Washtenaw NOW News #12

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Edition 12, 9/30/15

Dear Feminist Friends and Allies,

For October’s Feminist Happy Hour,  we have been invited back to Bona Sera’s lower level!  This is a quieter environment that will be more conducive to conversation.  If stairs are a problem for you, an elevator is available.  However, using it requires the assistance of a staff member with a key.  So if you plan to attend and wish to use the elevator, please let me know in advance so that those arrangements can be made for you.  Bona Sera, for those who have not previously come to this event, is located on the corner of North Washington and West Michigan Avenue in downtown Ypsilanti.  It is a block from the bus stop, and there is plenty of parking nearby.   Always held on the second Thursday of each month, this meeting will convene on October 8th from 7-9 PM.  Were you astonished by the poor treatment of women in England 100 years ago, as depicted in the movie “Suffragettes?”  Are you interested in the status of Title IX compliance in your local school system?  Is Hillary’s campaign for President going the way you had hoped?  This is our opportunity to discuss those issues and more with like-minded progressive feminist women and men!

Please welcome our new Intern Asia Paige, a bright and energetic University of Michigan student majoring in Political Science!  She will be working with our Chapter on outreach, issue initiatives and event planning this semester.  I have invited her to attend our October Happy Hour so that we can all begin to get to know one another.

The State NOW Fall Newsletter is out, and our Chapter has several articles in it.  If you have not yet received a copy in the mail, there will be

extra copies available at our Happy Hour next week.  Have you read a good feminist book or seen a good feminist movie lately?  Nina Muckenthaler, Administrative Vice President at the State level, would love for you to write a review for the next newsletter!  You can submit it to her at ninamuckenthaler@yahoo.com

We still have a few vouchers available for the new movie “He Named me Malala,” which screens at the Michigan Theater tonight at 7PM.  If you are interested, please call me ASAP at 734-481-1804 to arrange to get one.  See the trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ghiYve6k68  Each voucher will admit two people.

We welcomed Barb Fuller  to our last general meeting.  Barb, who has been involved in democratic politics and “MI List” behind the scenes for many years,  announced that she will be running for Gretchen Driskell’s seat in the 52nd District!  You go, girl!  We can be proud that we have mailed over 700 signed postcards in our Eden Foods initiative!  Our bank account currently stands at $546.95.  After the business meeting, we  watched the movie “Miss Representation.”  A lively discussion followed.  One of our members expressed an interest in planning an event for local middle-schoolers, to help them sort through these body image issues that can be so toxic.  Let me know if you would like to work on the subcommittee that will be planning this media literacy event.

Can you help our Chapter with cultural competence?  I made the faux pas of scheduling our last general meeting on Yom Kippur, and would like to avoid similar problems in the future!  I know the top dates on the Christian calendar to avoid would be Christmas Eve and Christmas, Easter and Good Friday.  What would be the top dates to avoid on the Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, and Hindu calendars, etc?   Any help you can give will be appreciated!

See you soon!

Cheryl Farmer MD, President

Washtenaw NOW

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Washtenaw NOW News #11

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Edition 11, 9/23/15

Dear Feminist Friends and Allies,

It has been brought to my attention that this date is Yom Kippur. My apologies to all who celebrate this important holiday! I will try very hard to avoid such conflicts in the future. In the meantime, it is too late to cancel so we will proceed with our meeting for all who are interested in coming and available to join us.

Wednesday September 23rd at 7 PM will be our regular meeting, and will feature the movie “Miss Representation” and popcorn with real butter! 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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ap2xnMcvpw 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 on the right of the building. There is also overflow parking available across the street at the First Presbyterian Church of Ypsilanti lot, if the museum lot is full.

We hope you can join us!

Cheryl Farmer MD, President
Washtenaw NOW

Washtenaw NOW News #9

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Edition 10, 9/20/15

Dear Feminist Friends and Allies,

Wednesday September 23rd at 7 PM will be our regular meeting, and will feature the movie “Miss Representation” and popcorn with real butter!  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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ap2xnMcvpw   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 on the right of the building.  There is also overflow parking available across the street at the First Presbyterian Church of Ypsilanti lot, if the museum lot is full.

It has just been brought to my attention that not everyone who has given me their email address is actually receiving Washtenaw NOW notices!  This was evidently due to the fact that the size of our NOW email list had grown to exceed the ability of my computer to send emails to everyone at once.  This technical problem has now been resolved, and my apologies to anyone who signed up for notifications of upcoming events and has not been receiving them!  If you go to our website at www.nowwashco.org you will find that all of our previous newsletters are archived there.

Our Chapter’s booth at EMU’s Feminist Fest was very popular.  Thanks to Jane Stiegel and Anna Vockel for volunteering to staff it!  We sold our  “I AM WOMAN, WATCH ME VOTE”   T-shirts, cool feminist buttons and bumper stickers.  We also got another 60+ postcards signed as part of our Eden Foods educational initiative.

Those of us who took advantage of the free passes really enjoyed the screening of the powerful new Carrie Mulligan / Meryl Streep film “SUFFRAGETTE” at the Michigan Theater!  If you missed it, watch for the official opening of the film in local theaters in October or November.  It was unbelievable to see how bad women’s lives were 100 years ago in England, and amazing to see the way in which  getting the vote paved the way for a lot of other changes for the better.

We now have 25 free passes to the screening of the new documentary “HE NAMED ME MALALA!”  This movie will be shown at the Michigan Theater at 7 PM on Wednesday September 30th.  We all have read the story of the 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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ghiYve6k68  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 arrive a little early.  If you are coming to our Wednesday event, I will have passes there.

See you soon!

Cheryl Farmer MD, President

Washtenaw NOW

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

 

Washtenaw NOW News #8

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Edition 8, 8/26/15

Dear Feminist Friends and Allies,

 Happy Women’s Equality Day!  It was 95 years ago yesterday that women in the United States first won the right to vote.  I have been wearing white all week, as the Suffragettes did, to honor their accomplishment! 

Where has the summer gone?!!   We have a number of exciting events coming up in September, so get out your calendar! Continue reading

Washtenaw NOW News #7

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Edition 7, 7/31/15

Dear Feminist Friends and Allies,

First a great big THANK YOU to the volunteers who made our daily presence in the non-profit section of the Art Fairs possible!!!  Kathy Fojtik-Stroud loaned us her tent last year and this, and has now donated it to our new chapter!  She also worked some shifts!  Our Vice President Georgina Hickey helped with the big jobs of set up on the first day and take down on the last, and also volunteered for shifts in-between!  The following additional volunteers did a great job staffing shifts at our Art Fair booth:  Bev Fish, Lisa Murray, Ann and Pat Rodgers, Jill Dieterle, Rebecca Kanner, Kaitlyn Witjes and Vicky Kinzler!  Our Treasurer Ann Vockel set us up with a “Square” so that we could take credit cards, and also staffed several shifts!   Our Communications Coordinator Lauren Bacans, who works at Planned Parenthood,  jumped over from staffing their booth to ours when they had more volunteers than they needed and we were short-handed! Continue reading

Washtenaw NOW News #6

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Edition Six, 5/2/2015

Dear Feminist Friends and Allies,

Who knew that re-scheduling our talk with Dr. Laura Lein on “Why poverty has a female face” would subject us to a tornado warning?  We assembled in the most beautiful WCC room yet, featuring a  floor-to-ceiling picture-window view of the pond and trees, only to have the sirens go off promptly at 7PM saying to take shelter IMMEDIATELY!  Thank goodness Dr. Lein had hand-outs instead of a power point presentation,  because our determined group was able to meet for the next hour in the relative safety of the hallway.  It was a powerful talk, despite being punctuated by periodic overhead speaker blasts reminding all to take shelter. Continue reading

Washtenaw NOW News #5

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Edition Five, 4/7/2015

Dear Feminist Friends and Allies,

I am so excited about our re-scheduled event with Dr. Laura Lein, which will be held this Thursday April 9th,  at 7PM!  Feminist Thursday, which would ordinarily have been held that evening at Bona Sera, will instead be rolled into this event, so that everyone will be available to come.

Dr. Lein will speak with us on the topic of “Why Poverty has a Female Face.”   We will meet at Washtenaw Community College in the Morris Lawrence Building.  The room has been changed from Room 105 to Room 150. Continue reading

Washtenaw NOW News #4

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Edition Four, 3/8/2015

Dear Feminist Friends and Allies,

“Feminist Thursday” is this week, March 12th  from 7-9PM at Bona Sera, on the corner of West Michigan Ave and North Washington Street in Ypsilanti.  What do you think about that pediatrician who refused to care for an infant because the parents were lesbians?  How do you feel about Barbara Mikulski’s decision to leave the U.S. Senate after this term, given how few women we have in that branch of the government?  This is your chance to discuss current events with like-minded people in a relaxing atmosphere over a glass of beer or wine.  The food is great too, if you come hungry! Continue reading

Washtenaw NOW News #3

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Edition Three, 2/21/2015

Dear Feminist Friends and Allies,

Save the date!  Our next event will be on Thursday March 19th,  at 7PM.  Dr. Laura Lein will speak with us on the topic of “Why Poverty has a Female Face.”   The event will be held at Washtenaw Community College in the Morris Lawrence Building, Room 105.

Dr. Lein is the Dean of the University of Michigan School of Social Work.  She has studied this issue of women and poverty for decades, and is a terrific speaker.   I expect this to be an interesting, informative and exciting evening. Continue reading