Apply for a Spot in a Workshop and Dinner with Winona LaDuke!

The Women’s Center, CPGC, KINSC, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, Student Activities Office, OMA, and Quaker Affairs Office are proud to present Winona LaDuke’s visit to Haverford’s campus! She will be speaking publically on Friday, March 30th, at 7:30 p.m. in Stokes Auditorium, on the topic “Recovering the Sacred: Religion, Faith and the Land from a Native Perspective.”

Ms. LaDuke is an internationally acclaimed author, orator and activist. A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, with advanced degrees in rural economic development, she has devoted her life to protecting the lands and life ways of Native communities.

Ms. LaDuke is the founder and co-Director of Honor the Earth, a national advocacy group encouraging public support and funding for Native environmental groups. She is also the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, one of the largest reservation based non-profit organizations in the country. Ms. LaDuke served as Ralph Nader’s vice-presidential running mate on the Green Party ticket in the 1996 and 2000 presidential elections. In 2007, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

Before Ms. LaDuke’s public talk, we are offering two opportunities to get to meet her in person! Any Haverford student, faculty, or staff member can apply to engage in a workshop or to enjoy a catered meal with Ms. LaDuke. There are twenty spots open for each activity.

The workshop will take place from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Multicultural Center in Stokes and will center on the topic of women and leadership, and the potential for women leaders to enact meaningful social change.

The dinner will be held from 6:15-7:15 in the Swarthmore room of the Dining Center, and will provide the opportunity to get to know Ms. LaDuke personally!

Applicants can apply for one or both of the activities. To apply, simply answer the questions below and email your answers to womenctr@haverford.edu. Please make sure to specify the activity or activities for which you are applying. The application deadline is Friday, March 23rd at 11:59 p.m. (the next minute being Saturday).

  1. Why are you interested in meeting Winona LaDuke?
  2. If you could discuss any topic with her, what would it be?

We look forward to reading your applications!

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Chocolate Love Party: this Saturday, 2/11 @1pm

Chocolate + Strawberries + Marshmallows + Pretzels + Oreos….Mmmmm
Women’s Center is hosting our annual Valentine’s Day Chocolate Party!!!

When: Saturday, February 11th, 2012 @ 1pm – 4pm
Where: CPGC cafe

Come make chocolate dipped goodies for yourself, your friend, and/or your lover with the Women’s Center. What a nice way to start off your Saturday afternoon, eh?

 

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Honk for Abortion Rights!

Last Friday, I left Haverford’s cozy and quiet campus with a friend and took the train into Philadelphia. Our goal: to participate in an abortion rights visibility event. The event was put on by the Pennsylvanian nonprofit We’ve Had Enough and was planned two days before the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling which stated that a woman’s decision to have an abortion was covered under the privacy clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

We’ve Had Enough was created in opposition to several recent Pennsylvanian bills that, if passed, would restrict women’s access to safe and affordable reproductive health benefits. One of the bills, SB 732, was signed into law in December. The bill mandates that free-standing abortion providers comply with regulations required of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities. These regulations will demand that expensive changes–most involving unnecessary physical makeovers of the facilities–be made to the 20 free-standing abortion clinics in Pennsylvania. To read more about that bill, visit the Women’s Law Project’s writeup.

Other pending legislation include SB 3 and HB 1977, both of which would render the health insurance companies participating in state health care reform unable to pay for even medically necessary abortions, except for in narrowly defined circumstances of rape, incest, or explicit danger to a woman’s life. The private insurance companies participating in the state health insurance exchange will serve employees in small businesses and other people who do not receive employee health benefits. None of these bills outlaw abortion in wording; all of these bills would, in effect, force many women to seek abortions illegally and unsafely.

These pieces of legislation provide a sobering backdrop for a celebration of Roe v. Wade’s anniversary. The awareness event was still full of good cheer, though. My friend and I arrived halfway through the event and, after creating our signs (mine said “Honk to Protect Abortion Rights!”; my friend’s said “Respect my Life, Honor my Choice”), crossed over to the crowded meridian on Broad Street, where around twenty five people were holding up signs for the passing cars and people to read.

We were positioned between Walnut and Chestnut streets, right in the middle of mid-day inner city traffic. We stood on this thin strip of protected land, tssking when cars, uninterested or unacknowledging, would speed on by, and cheering when cars, often in a kind of sing-songy attention to the horn, would honk at us. (One taxi driver grinned when he saw us, gave us two thumbs up while beeping, and continued honking well past Chestnut Street.)

Standing for half an hour in the heart of sunny Philadelphia is small work compared to the people crafting alternative legislation or organizing community protests, but I felt connected to this Pennsylvanian battle in a way that I, as a Connecticut Yankee, have never felt when reading of these fights in the paper or on blogs. I finally realized that I could, and should, be a part of a battle that isn’t necessarily being fought in my backyard. In a country as wealthy as the United States, access to safe reproductive health care should be a right. This access is obviously not just a Pennsylvanian right, and not even solely a women’s right. It is a human right, and I, as a human, enjoyed both celebrating our recognition of this right and warning legislators of a human commitment to our lives and our bodies.

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Abortion Rights Visibility Event in Philly this Friday!

Welcome back, Haverford!

The Women’s Center would like to invite you to an exciting event happening this ***Friday, January 20th from 12pm to 1pm in Broad and Walnut St.***

The 39th anniversary of Roe vs Wade is this sunday. To celebrate the women’s right to choose and to protest against all of the recent attempts to restrict abortion services, join us this Friday in Philadelphia.

Here’s the website for the organization and the event:
www.wevehadenoughpa.org/join-us-on-january-20th.html

To register: (it’s FREE)
roevwadephilly.eventbrite.com/

More information:
www.wevehadenoughpa.org/blog.html

Date: Friday, Jan 20th
Location: Broad and Walnut Streets
Time: Noon to 1:00pm (SEPTA train leaves Haverford Station at 10:56am, 11:21am, 11:56am to get you to downtown Philadelphia)

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Eventful Thursdays

Hey Haverford!

The Women’s Center is officially back into the swing of things!

Last Thursday we screened a documentary at the Center titled “Miss Representation,” which explored the complicated relationship between women, the mainstream media, and people in positions of influence.  We had a great turnout, and everyone seemed to leave interested in knowing more about the subject. If you’re interested in finding out more about the documentary, visit missrepresentation.org/.

THIS Thursday (i.e. tomorrow), we’re holding a pumpkin-decorating event! Join us at the MCC at 8 p.m. to decorate your very own mini pumpkin. We’ll have tons of holiday-themed art supplies and snacks. So take a break, come on down, and decorate a pumpkin for your dorm room or a friend. We’ll see you there!

Love,

Gavi

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