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Announcements & Art

We generally don’t do meet ups here at Racialicious (if you saw the deleted comments, you would see why), but I pop into some of the Happy Hours that happen with other blogs. I headed out to a Feministing one back in the summer, and since then Ann, Miriam, and I have kicked around scheduling a joint DC meet up.

The time has come:

When: Tuesday, Nov. 18, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Where: Chi Cha Lounge, 1624 U St NW, Washington, DC

I’ll be there, holding it down with Ann and Miriam, and hope to see some of the other D/M/Vers there.

In other news, back in early fall, I attended an Art for Obama fundraiser/art show. One of the artists was a friend of a friend, which was my major motivation for attending. And I wasn’t disappointed, as his piece provided the main focal point for the show:

At any rate, Joe dropped me an email to let me know that since Obama won, he’s offering the original piece and prints for sale.

Title of work
“B.H.O.”

• Year created
2008

• Material/media
Nu-Pastel, Charcoal, Colored Pencil

• Dimensions
49″w x 46.5″h

The prints will be 11 x 17, unframed.

For more info and pricing, please contact joseph.f.lamour AT gmail DOT com.

Finally, a question for DC residents/art aficionados –

Did anyone happen to catch the documentary The Rising Tide: New Art in China that played last night at the Hirschhorn Gallery? Or does anyone know where I could get a copy of that film?

Description, for those of you who may not remember the title:

Robert Adanto’s documentary about new video and photography in China is considered in light of the region’s political and cultural history. Footage focuses on the artists in their studios describing their inspirations, challenges, and the controversial reception their work has received in the international art marketplace.

Annoucements – Abortion Action/The Winter Scarf Project/NYC APIA Open Mic/WAM!2009

Jessica Yee dropped me an email with this message:

Dear friends, colleagues, and allies in the struggle,

As many of you already know, the ban on abortion is back on the ballot for the upcoming November 5th election in South Dakota. This is a very scary time, not only because we already defeated the ban 60% to 40% back in 2006 (and here we are again!), but because both the state and federal judiciary powers are very close to becoming completely anti-choice with the pending election. This proposed ban will drastically affect individuals, women, youth, families, and communities alike quite significantly, on top of the already harsh conditions and realities they face to obtain an abortion now and access reproductive and sexual health services.

I have been asked to lead an emergency Native American Task Force, in partnership with the South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families, to be based out of the Standing Rock reservation in Pierre, SD that will focus on mobilizing Native American communities to vote against the ban and start the discussions on how our communities are going to be affected and what we are going to do about it. Currently the only provider in the state comes to Sioux Falls, which is very far for many people to get to living in remote and rural reservation areas. The conditions of Indian Health Service for sexual and reproductive health are deplorable and this ban will in particular affect our people gravely.

The emergency task force will begin October 28 right up until election day November 5th. We are looking for any help you can provide in terms of donations, people-power, or simply looking at some documents I will forward so we can make them culturally relevant.

If you can make a donation, please go here https://secure.sdhealthyfamilies.org/page/contribute/website and let me know that you made it so I can make sure it goes to our Task Force.

Please let me know if you are interested in joining us. I promise we won’t give up the fight!

Some key points to remember about abortion in SD:

*Around half of women seeking an abortion are already mothers (47% in 2006)

*98% of counties have no abortion services

*Women are already subjected to mandatory anti-choice counseling, 24-hour delay, and showing of sonograms, etc.

*Native American women face the highest rates of sexual assault in the entire state. 1 in 3 Native women in the US has experienced sexual violence and this ban’s so called “provisions” for rape and incest force physicians to consider staking their career first if they perform abortions.

In choice,

Jessica

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