[Pressreleases] MEDIA ADVISORY--Mar 27: Uniting Women's Response Against Wars of Aggression & Globalization

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MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                                           
24 March 2004

Contact:  Carolyn Cervantes Antonio            

Tel: (212) 592-3507; Email: WAIL en gabnet.org





New York - On Saturday, March 27th, Uniting Women's Response Against Wars of Aggression and Globalization, a women's conference sponsored by the Women's Anti-Imperialist League (WAIL), will expose the impact of war and globalization on women and will challenge participants to develop a strategy addressing related issues.  The gathering will be at The Audre Lorde Project (85 South Oxford St., between Fulton St. and Lafayette Ave., in Brooklyn, NY) from 3PM to 8PM.

The meeting will feature a keynote address by NINOTCHKA ROSCA, an exiled journalist, novelist, and activist from the Philippines who left her homeland in the 1970s after being jailed for her opposition to President Marcos' declaration of martial law.  A plenary will include MARGUERITE LAURENT, Founder and Chair of The Haitian Lawyers Leadership and who served as legal advisor to Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide from 1994 to 1995, and JUDITH MIRKINSON, member of Women in Black and an activist since the 1960s who once worked with the Black Panther Party.

Conference organizers expect an attendance of more than a hundred women activists, community organizers, and students. 


WHAT:  Uniting Women's Response Against Wars of Aggression & Globalization

A conference sponsored by Women's Anti-Imperialist League (WAIL)


WHEN:  Saturday, 27 March 2004, 3PM-8PM


WHERE: The Audre Lorde Project, 85 South Oxford St., bet. Fulton St. & Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Directions to Audre Lorde Project by Subway: Take the Brooklyn-bound local C to Lafayette Avenue. Exit at the South Oxford Street stair exit. Make a right and continue on South Oxford Street. The entrance to ALP is on the right, in the middle of the block;  OR Take the M, N, Q, R, W, 2, 3, 4, 5 or LIRR to Atlantic Avenue/Pacific Street stop. Exit at Hanson Place. Walk up Hanson Place to South Oxford Street. Make left onto South Oxford Street. The entrance to ALP is on the right, in the middle of the block; OR Take the G to Fulton Street. Walk two (2) blocks up Lafayette Street to South Oxford Street. Make a right onto South Oxford Street. The entrance to ALP is on the left, in the middle of the block. For car and bus directions go to www.alp.org/direction.html


WHO: speakers include Marguerite Laurent, Judith Mirkinson, Monica Moorehead,  Ninotchka Rosca, Dr. Aseel Sawalha (see speakers bio below)



MARGUERITE LAURENT, Esq., an award winning playwright and performance poet is also an entertainment attorney and a pro-democracy Haitian-American activist.  She was born in Haiti and raised in Connecticut. She is Founder and Chair of The Haitian Lawyers Leadership, a network of lawyers dedicated to institutionalizing the rule of law and protecting the civil and cultural rights of Haitians at home and abroad.  She has also written a judicial reform agenda for Haiti. Her most challenging and memorable work thus far has been as legal advisor, in 1994-1995, to Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide promoting the democratizing process in Haiti. The "Red, Black & Moonlight" performance series is a musical memoir based on that story and her life and work in the United States.


JUDITH MIRKINSON became political during the antiwar, civil rights and women's movements of the 60's.  She worked with the Black Panther Party and has continued to do work supporting political prisoners to this day.  She was a member of the San Francisco based Women Against Imperialism and as such was invited to attend GABRIELA's first WISAP (Women's International Solidarity Affair in the Philippines) in March 1986.  She was a founding member of GABRIELA Network and is on the staff of the Purple Rose Campaign Against Sex Trafficking of Women.  She is also a member of SF Women in Black.


MONICA MOOREHEAD has been a Workers World Party political activist since 1973, joining the Party's national leadership in 1979.  In 1996, Moorehead was Workers World Party/Peace & Freedom Party nominee for President, earning ballot status in twelve states.  She is also a contributing editor to Workers World newspaper and co-author of Feminism and Marxism in the 90s.  Moorehead was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.


NINOTCHKA ROSCA is a Philippine-born writer and activist.  Her new book, co-authored with Jose Ma. Sison who is on the terrorist list, will be published this May by Open Hand Publishing House.  She is the author of two novels, two short story collections and one non-fiction book.  Her list of literary awards is matched by the list of repressive acts inflicted upon her by various governments and power entities.   Nevertheless, she continues in her life work of writing and organizing for civil, political and human rights.  She takes great pride in GABRIELA Network, of which she was the Founding Chair and Chair for the first five years of its existence.  During those years, she laid the theoretical and practical foundations of the organization, including the first political-economic analysis of sex trafficking and prostitution as a guide to action.  The last was notable as this made GABRIELA Network the first organization to focus attention on the global woman trade.  Currently, she is the international spokesperson of the Purple Rose Campaign Against the Sex Trafficking of Women.  She travels the world constantly.

DR. ASEEL SAWALHA teaches anthropology at Pace University, New York. She conducted fieldwork for her Ph.D. dissertation in the city of Beirut, Lebanon, wherein her research explores the ways in which various readings of the past inform and shape debates over identity, ethnicity, culture and gender relations in the context of urban reconstruction and recovery in postwar Beirut. Before Beirut,  her research was among Palestinian Refugees women in Amman, Jordan. At Pace University, she teaches the following courses: Introduction to Anthropology, Urban Ethnography, Global Cultures Local Identities, Women and Warfare, and Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East.


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