Weekly Newsletters, Fall 2008-Spring 2009

Monday, October 20, 2008

Newsletter 10/20/08

F.O.R.C.E. Newsletter October 20, 2008

F.O.R.C.E. Meetings
Mondays, 1-2pm in the Women’s Resource Center (WRC)

The first F.O.R.C.E. zine of the semester, The Sex Positive Zine, is finished! There are lots of great articles, stories, poems, and art work in the zine. If you would like a copy, they are $1.00. Please email us at force4change@yahoo.com

This past week…

Tuesday, October 14
Record Swap! (12pm-3pm)
Pictures: here.

This week…
In the state of California, in order to be eligible to vote in the statewide election on November 4, 2008 (General Election), your registration must be postmarked no later than October 20, 2008
Register to vote HERE.

Monday and Tuesday, October 20th and 21st
Disability Awareness Days: Open Your Mind to Our Endless Abilities
Monday: Mental Health Awareness keynote speaker 12-1:30pm, panel discussion 2-3:30pm (USU Ballrooms)
Tuesday: "Take a walk in our shoes" reflection, movie screening "Darius Goes West" (Anatol Center)

Tuesday and Wednesday, October 21st and 22nd
CSULB Project Safe & Clothesline Project
In recognition of October as National Domestic Violence Awareness month...
Survivors speak out, stories of hope, and candlelight vigil. Speak Out is an open mic oppurtunity for survivors to share their stories in a supportive environment and for the community to learn about the true impact of domestic violence and dating violence. The silent vigil will honor survivors and join the Long Beach community together to end domestic violence.

Thursday, October 23th
Prop 8 Discussion Forum (hosted by Associated Students Inc.)
3:00-5:30 pm, in the Beach Auditorium in the first floor of the University Student Union (USU)
We will be discussing Proposition 8, which deals with the issue of Gay and Lesbian Marriage in the state of California. Hear both sides speak about the issue, and please have questions ready for both!
Maceo Persson, a community organizer, will be speaking on behalf of No on 8
Jeff Parker, attorney, will be speaking on behalf of Yes on 8

Saturday, October 25
Young Women’s Empowerment Conference
Senator Lowenthal hosts a one day conference/field trip for young women that targets high school juniors and seniors, (11th and 12th grade), and focuses on all aspects of their growth and development. Speakers/Workshop leaders will discuss current issues most relevant to young women and their development as leaders.
The purpose of this event is to give young women a forum to learn more about the issues confronting them in a comfortable venue with great speakers/role models. Common themes focused during workshops are: going and preparing for college, self esteem, setting and achieving goals, as well as avoiding teenage pregnancies and abusive relationships.
The Young Women’s Empowerment Conference needs volunteers! There will be about 300 girls at the conference, and volunteers are needed to introduce and meet the girls. There are other needs as well, please email FORCE at force4change@yahoo.com or Stephanie Mejias at smejias@csulb.edu (include in the email, your name, Contact information, and t-shirt size).

Saturday, October 25
headRush presents “Tour for a True Democracy”
Echo Park, CA (We do not yet have the exact address, please email us if you are interested in attending)
Use the arts and popular education to spark civic engagement and explore the issues surrounding the upcoming election 2008!
Fall 2008, headRush takes their wild multi-media satire to theatres, colleges, and public spaces throughout the country to ignite a community-based dialogue on the current state of affairs and our collective power to create the kind of democratic structure that truly represents us.The Throwdown brings street theatre to the stage and takes the audience into the imagination of a young man struggling for a "true" democracy. Through spoken word comedy, surreal musical numbers, and visual projections, headRush takes us on a psycho-political trip through this homeboy’s subconscious where elements of the corporo-tocracy take superhuman form, a world where powerful fiends use hyper-surveillance to maintain their grip on inner city youth, manipulate Homeland (In)Security over the US/Mexico border, and flood consumers with endless glittering golden distractions. This hybrid performance invites audiences to participate in a collective vision of our potential for change.
The cost is $10 to 25 sliding scale but no one will be turned away!

In October and beyond…

Monday, October 27
Prop 4 Forum
Location TBA, 12pm-2pm
F.O.R.C.E. is hosting a discussion on Proposition 4. We invite various groups and individuals (anyone who wants to attend)! We also need people to speak on either No or Yes on Prop 4. We are trying to mix it up, so that people who are voting one way might be arguing for a different side. This should provide for an insightful and interesting discussion.

Tuesday, October 28 – 7:30 PM
The Egyptian Theater, Los Angeles (Map)
They went to Iraq as cooks, clerks and mechanics and returned a year later as part of America's first generation of female combat veterans. Despite an official government policy that states that women are not supposed to partake in direct ground combat, the five women featured here most certainly did. LIONESS, the provocative and powerful documentary from Meg McLagan and Daria Sommers, tells the story of five women who served together for a year in Iraq. Free Admission! First come, first served. Panel Discussion participants to be announced. About ITVS Community Cinema: ITVS, the co-presenter of Independent Lens, presents ITVS Community Cinema, a free monthly screening series, offered in over 50 cities throughout the U.S. www.itvs.org , www.pbs.org/independentlens

Thursday, October 30
Proposition Fair (hosted by Campus Progressives)
Friendship walk, Upper Campus
Various different groups will be offering information and tabling for the propositions on this November’s ballot. F.O.R.C.E. will be representing Prop 4.

In November, F.O.R.C.E. will be taking on international women’s issues. We will be having a zine, a “Die In,” and we will be working with various other organizations on events that promote peace and equality on a global scale. Please email us if you want to be involved in any way!

November 1
Entries for the 2nd Zine Due. Theme: international women’s issues!
Flier: here.

November 4

Date TBA
Die In
To go along with our internation women’s issues theme for November, we will be hosting a “Die In.” More details will be announced in the coming weeks. The event will be a way to raise awareness to the number of women that are dying due to various factors and atrocities around the world. We will be wearing all black and speaking about these issues, on the friendship walk on upper campus.
If you would like to help plan the Die In, please email Justine at justineeemarie@gmail.com

November 18 and 19
Practicing Peace (Center for Peace and Social Justice - CPSJ)
The Center for Peace and Social Justice along with the College of Liberal Arts is hosting a campus & community festival for Peace. An all inclusive event of dialogue, performance, action and celebration dedicated to creating a more peaceful and just world.
Activities include: A human peace symbol, “It takes a Village to Rape a Woman” Domestic violence workshop presented by WSSA and F.O.R.C.E., Workshop on Hate Crimes in Long Beach Presented by The Human Dignity Program of Long Beach and CCEJ, Guests Speakers, and a candlelight vigil honoring all those lost to violence world wide.

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