Washtenaw NOW News #9

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Edition 9, 9/11/15

Dear Feminist Friends and Allies,

Well, we had a lively discussion last night at our Feminist Happy Hour!  Hosted by the WCC Political Science Club, we covered such wide ranging topics as whether Trump should be getting more push back on his misogynist and racist ravings, how the press corps is covering Clinton this time compared to 8 years ago, progress on our Eden Foods postcard initiative, whether the term “feminist” still had any negative connotations for the general public after all the good the movement has done over nearly 5 decades, and what young men of today say about women when there are no women in the room!  We also talked about the current scandal in Lansing – an obvious topic, since the Legislator’s meeting on what to do went till 3 AM and prevented our guest State Representative Gretchen Driskell from joining us!  Thank you Rosie and Joe for hosting our discussion!

Next Tuesday, September 15th, our chapter will have a booth at EMU’s Feminist Fest.  This event will be held in the Student Center Ballroom from noon till 3PM.  Thanks to Jane Stiegel and Anna Vockel for volunteering to help staff it!  We will be selling our “I AM WOMAN, WATCH ME VOTE” t-shirts, as well as cool feminist buttons and bumper stickers.  If you are in the neighborhood, do stop by.

Free passes to the Thursday September 17th screening of Meryl Streep’s new film “SUFFRAGETTE” at the Michigan Theater are going fast!

Inspired by true events, “SUFFRAGETTE” is a moving drama exploring the passion and heartbreak of those who risked all they had – their jobs, their homes, their children, and even their lives – for women’s right to vote in England 100 years ago.  Watch the trailer . Each free pass is good for “you and a guest,” so two people.  You must have a pass to get in.  Having a pass does not guarantee a seat, so although the movie starts at 7 PM, it will pay to get there early to be sure you get a seat.  If you have not yet contacted me about a pass, please email me at mayorsis@provide.net or call at 734-481-1804 ASAP.  I received the passes in the mail today, so I can now begin passing them out.

Earlier in the day on September 17th there will be a talk on the U of M campus about men’s initiatives over the years to prevent male violence against women.  This talk will  take place at Lane Hall, Room 2239, from 3:10 till 4:30 PM.  Lane Hall is located on State Street between Liberty and Washington.   If you plan to go to see “SUFFRAGETTES,”  you may want to go in to Ann Arbor early and catch this talk as well.

Wednesday September 23rd at 7 PM will be our regular meeting, and will feature the movie “Miss Representation” and popcorn. This documentary, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival,  explores how the media contribute to the under-representation of women in influential positions by depicting women in limited and often disparaging ways. (Wikipedia)  Watch the trailer.  The meeting will be held in the Ypsilanti Historical Museum Archives at 220 North Huron Street between Washtenaw and Emmett.  The entrance to the Archives is to the left of the museum’s front door, and will be marked with signage.  You may park in the museum lot, or across the street at the First Presbyterian Church of Ypsilanti lot if the museum lot is full.

Finally, it must be movie month, because in the package with our “SUFFRAGETTE” movie passes were included 25 free passes to the screening of the new documentary “HE NAMED ME MALALA!”  We all have read the story of this brave girl who was shot in the head because she wanted to go to school.  She survived and has become the voice of young girls all over the world.  See the trailer.  This movie will be shown at the Michigan Theater at 7 PM on Wednesday September 30th.  Each pass will admit two people.  Let me know if you wish to have a pass.  They will be given out first come, first served until they are gone.   You must have a pass to get in, and having a pass does not guarantee you a seat, so again, arrive early.

I hope to see you at one or more of our events soon!

Cheryl Farmer MD, President

Washtenaw NOW