The following Activist Update is a joint communication from the Maine Women’s Policy Center and our sister organization, the Maine Women’s Lobby.
“ACTIVISM IS SOMETHING THAT NO ONE CAN FAKE. YOU GET ANGRY. YOU CRY. BUT YOU NEVER THROW IN YOUR TOWEL, BECAUSE THAT ANGER IS WHAT IS PROPELLING YOU TO FURTHER ACTION.” – Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Prize Laureate and Liberian Peace Activist
MAY’S MISSION…IF YOU SO CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT
Welcome to the fifth edition of Activist Update, your guide to activism in 2017! This month, we have a very exciting opportunity to get involved in activism and advocacy on behalf of Maine women and girls.
- On Wednesday, May 10 the Alliance for Maine Women will be hosting the 2017 Women’s Day at the State House. Join us and connect with organizations that work on issues that matter to Maine women and families, learn about the Alliance for Maine Women’s priorities for the 2017 legislative session, and connect with your legislators so your voice is heard in the halls of the State House! Find our day’s agenda here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1773820739599256/ and register here: www.surveymonkey.com/r/7NQWKGV.
Event: 2017 Women’s Day at the State House
Location: Maine State House and Burton M. Cross office building, Augusta
Day: Wednesday, May 10
Time: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Wear RED if you can. Come for all or part of the day!
Reminder: Sign up for our e-alerts to keep up-to-date on the issues you care most about!
The Maine Women’s Lobby is looking to host monthly film screenings at local community establishments around the state. If you are interested in having a monthly film screening in your community and know of an establishment that would be willing to participate in hosting the screening, please contact Victoria at 207-622-0851 x5 or email@example.com.
LUNAFEST hosted by the Maine Women’s Lobby, Saturday, May 6th from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
USM Luther Bonney Hall, 96 Falmouth Street, Portland
LUNAFEST is a traveling film festival of award-winning short films by, for, and about women. This season, the program of nine films – filled with stories of reflection, hope and humor will feature a diverse range of issues impact women around the world. Find more information here.
Before and After Roe v. Wade: Unintended Pregnancies and Difficult Choices hosted by Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights (GRR!), Tuesday, May 9th from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick
Join GRR! for a discussion about access to reproductive health care services pre- and post-Roe v. Wade. Listen to and share stories. Learn more here.
Maine Women‘s Summit on Economic Security hosted by the Maine Women’s Lobby, Friday, October 13th
Augusta Civic Center
Be sure to mark your calendar for our third Summit to engage activists, community leaders, nonprofit organizations, and legislators on policies to improve the economic security of Maine women. If your organization or business is interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Kathy at 207-622-0851 x3 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOOKS WE’RE READING AND THINK YOU SHOULD TOO
Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War by Leymah Gbowee and Carol Mithers
“As a young woman, Leymah Gbowee was broken by the Liberian civil war, a brutal conflict that tore apart her life and claimed the lives of countless relatives and friends. Years of fighting destroyed her country and shattered Gbowee s girlhood hopes and dreams. As a young mother trapped in a nightmare of domestic abuse, she found the courage to turn her bitterness into action, propelled by her realization that it is women who suffer most during conflicts and that the power of women working together can create an unstoppable force. In 2003, the passionate and charismatic Gbowee helped organize and then led the Liberian Mass Action for Peace, a coalition of Christian and Muslim women who sat in public protest, confronting Liberia s ruthless president and rebel warlords, and even held a sex strike. With an army of women, Gbowee helped lead her nation to peace in the process emerging as an international leader who changed history. “Mighty Be Our Powers” is the gripping chronicle of a journey from hopelessness to empowerment that will touch all who dream of a better world.”
Rebel Girls: Youth Activism and Social Change Across the Americas by Jessica K. Taft
“Rebel Girls explores how teenage girls construct activist identities, rejecting and redefining girlhood and claiming political authority for youth in the process. Taft examines the girl activists’ social movement strategies and collective political practices, detailing their shared commitments to process-based political education, participatory democracy, and hopeful enthusiasm. Ultimately, Rebel Girls has substantial implications for social movements and youth organizations, arguing that adult social movements could learn a great deal from girl activists and making clear the importance of increased collaboration between young people and adults.”
PODCASTS WE’RE HOOKED ON
What would a feminist do? The Guardian’s Jessica Valenti brings you interviews, advice and real life stories from the front lines of feminism. She talks about everything from periods or lack thereof, to cyberbullying, objectification, crafting an equal and egalitarian relationship, abortions and sex education. This is the place for women and men to share their questions and thoughts about everyday issues facing women and feminism. We especially liked the episode “Why immigration is a feminist issue”.
Code Switch is comprised on a team of journalists that are fascinated by the overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture, how they play out in our lives and communities, and how all of this is shifting.
SHARE YOUR STORY
The Maine Women’s Lobby is collecting stories from community members all across Maine regarding access to affordable, quality child care services as well as paid leave. You can share your personal experiences accessing child care services here and paid leave here, or you may contact Victoria Rodriguez directly at email@example.com.
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