Calliope Feminist Choir Open Rehearsals

Calliope Feminist Choir Open Rehearsals
Child care now available
Monday, November 5 & 12, 2007, 6-8 p.m.

Christ Lutheran Church
69 Mill St, Athens, Ohio

Calliope Feminist Choir is excited to announce the availability of childcare for singers during rehearsals. Two open rehearsals, Nov. 5 and 12, will allow interested women who need child care to come participate while their children are watched by students from the service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega.

Calliope focuses on performing music written and arranged by women, honoring women, and promoting peace, justice, and equality. Formed in 1993, the choir now numbers approx. 35 women of diverse backgrounds and ages, from 17 to 70. Calliope performs at fundraisers and other community events, including the November third UCM 25th annual dinner celebration. The chorus rehearses Mondays 6-8 p.m. in the Christ Lutheran Church.

Women interested in attending please call 740-662-2022.

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25th Annual UCM Dinner and Auction

Benefit: 25th Annual UCM Dinner and Auction
Saturday, November 3, 2007, 5-pm

Athens Community Center
701 E. State St, Athens, Ohio
$25 to $100 (sliding scale); $15 students

UCM‘s biggest annual fundraiser turns 25 this year! An eclectic international buffet will be provided by Purple Chopstix, with appetizers by Salaam. Pat and Wanda Sheridan of Shamrock Auction Service will have hundreds of donations, including goods, services, artwork, and crafts, from local businesses and individuals up for auction to the highest bidder. The highlighted auction item is a one-week stay in Bonita Springs, Florida- 15 miles north of Naples.

Live entertainment by CALLIOPE FEMINIST CHOIR and the Greg Bikowski jazz trio.

Contact: Call UCM: Center for Spiritual Growth and Social Justice at 740-593-7301 or ucm -at- frognet.net now for your reservation!

Mandy Carter “Building Bridges Ending Racism”

Mandy Carter “Building Bridges Ending Racism”
Three opportunities to hear Mandy Carter @ OU in Athens, Ohio, on Thursday, October 18, 2007

1.) Noon-1 pm

Brown Bag: Combating Racism
UCM: Center for Spiritual Growth and Social Justice
18 N. College St.

2.) 3:30-4:30 pm
International Studies Reception
Yamada International House
Ohio University

3.) 7-9 pmdownload flyer
Lecture: “Building Bridges Ending Racism”
A conversation with visionary, activist, and organizer Mandy Carter
Baker Center Ballroom A
Ohio University

Come be engaged in a journey that examines past struggles for justice and visions of the future. Mandy Carter will take you there!

Ms. Carter has been an anti-racism organizer for the past 39 years. Carter helped found SONG (Southerners on New Ground) at the Durham Creating Change Conference in 1993. Inspired by the vision of black and white southern lesbians, SONG works to build movements for progressive social change across the South by developing models for organizing that connect race, class, culture, gender and sexual identity. Ms. Carter was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize as part of the 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005 to recognize, make visible and celebrate the impressive and valuable, yet often invisible peace work of thousands of women around the world.

Sponsored by: African Studies, African American Studies, Center For International Studies, Communication And Development Studies, Department of Social Work, International Development Studies, LGBT Center, Multicultural Programs Center, Southeast Asia Studies, UCM: Center for Spiritual Growth and Social Justice, Women’s Center.

Contact: UCM @ 740-593-7301 or ucmcf -at- frognet.net
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Take Back the Night Rally

Take Back the Night Rally & Vigil
Thursday, October 18, 2007, 7 pm
(Rain or Shine)
Terry O’Brien Shelter, Victory Park
Pickerington, Ohio

download flyerMen, women, and children are invited to gather for a rally and candlelight vigil in downtown Pickerington for the second local “Take Back the Night”celebration. Sign interpreters will be available for the event.

Activities for the evening will include speakers, a candlelight march, music, and dramatic readings. Speakers will include Sheriff Dave Phalen, Pickerington Police Chief Michael Taylor, Franklin County Prosecutor’s Victim Advocate Amber Howell, Becky Saunders, Brenda Layman, and others who will discuss the local problems of violence, share readings of strength and empowerment, and give insights and ideas for empowerment.

Immediately following the program, a special candlelight procession will move through the town square to symbolically take back the night in which women and children are afraid to walk. The purpose is to honor the
memory of victims and the spirit of survivors by raising awareness. The public is invited to participate. This event is a collaborative effort between women’s studies alumni and community volunteers.

Take Back the Night began in New York City in 1973 as an effort to break the silence that enables violence to continue. Violence has become a part of our daily existence, touching every generation, race, and social stratum. By bringing women together, it enables women to empower one another through shared experiences instead of remaining isolated and powerless. “We take back the night to begin a new day,” says one organizer.

Contact: 740-536-7324 OR 614-736-6545 (Pam Kaylor)

Meet the Peacemakers: Cat Cutcher

Cat Cutcher
Soup for the Soul: Meet the Peacemakers series
Thursday, October 11, 2007, Noon-1 pm

United Campus Ministry
18 N. College St., Athens, Ohio
Free and open to the public

Cat Cutcher will be speaking about activism for peace and justice and reflecting on the balance between inner peace and outer/public peacemaking.

Catherine “Cat” Cutcher is originally from Columbus, Ohio and has lived in the Athens area since 1997. She has been an activist and community organizer since she was 15, and has worked on diverse issues including peace, justice, human rights, sustainable development and environmental restoration. She has worked with many local organizations, such as the Appalachian Peace and Justice Network, UCM, the Buckeye Forest Council, Rural Action, the Athens Farmers Market, and InterAct.

Currently she is a Ph.D. Student in Cultural Studies in Education at Ohio University. She also has an MA in International Affairs and African Studies from Ohio University, and a BA in Anthropology, Sociology and International Studies from Kalamazoo College. She recently received a Fulbright Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State for her dissertation research on popular education among women’s grassroots organizations in Kenya. She will be in Kenya from November 2007 through June 2008.

All students, faculty, and community are invited. Soup for the Soul’s fall 2007 theme is “Meet the Peacemakers.” Free lunch of soup and bread every Thursday!

Contact: ucmevan -at- frognet.net or 740-593-7301
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Screening: Can You Hear Me?

Screening: Can You Hear Me? Israeli and Palestinian Women Fight for Peace
Wednesday, October 10, 7pm

Athena Theater
20 S Court St, Athens, Ohio
FREE!

Screening and panel discussion generously sponsored by The Max Family Program at Ohio University. All are welcome.

Can You Hear Me? Israeli and Palestinian Women Fight for Peace (50 min., 2006), is the first documentary to explore in depth the role of Israeli and Palestinian women peace activists dealing with one of the world’s oldest conflicts. Though prospects for peace have ebbed and flowed between Israelis and Palestinians, women peace activists have worked consistently to bring an end to the bloodshed that has brought so much anguish to both sides.

Produced, written, and directed by Lilly Rivlin; narrated by Debra Winger.

Contact: Ohio Hillel

Sweet Honey in the Rock in Concert

Sweet Honey in the Rock in Concert
Thursday, October 11, 2007, 7 pm

College Activities Center (map)
West Virginia University–Parkersburg
Campus Drive, Parkersburg, WV
Adults $10/Students $5

WVUP Performing Arts Series presents Sweet Honey in the Rock.

Founded in 1973, Sweet Honey in the Rock is a Grammy Award-winning African American female a cappella ensemble with deep musical roots in the sacred music of the black church — spirituals, hymns, gospel — as well as jazz and blues. The Sweet Honey experience is like no other. Six African American women join their powerful voices, along with hand percussion instruments, to create a blend of lyrics, movement and narrative that variously relate history, point the finger at injustice, encourage activism, and sing the praises of love. The music speaks out against oppression and exploitation of every kind. The septet, whose words are simultaneously interpreted in uniquely expressive American Sign Language, demands a just and humane world for all. —http://www.sweethoney.com/

Tickets: 304-424-8223 or tammy.harper -at- mail.wvu.edu