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Conversation with Poet and Reproductive Justice Activist Kathy D’ Arcy

October 14th, 2017 · Comments

Kathy D' Arcy describes the reproductive human rights challenges women are facing in Ireland and the role U.S. based anti-choice groups have played in the matter. As a writer and an advocate for young moms, Kathy takes on women's rights in all spheres of her life.

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Final Project for Audio Production Students

May 18th, 2016 · Comments

This project is the result of a creative collaborative process from the students in Audio Production 132.

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Maheen Zia, Filmmaker of Lyari Notes

April 23rd, 2016 · Comments

What would happen if children from conflicting regions of the world reconciled their differences through music? Maheen Zia and her co-producer grappled with this question as they followed the transformation of 4 girls as they studied music along with an independent musician.

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Founder of Factory Farming Awareness Coalition

March 21st, 2016 · Comments

Katie Cantrell, the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition Executive Director, was inspired by the book Eating Animals to do something about the factory farming epidemic. She put together a power point presentation and began sharing her message with anyone who would listen. Today, she has a successful coalition that is built around the model of meeting people where they are--figuratively and allowing them to make bite-sized changes that align with their belief system.

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Patricia McGregor

March 21st, 2016 · Comments

Patricia McGregor is a writer and play director based in Harlem, New York. I spoke with her during the Berkeley tour of The House that Will Not Stand, she shared her thoughts on theater as an intimate form of activism and called on people from all groups to stand in alliance with one another.

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The Legacy of Catalina Torres-As recalled by her cousin

March 19th, 2016 · Comments

In 2008, Catalina Torres, who had been a survivor of domestic violence and a longtime advocate and activist engaged in the movement to end domestic violence, was killed by the estranged husband of another woman who was dealing with domestic violence. Catalina's cousin recalls her story and shares the lessons he learned from losing his cousin in this tragic way.

Today, women in the United States are more likely to be killed by their intimate partner than in any other way. An average of 3 women per day are killed in this way. Every 9 seconds a woman is beaten by her partner. 

If you see or suspect something, gently voice your concerns and offer to be there for the person when/if she/he needs someone to talk to or someone to assist with getting help.  

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Reclaim Valentine’s Day!

February 12th, 2016 · Comments

It is the start of Valentine's Day weekend! It's a time when many of us think about love. It's also the time for the global movement VDAY: Stop the Violence Against Women asks us to think about obstacles that stop us from receiving and sharing the love that we deserve. One in three women experience dating/domestic violence or sexual assault in their lifetimes and one in ten men experience those issues.

Start your weekend by attending SMC's VDAY hybrid production of "A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer" and original student pieces touching on issues ranging from the impact violence has on women of color to how to navigate the world without sight. Don't miss this. It is at 3pm and 8pm in the Soda Center at Saint Mary's College of California!

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WORLD AIDS DAY is December 1

December 1st, 2015 · Comments

In December as the holidays are upon us, it's a time of mixed realities and emotions. For some it's a time when our hearts warm up with happiness as we prepare for time with family and loved ones. For others, who may be estranged from families and homes, it represents a time of struggle. For people, like Lauren, who is featured in this podcast, who had to deal with homelessness and an HIV diagnosis (and is still thriving decades later), it's a time of gratitude. December 1 is World AIDS Day. Take a moment to honor the people in the world who are struggling with HIV or AIDS, educate yourself and have compassion.

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Integrate sustainability and serendipity into your life–Lisa Kivirist, Inn Serandipity

May 30th, 2015 · Comments

Lisa Kivirist and her husband traded in a life and workstyle that many of us have become very familiar with---long hours, stress and take-out dinners--for something much simpler. They learned the ropes of sustainability and food (from growing it to preparing it) one step at a time and turned their passion with purpose into a bed and breakfast called Inn Serendipity. The key to making substantial change, Lisa says, is making small, bite-size changes.

If you're in the midwest this summer, it may be worth checking this out.

http://www.innserendipity.com/

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Pace Yourself–Gloria Steinem

May 30th, 2015 · Comments

When I co-interviewed Gloria Steinem, I was struck by her response to my colleague's question. My colleague asked 'what is it in your bones that makes you believe you can accomplish anything?' Gloria paused a moment before humbling explaining that she doesn't believe that. She suggested that we may be setting girls up for failure by telling them that they can accomplish anythig, because, as she explained, change takes time.

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