Women’s Spaces Radio Show with host Elaine B. Holtz and guests Regina Brennan on the Sonoma County Black Forum and Tina Rogers on the Martin Luther King, Jr Birthday Celebration has been uploaded to the web archive. The show was broadcast in the North Bay and streamed worldwide over Radio KBBF 89.1 FM on Monday 1/11/2021 at 11 AM, repeats at 11 PM on KBBF, and then repeat broadcasts in Petaluma and streamed worldwide over Radio KPCA 103.3 FM on the following Wednesday 1/13/2021 at 11 AM.
Read description of the show and bios of the guests, see links referenced on the show and the playlist, on its archive page at:
1. Regina Brennan, Spokesperson and co-Founder, Sonoma County Black Forum
2. Tina Rogers, Sterering Committee, Sonoma County Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration on Sunday January 17th.
Commentary by Elaine B. Holtz, Host
The last week brought the presidential election to a day of infamy in our nation’s history, an armed insurrection and a near take over of our nation’s capitol through the President inciting a riot by his supporters. The insurrection scenes were available live to see by the world, as angry people shouted for the death of the Vice-President for daring to cross the will of the President, as well as for the heads of Democratic leaders of the House in the process of counting the electoral votes. Costumed rioters carrying symbols and flags of White nationalist, confederate, Pro-Police/anti-Black Lives Matter, anti-Jewish Holocaust deniers, amidst those of Christianity. The noticeable lack of police presence contrasted with the heavy handed police and national guard called out when Black Live Matter protests erupted six months earlier. We have much work to do to bring peace and justice to our country.
The Sonoma County Climate Action Network’s Summit yesterday (Sunday) via Zoom was quite interesting and educational. We took a lot of notes. Check out their website at https://www.sonomacountycan.org/ , and maybe make a donation to help defray expenses of the summit. We featured an interview on 12/28/2020 with Maya Khosla of SoCoCAN.
And remember the Peace and Justice Center’s Warm Clothes and blankets for the Houseless Donation Drive that occurs every Tuesday.
Discussion with Featured Guest:
1. Regina Brennan talks about the mission of Sonoma County Black Forum: to Lead, Serve, and Thrive! The Black Forum Is guiding the intellectual discourse and dialog to consider the African-American experience. Its goal is to support our region’s youth and our community by creating opportunities to train, learn, develop twenty-first century skills, and foster agency within Sonoma County and the surrounding Bay Area. .
About our Guest: Regina Brennan decided to retire from the Santa Rosa City School District After nearly 30 years as a classroom teacher in 2017. Her teaching career began at George Washington Middle School in Long Beach CA where she was Teacher of the Year in1993 and ended at Santa Rosa High School where for 18 years she taught a variety of World History classes. Retirement means developing her small gardening business, learning Spanish, spending more time with her family, and trying to stay relevant during uncertain times. Regina, along with a small group of educators and activists, created the Sonoma County Black Forum in August 2017 to support our youth and the community.
Guest Links: Sonoma County Black Forum www.sonomacountyblackforum.com
2. Tina Rogers invites us to the annual Sonoma County Martin Luther King, jr. Birthday Celebration, held this year on Sunday January 17th via Zoom. The theme this year is: “Where do we go from here: Chaos or community?” Donzaleigh Abernathy, daughter of of civil rights leader Ralph Abernathy, is the guest speaker. Tina explains how the Civil Rights Act is so important as it made possible the Voting Rights Act. She reminds us of his words: Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.
About our Guest: Tina Rogers is a native of Sonoma County. Tina has devoted her life in trying to understand this beautiful planet, the humans and the other species that share our world. A true humanitarian is what she represents, thorough research, education, and communication with other cultures allows her to see the “big picture.” While attending UC Davis, she turned her passion for the arts, fitness and wellness into a popular example of master teaching not only to children but people of all ages.
She is a role model who truly enjoys using arts education and fitness, as tools to “crack-the-code” in child development that lasts a lifetime.
Guest Event Link:
Sonoma County Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration. January 17, 2021, 5:00 – 7:30 PM via Zoom, For Zoom directions email
The Press Democrat article on the upcoming event:
Our history is our strength. Check out important dates to remember in herstory at the National Women’s History Alliance
January 11, 1935 – Amelia Earhart makes the first solo flight from Hawaii to North America.
January 12, 1932 – Hattie Wyatt Caraway (D-Arkansas) is the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate, becomes the first woman to chair a Senate Committee and the first to serve as the Senate’s presiding officer.
January 11, 1885 (1977) – Alice Paul, suffrage leader and attorney, founded the National Woman’s Party (1916), her innovative nonviolent strategies and political sophistication helped win passage of the 19th Amendment (1920), initiated the campaign for the Equal Rights Amendment (1923).
January 12, 1820 (1914) – Caroline Severance, early suffragist and social reformer, women’s clubs pioneer, co-founded the American Woman Suffrage Association (1869), first woman to register to vote in California (1911).
January 13, 1850 (1911) – Charlotte Ray, first female African American lawyer and first woman admitted to the bar in Washington D.C.
Check links in case of postponement, cancellations, or restrictions due to pandemic precautions:
January 17, 2021, 5:00 – 7:30 PM via Zoom, Sonoma County Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration. For Zoom directions email socoMLKcelebration@gmail.com
January 25, 2020 through (extended!) January 24, 2021, From Suffrage to #MeToo at Museum of Sonoma County. Please note: Fee is required for entry to museum. For more information, also for Covid precautions taken at museum, visit https://museumsc.org/suffrage-metoo/
The Opening and Closing Theme song is with permission of the Composer and Singer Alix Dobkin: The Woman in Your Life is You by Alix Dobkin from the album Living with Lavender Jane (Women’s Wax Works) – www.alixdobkin.com
Made for These Times, sung by Earth Mama from the album Herstory (Released March 4, 2019, Rhm).
Come By Here Dr. Martin Luther King, sung by Kristin Lems from the album Imagine That – Songs for Creative Teachers (Label: 2006 Caroldatter Productions ).
For music purchasing opportunity: