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"Invisible Vegan" Film and Panel Discussion
September 15, 7-8 pm
This event, hosted by Acterra, will feature Jasmine C. Leyva’s documentary The Invisible Vegan, which profiles the African American experience with plant-based diets. Ms. Leyva, a 30-year-old black actress and filmmaker, will discuss food justice, healthy plant-rich eating, cultural relevance and the decolonization of food with other food thought leaders.
Many communities of color experience greater impacts from climate change. Food justice advocates work to provide access to healthy, fresh foods for all communities.
This event is sponsored by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and Spare the Air. LWVPA is co-sponsoring on the basis of two League of Women Voters positions: Children At Risk (national) and Climate Change Action Policy (state).
Register now! Registrants will receive a link to view the film (free) ahead of the discussion.
Peninsula Women's Chorus presents “Hands upon the Plow”
Saturday, October 3, 4-5:30 pm
Livestream Online Concert
This event will feature the Peninsula Women's Chorus "virtual choir" world premiere of “Hands upon the Plow” in honor of Alice Paul. It will also include pre-recorded performances of PWC's Trailblazers Project works and other pieces celebrating women's suffrage and rights. The three-year Trailblazers Project has honored women pioneers Harriet Tubman, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy and Alice Paul.
A livestreamed interactive panel discussion will immediately follow the concert. The panelists will include PWC's outgoing Artistic Director, Dr. Martin Benvenuto; PetraDierkes-Thrun (of Stanford's Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies); composer Jocelyn Hagen; J.D. Zahniser (author of Alice Paul: Claiming Power); and Barbara Saxton (Hands upon the Plow poet).
Online audience members will be encouraged to ask questions and comment about Alice Paul, our piece that celebrates her, and the long road to 19th Amendment passage and eventual ratification.
PWC is offering Palo Alto League members a $5 DISCOUNT for the Backstage Price. After clicking here on TICKETS and then on “Book Now”:
Backstage (includes concert, live chat, + post-concert interactive panel discussion): $10.00
LWVPA August Board Meeting Highlights
The following motions were approved:
Board Discussion and Other Business:
Youth Vote Team Report
The Voter Services’ Youth Vote Team has been busy! We will be making virtual voter engagement presentations to senior social studies classrooms at Palo Alto High School and to “Gunn Together Time” at Gunn High School during late September. To fit the new virtual classroom world and respect teachers’ limited classroom minutes, we’ve developed an “asynchronous assignment” for students to do in advance, and we’re teaming up with several students at both schools who will help make the virtual presentations.
We’re also continuing to work on bringing this approach to schools across the county in collaboration with the other Leagues in the county, the County Department of Education, the Registrar of Voters, the AAUW, and the County Office of Women’s Policy. We’re particularly excited to be going into schools in areas of the county that have traditionally had low voter turnout.
Jail Voter Registration Team Report
Due to the pandemic, we cannot visit the County jails to do voter registration as we did the last few years. Instead, we partnered with the jails, the Registrar’s office, the County Office of Women’s Policy, and the Commission on Women to create a voter registration video that will be shown daily in all of the County jails from now until the election. To our knowledge, this is the first such effort in California.
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