On the January Calendar

image of auspicious dates in Chinese calendrical format

Mark your calendar with Auspicious Dates

Here is what the Women’s Center has on its calendar for January, 2011:

January 10 we welcome Rev. Cheryl Goodman-Morris as the 2011 Women’s Center Artist-in-Residence with the commencement of the J-Term course The Art of Presence: The Text, Theology and Theatre at 9:00 a.m. in Hundley Hall. The course, which will be co-taught by Rev. Dr. Johanna Bos, focuses on the profound connections between textual and performative practice. The course runs through January 21.

January 14 we join the Hazardous Healthcare task force of LPTS in welcoming Dr. Claudia Fegan to campus. Dr. Fegan, Associate Chief Medical Officer for the Ambulatory and Community Health Network for the Cook County Bureau of Health Services, and a past president of Physicians for a National Health Program, speaks at 12:15 in McAtee Dining Rooms A&B on the diagnosis and prognosis for the contemporary US healthcare environment.

Also January 14, members of the Seminary community are cordially invited to a reception welcoming Rev. Cheryl Goodman-Morris, Women’s Center 2011 Artist-in-Residence, at 5:00 p.m. in the Women’s Center.

January 15 we will be attending a talk by Dr. Claudia Fegan celebrating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 3-5 p.m., Urban League, 1535 W. Broadway, Louisville; her talk is sponsored by Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care and Physicians for National Health Care – Kentucky

January 19, Theatre of the Oppressed, presented by the WENCH Selfcare Education Collective and facilitated by Lindsay Gargotto, is part of a series of Louisville events commemorating the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, which ruled the denial of safe, legal abortion options to women unconstitutional. 6-8 p.m., McAtee Dining Rooms A&B.

January 21 we look forward to a public theatre performance which concludes The Art of Presence, 8 p.m., Gardencourt (Hundley Hall).

We look forward to seeing many friends and supporters at these events!


Holiday Reading

Some mail worth reading

In the last few days, the Women’s Center has received some pithy holiday reading.

On the health front, there is The State of Reproductive Justice in Kentucky: A Social Justice Perspective on Reproductive Health, a report by the Kentucky Health Justice Network. The report provides the basic information for an understanding of how the intersecting issues of poverty, education, race, gender, violence, pollution, unemployment and discrimination affect health outcomes and access to reproductive health care in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Until the report is available online (plans are to make it accessible at kentuckyhealthjusticenetwork.org, folks who are interested in the report are welcomed to drop by the Women’s Center and read through our copy.

While the Kentucky Health Justice Network’s report is amply illustrated with graphs and charts, the illustrations that make up the latest issue of S&F Online, Polyphonic Feminisms: Acting in Concert, would probably strike most readers as more . . . dramatic. We at the Women’s Center always look forward to this journal, published three times a year by the Barnard Center for Research on Women. This issue features a juicy table of contents that emphasizes the practical challenges of working towards feminist visions, and the specific needs for “polyphonic,” creative and developing, concrete methods addressing those challenges. We encourage our readers with a few moments of holiday leisure to check out the polyphony.

Escorting at the EMW clinic

Parrish illustration of a tough princess on a quest

Princess Parizade Bringing Home the Singing Tree

Today at the EMW clinic we were there with eight escorts from the Women’s Center to join others who have been showing up since it all began. I am amazed every time that so many of us are willing to get out of bed around 6 a.m., when it is still dark, to go down there and withstand two hours of praying and yelling. And I wondered: when did this all begin? When was it first thought to be O.K. to accost women who go into a clinic for medical treatment?

Today, those of us from the Women’s Center at LPTS were shouted at by a very belligerent man, who said that we were “sick,” and not really women, for being there. Singing is the only thing that will drive a man like that away. So we sang We Shall Not Be Moved, and My Country ‘tis of Thee. I sang the Dutch Frog song and Idomein, adomein, and some other goodies from way back when. It is the only thing that makes it possible for me to be there. I am aware that this cannot be a short-term commitment and am bracing myself for at least a year’s worth of this work.

A part of me, the Dutch part of me, cannot really believe that this is happening, and I see the U.S. sinking into a bog of right-wing craziness. The so-called Health Care Reform Bill that may still pass will be a disaster, putting more and more money into the coffers of the insurance companies. The compromise made in the house on prohibiting federal funds for abortion was a sure sign of the power of the right wing in our government.

The Continuing Saga of Escorts

Jeanne d'Arc

Under siege

By Johanna Bos, Faculty Liaison

Once again, we stood at the curbside at 138 W. Market Street to help protect women entering the abortion clinic from harassment and verbal assault by protesters. This time there were ten of us who came as representatives of the Women’s Center at LPTS and we hope yet more will join us the following Saturday, when the support action will be followed by training for escorts at the Fourth Ave United Methodist Church on St. Catherine. This time the mood felt uglier and the tensions were higher than the previous Saturdays. There was a great deal of shouting and shoving. Police were evident in greater numbers. With our greater numbers from the Women’s Center and others, we could form a more solid hedge to let the women through. The leaders of the Escort effort called us “the Presbyterians,” and for once I could be proud of that name. It is surprisingly cold at the curbside; Market Street is close enough to the river to make it a few degrees colder than elsewhere in the city. This is going to be interesting once winter arrives. We will keep you posted as to our adventures.

Film Showing Tomorrow

Documentary on history of underground abortion service screens tomorrow night

Documentary on history of underground abortion service screens tomorrow night

Wimminwise got the news about this documentary film screening last night at the Take Back the Night Rally. Some of our readers will, we think, be interested in the film, which chronicles the rise and fall of a feminist underground abortion service that operated in Chicago before the Roe v. Wade era.

The event is scheduled for Thursday, September 25, at the Rudyard Kipling, 422 W. Oak St., with doors opening at 7 p.m., film screening at 8 p.m. The suggested donation of $5-20 helps defray the costs incurred by the organizers.