Don’t Ms.: Vigils for the Unemployed, Girls Rock and More!

CanadaEvents are taking place across the country as part of a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. The day marks the 22nd anniversary of the misogynist shooting spree at the University of Montreal in 1989 that left 14 women students dead.

Washington, D.C.: On Thursday, December 8, thousands of unemployed workers and faith, labor and community activists will join in an interfaith prayer vigil on Capitol Hill for jobless Americans. They will be joined by other vigils nationwide, including in Boston and San Diego. The vigils urge Congress to extend unemployment benefits set to expire on Dec. 31, a deadline triggered by the failure of the Super Committee. If the benefits expire, nearly 2 million jobless workers would lose benefits in January and almost another 4 million by May. According to the Department of Labor, 2.2 million of those will be women, 900,000 will be Latino and 1.2 million African Americans. Ms. will be participating in a HERvotes blog-a-thon on how the unemployment crisis has affected women; you can follow it here on the blog or on Twitter (hashtag #HERvotes).

New York City: Girls Rock and Girls Rule, which supports independent women musicians, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a music showcase on December 10. The free show features seven alumni bands.

Vancouver, B.C.: The Herstory Cafe, a space for women’s history buffs to get together, hosts its next Book Club meeting this Saturday, December 10th. The book up for discussion is The Concubine’s Children, Portrait of a Family Divided by Denise Chong.

Phoenix, Az.: Also this Saturday (and Sunday), Arizona Women in Tune is hosting a seasonal concert, “Let Your Light Shine: Kindle the Flame,” part of the woman-identified LGBT performing arts community’s 19th concert season.

Photo of girls rocking via Girls Rock Girls Rule



Hey y’all! My name is Mimi Seldner, and I’m a 22 year old Ms. Magazine intern, writer, activist, artist, and English major at the University of Florida. My concentration is in Queer Theory, and this, as well as feminist theory and politics, human rights, and social justice issues inform my entire life, from my politics, to my art, to my writing (the three of which are usually interrelated). These issues, and my stubborn, assertive, and feet-dug-in, oil-striking stand on them also govern the ways in which I live my life. I’m wordy, witty, and willful, to say the least (a habit that I am not in, accordingly). I recently relocated from one sunshine state to the other (Florida to California), in order to pursue this amazing opportunity to intern at the feminist-force-to-be-reckoned-with, Ms. Magazine, in all her glory, and I am looking forward to inspired collaborations, and to creating many things imperatively worth creating. Also, there are free sticky notes.