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JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2000

THURS JAN 20, 8 a.m. and subsequent Thursdays, at Crocodile Cafe, 2200 2nd Ave near Blanchard; INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY PLANNING Committee; Weekly meetings Planning for an extraordinary celebration March 2000 and current activities leading up to this event. All concerned with women's issues either as individuals or representing organizations are welcome. info Rosalinda, Jobs With Justice 206-441-4969, fax 206-441-5059, or Diane, Seattle NOW 206-632-8547 or http://www.scn.org/basecamp

THURS JAN 20, 7:30 p.m., 5018 Rainier Ave S, RADICAL WOMEN Meeting, features a review of "Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty", dinner 6:30 p.m., info Anne 206-722-6057

THURS JAN 20, 7:30 p.m., at Elliott Bay Books; noted feminist and social theorist Riane Eisler will speak about her new book "Tomorrow's Children: A Blueprint for Partnership Education for the Twenty First Century", as well as her ongoing collaborative work with Nova High School, a small, democratically run public school in Seattle's central district; Ms. Eisler is developer of a cultural transformation theory, looking at two key models of social organization, DOMINATOR AND PARTNERSHIP, info Joe Szwaja 206-633-2836 or 206-726-6730(w) or morrisondeb@earthlink.net

MON JAN 24, 10 a.m., at Cherberg Building, First Floor conference rooms B and C, Olympia; WOMEN'S LOBBY DAY starts with briefing / training, noon reception, afternoon visits to legislators, info National Organization for Women 206-632-8547

TUES JAN 25, 6 p.m., at University of washington HUB 200; an all women panel in a ROE V. WADE Panel Event Sponsored by the ASUW Women's Action Coalition (WAC) with speakers Katie of NARAL, National Abortion Rights Action league,, Natalie of Cedar River Clinic and two speakers from Campus Republicans, info WAC director Meghan Eagen 206-543-1817 or asuwomn@u.washington.edu

SUN JAN 30, 11 a.m., at 3842 NE 90th St. near 35th Ave NE; Seattle Women Act for Peace and Women's International League for Peace and Freedom present an educational meeting with Caroline Canafax on "WOMEN MEETING THE CHALLENGES OF GLOBALIZATION", a conference held by WILPF in Tokyo last October, refreshments, info 206-523-1127

ONGOING MONDAYS Jan 10 - Feb 28
, (except holidays Jan 17 & Feb 21), 7 - 8:30 p.m. at Native American Room, University of Washington Ethnic Cultural Center, 3931 Brooklyn Ave NE; Campus Radical Women weekly study group on Paula Giddings' book, "When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America." Info, 206-722-6057 or 206-524-9353 or crw@u.washington.edu

WEDS FEB 2, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., at University of Washington Faculty Club, downstairs; UW Women's Center presents "In Poetic Words: WOMEN AND VIOLENCE" with Angela Ginorio, Ph.D., director, Northwest Center for Research on Women, $13 includes lunch, registration at least 4 days in advance; info 206-685-1090

FEB 11 - 12, at the Longhouse, Evergreen College; in Olympia, first day is a Lobby Day, 2nd day Beijing Plus Five Conference, relating to issues raised at the INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S CONFERENCE in 1995; info Karen Furia, USDOL Women's Bureau, Furia-Karen@dol.gov or 888- 296-7011



Listings extracted from Jean Buskin's Peace and Justice Calendar at http://www.scn.org/activism/calendar


UPCOMING!!! World March of Women in the Year 2000

As of October 1st 1999, 2505 groups from 139 countries have joined the March!

Where Does the Idea for a World March in the Year 2000* Come From?

The idea to hold a world march of women in the year 2000 was born out of the experience of the Women's "Bread and Roses" March Against Poverty, which took place in Quebec in 1995. This march, initiated by the Federation des femmes du Quebec (FFQ), was hugely successful. Fifteen thousand people greeted the 850 women who marched for ten days to win nine demands related to economic justice. The entire women's movement mobilized for the march as did many other segments of the population.

Founded in 1966, the FFQ is a non-partisan pressure group whose aim is to promote and protect the interests and rights of women. The FFQ defines itself as a pluralistic, feminist organization.

*Year 1421 by the Muslim calendar and year 5760 by the Jewish calendar.

What We Want

  • To stimulate a vast movement of grassroots women's groups so that the march becomes a gesture of affirmation by the women of the world
  • To promote equality between men and women.
  • To highlight the common demands and initiatives issuing from the global women's movement relating to the issues of poverty and violence against women.
  • To force governments, decision-makers and individuals the world over to institute the changes necessary for improving the status of women and women's quality of life.
  • To enter the new millennium by demonstrating women's ongoing determination to change the world.

Values underlying the action

  • The leadership of the organization is in the hands of women;
  • All regions in the world share leadership in the action;
  • Participating groups must subscribe to the objectives and overall plan of action for the March but - remain independent as regards organizing the action in their respective countries;
  • We recognize, respect and value the diversity of the women's movement;
  • The World March of Women in the year 2000 is a pacifist action.

End Poverty and Violence Against Women

The World March of women in the Year 2000 is an action to improve women's living conditions. More precisely, the specific demands centre on the issues of poverty and violence against women.

Three levels of action have been proposed for the March. First, there will be an action demonstrating women's mass support of the overall demands, signified by signing support cards. Secondly, women's movements in each country will organize national actions that will present demands reflecting their realities and priorities. Finally, a world demonstration or rally will be held. The entire project will be developed and supported by a process of popular education. The actions will begin March 8, 2000, and end October 17, 2000, with the world rally.

An International Preparatory Meeting for the March was held in Montreal on October 16-18 1998. 140 delegates from 65 countries discussed the international demands and the action scenarios. An international liaison committee was also created. The names of the members of this committee are available on our web site: www.ffq.qc.ca/marche2000

On the Subject of Joining

The World March of Women in the Year 2000 is not an organization or an agency (with a legal status or a charter) with members. It is a project for collective action in which women participate actively, which is why we have been asking groups interested in joining in the action to send us a sign-up coupon. Then they become participating groups in the project.

Joining the World March in the Year 2000 Means:

  • Making a commitment and adopting the project as your own;
  • Encouraging other groups in your country to join the project and working in tandem with them;
  • Wanting to help organize actions being planned nationally and internationally;
  • Wanting to participate in the popular education campaign where you live;
  • Passing on information about the March to members of your group, inviting them to have discussions and mobilizing them to act.

Who can join?

  • Non-governmental women's organizations;
  • Women's committees of mixed groups (women and men);
  • Mixed organizations that do not have a women's committee but where women are taking the leadership for the March.

World March of Women
Federation Des femmes du Quebec
110 rue Ste-Therese, #307
Montreal, Quebec
CANADA H2Y 1E6
Tel: (1) 514-395-1196
Fax: (1) 514-395-1224
marche2000@ffq.qc.ca
www.ffq.qc.ca/marche2000

 



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