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July

THURS JULY 5, and subsequent 1st Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., at Seattle First Baptist Church, Harvard & Seneca; LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS FORUM, a special performance "May's Vote", how women got the vote in 1910 in Washington state; info 206-329-4848 or lwvseattle@aol.com or http://www.scn.org/civic/lwvseattle

SAT JULY 7, luncheon 2 - 3:30 p.m. in Board Room, presentation 3:45 - 5 p.m., at the Seattle Art Museum Auditorium; WOMEN'S SPIRITUALITY & Social Transformation: Claiming Our Spirit, Changing Our World, a scholarly presentation by Dr Amina Wadud, author of "Qur'an and Woman"; $25 luncheon and lecture, lecture only $10, info Nurul Iman 206-329-5735 or Buz Stuart 425-739-9908.

JULY 13 - 21, Sponsor a Pro Choice Clinic Defender to Travel to Wichita when the fanatical anti-choice group "Operation Save America" (formerly known as "Operation Rescue") plans to descend en-masse to Dr. George Tiller's clinic in Wichita on standing at the "gates of Hell"-as they put it-to do sidewalk "counseling" and "save the babies"; The Washington to Wichita Clinic Defense Coalition-made up of the Washington state chapters of the Religious Coalition for REPRODUCTIVE CHOICE and Refuse & Resist!, the University of Washington's chapter of Vox: Voices for Planned Parenthood, Aradia Women's Health Center, Feminist Women's Health Centers, Planned Parenthood of Washington, Community Abortion Information Resource Project, Washington Reproductive Rights Network, and Washington National Abortion Rights Action League, contributions needed, info Washington to Wichita Clinic Defense Coalition 206-632- 2445 or wsrcrc@yahoo.com; checks payable to "AWHC" and earmark in the lower left corner for "Wichita Clinic Defense" to AWHC, 1300 Spring Street, Seattle, WA 98104

JULY 15 - 21, in Wichita, Kansas; Clinic Defense; PROTECT REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM and Defend the Women's Health Care Services Clinic from the anti-choicers, don't allow Operation Save America (formerly Operation Rescue) to shut down our clinics, harass and murder our abortion providers, or control women's lives! LOCAL EVENTS to raise awareness and funds are in the works, including a forum about being religious and pro-choice; to help organize, donate funds, or do clinic defense in Wichita contact sponsors Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice 206-632-2445 or wsrcrc@yahoo.com; Seattle Refuse & Resist! 206-648-0603 or randrseattle@hotmail.com ; Feminist Women's Health Centers, Aradia Women's Health Center, VOX, Planned Parenthood of Washington, Community Abortion Information Resource Project

TUES JULY 17, and subsequent 3rd Tuesdays, 2 - 4 p.m. summer hours, rest of year 4 - 6 p.m., at University Friends Meeting House, 4001 9th Ave NE; The SAFE SCHOOLS Coalition meeting, a public-private partnership of 91 organizations (government agencies, schools, community agencies, churches, youth/student groups, gay/lesbian groups, human rights groups) and 400+ individuals working to help Washington State schools become safe places where every family can belong, where every educator can teach, and where every child can learn, regardless of GENDER IDENTITY OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION, All are welcome; you do not need to be a member; info http://www.safeschools-wa.org or questions@safeschools-wa.org

TUES JULY 17, and subsequent 3rd Tuesdays; 7 - 9 p.m., at Lesbian Resource Center at 23rd and Jackson; meeting of WHITE WOMEN ORGANIZING AGAINST RACISM, a place for white women to get support from one another in doing anti-racist work; purpose to challenge racism at personal, cultural, and institutional levels and to transform ourselves into allies to people of color through: Educating ourselves and our communities about racism and its intersection with other oppressions; Building relationships with communities of color; and participating in collective action for change; info Sarah Mello Temple 206-323-2396 or stemple@ywcaworks.org

THURS JULY 19, and subsequent 3rd Thursdays, 8 - 9 a.m., at the Crocodile Cafe, 2200 2nd Ave in Belltown; monthly meeting of the planning committee for INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY, everyone is welcome to attend and help plan the event near March 8, info 206-632-8547 or femme2@scn.org

THURS JULY 19, 7:30 p.m., at New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave S, 4 blocks south of S. Alaska St. on the #7 bus line; Radical Women presents "Native American Women Organize for JUSTICE AND SOVEREIGNTY." Learn about current issues in Native American communities and the role being played by women in a special report featuring activists Helaire Echohawk of the Pawnee Tribe and Debra O'Gara, a Tlingit Indian; Dinner with Vegetarian Option at 6:30 p.m. for $6.50 donation; all welcome, info, rides or childcare 206-722-6057 or 206-722-2453

SUN JULY 29, and subsequent 4th Sundays, 8:30 a.m., on KEXP (formerly KCMU) Radio, 90.3 f.m.; Northwest LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT Law Office (LELO) monthly radio program "Speaking for Ourselves, To Each Other," with Bev Sims, host

ONGOING THURSDAYS, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., future schedule to be determined, at Westlake Park, downtown at 4th and Pine; stand with Women in Black in quiet vigil to show that women's lives and women's work are not expendable! The Coalition on Women, Religion & Spirituality is convening this ongoing series of weekly vigils to provide a forum to stand in solidarity on LOCAL AND GLOBAL ISSUES IMPACTING WOMEN. While we will stand in mostly silence, we will also leaflet and hold signs. Bring flyers and signs for a justice issue you care about. Wear black; info Elise Degooyer degooyer@u.washington.edu


August

THURS AUG 2, and subsequent 1st Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., at Seattle First Baptist Church, Harvard & Seneca; LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS FORUM, info 206-329-4848 or lwvseattle@aol.com or http://www.scn.org/civic/lwvseattle

THURS AUG 2, 7:30 p.m., at New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave S, 4 blocks south of S. Alaska St. on the #7 bus line; RADICAL WOMEN General Meeting; Learn more about their current activities and campaigns; Dinner with Vegetarian Option at 6:30 p.m. for $6.50 donation; all welcome, info, rides or childcare 206-722-6057 or 206-722- 2453

SUN AUG 5, and subsequent 1st Sundays, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., at The Lesbian Resource Center, 2214 S. Jackson St; LESBIAN RESOURCE CENTER Hosts a Brunch open to all women

WEDS - SAT AUG 8 - 11, in Spokane; The Northwest Coalition For Human Dignity Regional Conference on HUMAN RIGHTS, for both youth and families, includes keynote speaker Loretta Ross, workshops, recreational opportunities and activities for youth and families and a concert that will be part of the Festival at the Sandpoint Summer Series, info Mark Houser 307-733-8349 or safeschools@wyoming.com

THURS AUG 16, and subsequent 3rd Thursdays, 8 - 9 a.m., at the Crocodile Cafe, 2200 2nd Ave in Belltown; monthly meeting of the planning committee for INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY, everyone is welcome to attend and help plan the event near March 8, info 206-632-8547 or femme2@scn.org

TUES AUG 21, and subsequent 3rd Tuesdays; 7 - 9 p.m., at Lesbian Resource Center at 23rd and Jackson; meeting of WHITE WOMEN ORGANIZING AGAINST RACISM, a place for white women to get support from one another in doing anti-racist work; purpose to challenge racism at personal, cultural, and institutional levels and to transform ourselves into allies to people of color through: Educating ourselves and our communities about racism and its intersection with other oppressions; Building relationships with communities of color; and participating in collective action for change; info Sarah Mello Temple 206-323-2396 or stemple@ywcaworks.org

SUN AUG 26, WOMEN'S EQUALITY DAY

SUN AUG 26, at Meridian Park, behind Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N; Seattle NOW (National Organization for Women) annual WOMEN'S EQUALITY DAY potluck picnic, info Seattle NOW 206-632- 8547

listings extracted from Jean Buskinís Peace and Justice Calendar, at http://www.scn.org/activism/calendar. Remember to double check time and location before heading out!


UPCOMING

Women in Print Conference
14 to 15 September 2001, Madison, Wisconsin

This conference will address the world of print that women have inherited, constructed, and consumed over the last 125 years. Barbara Sicherman, Kenan Professor of American Institutes and Values at Trinity College, will deliver the keynote address. A number of additional special presentations are also planned. Papers will focus on and illuminate the interaction between the reader and printed materials aimed at or produced and read by women. Studies dealing with class, religion, journalism, feminism, immigrants, racial and sexual minorities, radicals, etc., are featured. Further info jpearl@slis.wisc.edu and http://slisweb.lis.wisc.edu/~printcul/women.html


Call for Papers

Call for Feminist Essays Against Prostitution and Pornography

*** Please forward widely ***

Submissions are invited for an anthology of feminist writings against prostitution and pornography. The main goals for the anthology are as follows:

to educate readers as to why prostitution and pornography are harmful, and their role in perpetuating male dominance;

to show readers that feminist work against prostitution and pornography is being done; and to show readers what they can do to end prostitution and pornography.

The anthology will strengthen and broaden the feminist movement against prostitution and pornography. This is a place for feminist writers, thinkers, and activists of all ages, races, classes, educational levels, sexual orientations, and abilities to share testimony, theory, and reports of their activism around these issues with a broad audience.

Definition of Prostitution:

Prostitution includes sex for survival needs; massage parlors; prostitution rings; stripping; saunas; live sex shows; adult and child pornography; street prostitution; escort services or outcall; peep shows; phone sex; international and domestic trafficking; mail order bride services; and prostitution tourism.

Following are some possible topics for submissions, but please don't be limited by these suggestions!

Suggested Topics:

*Race, class, and disability as they relate to prostitution/pornography and the feminist movement against prostitution/pornography;

*Philosophical issues, especially how consent and choice relate to prostitution/pornorgraphy;

*Activism: teaching anti-prostitution/pornography perspectives in the classroom; grassroots organizing; civil disobedience; direct actions;

*Testimony by survivors, especially pieces that discuss the difficulties and triumphs of survivor-led activism;

*Legal solutions: obscenity laws versus civil rights remedies; tort laws; free speech and pornography; decriminalization versus legalization;

*Social services that focus on the needs of women and children escaping prostitution; *Lesbian, gay and bisexual politics in relation to prostitution/pornography;

*Lesbian S/M politics, queer politics and their relation to prostitution/pornography;

*Internet pornography; child pornography; adult pornography;

*Globalization and prostitution/pornography;

*International trafficking;

*Anti-semitism and prostitution/pornography;

*Prostitution/pornography as sexual slavery and torture;

*Psychological and physical harm of prostitution/pornography;

*The possibilities and realities of "feminist erotica";

*Essays focusing on the men who buy and sell women and children in prostitution/pornography;

*Men's place/work in ending prostitution/pornography;

*Feminization of poverty, welfare cuts and other economic conditions that drive women into prostitution;

*Linking prostitution/pornography with other social justice issues such as homelessness, poverty, incest, racism, racist hate speech, battered women's shelters, rape crisis centers;

*Mainstream media's relation to and promotion of prostitution/pornography;

*Sports and military in relation to prostitution/pornography;

*Pornography and sexual harassment;

*Liberal versus radical feminist politics;

*Criminal justice system's relation to prostitution/pornography;

*Marriage and prostitution/pornography;

*Postmodernism and prostitution/pornography.

Send inquiries and submissions to: somethingnew012001@yahoo.com or Christine Grussendorf at P.O. Box 600336 St. Paul, MN USA 55106

Christine Grussendorf and Rebecca Whisnant, co-editors

Deadline for submissions: January 15, 2002.

In Minneapolis in 1998, Andrea Dworkin spoke on prostitution and activism. Her speech marked fifteen years after the civil rights Ordinance against pornography was originally introduced in Minneapolis. At the end of Dworkin's speech, she said when something ends, something new must begin. This book is our response to her call for renewed activism against prostitution and pornography.

 




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