She completed her first feature video documentary in 2002: “The Edge of Each Other’s Battles: The Vision of Audre Lorde,” which is currently being screened in national and international venues.
Abod is available for presentations and workshops. Additionally, for the past two years, Abod has organized and moderated “Fighting Racism: White Feminist Stories” a panel and work session at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference which has provided an opportunity for white women to reflect and learn from each other’s experiences after years of work.
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Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation

Florence Ali is President of The Ghanaian Association for Women’s Welfare , an NGO working towards eliminating harmful traditional practices against women and children with female genital mutilation as a global concern being high on their list of priorities. Florence was previously a midwife and acted as the principle nursing officer for the public health administration in charge of the Accra region in Ghana.

Three million girls and women are subjected to genital mutilation, a dangerous and potentially life threatening procedure that causes unspeakable pain and suffering. This practive violates girl’s and women’s basic human rights, denying them of their physical and mental integrity, their right to freedom from violence and discrimination, and in the most extreme case, of their life.
*****This show includes descriptions of the various types of fgm, theories on why and when the practive began, a comparison of UN’s definition of harmful cultural practices to Western Beauty Practives as well as strategies to help eliminate FGM . *****

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Sistersong Women of Color and Reproductive Justice Health Collective

Heidi Williamson is the Advocacy and Membership Coordinator for SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective. She is responsible for issue advocacy and education in Atlanta, Georgia on issues around reproductive health. Heidi’s position at SisterSong allows her blend two lifelong passions: social activism and empowering women of color through education and advocacy.

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Prior to her position with SisterSong, she was a political organizer in the labor movement organizing public sector workers with Services Employee International Union (SEIU). During her tenure there, she developed a statewide member political program, created a local Political Action Fund, and, lobbied on behalf of the 80,000 state employees throughout Georgia.
Since 1999 she has worked with several organizations that prioritize and empower women throughout Georgia. While President of NARAL GA Education Foundation, she developed programming for women of color and teens. She also worked for 9 to 5, the National Association of Working Women, where she helped coordinate the Atlanta Living Wage Campaign.
Heidi is a graduate of Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and African American Studies.

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