Women’s Space Radio Show with host Elaine B. Holtz and guests Debbie McKay and DeeDee Bridges on the League of Women Voters Centennial, and Anne Jacopetti and Maya Khosla on the upcoming Sonoma County Climate Activist Community Summit on March 15th has been uploaded to the web archive. The show was recorded, broadcast in the North Bay and streamed worldwide over Radio KBBF 89.1 FM on Monday 2/10/2020 at 11 AM (repeats at 11 PM on KBBF) and repeat broadcast in Petaluma and streamed worldwide over Radio KPCA 103.3 FM on Wednesday 2/12/20 at 11 AM.
Listen to the show at:
League of Women Voters Centennial
Sonoma County Climate Activist Community Summit on March 15th
1. Debbie McKay, President, Sonoma County Chapter of the League of Women Voters
2. DeeDee Bridges, Out Reach Coordinator, Sonoma County Chapter of the League of Women Voters
3. Anne Jacopetti, Member of the Steering Committee, 350 Sonoma
4. Maya Khosla, Wildlife Biologist, Filmmaker, Author, Currently the Poet Laureate of Sonoma County (2018 – 2020)
Our Featured Guests
1. Debbie McKay and 2. DeeDee Bridges talk of their path to dedicating their lives now to the mission of the League of Women Voters (LWV) in their work for the League’s Sonoma County Chapter. The mission reads: The League of Women Voters encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate. The Chapter began with that for the City of Santa Rosa founded in 1951 and became the official Chapter for the whole county in1978. This year on February 14th the League marks the100th Anniversary of its Founding, the same year as women’s right to vote was assured by the 19th Amendment. LWV celebrates with a birthday party at the Rohnert Park Library with a lecture on Winning Political Power for Women: Carrie Chapman Catt and the League of Women Voters by author Robert P. J. Conney, Jr. at 10:30 AM to Noon. Debbie and DeeDee talk of some of the local activities supported by the League, including the debates of candidates running for office and the informative LWV website on measures on the ballot.
About our Guest: Debbie McKay is a native of Sonoma County and is married and has two grown sons. She is currently the President of the League of Women Voter of Sonoma County. The League is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to voter registration and education. Before retiring she was the Human Resources Director at the Sonoma Office of Education for 13 years. Prior to that she was a labor rep with SEIU for about 16 years. During her college years she helped start the Economic Opportunities program at the Santa Rosa Junior College after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She has always been active in her community and is a past President of the YWCA of Sonoma County.
About our Guest: DeeDee Bridges is a native Californian who deeply cares about the state and a retired teacher. Since 2006. She grew up in Concord and attended CA State Chico. And after experience many places in Northern California settled down with her husband Max in Santa Rosa. When she retired from teaching in 2006, she joined the League of Women Voters of Sonoma County. Dee Dee has served on the Board in a number of capacities, including Voting Service Chair, Editor of The Voter (the League newspaper) President, and now and she is currently the Outreach Chair.
Guest Links: League of Women Voters Sonoma County Chapter http://sonco.ca.lwvnet.org/
Guest Event Link:
Saturday, February 15, 2020 – 10:30am to 12:00pm, Rohnert Park Library; Winning Political Power for Women: Carrie Chapman Catt and the League of Women Voters; Please join Robert P. J. Conney, Jr., author of “Winning the Vote: The Triumph of the American Woman Suffrage Movement,” as he discusses the final years of the women’s suffrage movement and the formation of the League of Women Voters. We will celebrate the 100th Birthday of LWV! https://my.lwv.org/california/sonoma-county/event/winning-political-power-women-carrie-chapman-catt-and-league-women-voters
3. Anne Jacopetti and 4. Maya Khosla share their paths to being active in raising awareness of human induced climate change. Both Anne and Maya are founding members of the Sonoma County Climate Activist Network, a coaltition of groups and concerned individuals. Maya was named Poet Laureate of Sonoma County just after the ravages of the Tubbs Wildfire in October 2017 and as a wildlife biologist was able to observe the aftermath of the fire in the field as new growth appeared in the midst of the ashes. Her poetry is moved by this experience. Maya will be one of the presenters at the the 2020 Sonoma County Climate Activist Community Summit on March 15th from 1 to 6 PM at the Odd Fellows Hall in Santa Rosa.
About our Guest: Anne Jacopetti is a member of 350 Sonoma and active in the environmental and social justice movement. She is a retired teacher and to her credit pioneered the Summerfield Waldorf High School in Santa Rosa. Before retiring she was Education Director at Woodland Star Charter School in Sonoma. She is passionate about preserving and restoring our environment. She loves working with children and sees them as her best teachers as they let her know what they need in order to grow, learn and live productive lives and believes the time is now to ensure them they will have an equitable and sustainable future.
Guest Links: https://350sonoma.org/
About our Guest: Maya Khosla is a wildlife biologist and writer. She is serving as the Poet Laureate of Sonoma County (2018-2020), bringing Sonoma’s communities together for a filmed reading series: the Legacy Project. She was born in the United Kingdom, Trained in the biological sciences, the wild grounds her writing – most recently, thousands of field hours spent in untouched post-fire forests that grow full of life. Her book include All the Fires of Wind and Light (Sixteen Rivers Press), Keel Bone (Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize from Bear Star Press), and Heart of the Tearing, from Red Dust Press. Her poems have been featured in documentary films, nominated for Pushcart Prizes and featured in River Teeth, Poem, and other journals. Her short film projects have been supported by organizations including Patagonia, Leonardo Di Caprio Foundation, Environment Now, California Humanities and Creative Sonoma.
All the Fires of Wind and Light by Maya Khosla https://sixteenrivers.org/authors/maya-khosla/
Sonoma County Climate Activist Network https://www.facebook.com/SonomaCountyCAN/
Guest Event Link: 2020 Sonoma County Climate Activist Community Summit https://www.facebook.com/events/895959717487236/
A larger Compilation is at the National Women’s History Alliance
February 9, 1944 – Alice Walker, writer, first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, for The Color Purple.
February 10, 1907 – 1992– Grace Hamilton, first African-American in the Deep South’s state government, elected to the Georgia General Assembly 1966-84, credited with Andrew Young’s victory in Georgia’s Congressional election in 1980
February 15, 1820 (1906) – Susan B. Anthony, inspirational leader of 19th century women’s right movement, national suffrage strategist, lecturer, activist
Saturday, February 15, 2020 – 10:30am to 12:00pm, Rohnert Park Library; Winning Political Power for Women: Carrie Chapman Catt and the League of Women Voters; Please join Robert P. J. Conney, Jr., author of “Winning the Vote: The Triumph of the American Woman Suffrage Movement,” as he discusses the final years of the women’s suffrage movement and the formation of the League of Women Voters. https://my.lwv.org/california/sonoma-county/event/winning-political-power-women-carrie-chapman-catt-and-league-women-voters
Sunday, March 15, 2020, 1 to 6 PM, 2020 Sonoma County Climate Activist Community Summit, Odd Fellows Hall, 545 Pacific Ave, Santa Rosa, https://www.facebook.com/events/895959717487236/
The NOW 2020 Woman Suffrage Centennial Calendar is available. Suggested donation $15. Contact NOW Sonoma at info@NOWSonoma.org
January 25 through September 13, 2020, From Suffrage to #MeToo at Museum of Sonoma County. We will gather from 5 – 5:15PM in the 7th Street parking garage, 521 Seventh Street and walk to the Museum together as Modern Suffragists. Wear your suffrage outfits and gear or borrow a suffrage sash from our stash of sashes. Please note: Fee is required for entry to museum. For more information visit https://museumsc.org/suffrage-metoo/
League of Women Voters of Sonoma County has scheduled candidate debates and ballot measure discussions. See their webpage listing the events at https://www.facebook.com/lwvsonomacounty/
The Woman in Your Life is You by Alix Dobkin from the album Living with Lavender Jane (Women’s Wax Works) – www.alixdobkin.com
What a Wonderful World sung by LeAnn Rimes from the album What a Wonderful World (2004 Curb Records Inc.)
Happy Birthday sung by Countdown Kids from the album 100 Sing Along Favorites (2004 Madacy Special Products)
Vote sung by The Citizens Bank from the album Grab a Root and Growl (2012 The Citizens Band)
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