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Sahle-Work Zewde becomes Ethiopia’s first female president

from BBC News

Ethiopian members of parliament have elected Sahle-Work Zewde as the country’s first female president. Ms Sahle-Work is an experienced diplomat who has now become Africa’s only female head of state. Her election to the ceremonial position comes a week after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed appointed a cabinet with half the posts taken up by women. 


SARRANDA’S LEGACY by Celia Miles

This third installment of Sarranda’s saga leads her to the poignancy and heartbreak of an unexpected new marriage. In the mountains of Jackson County, NC, Sarranda continues to run her mill, renew and strengthen old and new acquaintances—especially her circle of strong, determined women with whom she continues her legacy of doggedly shepherding them to self-realization —and her discovery of the redemptive, healing power resulting from her one extraordinary and selfless gift of love. 

The paperback is available from Celia for $13.95 including postage at celiahoopermiles@gmail.com or  Sarranda’s Legacy Kindle Edition 


When The Powerful Use Their Position To Bully Others, We All Lose – also talking about New Models of Manhood

 From Meryl Streep to Tracee Ellis Ross, women took center stage at Sunday’s Golden Globes and demanded we celebrate them – 

not for what they’re wearing, but for who they are and what they do. On the red carpet, Evan Rachel Wood explained she wore a tuxedo so that, “young women and girls know that [dresses] aren’t a requirement and that you don’t have to wear one if you don’t want to. Just be yourself, because your worth is much more than that.” Continue reading


The Ancient Metaphor that Created Modern Sexism

By Robert S. McElvaine in the Washington Post 

Where does sexism come from? Why do evangelicals ignore the president’s serial mistreatment of women? Why does the U.S. Constitution still not guarantee equality for women? Why do women earn less than men? Why didn’t most conservatives care whether the accusations of sexual assault brought against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh were true?


DON’T DESPAIR ABOUT THE SUPREME COURT by Howard Zinn

in The Progressive, a voice for Peace, Social Justice and the Common Good

“It would be naive to depend on the Supreme Court to defend the rights of poor people, women, people of color, dissenters of all kinds. Those rights only come alive when citizens organize, protest, demonstrate, strike, boycott, rebel, and violate the law in order to uphold justice.”


LIKE HEADLINES: New & Selected Poems by Nancy Dillingham

This collection begins with clear-eyed reportage on the heartbreak and devastation in the lives of women, historical and contemporary. The universal implications of their fate serve as “frame” for the rest of the book as the poet, in strikingly spare language, takes impassioned aim at the complexities of love, marriage, and society. “She has chosen to follow her own light and report what her vision discovers…with a dark mordancy that is tonic and enviable.” Fred Chappell “Nancy Dillingham writes…with a beautiful balance of concision and eloquence.” Ron Rash “History, the land, and family beckon with a ‘finely formed hand.’ ” Katherine Soniat     Click here for more information

 


Casual sexism creates victims. We should acknowledge that and police it.

By Libby Brooks in the Guardian

What can a man say to a woman on the street these days without fear of prosecution? Ever since campaigners and police forces started talking about treating the public harassment of women as a hate crime, there has been an equal and opposite push to defend some bloke’s right to … what exactly? Shout a catalogue of sexually explicit demands at a stranger while following her down a street at midnight? Exchange friendly observations about the state of the weather in a shop queue in daylight?

As with #MeToo, this is far less complicated than some would like us to imagine.


THE FREE CLINICS – Creating a Healthier Community – Henderson and Polk Counties

The Free Clinics invites our community to join our HealthWays team and help make Henderson and Polk Counties healthier places to live, work and play.  HealthWays is a new pilot site of Microclinics International that improves community health by building on the premise that healthy living is contagious. HealthWays will create a local model of “viral health” building upon existing social networks of friends, families, neighbors, and colleagues and nurturing dynamic peer-to-peer learning and support.


The National Memorial for Peace and Justice – Equal Justice Initiative (EJI)

This is an experience that touches the heart and soul – not to be missed!

The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.  


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