March 10 is an anniversary, along with those of the wars the U.S. has launched on the world, that I find sickening to have to remember. But I do. Every year since 1993, I think of Dr. David Gunn, who was shot in the back and killed while walking to a clinic he had just opened in Pensacola, FL, to provide abortions. Only two days after International Women’s Day; twenty years after abortion began legal in the U.S. because of the struggle of women to control our bodies, the murderous violence began....
Continue reading Twenty Years of Open Season on Abortion Docs.
Words of Choice is a dynamic pro-choice theatre performance – smart, funny, endangered. Created by Cindy Cooper, it weaves together a dozen stories of women, men and reproductive rights.
A small acting ensemble brings to life a dozen powerful, poignant and comic stories in Words of Choice: a man describes his girlfriend’s near-death before abortion is made legal; a teenager tries to remember the name and phone number of a one-night stand; and a woman seeks swift divine intervention for a contraceptive need.
We received the following message from Cindy Cooper:
We are going to LIVE STREAM two performances of Words of Choice on Friday, Mar. 1 (7 EST) and Saturday, Mar. 2 (3 pm EST) through the first-ever Wired Arts Fest. While we are performing, people everywhere will be able to tweet and send messages.
To back up, what this means is that we will be performing live in front of an audience in New York (NYers please come!) and simultaneously this live performance will be LIVE STREAMED over the Internet. While the performance is going on audiences via the Internet can communicate with each other by Twitter, chat, etc. (moderated).
Anyone with any computer connection anywhere can watch it, and we are trying to encourage Viewing Parties to use this as an opportunity for activism, lobby plans, fundraising, or just gathering with a group of like-minded people in their homes ... and across the country and the world. For example, we know that people in Ireland will be joining.
In other words, we have grabbed on to this new technology and new platform to use it for reproductive rights activism in a way that has never before been done.
Click here for more information and to watch online.
Filmmaker Dorothy Fadiman has now made her series Choice: From the Back-Alleys to the Supreme Court & Beyond available for online viewing. The first three make up a trilogy, covering the issue in chronological order, and the final film is a shorter 27 min overview which excerpts from the trilogy. These films are highly recommended for schools and community groups, featuring interviews and archival footage that bring to life the hidden story of the struggle for abortion rights in the US. Order DVD copies here.
Debra Sweet, The World Can't Wait
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