Women. Power. Peace.

March 2012 Calendar of Events

March 3
A Woman's Place: In Peace and Politics

On Saturday, March 3, 2012 at AFSC Georgia Peace Center, surrounded by historic photographs documenting demonstrations and protest for social change, four women will discuss the roles they have played in politics and in building movements for peace.

Join us for a rousing panel discussion moderated by Alice Lovelace, SERO Associate Director discussing the contributions of women in politics and as peacemakers. Panelists include: Glenn Carroll, Heather Gray, Glory Kilanko and Barbara Joye.

When: Saturday, March 3, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Where: American Friends Service Committee, 60 Walton Street, Atlanta.

For more information contact ALovelace@afsc.org

March - Every Friday
Stand for Peace

Join us each Friday for our weekly Stand for Peace vigil calling for the troops to come home. Join us for lunch afterwards for discussion, announcements and socializing.

When: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, noon- 1pm

Where: Colony Square- corner of Peachtree and 14th Street

For more information, contact courtney@wand.org

March 5
Georgia WAND day on "Radio Free Activists"

Tune-in to WRFG 89.3 FM,  your station for progressive information, Monday, March 5 from 12pm to 1pm. "Radio Free Activists" hosted by Brian Sherman and Ingemar Smith will feature Georgia WAND staff and members as we talk about the latest in our fight for a future free of nuclear weapons and nuclear power and we'll give you the scoop on how to get involved!

When: Monday, March 5 12pm - 1pm

Where: The airwaves!  WRFG 89.3 FM

For more information, email courtney@wand.org

March 6 and March 20
Stop Vogtle - Stop Nukes Meeting

Now is  the time to join the ever-growing movement to stop nuclear power expansion in Georgia. From a campaign to overturn the nuclear construction cost recovery pay each Georgia Power ratepayer is charged with, to  planning  an environmental justice conference in Atlanta, and various actions and protests, community members with various interests and backgrounds are banding together to stop nukes in Georgia.

When: Tuesday, March 6, 7:30 pm AND Tuesday, March 20, 7pm

Where: Basement space of 42 Degrees, 453 Moreland Ave NE. Please enter through the back door, free parking available in back in lot north adjacent of the Bond parking lot accessible via Euclid or Moreland.

For more information, contact courtney@wand.org



March 7
Day at the Capitol

Join Georgia WAND and Planned Parenthood for Women in the Halls, a special project of Planned Parenthood Action Fund of Georgia, which seeks to bring more women to the state Capitol during the annual legislative session.  Often, lawmakers overlook our concerns, and the resulting public policies can be disastrous for the women of Georgia.  We'll train you on the issues and then talk to Georgia lawmakers.

When: Wednesday, March 7, 9:00am

Where: Coverdell Legislative Office Building, Room 306 which is located across the street from the Capitol on Mitchell Street

Contact ahill@wand.org or call 404.524.5999 for more information.


March 8
International Women's Day
"Shifting Balance Sheets: Women's Stories of Naturalized Citizenship and Cultural Attachment"

Join contributors from the anthology Shifting Balance Sheets: Women's Stories of Naturalized Citizenship and Cultural Attachment as they talk about their experiences of multiple cultural identities in celebration of International Women's Day. This reading and panel discussion will feature: Azadeh Shahshahani, Amita Rao, Clementina Editors, Heather Tosteson and Charles Brockett.

When: Thursday, March 8, 7:30 pm

Where: Charis Books, 1189 Euclid Ave NE

For more information, visit www.charisbooksandmore.com

March 8
Fukushima: Inside Japan's Nuclear Meltdown Screening and Discussion with Special Guest, Shoji Kihara

Join us for this very special Georgia WAND nuclear committee meeting open to all. We'll screen the controversial Fukushima: Inside Japan's Nuclear Meltdown (PBS Frontline, February 28), with a special talk with Mr. Sohji Kihara, acclaimed author and anti-nuclear activist from Hiroshima, Japan. Mr. Kihara is a second generation hibakusha. He serves as bureau chief of the Chugoku Regional Conference of People Against Nuclear Power and co-representative of the Stop the Kaminoseki Nuclear Plant - Hiroshima Network. Mr. Kihara's books include Hiroshima Notes - My Version, From Hiroshima to Chernobyl and Nuclear Power Hysteria. His newest book on Fukushima is in the final stages

When: Thursday, March 8, 6:30 pm

Where: Viewing theatre at Crawford Media Services, 6 West Druid Hills Drive NE

Please call 404.524.5999 or email courtney@wand.org to RSVP

March 9
Plant Vogtle: Kill nuclear power before it kills you

From nuclear fission to environmental justice, nuclear power is a complicated and sometimes intimidating subject to tackle.   Come learn about the many-sided issue at this easy-to-digest, beginners presentation with Courtney Hanson. We’ll touch briefly on how nuclear power works and its problems, environmental justice and communities already adversely effected by nuclear power – especially those in Georgia, before moving on to successful anti-nuclear movements in the U.S. and abroad, what’s being done in Georgia and how we can do more. We'll discuss upcoming events including a bus trip to Shell Bluff, a die in and a mass action at the Public Service Commission.
When: Friday, March 9, 8:30 pm

Where: 80 Mayson Ave, Atlanta

For more information, email courtney@wand.org

March 11
Peace Vigil and Day of Remembrance for Fukushima

On March 11, 2011 the world's eyes were on Japan as the largest nuclear disaster in history began to unfold. Now, less then a year later, the world's eyes are on Georgia as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, without reviewing new safety concerns resulting from the Fukushima disaster, just approved plans for the first two nuclear reactors build in the U.S. in thirty years to be constructed at Plant Vogtle in Burke County, Georgia.

Join us on Sunday, March 11, 2012, in Shell Bluff, Georgia to remember the victims of Fukushima and to take stand for a nuclear free future.

For details and to register, click here

March 12
"Walk in My Shoes" March and Press Conference

Women’s voices have been silenced and ignored in the halls of our Capitol, here in Georgia and in D.C. Join us for a women-led “Walk in My Shoes, Hear Our Voice” circle round the state capitol to reject legislation that is being considered or has passed that does not comply with the following principles* for all Georgia’s women: to determine when and whether to have children, to have a healthy pregnancy, to become a parent and parent with dignity, and to have safe and healthy relationships and families. Bring a sign with a message such as “We are the 51%” or “Trust Georgia’s Women”, etc.

When: Monday, March 12 from11:30am-1pm

Where: 206 Washington Street Southwest, Atlanta, GA

*These principles are the four guidelines from Center for American Progress and their paper “More than a Choice”.

Contact courtney@wand.org or call 404.524.5999 for more information.

March 15
Rally at the Public Service Commission

Join Georgia WAND, Occupy Atlanta and the Sierra Club as we expose the Public Service Commission's constant siding with Georgia Power rather than Georgia taxpayers. We'll send a clear message to the Commission, a group of elected officials tasked with ensuring the public receives 'safe, reliable and reasonably priced' utilities: we won't subsidize Georgia Power's bad decisions.

When: Thursday, March 15, 5pm

Where: Georgia Public Service Commission 244 Washington Street SW

For more information, contact courtney@wand.org or clal 404.524.5999

March 15
Feminist Film Forum

The Feminist Women's Health Center will screen "Yes Men Fix the World", a screwball true story about two gonzo political activists who, posing as top executives of giant corporations, lie their way into big business conferences and pull off the world's most outrageous pranks. Georgia WAND will provide information and context about the link between energy costs and corporate prominence.

When: Thursday, March 15, 7pm - 9pm

For more information or to rsvp email nextwave@feministcenter.org, or click here.


March 17
We Are Georgia - Mass Rally - Good Jobs, Free Speech, Human Rights, Not Partisan Attacks!

The Georgia legislature is rapidly advancing bills that aim to destroy fundamental human rights and constitutional protections- across the board- from attacks on workers and our organizations, to woman, people of color, youth and students, the unemployed and any one engaged in first amendment protected protests.Collectively, these bills will set Georgians back over 100 years. We can not afford to let that happen. We need thousands of Georgians to join this demonstration!

When: March 17th at 11am.

Where: State Capitol

Working families and those that defend free speech rights have focused on Senate Bill 469 - a politically-driven bill intended to intimidate Georgia's working families.

SB 469 would criminalize forms of public pickets for economic justice, effectively de-fund Georgia’s unions, and further penalize political non-violent civil disobedience. In short, the bill is a full scale assault on fundamental human and democratic rights.

SB 469 is part of a broad effort to weaken the middle class in order to benefit the 1%. The bill shares characteristics of model legislation from ALEC, an out-of-state, secretive, corporate-funded council that hands state legislators laws designed to benefit CEOs.

Read the entire bill here: http://www1.legis.ga.gov/legis/2011_12/sum/sb469.htm

SB 469 seeks to silence dissent and any opposition to corporate and government policies at a time when millions of working families continue to suffer the hardships and pain of this economic crisis.

SB 469 affects us all - Georgia’s 99%. Its time we tell the Georgia Senate to say ‘NO’ to this anti-democratic, anti-labor, anti-freedom bill. Spread the word about this event, far and wide. Let’s build for a MASSIVE DEMONSTRATION on Saturday March 17th at 11am.

March 17
Congressman John Lewis Women's History Month

You are invited to join Congressman John Lewis for  "Shattering the Glass Ceiling: Women and Leadership Discussion" moderated by Laura Turner Seydel, philantrhopist and activist. Speakers include Administrator Lisa Jackson, Environmental Protection Agency, Mayor Shirley Franklin, former Mayor- city of Atlanta, State Representative Stacey Abrams, Democratic House Minority Leader. The discussion will include the speakers' personal stories of leadership and public service. This event allows women leaders, not only to describe their paths to success, but share how those experiences shape the policies and initiatives they lead today.

When: Saturday, March 17, 11:30 am - 1:30pm

Where: Ballroom at the Loudermilk Center, 40 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Please RSVP to ga05rsvp@mail.house.gov. For more information, contact Rachelle O'Neil at 404.659.0116


March 17
Water: Global and Local Challenges

The Committee on Teaching about the United Nations presents the Fifth Annual Atlanta Conference "Water: Global and Local Challenges." Featured speakers and workshop facilitators at this year's event include Christina Moe, PhD. Eugene J. Gangarosa Professor of Safe Water and Sanitation at Rollins School of Public Health and the Director of the Center for Global Safe Water at Emory University, William Yotive, Manager of the United Nations Global Teaching and Learning Project, Chelsey McNeal, Meteorologist at 11alive and host of morning show “Wake Up With Chelsey,” Jennette Gayer, coordinates policy development, research, and legislative advocacy for Environmental Georgia, April Ingle, Executive Director of the Georgia River Networks, Cherilynn Morrow, PhD. Professor of Phsyics and Astronomy & the STEM Director at Georgia State University.

 When: Saturday, March 17, 8:30am to 4:15pm

Where: Georgia State University

To register go to  www.teachun.org or call 404.413.8081

March 24
Peace Party with International Activists

The Fellowship of Reconciliation Atlanta Chapter will welcome 15 International Fellowship of Reconciliation peace activists from 11 different countries to Atlanta. Join FOR  and  co-sponsors, American Friends Service Committee to hear report backs about their worldwide work, and to share with them your work in Atlanta. We’ll also take time to honor the late Dr. Frank J. Ostrowski, a beloved IFOR representative and founder of Alternatives to Violent Acts. Food and drinks will be provided.

When: Saturday, March 24, 7:30pm-9:30pm

Where: American Friends Service Committee, 60 Walton Street, Atlanta, GA

For more information, contact lucasjohnson1@mac.com or visit www.forusa.org

March 29
Say NO to SB 469, Converge on the Gold Dome

Stand up for workers rights and free speech! March 29 is the last day of the legislative session, and the anti-protest, anti-union bill SB 469 will likely be voted on on this day. If you've ever attended a Stand for Peace vigil, protested at the PSC or rallied at the Capitol, please attend to stand up for our right to continue to do so!

When: Thursday, March 29, 10 am

Where: Georgia State Capitol, Washington Street side

For more information, click here.

March 29
The Next Step in Arms Control: A nuclear control regime

Nuclear Weapons States

Jan Lodal is a prominent figure in nuclear arms control civil society and has extensive experience in nuclear security issues. She will speak about nuclear security  Georgia Tech sponsored event.

This is a fine opportunity for Georgia WAND members to investigate the "nuclear security" viewpoint so central in US politics to the issue of nuclear nonproliferation. A chance to see what some are saying about nuclear weapons and ask important questions about our nuclear weapons stockpile and how to get to zero!

When: Thursday, March 29, 3:0pm- 4:30pm

Where: Gordy Room, Wardlaw Center, Georgia Tech

For more information or to RSVP, contact Holly Lindamood at 770. 261.4274, holly@daisyalliance.org

March 31
Stand for Peace with Special Guests

Narayan Desai

Join at Stand for Peace, our weekly vigil until the troops come home from Iraq and Afghanistan. We'll have special guests Narayan Desai and his daughter Sanghamitra Garuhi, both anti-nuclear and peace activists in India. Desai is the son ofMahatma Gandhi's personal secretary and biographer, Mahadev Desai.

When: Friday, March 31, 12pm-1pm peace vigil, 1pm - 2pm lunch and discussion

Where: Colony Square, corner of Peachtree and 14th

For more information, contact courtney@wand.org, or 404.524.5999

March 31
Atlanta Flower Festival and Peacemaker Award honoring Mike Vosburg-Casey

Nipponzan Myohoji-Atlanta Dojo would like to invite you to a Flower Festival Ceremony, celebrating the birth of Lord Buddha and the coming of spring (though it has arrived already well ahead of schedule). The ceremony will include interfaith prayer and conclude with the 8th presentation of the Lil & Bill Corrigan Peacemakers Award to Mike Vosburg-Casey.

For anyone who gets out on the streets in Atlanta, Mike is a familiar face at peace vigils and among the homeless, frequently accompanied by his 20-month-old daughter, Elena. We have long admired the way Mike puts his Christian faith into practice by associating with and supporting the poor and exploited, much in the way that Jesus did. Georgia WAND members and supporters have long enjoyed Mike's faithful presence at Stand for Peace every Friday. A few months back, this good and gentle friend of ours and of all who seek justice was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer, a devastating diagnosis at any age, but all the more so for a 37-year-old husband and father. With the support of many prayers and the medical resources of Emory University, Mike is making good progress, and the cancer seems to be in retreat. We present the Peacemaker Award this year in love and gratitude for Mike's work and as a symbol of the hope and prayers we all hold for him and his family.

When: Saturday, March 31, 11 am

Where: 1127 Glenwood Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30316

As always, the ceremony will be followed by lunch.  Please feel free to bring friends to the event and flowers to offer to the altar.  Parking is available nearby at a parking lot on the corner of Moreland and Glenwood (Buffalo China side) or on nearby streets. Please contact Denise or Utsumi 404.627.8948 or visit www.atlantadojo.org for more information





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