Thursday, July 1, 2010

Roots to Resistance: An Art & Activism Project

On Saturday, July 24th at 7pm the Food For Thought Books Collective joins forces with local artist Denise Beaudet to celebrate the life and work of twelve women activists from around the world and raise funds for her most recent art and activism project: Roots To Resistance.

Join us for an evening of art, storytelling, music, food, and activism and contribute to this critical and inspiring project. There will be a $25-5 suggested donation at the door, and all proceeds will go to support Roots To Resistance.

Roots To Resistance is an art and activism project conceived and directed by local artist Denise Beaudet that features twelve women activists from around the world who are doing or have done courageous work to transform injustice in their communities and create a world that values our individual and collective humanity. From Yvonne Margaruna an Aboriginal activist who stood between her land and radioactive dumping crews to Natalia Estemirova the Chechen journalist who was recently abducted and murdered, these women's lives and work will move and astound you. Their stories need to be heard and shared so that more hands can join in their efforts for cultural and political transformation. To this end, Denise is painting twelve full size portraits of these women as well as producing and disseminating political postcards to raise awareness about their activist work.

Celebrating the Life & Work of 12 Women Activists

  • Natalia Estemirova, Murdered Human Rights Journalist (Chechnya)
  • Malalai Joya, Women's Rights Activist (Afghanistan)
  • Chouchou Namegabe, Women's Rights Journalist (D.R. Congo)
  • Aung San Suu Kyi, Human Rights Activist (Burma)
  • Marina Silva, Environmental Activist (Brazil)
  • Ditah Indah Sari, Labor Activist (Indonesia)
  • Parvin Ardalan, Women's Rights Activist (Iran)
  • Wangari Maathai, Environmental Activist (Kenya)
  • Rebecca Gomperts, Reproductive Rights Activist (Netherlands)
  • Zapatista Women, Environmental/Indigenous Rights (Mexico)
  • Maria Gunnoe, Mountaintop Removal & Mining (U.S.)
  • Yvonne Margarula, Indigenous Rights Activist (Australia)


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