Don’t Ms.: Zinesters of Color, The 99 Percent, Young Feminists Occupy the Senate, and More!

This week, feminist globe-hoppers can say their farewells to Wangari Maathai, storm the U.S. Senate to demand jobs and more!

Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and London: This week The Green Belt Movement is hosting three memorials for their Nobel prize-winning founder Wangari Maathai, who passed away this fall:

— on Tuesday, November 15 in Washington, D.C., 4pm. Metropolitan AME Church, 1518 M Street NW, Washington, DC
— on Wednesday, November 16 in San Francisco, 4pm, Delancey Street Theater, 600 Embarcadero San Francisco, CA
— on Thursday, November 17 in London, 6pm, St Mary’s Church, Wyndham Place, W1H 1PQ, London.

New Orleans: On Wednesday, The Newcomb College Institute at Tulane University will host a screening of the Sundance-winning documentary that traces the transformation of Shelby Knox from conservative Christian to feminist leader: The Education of Shelby Knox. 7–9 pm, Caroline Richardson Building, Anna Many Lounge, 62 Newcomb Place, #100, New Orleans, LA.

New York City: On Wednesday, November 17, the People of Color (POC) Zine Project, Barnard Zine Library and For The Birds Collective are hosting Meet Me at the Race Riot, a zine reading/community event featuring POC zinesters with diverse backgrounds in zine culture and activism. 7–9pm, 307 Milbank Hall (3rd floor), 3009 Broadway, New York, NY.

Washington, D.C.: On Thursday, the Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University will host Harvard Divinity School professor Leila Ahmed, who will speak on “Contemporary Trends in American Muslim Women’s ‘Feminist’ Activism in the 21st Century.” 12:15pm, Edward B. Bunn, S.J. Intercultural Center 270, 37th and O St., N.W., Washington, DC.

Philadelphia: Thursday, November 17, is a National Day of Action for the 99 Percent. Let’s make sure the 51 percent are out in force! Look for rallies in Philadelphia, Wisconsin, New York and a city near you.

Washington, D.C.: The National Organization for Women’s New York State Young Feminist Task Force is hosting a rally in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, November 17, from 10–11am to tell Congress to wake up and support jobs–not cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

Twilight: Breaking Dawn premieres on Friday, but if you’re not into the whole girls-should-be-afraid-of-boys-who-like-them-because-that-means-they-really-want-to-kill-them thing, check out these more feminist events:

Everywhere: PBS will air Women Who Rock, a performance documentary that chronicles the impact of women like Bessie Smith, Janis Joplin and Lady Gaga on rock music. 9:00-10:30pm ET.

Clear Lake, Texas: The University of Houston at Clear Lake Women’s Studies Student Association First Annual Feminist Boot Camp will screen Gloria: In Her Own Words on Friday at 6pm and host a career fair on Saturday from 11-2. Garden Room, University of Houston at Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Blvd, Houston, TX.

In Washington, D.C., The Women’s Caucus of the African Studies Association is hosting several events: a Friday panel discussion entitled “African Women’s Struggles for National Liberation, Peace, and Empowerment” and a Saturday talk by Dr. Sylvia Tamale on the theme, “Whose Democracy Are We Talking About? Non-Conforming Sexualities as a Metaphor for African Dictatorships.” Friday 10:15am–12:10pm; Saturday 12:30 – 2:00pm. The Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW, Washington DC.

Poster for Meet Me at the Race Riot.



Holly L. Derr is the Head of Graduate Directing at the University of Memphis and a feminist media critic who uses the analytical tools of theater to reflect upon broader issues of culture, race and gender. Follow her @hld6oddblend.