Feb 29, 2020
by Elaine B. Holtz
In 1980, the National Women’s History Project now known as the National Women’s History Alliance (NWHA) was founded in Santa Rosa by Molly Murphy MacGregor, Mary Ruthsdotter, Maria Cuevas, Paula Hammett, and Bette Morgan to broadcast women’s historical achievements. In 1987, after being petitioned by NWHP, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as Women's History Month. Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women's History Month. Since 1988, U.S. presidents have issued annual proclamations designating the month of March as Women's History Month. https://nationalwomenshistoryalliance.org/our-history Today they are celebrating the 43rd anniversary of that historical event.
From the beginning of its inception the primary goal of Women's History Month is to increase consciousness and knowledge of women's history. The theme for 2020 is, “Valiant Women of the Vote,” honoring the women who have fought for woman’s right to vote in the United States. And continue to fight to ensure voting rights for all.
This year’s celebration has a special meaning; women are celebrating the 100th Year Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote across the nation. Go to https://socowomen2020.org/ for listing of all events celebrating the Women’s Suffrage Centennial or visit the Sonoma County 2020 Women's Suffrage Project, https://www.facebook.com/SoCoWomen2020/
Santa Rosa Rosie Rally 2020 is celebrating International Women's Day on Sunday, March 8th. This is a free event and people are encouraged to, bring your "We Can Do It" Spirit and dress up as Rosie the Riveter, Rosie the Riveter is a cultural icon of World War II, representing the women who worked in factories and shipyards during World War II, many of whom produced munitions and war supplies. These women sometimes took entirely new jobs replacing the male workers who joined the military.
To find out about Rosie I found a great video on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhCEdhxdJUc The rally takes place on Sunday, March 8 from 11am-2pm in Courtyard Square in downtown Santa Rosa. For more information go to: www.facebook.com/events/2361861343850914/
In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment in the United States, which granted women the right to vote, the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center celebrates the leading lady of Peanuts, Lucy Van Pelt. From her earliest moments as #1 fussbudget in the early 1950s to the empowered young lady who embodied the movement toward equality in the 1960s, 1970s, and beyond, there is no mistaking Lucy. Whether she’s sharing sage advice from her psychiatric booth, contemplating against Schroeder’s piano, or running from dog lips, Lucy can be counted as crabby, bossy, or even rude at times. But, within it all, there is a young lady who is confident, compassionate, and ready to tackle anything—literally!
The exhibit will run for a full year and features original Peanuts artwork, never-before-seen material from the Museum archives, and much more. Plus, visitors will have a chance to dish their own advice straight from Lucy’s Psychiatric Booth. The exhibit takes place from Sunday March 07, 2020 thru March 15, 2021. The museum is located at 2301 Hardies Way, Santa Rosa, CA. For information go to https://schulzmuseum.org/
The Center founded in 2017 is the anchor for the South of a (SOFA) arts district, providing artists of many experience levels an opportunity to exhibit their work. In February to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment - women's right to vote in the United States the Art Center has on display of local artists exploring the struggles and the victories of women's movements.
Through their work artists explore, suffrage, the Equal Rights Amendment, the Glass Ceiling, equal pay for equal work, violence against women, the #MeToo Movement, and the diverse aspects of feminism. The exhibits will be on display until March 27. The Center is located at 312 South A Street, Santa Rosa. For additional information go tohttps://santarosaartscenter.org/ or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
The goal of the, “It’s Up To Us “ summit is to bring climate activists under one roof to further strengthen and support partnerships promoting climate strategies and solutions. The overall theme of the summit is to address what we can do to address the systems that drive the climate crisis. The summit is organized by the Sonoma County Activist Network (SOCOCAN), which was formed in 2017 when twenty-four local environmental and social justice groups and seventy-three individuals met and agreed to meet regularly to educate, coordinate and support local activism. The purpose of the organization is unite local groups and concerned citizens so that they are empowered to help greet this new decade with a clear vision of the social, political and environmental challenges we are facing.
To date the group recently supported the Emergency Climate Resolutions which were passed by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and cities Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Windsor, Cloverdale, Healdsburg, Cotati and Sebastopol, and are presently looking at how each municipality will support the resolution.
Activities will include presentations on relevant local topics such as emergency preparedness, carbon capture and sequestration, the status of local microgrid development, and support of local youth movements. There will be tabling and networking as well. Presenters will include District Supervisor Lynda Hopkins, Poet Laureate Maya Khosla, North Bay Organizing Project, Tayse Crocker, Transportation expert, Steve Birdlebough, Sunrise Movement, Youth Activists from Schools for Climate Action and Environmentalists of the Year, Woody Hastings and more.
‘The Summit is the result of our coalition which has built a community of activists who support each other's initiatives, “We know that it is up to us, please join us,” said Anne Cummings Jacopetti one of the organizers of the event. The summit takes place on Sunday, March 15 from 1:30-6:00pm at the Odd Fellows Hall, 545 Pacific Ave., Santa Rosa. This is a free event.
In February Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) announced the recipients of the annual Fifth Congressional District’s Public Safety Hero of the Year Award. Congratulations toLieutenant Shawn Murphy, Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office who was a constant source of support as he represented the Sheriff’s Office at the Kincade Fire Unified Command Center, ensuring operations ran smoothly and helping to coordinate evacuation efforts. He also honored Sonoma County Fire District Chief, Mark Heine being for his efforts to keep the Kincade Fire from advancing on Windsor and Larkfield and ensuring the safety of the city of Santa Rosa as well in the process. He helped to save lives of both community members and his fellow first responders. “Our local public safety officers are some of our most vital community members, putting their lives on the line to keep us safe and often working overtime during emergencies, such as our recent fires,” said Thompson.
Something to think about:
"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember,
you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion
to reach for the stars to change the world."
Harriet Tubman was an American abolitionist and political activist. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made some 13 missions to rescue approximately 70 enslaved people, including family and friends, using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad.
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